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Training Tip: Seen and avoided

Article | Mar 20, 2015

Pilots receiving radar traffic advisories might be lulled into letting the "second pair of eyes" at the approach control radar scope keep the lone watch for any further traffic conflicts. Don’t become one of those complacent pilots!

Fly into JFK in new 'Real World IFR' course

Article | Mar 19, 2015

Geared toward already instrument-rated pilots, PilotWorkshops’ new “Real World IFR” video program features simulator scenarios and real flights from start to finish and offers practical tips for flying and dealing with air traffic control in actual instrument conditions.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

My most significant aviation learning started when my small airplane finally came to a stop with the right main gear and the tailwheel off the end of the Lagubang airstrip in the mountains of the southern Philippines.

Solar Impulse launched

Article | Mar 09, 2015

Swiss pilot André Borschberg completed the first leg of the Solar Impulse zero-fuel circumnavigation, a nearly 14-hour mission covering about 215 miles (loitering was required).

ATC angels

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

Let’s face it, pilots sometimes find themselves in real “aw, shucks” situations. Despite superior skill, judgment, ingenuity, good looks, or enthusiasm, things just aren’t working out.

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RECOGNIZES 10 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

News release | Mar 05, 2015

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RECOGNIZES 10 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

Stuck on top, no gyro in IMC: Top ATC assists

Article | Mar 04, 2015

With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.

Air Safety Institute honors controllers who made a difference

Article | Mar 04, 2015

AOPA’s Air Safety Institute has awarded Flight Assist Commendations to 10 air traffic controllers who guided general aviation pilots to safe landings despite thunder storms, icing, mountainous terrain, and inoperative instruments and radios.

Training Tip: 'Clarification and amendment'

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Pilot responsibilities include requesting clarification or amendment whenever the pilot does not fully understand a clearance or considers it unacceptable from a safety standpoint.

P&E Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

Knowing where you are, where you came from, and where you are going is a core tenet of good airmanship.

Not so alone

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Slogging through the murk fearing a two-degree temperature drop may lead to an icing encounter, darkness setting in, facing a low approach at an unfamiliar airport with terrain around.

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE OFFERS PROGRAM ON FORCED LANDING SURVIVAL SKILLS

News release | Jan 12, 2015

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE OFFERS PROGRAM ON FORCED LANDING SURVIVAL SKILLS

P&E On Instruments

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

What’s the most invaluable instrument in the cockpit?

A look back at the top stories of 2014

Article | Dec 30, 2014

A tall (but true) tale of a rare aircraft find in Texas, progress on third class medical reform, amazing aviation videos, pilot saves, new aircraft from Mooney, and one pilot’s surprise of a lifetime topped the most-read stories of 2014.

Safety

Article | Dec 21, 2014

In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?

IFR Fix: Timing the handoff

IFR Fix | Dec 12, 2014

No one likes to blow a radio exchange with ATC, but it's not possible to know exactly when a handoff from one center sector to another, or from a center to approach, is going to happen.

Control tower to open at Hammond Northshore airport

Advocacy | Dec 10, 2014

AOPA is notifying pilots that a new control tower will begin operations at Louisiana's Hammond Northshore Regional Airport.

Living with the love of your life

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

Ask someone who lives in an airpark how long they have been there and more often than not, you’ll hear 10 years, 15 years, or even 30.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

Looking for an instrument proficiency tool that is quite a few steps removed from shooting approaches under the hood with your pilot buddy?

IFR Fix: In uncharted territory

IFR Fix | Dec 08, 2014

When was the last time you were instructed by a controller, or requested by an instrument flight instructor to fly an uncharted hold?

AOPA, FAA ease holiday travel headache in Massachusetts

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2014

While East Coast travelers faced challenging conditions in the air and on the ground leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, AOPA and the FAA worked quickly to ease general aviation pilots’ travel concerns stemming from a vice presidential TFR.