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Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue

24:28 min

Watch as a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turns a four hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for a pilot and his family in the unforgiving Idaho backcountry.

Harrison Ford's forced landing

4:11 min

We take a look at the thespian aviator's skillful emergency landing, and also talk about the Ryan PT-22 Recruit he was in, with the pilot who checked him out in it.

TRACON Controller honored for save

3:46 min

Hugh McFarland used his skills as an instrument pilot to talk a VFR pilot down through nearly 9000' of IMC. Now the Houston TRACON controller is one of several honored with the Archie Award.

Unions concerned about drones

0:31 min

A group of transportation unions say that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, UAV, or drones) aren't ready for commercial use because they could pose a safety threat to manned aircraft.

Know Before You Fly

0:59 min

AOPA joins with industry group to educate small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, UAV or drones) how to operate safely in the national air space system.

Helicopter simulator

2:03 min

New Frasca helicopter simulator faithfully replicates the Robinson R-44 with accurate control loading and stunning visuals.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Southwest Region

5:42 min

Controller David Bricker of Albuquerque Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot that encountered moderate precipitation, icing, and turbulence in mountainous terrain.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Western Pacific Region

2:47 min

Controller James Hansmann of Los Angeles Center guides the pilot of a Cessna 182 with inoperative radios who had become disoriented in mountainous terrain, near restricted airspace and an international border.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Great Lakes Region

5:43 min

Controller Laura Kuhn of Minneapolis Center guided a disoriented and distressed Cirrus SR-22 pilot who had encountered severe icing in instrument meteorological conditions.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - NW Mountain Region

7:20 min

Controller Andy Olson of Seattle Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot who had encountered icing in instrument meteorological conditions by guiding them into the clear.

ProFlight CJ Simulator Training

4:15 min

Learning to fly a CJ business jet in a simulator alone at ProFlight in Carlsbad, CA.

Rotor wash accident

0:36 min

Blackhawk rotor wash entangles a student pilot in a Cirrus

NORAD Commander interview

13:55 min

Tom Haines talks with NORAD Commander Adm. Bill Gortney about TFRs, fighter intercepts, and general aviation and Navy flying.

Accident Case Study: Emergency Management

13:18 min

On December 16, 2012, a Piper Cherokee impacted terrain during an instrument approach to Fayetteville, North Carolina. In this case study, we use ATC audio and radar data to reconstruct the tragic flight and find out what went wrong.

Approx. 13 minutes

NTSB Top 10 List

2:58 min

General Aviation is on the NTSB Top Ten Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements for 2015.

Rusty Pilot Larry Hill

2:31 min

With 50 years between logbook entries a rusty pilot returns to the cockpit.

Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing

12:58 min

Not every forced landing results in fatalities or even injuries, but a little knowledge on what to do in a survival situation can go a long way. In this video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, we discuss survival kit essentials and what actions you can take to help reduce the time it takes to get found. For more information, be sure to also download the Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing Safety Advisor. Need survival gear? Get discounted products and a chance to win a $50 Aircraft Spruce gift card by using promo code AOPAWPS. One winner will be announced each month!

Dave Coulier interview

3:33 min

Actor and comedian Dave Coulier talks about his Bonanza and his contribution to the AOPA Foundation's silent auction.

White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important

1:30 min

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman shows us why tracking that white stripe is a good idea.

Redbird Migration

3:46 min

A look at Redbird Migration, and the technology at the leading edge of flight training.

Hypoxia Simulation

3:57 min

See how AOPA staffers react to hypoxia at a simulated 30,000 feet.

Barrington Irving's Flying Classroom

2:45 min

Pilot Barrington Irvin is flying around the world to get students interested in aviation careers.

Best Flight Instructor 2014

3:27 min

Spencer Watson of Aviation Adventures in Manassas, Va. has been voted Best Flight Instructor of 2014.

Flight Training's Best Flight School 2014

4:36 min

Paragon Flight Training at Pace Field in Ft. Myers, Florida, wins the award as Flight Trainings Best Flight School in 2014.

