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AOPA's High School Aviation Initiative

4:19 min

AOPA launches program to bring aviation into high schools to help teach STEM and spark interest in general aviation.

Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls

8:14 min

Year after year, unintended stalls are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. The "departure" or "power-on" stall is practiced during flight training, but in a controlled, coordinated scenario at a high altitude. Unexpected stalls during takeoffs or go-arounds are sudden, sharp, and frightening. At low altitude, even a brief loss of aircraft control may be unrecoverable. This video explains the differences in power-on stall training versus real-world scenarios, the aerodynamics of how stalls occur during takeoffs and go-arounds, and techniques pilots can use to prevent them.

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Weather Wise: The AWC Website

3:18 min

Of all the weather websites out there these days, one of the best and most popular is NOAA’s Aviation Weather Center—often referred to as ADDS, or In this brief three-minute video—the second in a series focused on practical weather flying—we explore some of the many resources available at the revamped AWC website, and discuss how pilots can use them to get a more complete picture of the weather prior to flight.

Ken Mead - New FAA Compliance Philosophy

6:54 min

FAA announces a new compliance philosophy, where it will seek to educate and retrain pilots first, rather than start an enforcement action.

NORAD Intercept

6:57 min

We experience what it's like to get intercepted by F-16s. Learn how to handle getting intercepted and where to find TFR information.

Spin Training

1:55 min

Experience spin training with instructor Catherine Cavagnaro. Cavagnaro, a spin training expert, will speak at AOPA’s Tullahoma Regional Fly-In Oct. 10.

AOPA Flight Training Scholarship Winners

1:15 min

Twenty-four individuals have been selected as winners of the 2015 AOPA Flight Training Scholarships, a program designed to help aviation trainees of all ages earn a pilot certificate.

Weather Wise: Gathering Information

8:22 min

Preflight weather planning is one of the most important jobs we do as pilots. It’s the foundation for some of our most critical decisions. But with the sheer amount of weather information available these days, how can we be sure we’re getting what we need? In this short video—the first in a series focused on practical weather flying for pilots—we look at strategies for sorting through the chaff and pinpointing the information that really matters for your upcoming flight. 

ASI Safety Alert

1:41 min

While midair collisions remain rare, recent incidents including the fatal crash involving a Cessna 172 and a Sabreliner over Southern California prompted a fresh call for vigilance from the Air Safety Institute.

Ascend Summer Camp

2:18 min

The Ascend Summer Camp run by EAA Chapter 1083 in North Carolina is giving young people a close up look at aviation.

Margins of Safety: Angle of Attack Indicators

5:38 min

This brief video provides a review of angle of attack (AOA), an introduction to the main types of AOA indicators available for GA pilots, and an overview of how they can be beneficial in stall awareness and prevention. Learn how an AOA indicator can help you avoid exceeding the critical angle of attack. Technical assistance and sponsorship of this video brought to you by Aspen Avionics. More information about stall awareness and prevention can be found at the Aerodynamics Safety Spotlight:

AOPA: Make ADS-B traffic available to all

2:17 min

AOPA renews call for the FAA to not withhold traffic data from aircraft not yet equipped with ADS-B out.

Civil Air Patrol Flight Academy

2:30 min

Civil Air Patrol instructors can only sit back and watch as their cadets fly solo during a nine-day total-immersion summer flight camp.

Cat goes for an unexpected ride

0:38 min

What do you check for on preflight? Fuel? Flight controls? Cats in the wing? Here's a purrfect example of a cat-astrophe averted. It might have well be a CAT1 approach the pilot flew... he wanted down right meow! (Okay, I'll stop...)

FAA launches Fly Safe, pushes for AOA's

1:26 min

The FAA wants you to equip with an angle of attack indicator in effort to reduce loss of control accidents.

Accident Case Study: Final Approach

16:49 min

On January 13, 2013, a Piper Arrow collided with trees during an emergency approach to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base. Come along as we re-create the pilot's final flight, and seek to understand the circumstances that led him down a path to disaster.

Water ditching caught on tape

2:15 min

Two airplanes collide in Italy, one pilot is able to ditch into the water in front of a crowded beach. Its all caught on tape. We digest the lessons to be learned from this viral video.

Those crazy drones

1:55 min

They're everywhere! (including where they are not supposed to be)

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.

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