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AOPA Fly-In Procedures: Beaufort, NC

Video | Apr 28, 2016

Procedures for the AOPA Fly-In event at Beaufort, NC. To download the Pilot Information Packet, go to: http://www.aopa.org/mrh-pip

Safety

Article | Apr 25, 2016

Now you and your flying club members can learn even more about several different aspects of weather by viewing the Air Safety Institute's eight-part Weather Wise video series, funded by NOAA's National Weather Service.

Prevent misfueling

Article | Feb 17, 2016

When pilots think about the fuel that goes into their aircraft, they usually focus on how much they’ll need to get from point A to point B.

Aviation industry launches misfueling prevention program

Article | Feb 08, 2016

The National Air Transportation Association partnered with the AOPA Air Safety Institute and other organizations to develop a free online course to raise awareness and help prevent catastrophic engine failure from misfueling incidents.

Florida pilot becomes 2015 fourth quarter ‘Learn & Earn Safety Challenge’ winner

Article | Jan 07, 2016

Michael Goertzen, who became the fourth quarter winner in the 2015 AOPA Air Safety Institute “Learn & Earn Safety Challenge,” credits ASI with helping him appreciate the importance of making safe flying decisions and successfully completing his private pilot and instrument training.

Weather Wise: Mistakes We Make

Video | Dec 30, 2015

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.

Weather Wise: IFR Flight Planning

Video | Dec 15, 2015

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.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with AOPA Foundation

Article | Nov 30, 2015

AOPA members can support the AOPA Foundation during #GivingTuesday, a movement that celebrates and encourages charitable activities supporting nonprofit organizations during the holiday season.

Weather Wise: VFR Flight Planning

Video | Nov 23, 2015

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.

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES VIDEO ON AVOIDING POWER-ON STALLS

News release | Nov 16, 2015

FREDERICK, MD – In our continuing effort to achieve reductions in loss of control accidents, The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) is releasing the latest in a series of videos that specifically target issues that data has shown to be areas of elevated risk.

Popular AOPA Foundation online auction opens

Article | Nov 11, 2015

Let the bidding begin: The AOPA Foundation’s annual online general aviation auction is open until Dec. 20 and boasts 21 once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, nine flight experiences, seven packages for pilots who enjoy sports, 12 getaway packages, and more.

Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls

Video | Oct 30, 2015

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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Third quarter winner receives Stratus 2 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver, courtesy of Sporty’s Pilot Shop

Article | Oct 27, 2015

When Florida pilot Sean Reddish completed one of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Accident Case Studies he became the third quarter winner in the 2015 Air Safety Institute “Learn & Earn Safety Challenge.”

Weather Wise: The AWC Website

Video | Oct 19, 2015

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 aviationweather.gov. 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.

Safety

Article | Oct 18, 2015

Whether your flying club members are instrument rated or aspire to be, the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s newest online course – IFR Insights: A Practical Approach will expand your flying skills. Flying IFR requires handling an airplane within very precise parameters, but ASI’s course also provides practical tips that help to reduce pilot workload.

ASI launches weather planning video series

News release | Sep 18, 2015

The AOPA Air Safety Institute has released the first in a multi-part video series covering aviation weather.

Weather Wise: Gathering Information

Video | Sep 10, 2015

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. 

Air Safety Institute eFIRC

Video | Sep 04, 2015

Safety Pilot: Watch that basket

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

One of the challenges pilots face in powered flight is what to do when the flight becomes unpowered. Clyde Cessna noted nearly a century ago that, “If the engine stops for any reason, you are due to tumble, and that’s all there is to it!” 

Safety

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Proper planning and understanding your experience and skill level are something every flying club member should understand. In this Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue, a low-time pilot takes you along on a personal and emotional journey as he reflects how a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turned the four-hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for him and his family.

Margins of Safety: Angle of Attack Indicators

Video | Aug 06, 2015

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: www.airsafetyinstitute.org/aerospotlight.

Make ADS-B traffic available to all, AOPA urges

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

In the wake of a fatal midair collision over South Carolina, AOPA is renewing a call to the FAA to stop denying pilots an inexpensive source of traffic information that could aid their situational awareness.