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FAA site makes finding notams easier

Article | 2014, 12 03

Finding the notams relevant to your planned flights just got easier. The FAA's new online search tool streamlines the burdensome and confusing process of wading through scores of safety notices filled with obscure acronyms.

Sweepstakes 2015: Meet your new 152

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 12

Your “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 is just like all the 30-something trainers you’ve ever flown—and it’s nothing like them.

P&E/Frugal Flier: Aircraft logs you just can’t lose

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 07

If you’ve ever felt a pit in your stomach when searching for—and not immediately finding—your aircraft logbooks, there’s now a solution for that.

Debrief: Blade flier Jeffrey Cain

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 11 07

Flying vintage biplanes requires pilots to develop an intuitive feel for their aircraft and keen rudder acuity. But can a double-leg amputee develop such sensitivity?

'ATC Zero': Inside the Chicago Center fire

Article | 2014, 11 06

Without warning, radar scopes went dark and radio frequencies fell silent. In the basement of Chicago Center early Sept. 26, investigators say a contract employee destroyed the communications network, forcing an “ATC Zero” situation. Controllers from Chicago and around the nation banded together to overcome the act of destruction.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 10 07

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | 2014, 10 05

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

Presidents meet in Wyoming

Article | 2014, 09 11

The first fly-in meeting of the Young Presidents' Organization's Aviation Network drew more than 150 people to Alpine Airpark, an upscale fly-in community in the natural beauty of far western Wyoming.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 08

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

Pilots: AOPA Ambassador R. Anderson 'Andy' Pew

Pilot Magazine | 2014, 09 08

As AOPA’s longest serving board member, R. Anderson “Andy” Pew has helped guide the organization through times of tailwinds and turbulence.