Datalink Weather: From Concept to Cockpit

26:52 min

By bringing up-to-the-minute weather into the cockpit, datalink has increased the utility of our aircraft while making weather flying safer and easier. In this video, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the “datalink revolution” as told by the people who made it happen. Approx. 27 minutes

Living on the Edge

0:54 min

Don't let convective turbulence bring you down.

Flying the Weather: T-storm Toolbox

4:39 min

AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg discuss some of the strategies they used to navigate around thunderstorms during a recent flight.

AOPA flight training scholarships

1:13 min

The AOPA Foundation is offering scholarships to help support outstanding student pilots.

Upset training in L39

6:16 min

Learning how to instinctively recover from extreme unusual attitudes might save your life some day.

PilotWorkshops

8:28 min

New benefit for AOPA members from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops - free access to a selection of audio and video training programs.

AOPA Rusty Pilots Initiative

1:35 min

Learn about the new AOPA Rusty Pilots Initiative. We want to help you get back in the air!

Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn

5:41 min

Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous.

Bendix King KLR-10

1:10 min

This new $1600 device from Bendix King is designed to save your life. Its a lift reserve indicator / AOA.

Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches

5:08 min

A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground.

Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings

9:42 min

Every pilot learns the technique for a proper crosswind landing, but this skill requires more than knowing the proper control inputs.

AOPA responds to FAA simulator policy

0:48 min

AOPA responds to FAA simulator policy

GA on NTSB Most Wanted Safety Improvements List

2:14 min

National Transportation Safety Board wants better weather information in the cockpit, better forecasting, and better pilot weather education to reduce general aviation accidents.

Flying the Weather: Picking up ice

4:29 min

AOPA Pilot editor Tom Horne discusses the progression of clues to help you determine if you're starting to pick up ice.

Accident Case Study: Communication Breakdown

13:16 min

On February 29, 2012, a Cirrus SR22 plunged to the ground just seconds before what would have been a normal landing at Melbourne, Florida. In this case study, we reconnect the links of the accident chain, and search for lessons in the tragedy.

Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs

4:51 min

A normal takeoff is what pilots use the for the majority of their departures. But it often doesn't get the attention it deserves.

UAS Roadmap announced

1:32 min

The FAA announced the UAS roadmap.

Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction

14:17 min

On December 20, 2011, a TBM-700 crashed onto a freeway near Morristown, New Jersey. In this case study, we piece together the events that led to the tragedy, and discuss what we as pilots can learn from them.

Takeoffs and Landings: Short Field Landings

3:15 min

While the checklist is important for determining how to perform a short field landing, sometimes it helps to think about why we do what we do.

Flying the Weather: Airframe Icing

3:51 min

AOPA Pilot editor Tom Horne talks about the effects ice has on an airplane's handling and performance.

Takeoffs and Landings: Determining an Abort Point

3:00 min

Learn how to choose an abort point if your takeoff roll isn't going as planned.

License to Learn-Prevent Spin with Rudder

5:01 min

Rod Machado shows you techniques to prevent a spin entry.

Accident Case Study: Everyone's Problem

4:27 min

The Air Safety Institute’s Accident Case Study: Everyone’s Problem, takes a look at a flight training accident in Texas that killed a flight instructor and two students on November 15, 2007. The video was originally developed for ASI’s new online Flight Instructor Refresher Course, and holds lessons for all of us - not only as pilots and CFIs, but as friends, peers, and co-workers.

Aerodynamics Webinar

1:0:39 min

Venture beyond Bernoulli and Newton when you join AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg and panelists Rich Stowell (Master Aerobatic Instructor and 2006 National CFI of the Year) and Brian E. Smith (NASA Ames Research Center) in an energetic review of aerodynamic principles beyond the four forces of flight. As Landsberg leads a high-paced discussion with amazing video clips you’ll discover the true meaning of power and pitch and what flying angle of attack is all about. Grab this chance to come away a precise aviator in all flight regimes.

Stabilized approach

4:44 min

The airlines learned it a long time ago. A stabilized approach is the key to an uneventful landing. Fly along with Bruce Landsberg of the AOPA Air Safety Institute.

Runway Safety: Bluegrass, Ky

2:15 min

This video is a stark reminder of what can happen when pilots lose situational awareness.

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