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Article | Apr 19, 2015

AOPA’s Rusty Pilot courses are designed to reignite the passion of pilots who have let their currency lapse. Several flying clubs have hosted these seminars recently as a way to gain recognition in the aviation community, recruit new members, and to strengthen General Aviation as a whole. And there’s an added benefit for current pilots – the course serves as the ground portion of the biennial flight review, making it a great club activity for your current members as well.

Club Spotlight

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth—and it looks even better by air. With 14 public use airports on the eight islands, there are plenty of opportunities for general aviation pilots. Moore Air is a for-profit company that offers aircraft rental, but also has a flying club to help keep rates low for frequent flyers and visitors to the islands. Moore Air owner and president Mark Jones shares how it all works and what it’s like to fly in Hawaii.

Continental, Chinese university partner on GA training

Article | Apr 17, 2015

Continental Motors Group and the Civil Aviation University of China have signed a memorandum of understanding to support growing demand for general aviation in China, Continental announced April 15.

Chinese companies order Cessna Skyhawks for training

Article | Apr 14, 2015

Cessna Aircraft has secured orders from four companies in China for Skyhawk training aircraft, Cessna parent company Textron Aviation announced April 13.

Three students take on 'One Week Ready to Solo'

Article | Apr 14, 2015

A former Navy corpsman, a Harley-Davidson custom builder, and a global advertising manager for General Motors have been tapped for a one-week adventure that could change their lives—learning how to fly through the One Week Ready to Solo project.

Virtual flights, real communications

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network can now practice their communications skills in a virtual environment.

Friendly neighborhood airport

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Tucked along the shoreline south of Boston, Marshfield’s George Harlow Field is a welcoming destination with some recent improvements.

Tianxiang Flight School to add 16 diesel DA40s

Article | Apr 07, 2015

Xinjiang Tianxiang Flight School in Xinjiang Province in northwest China will nearly double its fleet of 16 Continental Diesel CD-135-powered Diamond DA40 trainer aircraft, Continental Motors Group announced March 27.

Fly like a fighter: Operation empty Sic-Sacs

Fly like a fighter | Apr 07, 2015

After getting sick on his first five flights in a T-37, an Air Force pilot made it his goal to create an experience in which none of his passengers would get sick, whether he was flying reporters or controllers in an F-15 or T-38 or friends in a Cessna 172.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Several days after his sixty-second surgery for life-threatening wounds suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, Sgt. Jesse Murphree became the 10,000th passenger flown by volunteer pilots of the Veteran’s Airlift Command.

Upwind, Whirly-Girls announce scholarship winners

Article | Apr 01, 2015

Four California teens have been selected to earn their private pilot certificates in the summer through the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program; Whirly-Girls International also announced its 2015 scholarship winners in March.

Frasca tries to change the culture

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Although widely accepted in the airplane world, simulation use continues to lag in helicopter training. Frasca aims to change that with the introduction of its R44 TruFlite.

Scholarship to fund teenage musicians’ initial training

Article | Mar 16, 2015

The Flying Musicians Association has created a scholarship program to fund flight training for four juniors or seniors in high school through their first solo.

Question of the Month

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The Pittsburgh Flying Club is looking to get a new aircraft and Frank Beresnyak asked for help on the AOPA Facebook Flying Club page. He detailed the club’s current cost structure and what it would be for each aircraft and asked, “If given the choice between the 172 and 182, which would you choose? Would an increase in dues cause you to go elsewhere to rent/fly?” Several club members provided useful ideas on how to best make the decision.

High schoolers earn college credit exploring aviation careers

Article | Mar 11, 2015

Twenty-seven students from nine high schools are enrolled for the initial, winter 2015 semester of the Aviation Academy at Community College of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Pilot Briefing: Saving Airports

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Fort Worth Alliance Airport opened on December 14, 1989, and celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last December.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

I asked mountain flying instructors in Colorado how we can improve our mountain flying skills.

AOPA awards scholarship at Women in Aviation conference

Article | Mar 05, 2015

An aviation student from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the 2015 recipient of the $3,000 AOPA Women in Aviation, International student pilot scholarship, AOPA announced March 5.

Aviation groups bring safety, cost concerns to Iowa lawmakers

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2015

Eliminating unnecessary cost burdens for flight training providers and assuring obstruction-free land development around airports were among legislative priorities that AOPA raised with Iowa lawmakers.

A life in general aviation

Article | Feb 24, 2015

J. Reid Garrison, an airshow performer and formation pilot who has been part of the story line at the major aviation events, including Sun 'n Fun and EAA AirVenture, across the years, was recently inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.

