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Weather Wise: Beyond Go/No-Go

We’re usually able to make fairly solid go/no-go decisions well in advance of a planned flight. But when conditions are marginal, the decision to launch, postpone, or cancel can be tricky. In this installment of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Weather Wise video series, we look at factors to consider when the weather complicates your plans.

Approx. 9 minutes

Topics:  Safety and Education, Weather


Collision Avoidance: See, Sense, Separate

Midair collisions fall into that “low probability, high consequence” category, but the topic still brings a chill to most pilots. In this video, we discuss areas where the risk of a midair is greatest as well as strategies for minimizing the chance of having one.

Approx. 8 minutes

Topics:  Safety and Education, Technique


Weather Wise: Mistakes We Make

One of the Air Safety Institute’s major roles is accident analysis--learning from real-world mistakes. In this case: What types of weather are most dangerous for pilots? Has technology (the internet, better forecasts, cockpit weather, etc.) lowered the accident rate? We talk to ASI statistician David Kenny for answers to these and other questions.

Approx. 6 minutes

Topics:  Weather, Technology, Safety and Education


Weather Wise: IFR Flight Planning

Flying IFR simplifies weather planning in some ways--but it also increases our exposure to potentially dangerous conditions. In this video, we look at how to anticipate and avoid such conditions during the days and hours leading up to a flight.

Approx. 9 minutes

Topics:  VFR into IMC, Flight Planning, Weather, Safety and Education


Weather Wise: VFR Flight Planning

One of the major challenges of flying is weather assessment. In this video we cover the major weather issues facing VFR pilots, with an emphasis on how to get a "big picture" understanding of the situation before leaving the ground.

Approx. 10 minutes

Topics:  Weather, Flight Planning, Safety and Education


Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls

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.

This video brought to you by BendixKing by Honeywell.

Approx. 7:30 minutes

Topics:  Takeoffs and Landings, Stall/Spin, Technique, Safety and Education

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Weather Wise: The AWC Website

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.

Approx. 3 minutes

Topics:  Weather

Weather Wise: Gathering Information

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.

Approx. 8:30 minutes

Topics:  Weather, Technology, Safety and Education


Margins of Safety: Angle of Attack Indicators

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.

Approx. 6 minutes

Topics:  Stall/Spin, Aerodynamics, Safety and Education, Technology


Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing

Our training prepares us to handle in-flight emergencies, but little is taught about what to do once we’re on the ground in a survival situation. Since not every forced landing results in fatalities or even injuries, a little knowledge on what to do can go a long way. In this video, we’ll discuss some items you should pack in your survival kit and what actions you can take to keep you and your passengers safe until help arrives.

Approx. 13 min

Topics:  Emergency, Backcountry, Safety and Education, Gear, Technique

Datalink Weather: From Concept to Cockpit

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 min

Topics:  Technology, Weather, Flight Planning, VFR into IMC, Safety and Education

Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn

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

Approx. 5 min

Topics:  Takeoffs and Landings, Stall/Spin, Aeronautical Decision Making, Air Safety Institute, Technique, Safety and Education, AOPA

Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches

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

Aprox. 5 min

Topics:  Wind & Gusts, Aeronautical Decision Making, Takeoffs and Landings, Safety and Education, Technique

Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings

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

Aprox 10 mins.

Topics:  Crosswind, Technique, Takeoffs and Landings

Takeoffs and Landings: Determining an Abort Point

When it comes to making a safe takeoff, there are simple rules of thumb we can all live by. Knowing when to abort a takeoff is one of them. Learn how to choose an abort point if your takeoff roll isn't going as planned.

Approx. 3 minutes

Topics:  Takeoffs and Landings, Technique

Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs

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

Approx. 5 min.

Topics:  Takeoffs and Landings, Technique

Takeoffs and Landings: Short Field Landings

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.

