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Vacant hangars, new owners

Article | Nov 29, 2013

The new owners of a privately owned, public-use airport in an enviable New Jersey location have big plans, and vacant hangars.

GA-friendly routes proposed for Atlanta

Article | Nov 20, 2013

The FAA, in a welcome change of approach, has taken general aviation into account in a proposed airspace optimization for Atlanta.

Question of the week: IFR flight plan

Article | Nov 15, 2013

Question: You've filed an IFR flight plan and departed from an airport that underlies a Class B airspace floor of 2,000 feet. The weather is great so you planned on obtaining your IFR clearance once airborne. You've contacted ATC and the controller replied with your call sign and instructed you to stand by. May you continue your climb into Class B airspace?

Training Tip: Dates and updates

Article | Nov 15, 2013

Knowing that your charts are unexpired before you fly is only part of the job.

FAA changes effective date for Green Bay Sectional

Article | Nov 12, 2013

Green Bay Sectional Chart changes go into effect Jan. 9, 2014, the FAA reports.

Fly like a fighter: Tackle snarling crosswinds

Fly like a fighter | Nov 04, 2013

Variable gusting winds can force a runway change on short notice. Pilots should be prepared to switch runways even on short final, as retired Air Force fighter pilot Larry Brown recounts from his training at the Air Force Academy.

FAA finalizes Minneapolis-St. Paul Class B

Article | Oct 29, 2013

Lower floors in three sectors of the Class B airspace around Minneapolis-St. Paul take effect in January.

Automatic traffic

Article | Oct 28, 2013

An automated system being developed in West Virginia shows potential for traffic advisories at airports not served by towers.

Air Race Classic organizers prepare for 2014 race

Article | Oct 15, 2013

Air Race Classic organizers are getting the word out about the 2014 race.

Question of the week: PIC of aircraft towing a glider

Article | Oct 04, 2013

True or False: Before acting as pilot in command of an aircraft towing a glider, I must file a flight plan with flight service.

Dogfight: Tower or no tower

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Uh, oh. Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes on his boss—Editor in Chief Tom Haines—in this discussion on which is the better airstrip: one with an air traffic control tower or one without.

Airport's fate uncertain as auction nears

Article | Sep 26, 2013

A private airport in northeastern Maryland that has served the public since 1979 is headed for auction.

Jeppesen: An elegantly designed VFR app

Article | Sep 20, 2013

Jeppesen's Mobile FliteDeck VFR takes a refreshing and seemingly unique stance in the superheated app arms race.

Training Tip: Report the road

Article | Sep 16, 2013

Using pilotage to fly destinations in urban environments can present different challenges than selecting and locating checkpoints did on other cross-countries.

IFR Fix: BADDA BINGG

IFR Fix | Sep 13, 2013

Even if you never fly to this destination, the IAP makes good review material for a ground session of an IFR proficiency session.

DC routes reduce access, snub GA

Article | Sep 12, 2013

A final rule adopted by the FAA curbs GA access to the Washington, D.C., area, AOPA said.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

The temperature of 100LL avgas in a truck sitting in the sun on a hot day is 77 degrees F. A pilot instead uses fuel pumped from an underground tank where the fuel temperature is 32 degrees F. How does this affect the range of the aircraft?

Class D airspace takes effect Oct. 17 at Bryant Field

Article | Aug 15, 2013

Class D airspace will go into effect Oct. 17 at Bryant Army Airfield in Anchorage, Alaska, in a layout modified in response to concerns expressed by AOPA and other users about the design's complexity and possible impact on high-volume air traffic northeast of the city.

Avionics: ADS-B strategies emerge

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Not long after the FAA took a giant step toward Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) implementation in late May 2010, when it issued a final rule requiring many aircraft to equip with ADS-B Out capability by 2020, we said the smart move was to do nothing right away (“Next Step Toward NextGen,” August 2010 AOPA Pilot).

New Las Vegas Class B design effective Aug. 22

Article | Jul 24, 2013

Pilots flying in the vicinity of Las Vegas should be aware of changes to the Class B airspace that take effect Aug. 22. The ceiling will be raised to 10,000 feet, with no VFR transition routes immediately available. AOPA opposed the changes’ complications to VFR navigation in the area.

Pilots urged to steer clear of America’s Cup races

Article | Jul 19, 2013

From TFRs to airspace and notams, pilots should keep up with changing operational requirements during the America’s Cup boat races in California’s San Francisco Bay.