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PREFLIGHT»

Angle-of-attack awareness key to safety 
New advisory circular offers insights

NEWS

BY DAN NAMOWITZ

A RECENTLY PUBLISHED FAA advisory circular (AC) offers general aviation an important training tool as the industry strives to reduce the number of fatal loss-of-control accidents. AC No: 120-109, Stall and Stick Pusher Training, issued by the FAA’s Air Transportation Division, focuses on best practices and guidance for training that would produce correct and consistent responses by pilots to unexpected stall warnings, making those pilots more capable of avoiding loss-of-control accidents, said David Oord, AOPA manager of regulatory affairs. The AC gives extensive treatment to the all-important subject of angle-of-attack awareness for pilots, emphasizing that reduction of angle of attack “is the most important response” when a pilot “is confronted with a stall event.” “Loss of control is by far the leading cause of fatal accidents,” Oord said. “The awareness of angle of attack, and education, are keys to preventing these accidents in the future.” AOPA has been an active participant in the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee and its Loss of Control Working Group that studied fatal loss-of-control accidents in general aviation, with special focus on accidents occurring in the approach and landing phases. Oord recommended that in addition to studying the AC, pilots should take the Air Safety Institute interactive course Essential Aerodynamics: Stalls, Spins, and Safety (www. aopa.org/asf/online_courses/), and review the June 2011 AOPA Pilot feature “Technique: AOA for GA” and the FAA’s March/April 2012 Safety Briefing article “Angle of Attack: Taking Back Control.”

REDUCTION OF ANGLE OF ATTACK "IS THE MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSE" WHEN A PILOT "IS CONFRONTED WITH A STALL EVENT."

Final Exam

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1. The lateral dimensions of Class D airspace are based on A. the number of airports that lie within the Class D airspace. B. the instrument procedures for which the controlled airspace is established. C. five statute miles from the geographic center of the primary airport. 2. Flight through a restricted area should not be accomplished unless the pilot has A. filed an IFR flight plan. B. received prior permission from the commanding officer of the nearest military base. C. received prior authorization from the controlling agency. 3. When a control tower located on an airport within Class D airspace ceases operation for the day, what happens to the airspace designation? A. The airspace remains Class D airspace as long as a weather observer or automated weather system is available. B. The airspace reverts to Class E or a combination of Class E and G airspace during the hours the tower is not in operation. C. The airspace designation normally will not change. 4. How should an aircraft preflight inspection be accomplished for the first flight of the day? A. Quick walk-around with a check of gas and oil. B. Any sequence as determined by the pilot in command. C. Thorough and systematic means recommended by the manufacturer. 5. No person may take off or land an aircraft under basic VFR at an airport that lies within Class D airspace unless the A. flight visibility at that airport is at least one mile. B. ground visibility at that airport is at least one mile. C. flight visibility at that airport is at least three miles. 6. Which cruising altitude is appropriate for a

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Flight Training - November 2012

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

Flight Training - November 2012
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right seat
Letters
Southern Exposure
How It Works
ASI News
Success Story
News
Since You Asked
News Final Exam
Tech Tip
AOPA Action
Checkride
Flying Carpet
Icy Reception
Beyond All Expectations
Technique
Weather
Flight Lesson
Voices of Reason
Tech Talk
Keep Students Stoked
He Said 'Yes' But Means 'No'
Night Moves
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flight Training - November 2012
Flight Training - November 2012 - Cover2
Flight Training - November 2012 - Contents
Flight Training - November 2012 - 2
Flight Training - November 2012 - 3
Flight Training - November 2012 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - November 2012 - 5
Flight Training - November 2012 - Right seat
Flight Training - November 2012 - 7
Flight Training - November 2012 - Letters
Flight Training - November 2012 - 9
Flight Training - November 2012 - Southern Exposure
Flight Training - November 2012 - 11
Flight Training - November 2012 - How It Works
Flight Training - November 2012 - ASI News
Flight Training - November 2012 - Success Story
Flight Training - November 2012 - News
Flight Training - November 2012 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - November 2012 - 17
Flight Training - November 2012 - News Final Exam
Flight Training - November 2012 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - November 2012 - AOPA Action
Flight Training - November 2012 - Checkride
Flight Training - November 2012 - 22
Flight Training - November 2012 - 23
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - November 2012 - 25
Flight Training - November 2012 - Icy Reception
Flight Training - November 2012 - 27
Flight Training - November 2012 - 28
Flight Training - November 2012 - 29
Flight Training - November 2012 - 30
Flight Training - November 2012 - 31
Flight Training - November 2012 - Beyond All Expectations
Flight Training - November 2012 - 33
Flight Training - November 2012 - 34
Flight Training - November 2012 - 35
Flight Training - November 2012 - Technique
Flight Training - November 2012 - 37
Flight Training - November 2012 - Weather
Flight Training - November 2012 - 39
Flight Training - November 2012 - 40
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - November 2012 - 42
Flight Training - November 2012 - 43
Flight Training - November 2012 - 44
Flight Training - November 2012 - Voices of Reason
Flight Training - November 2012 - 46
Flight Training - November 2012 - 47
Flight Training - November 2012 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - November 2012 - Keep Students Stoked
Flight Training - November 2012 - He Said 'Yes' But Means 'No'
Flight Training - November 2012 - Night Moves
Flight Training - November 2012 - Advertiser Index
Flight Training - November 2012 - 53
Flight Training - November 2012 - 54
Flight Training - November 2012 - 55
Flight Training - November 2012 - Debrief
Flight Training - November 2012 - Cover3
Flight Training - November 2012 - Cover4
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