Approx. 3 minutes

Topics:  Takeoffs and Landings, Technique, Short/Soft Field

Runway Safety: Allentown, PA

A near collision on the runway between a Canadair regional jet and a Cessna 172 at Allentown, Pennsylvania, shows it only takes seconds for things to go wrong.

Runway Safety: Bluegrass, KY

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

Topics:  Accident, Aeronautical Decision Making, Communication, Safety and Education

Runway Safety: Providence, RI

On Dec. 6, 1999, United 1448 made one wrong turn while taxiing in severely reduced visibility. It became the first link in a chain of mistaken assumptions by its crew and the tower controller.

Topics:  Aeronautical Decision Making, Communication, Safety and Education

Runway Safety: Quincy, IL

A communication breakdown starts a chain of events that ends with a collision and 14 fatalities.

Topics:  Aeronautical Decision Making, Accident, Communication, Safety and Education

T-storm Toolbox

Flying the Weather: Tstorm Toolbox

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.

Approx. 5 min

Topics:  Air Safety Institute, Safety and Education, Flight Planning, Weather, Thunderstorms, AOPA

Flying the Weather: Picking Up Ice

Early detection of ice accumulation is critical to the safe outcome of a flight—even for pilots flying in aircraft equipped with de-icing equipment. In this video, Tom Horne talks about what to look for, and where, to determine if your aircraft is starting to pick up ice.

Aprox. 5 minutes

Flying the Weather: Airframe Icing

Hear from weather expert and AOPA Pilot Magazine writer, Tom Horne, on the dangers of flight into “known icing” conditions and what you can do to escape those conditions with your life.

Approx. 4 min

Topics:  Weather, Winter

No Greater Burden

No Greater Burden: Surviving an Aircraft Accident

Living with the consequences of an aircraft accident is hard. Living with the loss of a son is excruciating. In this special video presentation we take a sobering look at one pilot’s personal tragedy, the devastation it wrought, and the lessons all of us can take from it.

Approx. 30 min

Space Weather

Space Weather and GA

Space scientist Joe Kunches from the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center discusses solar activity and how this space weather may impact general aviation flying.

Approx. 9 min

Topics:  Weather

FDK Tower

FDK Airspace and Tower: A New Class of Operations

On May 1, 2012, Frederick Tower opened and introduced new Class D airspace around the airport. Watch the Air Safety Institute’s free seminar on the new VFR and IFR operations in the Frederick Class D airspace.

Approx. 50 min

Topics:  Airspace, Airspace Classes

Passenger Safety Briefing

Critical Information: The Passenger Safety Briefing

Unfortunately, accidents happen—and when they do, a little information can sometimes make a big difference. The Air Safety Institute’s video covers often-overlooked items that should be part of every preflight passenger briefing. You’ll also get helpful survival tips from NTSB and CAP experts, and learn the single best way to increase your odds of rescue.

Approx. 10 min

invasive species

How to Stop the Spread of Invasive Plants and Animals by Seaplane

Since the 1980s, zebra mussels, quagga mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, and other non-indigenous aquatic plants and animals have been rapidly taking over many of our freshwater lakes and causing billions of dollars in damage. These invasive species are primarily transported by watercraft, and once established can be impossible to eradicate. By following a few simple guidelines outlined in this video, seaplane pilots can help stop the spread of these aquatic nuisances.

Approx. 20 minutes

Topics:  Seaplane, Aircraft Types

Midair Collisions

Midair Collisions

Bruce Landsberg talks about the causes of midair collisions and what pilots can do to reduce the risk of a collision. Extended interview from a segment first appearing on AOPA Live This Week.

Approx. 8 min

Surviving the Wires Environment

Surviving the Wires Environment

An aviation wire-strike safety awareness video produced by Southern California Edison, Helicopter Association International, and AEGIS Insurance Services Inc., discusses the dangers of low-level flying and basic safety protocols pilots can employ in the "wires environment."

Approx. 30 minutes

Topics:  Environmental, Advocacy