News from Headquarters

Article | Feb 15, 2015

One of the things common in people who restore things – aircraft, automobiles, or antiques – is a love for the process of breathing new life into a dream forgotten years ago. AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda talks about how restoring his 50-year old BMW motorcycle is similar to reigniting the spark in pilots who’s flying has lapsed. Learn more about how your flying club could host a Rusty Pilot Clinic to get pilots back in the cockpit and possibly generate new members for your club.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

Club Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

When someone is willing to travel 90 miles to become a member of your club and take flight lessons, you must be doing something right. The Pocono Mountains Flying Club in northeast Pennsylvania is doing a lot right, and has a model worth replicating if you are interested in starting a club with low rates and a focus on flight training.

Painting a life without addiction

Article | Feb 12, 2015

An airplane-as-metaphor for “the vast possibilities that a life without addiction holds” is helping a California nonprofit steer youngsters away from drug abuse.

Air Safety Institute rekindles spirit of fun, learning, and flying

Article | Feb 10, 2015

During 2015, the Air Safety Institute will bring the aviation community together with captivating aviation safety seminars at exciting new locations whenever the opportunity arises.

Rotax continues contest

Article | Feb 09, 2015

Rotax BRP is again offering a new 912 iS Sport to the first flight school that gets one to 2,000 hours time between overhauls.

Fuel sales expected to climb

Article | Feb 05, 2015

A majority of the nation's fixed-base operators surveyed by analysts expect to post an increase in fuel sales for 2015.

My toughest student

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

My most challenging flight student was the one I wanted most to succeed: My mom, Wilma Melville.

Scimitar prop approved for Cessna 172RG Cutlass

Article | Feb 03, 2015

Hartzell Propeller has gained FAA approval to install a new lightweight, swept-tip propeller on the Cessna 172RG Cutlass.

IFR Fix: One hour to burn

IFR Fix | Feb 02, 2015

What would you choose to work on if offered a complimentary hour to tackle the IFR proficiency challenge of your choice?

Southern California schools embrace glider program

Article | Jan 29, 2015

A California charter school has teamed up with a glider school to give students a potentially life-changing opportunity.

Sporty’s offers refurbished 172s

Article | Jan 28, 2015

Sporty’s has struck a chord with flight schools and others looking for an affordable, like-new aircraft.

Tecnam touts transport duty for P2006T twin

Article | Jan 26, 2015

A light twin introduced to the flight school and rental fleets by Italian aircraft maker Tecnam has gained certification in Russia as a commercial passenger-carrying aircraft.

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

NGPA executive director notes gains, goals

Article | Jan 23, 2015

If only one person had been helped, it all would have been worthwhile. But much more than that has been accomplished over the 25-year life of the National Gay Pilots Association, said its executive director.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jan 18, 2015

The Bakersfield Flying Club was recently named one of the top 10 flight schools in the country. Flight Instructor William Woodbury talks about what makes the club’s flight training successful, including its Redbird Simulator, a structured training program, and the camaraderie of a club environment.

California flight school to host Silver Eagles day

Article | Jan 16, 2015

San Carlos Flight Center will host a Silver Eagles Celebration on Feb. 7 at San Carlos Airport in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

Endurance profile

Article | Jan 16, 2015

For one Maine pilot, the opportunity to be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the University of Maine's University Flying Club offered a trip down memory lane and a sense of reassurance as to aviation's future.

Nine habits of successful students

Article | Jan 13, 2015

Are you setting yourself up to achieve your flight training goals in 2015? You can take the reins of your flight training and tackle challenges faster by adopting habits that set you up for success.

Little diesel, big fuel savings

Pilot Magazine | Jan 12, 2015

When Premier Aircraft of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced a Jet-A-burning turbocharged Continental 135-horsepower diesel engine for the Cessna 172, the response came as no surprise.

New school, familiar faces

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Mojave Airport in California has long been an epicenter of unusual attitudes and flight envelopes pushed. Now, it is more so.

Simulation from scratch

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Flight instructor Xylon Saltzman wasn’t satisfied with what the general aviation simulation market had to offer, so he created his own.

Diesels on the cusp

Article | Dec 23, 2014

After years of waiting, 2015 may prove to be a very important year in the development of compression-ignition (diesel) aircraft engines.

IFR Fix: Power, and distraction

IFR Fix | Dec 19, 2014

After a complete electrical failure during an initial climb from the departure airport, the pilot of a Beech King Air 200 learned a valuable lesson from a simple but costly omission.

Time running out to bid on tailwheel package

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.