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Smith Field: Airport of dreams

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2014

Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.

XtremeAir ready for demos

Article | Apr 10, 2014

A Florida flight school dove into airplane dealership when the opportunity to handle a new and aerobatic star came along last fall.

Stratus adds animated radar, split-screen attitude

Article | Apr 03, 2014

The Stratus Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver from Sporty’s Pilot Shop has added a split-screen attitude view, animated radar, and an iPad-battery-saving feature, Sporty’s announced April 2.

Couple donates Twin Bee to Vermont school

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Californians Jeanette and Roger Glazer have enjoyed their Twin Bee UC-1 for the past six years, but recently considered selling it. Instead the Seaplane Pilots Association convinced the couple to donate their storied aircraft.

Discovery Aviation buys Liberty XL-2, tests utility twin

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Discovery Aviation will manufacture the two-place Liberty XL-2, and flight testing has been completed for the new Discovery 201, a twin-engine, multi-role utility aircraft.

AOPA Launches Rusty Pilots Initiative To Help Lapsed Pilots Get Back In The Air

News release | Mar 27, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today launched an easy and fun new way for pilots who have gotten away from flying to get back in the cockpit.

Living the dream once more

Article | Mar 27, 2014

The research is conclusive: Most lapsed pilots would happily return to the left seat if only the path forward didn’t seem so daunting. Here’s the good news: It isn’t.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Round and round he goes

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 20, 2014

Solo practice in a helicopter is restricted to more or less pounding the pattern.

Clemson University club flies high after 87 years

Article | Mar 17, 2014

A storied history, low-cost flight training, and strong support from the school community add up to success for South Carolina’s Clemson University Flying Club.

Training Tip: Turning down a tailwind

Article | Mar 17, 2014

What the student is observing is visual evidence that there will be a strong tailwind condition on final—something to avoid.

Club Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2014

Wings Over Missouri will be an equity-based flying club registered as a 501(c)(7) nonprofit corporation.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

Dogfight: Simulators

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The young dog is ready for the future; the old dog, not so much. Senior editors Ian J. Twombly
and Dave Hirschman debate the viability of simulation in training.

Proficiency: To new heights

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA’s recent proposal to decrease the amount of flight simulator experience that students can log toward instrument ratings comes just as computer-based simulation is rapidly becoming more realistic than ever.

March 7, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Mar 07, 2014

March 7, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: 'Arrival or through flight'

General aviation and the GAO report

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

The GAO released its report “Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots,” and general aviation has a strong interest in its findings.

Two light twins now available from Italy

Article | Mar 03, 2014

Vulcanair's VR P68R twin and its turboprop variant will bring fresh air to the U.S. multiengine market, says the manufacturer.

February 28, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Feb 28, 2014

February 28, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: A good mix

San Diego finalizes rule to vet flight schools

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a rule imposing local certification requirements for flight schools training foreign students despite community opposition.

February 21, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Feb 21, 2014

February 21, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: First impressions

Technique: Rust off

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

What do you get when you combine a low-time pilot who can’t afford to fly all that often with complicated airspace that is new to him?