Learn and earn your way to becoming a better pilot

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation’s (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) has launched the “Earn & Learn Safety Challenge,” a new program that enters those who take aviation safety courses into a quarterly drawing for aviation gear.

A new prize will be awarded each quarter, beginning with a Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver – an $899 value — courtesy of Sporty’s Pilot Shop. The first prize winner will be announced in April.

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Vacuum failure, inadequate assistance from ATC proves fatal

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Parkton, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot, 63, who had logged more than 1,000 hours, took three tries to get his instrument ticket. He failed the checkride twice because he failed the “air traffic control clearances and procedures,” “instrument approach procedures,” and “emergency operations” areas of operations, with special emphasis on partial panel. After additional training he was able to obtain the instrument rating in August 2003.

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