AOPA Pilot Magazine - January 2015 - 106

NEWS & NOTES

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Get on the same page with ATC
THE AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE'S POPULAR "Ask ATC" video
series (www.airsafetyinstitute.org/askatc) is a clever
way to get a firsthand glimpse of how air traffic controllers handle common pilot requests during VFR and IFR
flights. In the videos, controllers explain the benefits
of ATC services, which improve our situational awareness in the air and on the ground-and what we can do
to avoid unnecessary mishaps by knowing how to use and when to ask for services-from
basic transponder operations to IFR flight plan filing to declaring an emergency.
For example, when you file a VFR flight plan will controllers know your route? Do
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Review the videos before your next flight so you'll be well-equipped to work with ATC
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WATCH 'ICING ENCOUNTER' TO SEE
WHY ICE IS NOT NICE
WITH A BRAND-NEW instrument rating in
his wallet and family on board his Cessna
172, Heath Wells expected to comfortably complete the flight across central
Pennsylvania. But Mother Nature had
other plans that almost spoiled the day.
As the ground was rising toward the cloud
layer, Wells-with the help of air traffic controllers-ended up declaring an
emergency while trying to divert to better
conditions. Had he taken enough time to
WEB

get a thorough weather briefing and check
pireps before launching on this trip? Icing
Encounter ponders those questions and
illustrates why you need to avoid icing conditions, especially in an aircraft without
approved deicing capability. If flying icedup, inverted, and heading for the trees is
not on your bucket list, watch this real pilot
story to learn why ice will cripple your airplane's performance and interfere with the
flight's safety.

www.airsafetyinstitute.org/icingencounter

106 | AOPA PILOT January 2015

ASI's winter
seminar coming
to your area in
January 2015
'After the Crash:
Surviving an Aircraft
Accident'
WHETHER WE PLAN a short flight
or long cross-country, are we
truly prepared for an in-flight
emergency resulting in an offairport landing? Considering
the millions of general aviation flights every year, only a
few will end off-airport, so it's
understandable that we expect
the odds of a crash to be slim.
However, the potential consequences of one are harsh-which
is why smart pilots prepare and
take basic precautions.
That's where ASI's new seminar comes to your rescue. From
route planning and emergency
rations to signal mirrors and satphones, the seminar presenters
take a user-friendly, common-sense
approach to maximize your
chances of survival and rescue after
a crash. You'll find out about:
* The essential ingredients of a
good survival kit
* Simple but effective ways to
help searchers find you
* The first steps you should take
after a crash
* Survival strategies while awaiting rescue
Visit the website (www.airsafetyinstitute.org/seminars) for dates
and locations near you.


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