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IFR Fix: 'Trust my instincts'

IFR Fix | Aug 04, 2014

The Center controller who had issued the flight’s late-night IFR clearance heard the truncated transmission but thought little of it.

Technique: How low can you go?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

“Altitude is your friend.” That’s probably what all instructors drum into the heads of their students—especially those working toward the private pilot certificate.

Crossing the threshold

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

The flight from Charleston, South Carolina, would be my first in the new model, an upgrade from the Eclipse 500, which itself had several versions of varying capabilities during its short production run.

Church aviation ministry offers education, careers

Article | Jul 22, 2014

A Maryland church is using its aviation ministry to teach youth and forge career paths.

Air Force technology drives new PS Engineering audio panel

Article | Jul 15, 2014

PS Engineering is incorporating U.S. Air Force technology into its new PMA450 audio panel. Originally designed to help fighter pilots with situational awareness, the new system places com radio cues at various points in the earcups to help GA pilots focus.

FAA faces ‘programmatic challenges’ with NextGen

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2014

The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton testified June 25.

IFR Fix: IFR in name only

IFR Fix | Jun 30, 2014

The trip’s unraveling began when approach control called with an amended IFR clearance, producing instant pandemonium in the complacent cockpit.

Technology: Who's seeing whom?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 05, 2014

“There’s no traffic displaying ahead of me on the iPad—nothing at all—and all of a sudden, there’s an airplane right in front of me.”

Datalink dangers

Pilot Magazine | Jun 05, 2014

It was all so subtle. My inadvertent thunderstorm penetration took place so slowly that it didn’t fulfill my preconceived notion of a thunderstorm encounter—meaning one minute you’re OK, the next minute you’re deep in chaos.

FBI: $10,000 bounty for laser-pointing perps

Article | Jun 04, 2014

After a temporarily blinding green laser flashed into the cockpit of a Robinson R22 on a training flight at North Carolina’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport on May 6, the CFI and student helped police track down the person shining the laser. Now, the FBI is offering to reward those who provide information on laser incidents that lead to the arrest of such individuals.

IFR procedure changes coming to Houston area

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

Changes to the Houston metroplex are coming on May 29 that will affect general aviation pilots.

Pilot Counsel: An airspace incursion

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

This is a case in which the FAA ordered a 165-day suspension of a Cessna 172 pilot’s private certificate for an incursion into San Francisco’s Class B airspace.

IFR Fix: 'It seemed a reasonable clearance'

IFR Fix | May 06, 2014

Pop quiz: What are you expected to say when picking up your clearance if you have filed a route, but revised it before departure?

Dragon Lady stopped traffic

Article | May 06, 2014

A glitch in a new national air traffic computer system related to a U-2 flight plan grounded flights around the country April 30. The FAA reports the issue has been resolved.

Midair spurred modern ATC

Article | May 02, 2014

The site of a 1956 midair collision that led to modernization of air traffic control has been designated a national historic landmark.

Training Tip: With a capital V

Article | Apr 18, 2014

The silence on the approach control frequency is broken as the controller speaks your N number and advises, “Traffic, two o’clock, westbound, type and altitude unknown.”

IFR Fix: What is a clearance?

IFR Fix | Apr 14, 2014

Discussing the pros and cons of possible routes, your CFII poses an unexpected question: “What is an air traffic clearance?”

Notable quotables from Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Apr 07, 2014

AOPA Online captures interesting quotes from the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Synthetic advisory elements demonstrated

Article | Apr 03, 2014

Components for a synthetic air traffic advisory system were demonstrated at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport during Sun ’n Fun.

Garmin pilotizes the VIRB camera system

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Garmin's VIRB action camera now includes a host of accessories to make it more useful in the cockpit. An audio cable captures intercom and ATC communications, and a new removable filter reduces propeller blur.

Controllers assisted in weather, engine-outs, more

Article | Mar 27, 2014

On March 26, 23 controllers were honored for assisting pilots in 2013 with the Air Safety Institute’s Flight Assist Commendation Awards.