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Senators to FCC: Drop 121.5 MHz ELT ban proposal

Article | May 03, 2013

General aviation aircraft owners would spend an aggregate $500 million on dated technology under a revived Federal Communications Commission proposal to eliminate emergency locator transmitters that operate on 121.5 MHz, said five U.S. senators.

Five more random apps

Article | May 01, 2013

AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson last did a review of five random apps in November 2012. This week, she decided to use the randomizer again and pick another five apps across all categories and recommended by AOPA members.

Frugal Flier: A tablet dilemma

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Charlie Becker, AOPA’s director of corporate partnerships and products—and a VFR pilot—was facing a dilemma: He had an iPad 2, but he wasn’t really using it for aviation. Plus, prices were dropping on Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Apple finally released the iPad mini.

Proficient Pilot: Time to be true?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

When I used to fly TWA’s polar routes in Boeing 707s between the U.S. West Coast and northern Europe, we often passed close to the magnetic north pole.

The G950 Meridian

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Photography by Mike Fizer No doubt about it, Piper’s Meridian has found its niche in the step-up market. Ever since the preliminary design phase in 1997, the company’s goal was to provide an easy-to-fly machine that would make for simple transitions for owner pilots coming from piston singles.

Avionics: When all else fails

Article | Apr 28, 2013

This iPad screen shot shows Xavion’s desired flight path to the nearest runway. The airplane is flying at 99 KIAS, descending 1,200 fpm, and slightly low.Those of us who fly single-engine, single-pilot IFR may not like to dwell on these scenarios, but what are our odds of gliding to a safe landing at an airport if we lose the engine in instrument meteorological conditions? And how well prepared are we to deal with a total electrical failure in the clouds, or at night? Xavion is an iPad app that provides answers to the questions pilots constantly ask themselves in flight: What would I do right now if the engine quit? Or if the instrument panel suddenly went dark? Designed by Austin Meyer, founder of the wildly successful X-Plane flight simulation software, Xavion uses the iPad’s internal sensors (or a Levil Technologies attitude heading reference system) to show pilots how to glide to a runway if the engine quits.

Exciting new features now available for FlyQ EFB

Article | Apr 25, 2013

An update to FlyQ EFB, AOPA's electronic flight bag app for the iPad, adds the most requested feature: ADS-B in-flight weather.

Policy change expands IFR alternate-airport choices

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Pilots on IFR flight plans will be able to plan for a GPS-based instrument approach at either the destination or the alternate—but not both—under a policy change that drops the prohibition on choosing an alternate based on a GPS approach. AOPA has long advocated for measures to expand IFR navigation options for general aviation, and welcomed the announcement as timely when satellite-based procedures now outnumber by 30 percent those using ground-based navaids.

Flight Guide iEFB updated with ADS-B capability

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Photo courtesy Airguide Publications Inc. Airguide Publications has updated the Flight Guide iEFB to display weather on the iPad in flight, with additional functionality planned for future releases.

Dogfight: Flight bags

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Dogfight: Flight bags Tough, simple, proven By Dave Hirschman The modern flight bag is an over-thought, over-stuffed, and over-priced parody of itself. Trying to use one is like entering a house of mirrors: a semi-comedic and confusing exercise in frustration in which the simple items we look for in flight—batteries, a pack of gum, a note pad—are sure to be hidden in some obscure pocket within a pocket.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

A single-engine aircraft is parked in front of a hangar at Lakeland Municipal Airport in Lakeland, Florida, circa 1937. Lakeland Municipal Airport opened on Lakeland Hills Boulevard in 1935.

Finding flamingos

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

A bird's-eye view for conservation

Datalink Roundup

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Datalink Roundup Weather to Go What's it like in there? --> BY AOPA PILOT STAFF WRITERS (From AOPA Pilot, March 2004.) You're headed from Jackson, Mississippi, to Brownsville, Texas, and here's how your day is going: Alarm didn't go off; running late; spilled coffee driving to the airport while on the cell phone getting a briefing from flight service (yeah, you shouldn't drink, drive, and talk on the phone all at once, but these are life's pressures; at least there's no shaving or makeup involved). Thank goodness the weather's supposed to be good, right? Now, en route, you're feeling like maybe you drank too much of that coffee; it's bumpy, there's a big, fat headwind, and what's this? ATC talking at 20 knots gusting to 30: "Attention all aircraft: Convective Sigmet 11C valid until 2055 Zulu, an area from 50 west-southwest of Lufkin to 120 south-southwest Lake Charles to 100 southeast of Palacios to...." Wait a minute, where's Palacios? What's next? Did he say Brownsville? Was that embedded thunderstorms with tops to Flight Level 450? Oh man, you missed half of it.

Pilots urged to help prevent 121.5 MHz ELT ban

Article | Mar 20, 2013

AOPA is reminding pilots concerned about the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) to submit their comments to the FCC by April 1. AOPA strongly opposes the proposal, which in effect would force pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs, thereby hindering, rather than improving, aviation safety.

Don't ban 121.5 MHz ELTs, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2013

The Federal Communication Commission's plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs--effectively forcing pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs--would hinder, not improve, aviation safety and conflicts with existing laws, AOPA says.

Waypoints: Throttling George

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

The life and times of the new Beechcraft

PilotWorkshops acquires ZD Publishing's GPS manuals

Article | Feb 08, 2013

PilotWorkshops announced Feb. 7 that it has acquired the assets, copyrights, and inventory of ZD Publishing, known within the aviation industry for its line of user-friendly training manuals that focus on Garmin and Bendix/King handheld and panel-mount GPS units.