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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.

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.

Persistent, fatal loss in spotlight

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

AOPA staff joined a daylong, NTSB-led discussion as the GA community came together to discuss how loss of control can be prevented.

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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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 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.


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!”