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Fly Well: Avgas or Jet A?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Sane pilots ensure the Cessna 172 they are about to fly has been fueled with 100LL. Why don't we treat what we eat with equal attention?

Pilot Counsel: VFR weather minimums: Part I

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Federal Aviation Regulations 91.155 and 91.157 tell us the minimum weather conditions required for a flight under visual flight rules (VFR). These rules are fundamental to the primary way pilots avoid collisions--the see-and-avoid concept--using that indispensable piece of equipment, the eyeball.

Conditions AMEs can issue: Detailed requirements

Article | May 31, 2013

Your aviation medical examiner can issue a medical certificate in the office if you have certain conditions.

The ‘list that doesn’t exist’: FAA-allowed medications

Article | May 17, 2013

The FAA does not publish an official list of medications that are considered appropriate for aviation activities. But AOPA has one.

FAA’s take on sleep medications

Article | May 13, 2013

Need a good night's sleep? Before taking medication to help you fall asleep, consider the type of medication, potential aeromedically adverse side effects, and any underlying medical condition.

Medical application: Medical disability benefits?

Article | May 07, 2013

Question 18.y. in the FAA medical application form asks if the applicant has ever had medical disability benefits. How does the FAA want you to respond to this question and what does it want your AME to do if you had a positive response?

Fly Well: A clear picture

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Imagine a thunderous waterfall blocking a cave entrance—clear water turned white by circumstance. This is appropriate imagery for cataract (Latin cataracta, “to dash down”).

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Guam to JAX—nonstop World distance record for aircraft in its weight category By Dave Hirschman When Bill Harrelson wanted to prove the long-range performance of his kitbuilt Lancair IV, he flew it from Indiana to Hawaii—a warm-up for a much longer flight. On March 1, Harrelson landed his Lancair in Jacksonville, Florida, after a 38.5-hour nonstop flight from Guam.

Pilot Counsel: No defects?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

A pilot, while taxiing a Cessna 210D on an established taxiway at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Florida, struck a parked Cessna 560 XL jet that had its tail cone approximately four feet into the taxiway. The pilot inspected the damage to the 210 and said that he found only a paint scratch on its wing-tip fuel tank.

The shifting sands of medical certification policy

Article | Apr 30, 2013

The FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine recently announced changes to several policies regarding certification of certain cardiac conditions.

41 ways to save

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Illustration By A.J. Garces Here are some practical ways to lower flying costs gathered from the personal experiences of AOPA staff pilots, and fellow pilots through AOPA Forums and the AOPA Facebook page.

Buying an aircraft: ‘As is’ can cause a lot of pain

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Kathy Yodice Attorney, Counsel to AOPA Former FAA attorney Has assisted AOPA members for more than 13 years Pilot since 1994, owns a Cherokee 180 PPS participants-only:Article archives >> Buying an aircraft: ‘As is’ can cause a lot of pain In aviation, we see many terms. One that I find can often be misunderstood or subject to interpretation and debate is the term “as is,” and it is a term commonly used in aviation sales and lease transactions, whether it’s an airplane, an instrument, or a hangar.

What is a CACI?

Article | Apr 22, 2013

The FAA physicians in Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C., amended the certification policy for a group of "low risk" medical conditions to eliminate the special issuance requirement.

New medical certification policy for heart valves, pacemakers

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Warren Silberman Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine Pilot since 1986 PPS participants-only:Article archives >> New medical certification policy for heart valves, pacemakers In a prior article I discussed some of the recent FAA protocol changes for heart attacks (myocardial infarction) and coronary artery disease. In this article I shall discuss changes with heart valve replacement and pacemakers.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Sarah Brown told the story of glider pilot Robin Fleming, who was wrongly arrested for an overflight, and our readers were not pleased. I just received the February edition of AOPA Pilot magazine, and read the article about Robin Fleming (“Breach of Peace”).

New Swamp Creek Flying Club builds own aircraft

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The new Swamp Creek Flyers flying club is forming from the ground up—including building its own aircraft. Seven employees of Arlington, Wash.-based Dynon Avionics recently bought a Glasair Sportsman kit aircraft, with plans for club members and employees to build it under the manufacturer’s Two Weeks to Taxi program.

Fly Well: Clip well, clean well

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Stick and rudder, fingers and toes

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

MEMBERSHIP FlyQ Web The smartest thing in online flight planning now available Online flight planning just got a facelift and upgrade, courtesy of AOPA. The new online flight planner, FlyQ Web, is the latest addition to the AOPA FlyQ suite of digital flight-planning tools.

Troubling aircraft title issues

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Ron Golden Attorney, Counsel to AOPA More than 30 years of aviation legal experience Serves on the Board of Directors, Seaplane Pilots Association Pilot since 1975, owns a Cessna Cardinal RG PPS participants-only:Article archives >> Troubling aircraft title issues Buying or selling an aircraft? Be careful. Over the years, we become complacent.

FAA makes positive changes for some cardiac conditions

Article | Mar 18, 2013

Warren Silberman Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine Pilot since 1986 PPS participants-only:Article archives >> FAA makes positive changes for some cardiac conditions EDITOR'S NOTE: We were just notified 3/20/13 that the FAA is still working through the final cardiac policy changes. When the formal policy is announced we will notify our members at that time and highlight any changes to this article.

Logging time: What do I have to record?

Article | Mar 11, 2013

The most important part of the logbook is the inside, and your ability to log the information required by the regulations and capture any original signatures that may be necessary.