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Ownership: Winterize yourself

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

What to wear when Old Man Winter comes to stay.

Diamond to offer auto landing in 2016

Article | Dec 19, 2012

First, pilots wanted some way to make navigation easier, and got the GPS moving map system that requires them only to keep an aircraft icon on a little pink line. After that pilots wanted a way to fly an approach automatically, and soon the glass cockpit systems were doing that. An automatic landing was next on the list, until now. Diamond Aircraft CEO Christian Dries says he will offer that as an option in three years.

Four things that didn't happen in 2012

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2012

If you used GPS for navigation this year, you may be an unwitting beneficiary of efforts by AOPA and other aviation advocates to preserve your freedom to fly.

Waypoints: MEMS and more to the rescue

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

From the creative minds at Aspen

Embry-Riddle to test GA pilot performance

Article | Nov 20, 2012

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will launch a grant-funded effort in 2013 to test the performance of general aviation pilots flying simulated GPS approaches down to 200 feet.

Topics GPS, Avionics

FAA: No new flight plan requirements for GA ops

Article | Nov 19, 2012

Any operator who used FAA domestic flight plans prior to Nov. 15 should still be able to do so, according to an FAA official, who cleared up confusion that surrounded a Nov. 15 update to the International Civil Aviation Organization flight plan format.

IFR Fix: Circle game

IFR Fix | Nov 16, 2012

What's the most important altitude depicted on an instrument approach plate?

Improve your FlyQ

Article | Nov 09, 2012

With moving maps, approach plates, and many other unique and useful features, AOPA's just-released FlyQ EFB is a must-try for aviation tablet users.

iPad 101: 5 tips for the novice

Article | Oct 16, 2012

Thinking of buying an iPad, or turning yours into a flying tool? Check out these five tips from Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman.

Resources at risk

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Flight, film, and education inspire conservation action

IFR Fix: The Z-Y-X of IAPs

Article | Sep 28, 2012

If straight-in instrument approach procedures have a runway number in their title, and circling approaches get letters, why do some IAPs have both? It all flows from the FAA's IAP naming convention, a nuanced system for naming IAPs as descriptively as possible.

Hone your IFR skills

Article | Sep 19, 2012

Flying IFR is a dynamic undertaking - and not just because of the weather. Find out how to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

IFR Fix: Navigating a legacy

Article | Sep 17, 2012

For many of today's pilots who entered the instrument environment training in aircraft equipped with two nav/coms, marker beacons, and maybe an ADF, the satellite-based future air traffic system - NextGen - remains an elusive idea, notwithstanding its overall 2020 target date.

General aviation testimony offers NextGen priorities

Advocacy | Sep 12, 2012

General aviation is benefiting from changes to switch to NextGen - think with WAAS instrument approaches and T-routes - but the FAA needs to lay out a clear case for equipping aircraft with affordable systems to offer new benefits.

FAA responds to users on future navigation system

Advocacy | Sep 06, 2012

As the FAA begins to detail plans to take the National Airspace System from ground-based navigation systems to satellite technology, the agency has committed to creating an advisory group urged by AOPA and others to help set key guidelines for the transition.

NASA mission could help protect GPS

Article | Sep 05, 2012

NASA has launched a two-year effort to learn how better to predict the behavior of the Van Allen radiation belts that circle Earth, behavior that can at times threaten GPS and other satellite communications. Two satellites are orbiting through the belts of highly charged particles that protect the planet from solar storms and "space weather."

Avionics: Time to join the fray

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

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