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Pilot Getaways: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Article | 2014, 08 13

Coeur d’Alene is a premier resort destination of the inland Northwest. Surrounded by pine-carpeted mountains, Coeur d’Alene Lake has been called one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Consider visiting on your way to the AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16.

Injunction on new Hillsboro Airport runway denied

Advocacy | 2014, 08 06

Oregon’s Hillsboro Airport will get a new runway after a federal court denies an injunction against the project.

Outrageous outdoors

Article | 2014, 08 06

Aviation in the West started at places such as Spokane's Felts Field (SFF). The historic airfield was once known as Parkwater because it is situated along the south bank of the Spokane River.

Pilot Getaways: Priest Lake, Idaho

Article | 2014, 08 04

The murmur of a breeze in the evergreens sings a soft harmony to the deep blue of a brightening sky—it’s morning in the Idaho mountains. In Priest Lake, Idaho, the choices of fun and relaxation, from water-skiing to huckleberry picking, are nearly limitless. Explore the area during your visit to AOPA’s Spokane Fly-In.

IFR Fix: 11 degrees of separation

IFR Fix | 2014, 07 28

The arcing dashed arrow that ushers in the missed approach lends it a deceptively simple appearance, but there’s more here than greets the eye.

10 things to do in Spokane

Article | 2014, 07 28

Spokane’s Felts Field has a little bit of everything for the aviation enthusiast. The historic airstrip features beautifully renovated terminal and hangar buildings, a 4,500-foot-long runway, 6,000-foot seaplane landing area, delightful diner serving breakfast and lunch, and is home to renovators and collectors of historic aircraft.

Training Tip: Monitoring mountain obscuration

Article | 2014, 07 28

Whether you will cross numerous ridgelines, or climb to altitudes close to your aircraft’s limits, mountain obscuration is a potential hazard for VFR operations.

IFR Fix: Where there's smoke

IFR Fix | 2014, 07 22

Spot quiz: What is the METAR/TAF code for smoke?

Washington state aviation resources fight wildfires

Article | 2014, 07 18

Wildfires were burning homes and triggering evacuations in eastern and central Washington state as officials responded with firefighting efforts staged from three state-run airports.

A river runs through it

Article | 2014, 07 11

Spokane, Washington's Felts Field began in 1910, welcomed Charles Lindbergh in 1927, once served as the city’s municipal airport, and is now home to an active general aviation community that is anxious to welcome visitors to AOPA’s fourth 2014 fly-in on Aug. 16.