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TECH TIP

and completing checklists before moving on the airport surface area
pays dividends in better situational awareness during taxi, takeoff, and
landing. Safe runway operations also require improved communication
between pilots, air traffic control, and ground vehicle crews.
Take a look at this ASI video reenactment of a tragic runway accident at Quincy, Illinois, caused by a major communication breakdown
between two aircraft on the ground and a regional airliner inbound for
landing (www.airsafetyinstitute.org/Quincy-accident).
Especially at unfamiliar airports, it is important to be extra vigilant,
have good situational awareness, communicate clearly, double-check
clearances, and visually clear the area. Electronic airport diagrams
may help us navigate unfamiliar taxiways at larger airports, but they
also mean we may have our heads down for a prolonged time watching
our aircraft move along the display, oblivious to what’s going on outside
the cockpit window.
There is a host of free airport safety education available from the Air
Safety Institute all pulled together in ASI’s Runway Safety Spotlight
(www.airsafetyinstitute.org/runwaysafetyspotlight). It includes ASI
courses (Runway Safety, which was produced with the support of the
FAA’s Office of Runway Safety, and Say It Right: Mastering Radio Communication), recorded webinars, and Ask ATC videos.

Choose wisely
The key to a good visual checkpoint
WHEN YOU FIRST start flying cross-country trips,
picking the right checkpoints is a critical step if
you’re going to have any luck at pilotage (navigating
by following ground references that are cross-referenced on a sectional chart). Here are some pointers:
• Try to pick one checkpoint every 10 miles.
• Use airports, lakes, and isolated towns whenever
possible. If you must use a road, river, railroad, or
power-line crossing, pick a secondary point nearby to
verify you’re at the right place along those references.
A town next to a river is a good example.
• Rely on towns and their shining lights at night.
• There’s nothing that says you have to go direct.
Change course slightly to get a better checkpoint if
one exists.
• Create easily identifiable nicknames to cross-reference the chart and navigation log.
• Towers are great if they are very tall, and pretty
much useless if they are not.

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Flight Training - October 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - October 2013

Flight Training - October 2013
Contents
Member Benefits
Right Seat
Centerline
Letters
Night Flight
Success Story Flight Training Excellence Award Winner
How It Works
After the Checkride
AOPA Action
News From Airventure 2013
ASI News
Tech Tip
Final Exam
Flight Lesson
Flying Carpet
The Oops List
One Pilot, Many Tools
Stop, Look, Listen
Technique
Weather
Accident Report
Fuel Management
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Familiarity Breeds Good Training
Perceptual Magic
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - October 2013 - Flight Training - October 2013
Flight Training - October 2013 - Cover2
Flight Training - October 2013 - Contents
Flight Training - October 2013 - 2
Flight Training - October 2013 - 3
Flight Training - October 2013 - Member Benefits
Flight Training - October 2013 - 5
Flight Training - October 2013 - Right Seat
Flight Training - October 2013 - 7
Flight Training - October 2013 - Centerline
Flight Training - October 2013 - 9
Flight Training - October 2013 - Letters
Flight Training - October 2013 - 11
Flight Training - October 2013 - Night Flight
Flight Training - October 2013 - 13
Flight Training - October 2013 - Success Story Flight Training Excellence Award Winner
Flight Training - October 2013 - How It Works
Flight Training - October 2013 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - October 2013 - AOPA Action
Flight Training - October 2013 - News From Airventure 2013
Flight Training - October 2013 - 19
Flight Training - October 2013 - ASI News
Flight Training - October 2013 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - October 2013 - Final Exam
Flight Training - October 2013 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - October 2013 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - October 2013 - 25
Flight Training - October 2013 - The Oops List
Flight Training - October 2013 - 27
Flight Training - October 2013 - 28
Flight Training - October 2013 - 29
Flight Training - October 2013 - 30
Flight Training - October 2013 - 31
Flight Training - October 2013 - One Pilot, Many Tools
Flight Training - October 2013 - 33
Flight Training - October 2013 - 34
Flight Training - October 2013 - 35
Flight Training - October 2013 - Stop, Look, Listen
Flight Training - October 2013 - 37
Flight Training - October 2013 - 38
Flight Training - October 2013 - 39
Flight Training - October 2013 - Technique
Flight Training - October 2013 - 41
Flight Training - October 2013 - Weather
Flight Training - October 2013 - 43
Flight Training - October 2013 - Accident Report
Flight Training - October 2013 - Fuel Management
Flight Training - October 2013 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - October 2013 - 47
Flight Training - October 2013 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - October 2013 - Familiarity Breeds Good Training
Flight Training - October 2013 - 50
Flight Training - October 2013 - Perceptual Magic
Flight Training - October 2013 - Advertiser Index
Flight Training - October 2013 - 53
Flight Training - October 2013 - 54
Flight Training - October 2013 - 55
Flight Training - October 2013 - Debrief
Flight Training - October 2013 - Cover3
Flight Training - October 2013 - Cover4
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