September 1, 2010
By Julie Summers Walker
Ready, willing, and able—three words that aptly describe both the Fun to Fly Sweepstakes airplane, the Remos GX, and new sport pilot U.S. Marine Sgt. Michael Blair. A perfect pairing of aircraft to student best illustrated the capabilities of the light sport as a training vehicle—and the benefits of the sport pilot certificate process. Wounded in combat in Iraq, Blair nonetheless was unstoppable, and that grit and determination showed through in his flight training; the small but mighty Remos (affectionately dubbed “Uncle Remos” by our staff pilots) carried the Marine through the process. Watch this online video as Sergeant Blair moves from intro flight through ground school, to first solo, and onto his checkride. www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: michaelblair)
Take a step back in time and see what it was like to learn to fly the North American B–25 Mitchell in this classic training video, first shown to pilots during World War II. www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: B–25)
If you’ve ever wanted to fly in mountain canyons such as those found in the Colorado Rockies, first take the AOPA Air Safety Foundation online course Mountain Flying. The course introduces pilots to the challenges of mountain flying and offers ways to minimize the risks. www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: mountainflying)
Who doesn’t want something for free? We’ve tested the available online flight planners; now you can, too. Join Associate Editor Ian J. Twombly as he tests the free online versions of flight planners to see if they are worth the time investment. www.aopa.org/pilot (keyword: flightplanners)
AOPA Director of Publications and Managing Editor for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training, Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
Light Sport Aircraft,
Pilot Training and Certification,
Learn to Fly,
Pilot Youth and Introductory,
The FAA announced Sept. 18 that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B, a move welcomed by AOPA.
Changes to departure and arrival procedures in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport airspace will take effect Sept. 18, and AOPA is cautioning pilots to plan ahead for the new procedures.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pressing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer pilots and aircraft owners more flexibility when it comes to the use of hangars at airports that have received federal funding.
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