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Safety experts focus on control

Article | Apr 23, 2014

The NTSB has organized a safety seminar May 10 to focus on aerodynamic stalls and loss of control, a leading cause of general aviation fatalities.

Controllers assisted in weather, engine-outs, more

Article | Mar 27, 2014

On March 26, 23 controllers were honored for assisting pilots in 2013 with the Air Safety Institute’s Flight Assist Commendation Awards.

Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn

Video | Mar 27, 2014

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

Training Tip: Airspace in a flash

Article | Mar 11, 2014

On any route, the current combination of flight conditions and airspace can present a myriad of decisions to ponder.

CFIs logging on for online refresher course

Article | Feb 20, 2014

In the months since the AOPA Foundation's Air Safety Institute launched its new online flight instructor refresher course in July, flight instructors have expressed their appreciation for the eFIRC’s course quality, convenience, and compatibility.

Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches

Video | Feb 20, 2014

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

Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings

Video | Feb 06, 2014

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

Commitment to Safety

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Resolve to be more active in safety education—and encourage your fellow flying club members to do the same.

Centurion Witnesses (11/2013)

Video | Dec 20, 2013

1-1: The Experience

Video | Dec 20, 2013

Accident Case Study: Communication Breakdown

Video | Dec 16, 2013

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.

Flying the Weather: Picking up ice

Video | Dec 16, 2013

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

Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs

Video | Nov 21, 2013

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

iPanel PSA

Video | Nov 14, 2013

Cockpit distractions can be deadly.

Accident Case Study: Delayed Reaction

Video | Nov 01, 2013

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

Video | Oct 31, 2013

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

Video | Oct 29, 2013

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

Safety Pilot: Weather flying (again)

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

ne of the best books ever written for pilots is entering its fifth edition, which for an aviation text is nearly unheard of.

Takeoffs and Landings: Determining an Abort Point

Video | Sep 19, 2013

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

News and notes: Summit 2013

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Multiengine instrument-rated pilot, certified aircraft mechanic, and helicopter pilot Aaron Tippin will kick off AOPA Aviation Summit 2013 with a free concert for attendees.

Advancing a cause

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

The economic turmoil that started half a decade ago has not been kind to general aviation.

AOPA Air Safety Institute Mobile Flight Risk Evaluator app

Video | Aug 28, 2013

App for iPhone, iPad or Android device helps you come up with a go/no go decision for your next flight.

Take the Weather Challenge

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Do your eyes glaze over when you hear about Skew-T diagrams? Yawn at hearing about moist adiabatic lapse rates? Then gather your flying clubs members and soak up some practical weather knowledge with the Air Safety Institute’s “Weather Challenge” fall seminar, brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services.