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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?

News from Headquarters

Article | Feb 15, 2014

No doubt that the social aspects of a club are high value.

February 14, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Feb 14, 2014

February 14, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Heart City, westbound

Able Flight seeks female pilot candidates

Article | Feb 11, 2014

Women with physical disabilities are being encouraged to apply for Able Flight’s flight training scholarships.

FSANA holds yearly conference

Article | Feb 10, 2014

The Flight School Association of North America held its fifth annual conference recently in San Antonio.

February 7, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Feb 07, 2014

February 7, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: The official word

What’s app? Aviation games

Apps of the week | Feb 07, 2014

Break up the winter doldrums by playing these five aviation game apps.

Calif. county orders security checks

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

San Diego County in California is moving forward an ordinance that creates a significant new burden for flight schools.

75-year-old pilot encourages older potential flyers

Article | Feb 04, 2014

A 75-year-old pilot says it’s never too late to learn how to fly. In the past 10 years, he received his private pilot certificate, an instrument rating, and bought a Piper Archer III.

January 31, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 31, 2014

January 31, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: ALNOT

Rotorcraft Rookie: Time to go somewhere

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 30, 2014

Try a cross-country with only a compass and map for navigation, mental math calculations instead of using an E6B, and hitting checkpoints every five miles.

FBOs in a bind: No more freebies?

Article | Jan 30, 2014

With the traditional FBO business model being squeezed on two fronts, industry consultants recently pitched an overhaul that could prove a tough sell.

Developers pitch five aviation apps

Apps of the week | Jan 28, 2014

Developers make their pitch for five apps that cover everything from IFR communications to pireps.

Training Tip: ALNOT

Article | Jan 27, 2014

In an emergency, time is critical. Taking all measures to mobilize search-and-rescue, and maximizing system effectiveness by providing high-quality information, is your best hedge.

January 24, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 24, 2014

January 24, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Links in a chain

Untapped potential

Article | Jan 23, 2014

Basic and advanced aviation training devices are more advanced than ever, yet still struggle to realize the potential that many have envisioned.

Scholarship winner starts new flying club

Article | Jan 22, 2014

Ground Effect Advisors scholarship winner Zachary Piech has started the Cape Fear Flyers Flying Club.

'Benign neglect'

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2014

Venice Municipal Airport in Florida, once a victim of “benign neglect” according to its supporters, is in trouble no more.

Cool Stuff

Article | Jan 21, 2014

In November, a group of high school students accomplished something no other high school students have ever done: a satellite they built was launched into space.

January 17, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 17, 2014

January 17, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Too much, too soon

Ponderosa Aero Club

Article | Jan 16, 2014

With eight aircraft, 175 members, and dozens of events throughout the year, Ponderosa Aero Club is very much a part of the aviation community in and around Boise, Idaho.

Michigan high school students get leg up in aviation

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Twenty-one Michigan high school students have completed a class on general aviation, and some have entered flight training.

Hat in the Ring helps fund GA programs

Article | Jan 10, 2014

The Hat in the Ring Society helps fund programs to preserve general aviation.

January 10, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 10, 2014

January 10, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Rough but ready