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PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Craig Fuller

AOPA SERVICES
THE AIRCRAFT OWNERS AND PILOTS ASSOCIATION is general aviation's advocate and the largest, most influential aviation association in the world.

INFORMATION AND TOOLS TO OPTIMIZE THE TRAINING EXPERIENCE
f you’re the outdoor type, you may have used a field guide to help you navigate the natural world. If you’re a traveler, perhaps you’ve used a guidebook to help you get the most from your visit to a new place. The idea behind these books is simple: Provide all the information needed for a successful outing in one place.
A good guidebook is organized in a way that’s logical and easy to follow, covers a broad range of topics, and gives you the tools you need to achieve your goals, such as illustrations of wildlife or important phrases in a foreign language. Wouldn’t it be great if there was such a thing for creating a successful flight training experience? What if there was some kind of a training aid that could help minimize the frustrations of the process while maximizing the chances of flying away with a pilot certificate? Those are questions we’ve been asking ourselves at AOPA. Let me take you back a couple of years to some other questions we asked ourselves—why are so many student pilots dropping out without completing their training, and what can we do about it? Those questions launched us on a path that has involved in-depth research, extensive discussions with the training community, and careful consideration of both what we’ve learned about creating an optimal flight training experience and how to share that information with everyone who can benefit from those findings. That second question led us to IDEO, a unique design company based in Santa Clara, California. IDEO and AOPA worked together to consider our research, speak with pilots and students, and examine flight training from the perspectives of the student, the flight instructor, and the flight school. They took time to understand how the needs of these groups intersect and how they are different. The results of this effort are three of the most innovative and exciting books about learning to fly that I’ve ever seen. They are truly field guides to flight training, with the information and tools you need to optimize your training experience. One of the most important factors in creating a successful training experience is ensuring that the student, instructor, and school are working from the same flight plan. Part of the beauty of these books is that they integrate the roles of all three parties to the training process with one book for students, one for instructors, and one for training organizations. All the books are interrelated, and all contain the best thinking available on what contributes to successful flight training. But they aren’t meant to sit on a shelf for occasional reference; they are designed to be used as workbooks during the training process. They are quite literally guides, taking student, instructor, and flight school through the optimum training experience. We have tested our guides with the help of more than 100 students, instructors, and schools, and they are in production now. If you plan to be at AirVenture in Oshkosh, come by the AOPA tent to get a preview of the guides and tell us what you think. You can also get a sneak peek online (www. aopa.org/ftinitiative). We’ll keep you posted about when and how you can get your guide. Check AOPA Online and ePilot for the latest news.
Email AOPA President Craig Fuller at craig@aopa. org.

FIELD GUIDES FOR FLYING

INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO FLY? Visit AOPA’s engaging website for people who want to know more about what’s involved in learning to fly—and what it’s like. www.LetsGoFlying.com RESOURCES FOR STUDENT PILOTS Ask an AOPA CFI | ft.aopa.org/ask Flight Training article archive | ft.aopa.org/archive Aviation library | ft.aopa.org/library Supplemental training information | ft.aopa.org/student Virtual flight bag, including online weather and airport directory | ft.aopa.org/flightbag PILOT INFORMATION CENTER Members can receive answers to flight training and other aviation questions, and join or renew by telephone, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday | 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672) Via the Internet | ft.aopa.org/ask AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE ONLINE SAFETY CENTER Dedicated to providing general aviation pilot education and safety programs online. Via the Internet | www.airsafetyinstitute.org Call | 800-638-3101 AOPA MEMBER PRODUCTS AOPA Aircraft Financing Program | 800-62-PLANE AOPA Aircraft Insurance Program | 800-622-AOPA Non-owned aircraft and CFI policies available AOPA Credit Card Program | 800-523-7666 AOPA Legal Services Plan | 800-USA-AOPA AOPA Foundation | 800-955-9115 Other products | 800-USA-AOPA ONLINE GUIDE TO AOPA MEMBER SERVICES To join or renew, or for information about AOPA membership, e-mail inforequest@aopa.org or Visit the website | www.aopa.org/join NEW ADDRESS? Send your new address and membership number to AOPA, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701 Fax | 301-695-2375 Via the Internet | www.aopa.org/coa-form.html

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Flight Training - August 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - August 2012

Flight Training - August 2012
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Letters
Something to See
How It Works
After the Checkride
Tech Tip
News
Final Exam
AOPA Action News
Since You Asked
Success Story News
Member Products
Training Products
ASI News
Flying Carpet
FOLLOW THE MAGENTA LINE
TIME TO CHILL
GETTING WET
TECHNIQUE
Weather
Accident Report
Flight Lesson
Perfect Storm for Pilot Shortage
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Flight Instructors in the Hot Seat
Good Times for CFIs
Crossed Up
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - August 2012 - Flight Training - August 2012
Flight Training - August 2012 - Cover2
Flight Training - August 2012 - Contents
Flight Training - August 2012 - 2
Flight Training - August 2012 - 3
Flight Training - August 2012 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - August 2012 - 5
Flight Training - August 2012 - Right Seat
Flight Training - August 2012 - 7
Flight Training - August 2012 - Letters
Flight Training - August 2012 - 9
Flight Training - August 2012 - Something to See
Flight Training - August 2012 - 11
Flight Training - August 2012 - How It Works
Flight Training - August 2012 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - August 2012 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - August 2012 - News
Flight Training - August 2012 - Final Exam
Flight Training - August 2012 - AOPA Action News
Flight Training - August 2012 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - August 2012 - 19
Flight Training - August 2012 - Success Story News
Flight Training - August 2012 - Member Products
Flight Training - August 2012 - Training Products
Flight Training - August 2012 - ASI News
Flight Training - August 2012 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - August 2012 - 25
Flight Training - August 2012 - 26
Flight Training - August 2012 - 27
Flight Training - August 2012 - FOLLOW THE MAGENTA LINE
Flight Training - August 2012 - 29
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Flight Training - August 2012 - 32
Flight Training - August 2012 - 33
Flight Training - August 2012 - TIME TO CHILL
Flight Training - August 2012 - 35
Flight Training - August 2012 - 36
Flight Training - August 2012 - 37
Flight Training - August 2012 - GETTING WET
Flight Training - August 2012 - 39
Flight Training - August 2012 - 40
Flight Training - August 2012 - 41
Flight Training - August 2012 - TECHNIQUE
Flight Training - August 2012 - 43
Flight Training - August 2012 - Weather
Flight Training - August 2012 - 45
Flight Training - August 2012 - 46
Flight Training - August 2012 - Accident Report
Flight Training - August 2012 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - August 2012 - Perfect Storm for Pilot Shortage
Flight Training - August 2012 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - August 2012 - 51
Flight Training - August 2012 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - August 2012 - Flight Instructors in the Hot Seat
Flight Training - August 2012 - Good Times for CFIs
Flight Training - August 2012 - Crossed Up
Flight Training - August 2012 - 56
Flight Training - August 2012 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - August 2012 - Debrief
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