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May 1, 2020, issue of 'Flight Training' weekly newsletter

AOPA Flight Training
VOL 20, ISSUE 18 May 1, 2020
Training Tips
Nothing but nest
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Nothing but nest
Birds or insects looking for a secure, protected niche for nesting prefer the predator-proof, aluminum-roofed conditions inside an aircraft cowling. Read more >
Angle of attack: A better way to fly an aircraft
Angle of attack indicators allow pilots to fly with far more precision and peace of mind than by monitoring airspeed. Watch the video >
Flight Training News
Special rule sets limited conditions for flying during pandemic
The FAA has made its long-awaited move to address pilots' testing, medical, and currency dilemmas caused by aviation's near shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic. It's complicated. Read more >
College flight schools adapt to new learning environments
Three top aviation educators share drastic changes that are underway as colleges and schools that specialize in flight training prepare to resume classes with a modified educational experience for students, instructors, and staff. Read more >
Student pilot, instructors help medical professionals
After coronavirus-related restrictions prevented T.J. Kim from continuing training toward his first solo, he and his instructors switched to cross-country training and helped spread some good. Read more >
Flying amid COVID-19: State-by-state guide for pilots
AOPA has published a state-by-state guide on COVID-19 directives to help pilots determine if they can fly in their state. Read more >
Sun 'n Fun Home Edition brings the fun
The new Sun 'n Fun Home Edition brings you all the airshow videos, exhibitors, learning opportunities, and fun you'd ever want. You just need to provide your own sun. Read more >
Survey deadline extended on FAA tests
FAA test provider PSI is extending a survey, which was originally to have closed in January, to gather information to help update the content of private pilot, instrument rating, commercial pilot, and airline transport pilot knowledge and practical tests. The survey takes 25 minutes, and after completing it, you can enter for a chance to receive a $100 Target gift card.
From the archives: Wire strikes
Take a look in the AOPA Air Safety Institute archives as we examine tips for wire strike avoidance. Watch the video >
'Hangar Talk': Pilot organizes face-mask sewing group
Pilot, seamstress, and flight dispatcher Brianne Kroupa organized a group of female aviators to sew cloth face masks for fellow aviators. Listen to the podcast >
AOPA Live This Week
FAA's pandemic relief rule arrives; Phenom flight
A special regulation provides relief for pilots during the coronavirus pandemic; COVID-19 guidance, by state; and one student's flight lessons make news. Also, we fly a Phenom 300E. Watch AOPA Live This Week® >
Career News
Career Pilot
Never too late
Maybe you gave up on flying as a career years ago. If you're looking for a new opportunity, these pilots proved it can be done. Read more >
Florida school offers $100K in aircraft mechanic scholarships
Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, is offering $10,000 scholarships to 10 Florida applicants to attend the school's 18-month "Aircraft Mechanic Program to become an FAA-certified aviation maintenance technician." The application deadline is May 10, and classes will start in late June.
Aviation job board
Job of the week: System engineer, AAR WASS
AAR WASS in Palm Bay, Florida, is seeking an electrical engineer to work on the research, development, design, testing, and analysis of aircraft electrical and avionics systems as well as related technology for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and associated components and instruments. Read the full description and apply today >
AOPA career opportunities
Join the AOPA team
Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for a medical certification specialist, member experience senior manager, data analyst, associate developer of safety programs, and government affairs (regulatory) vice president. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online >
Training Products and Resources
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Practicing 'self-control'
No tower? No problem! Safe operations at nontowered airports rely on procedures, not air traffic control. Practice "self-control" with this AOPA Air Safety Institute quiz.
Note: Products listed have not been evaluated by Flight Training editors unless otherwise noted. AOPA assumes no responsibility for products or services listed or for claims or actions by manufacturers or vendors.
Member Benefits
Put your best photo forward
May is National Photography Month. Celebrate by submitting your photos to the AOPA Pilot Passport program in the May Give Us Your Best Shot Challenge. Read more >
AOPA Foundation Focus
Help us pick a cover photo
Each year, the AOPA Foundation produces a beautiful calendar highlighting some of the best general aviation photography. We want your help to pick the best photo for the cover of our 2021 calendar. Vote for your favorite by May 20!
Pilot Protection Services
What you need to know about hangar parties
If you are planning to host an event in your hangar once the coronavirus pandemic has passed, here are some important legal considerations. Read more >
Member benefit
Purchasing an aircraft in a volatile market
AOPA Aviation Finance Co. President Adam Meredith answers questions about credit requirements and continuing the aircraft purchase process during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more >
Member benefit
Find the right broker and lender
An aircraft purchase is a complex transaction, and there are dozens of finance options. It's a good idea to work with a broker who can guide you through the process and to the right lender. Read more >
Photo of the Week
Grandma's 182
Grandma's 182
Jan Perch wanted to learn the basics so she could pinch hit if anything happened to the corporate pilot flying the company's business airplane. The basics became the foundation for a family legacy. Read this story and see more of AOPA Senior Photographer Mike Fizer's photos in the May issue of AOPA Pilot. Follow @flywithAOPA on Instagram to see more photos from AOPA members and staff.
Final Exam

Can I fly over sporting events?
It depends on the type of event. For many years, there has been a temporary flight restriction in place (the current one is 7/4319) restricting flight up to and including 3,000 feet agl and within a three-mile radius of any National Football League stadium; National Collegiate Athletic Association football stadium; Major League Baseball stadium; and various auto racing venues with a seating capacity of 30,000 or more. The TFR is in place from one hour before start to one hour after completion. Air traffic control approval is required to transit or enter. Otherwise, there are no specific restrictions for sporting event overflights aside from minimum altitudes that must be maintained.

For more information, see this discussion in our online Pilot Information Center, where you can ask questions, contribute answers, earn badges, and join our growing pilot community online. Did you know that student pilots who join AOPA are three times more likely to complete their flight training? Membership includes unlimited access to aviation information by phone (800-USA-AOPA, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time) or from AOPA Online. Got a question for our technical services staff? Contact AOPA.
Education & Seminars
AOPA's educational courses and seminars have been canceled or postponed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
AOPA Courses and Seminars
Flight Instructor Refresher Courses Canceled through June
Safety Seminars Canceled indefinitely
Rusty Pilots Seminars Canceled through June
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