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Chicago fire review released

Article | Nov 25, 2014

The FAA is working to automate a contingency plan developed on the fly when Chicago Center was taken out by arson from within Sept. 26.

Training Tip: 'Pilots are encouraged'

Article | Nov 21, 2014

The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.

Answers for Pilots: Holiday Flying

Article | Nov 12, 2014

Holiday flying can involve more distractions than usual. Read tips for safe flying.

It could happen to you

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

It could happen to you. Flying into notam-established security airspace is one of the most prevalent violations charged against general aviation pilots.

'ATC Zero': Inside the Chicago Center fire

Article | Nov 06, 2014

Without warning, radar scopes went dark and radio frequencies fell silent. In the basement of Chicago Center early Sept. 26, investigators say a contract employee destroyed the communications network, forcing an “ATC Zero” situation. Controllers from Chicago and around the nation banded together to overcome the act of destruction.

Tragedy close to home

Article | Oct 24, 2014

A collision near Frederick Municipal Airport Oct. 23 claimed three lives and left the local aviation community–including AOPA–in mourning.

Training Tip: Pressure check

Article | Oct 07, 2014

The student’s instructor recently noted that an example of her increasing ability to juggle tasks was her now-automatic response to altimeter settings broadcast by ATC.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

Chicago-area ops recovering

Article | Sep 30, 2014

Chicago airports were back to near-normal traffic volume three days after a fire allegedly set by a despondent Chicago Center contractor.

Training Tip: Come on home to AOPA's headquarters

Article | Sep 29, 2014

Are you planning to attend the AOPA Homecoming Fly-in on Oct. 4 at Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport? Here's what you'll need to know.

‘Direct to’ and other gotchas: Flying in to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

Do your homework before you head to AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 in Frederick, Maryland, to ensure you’re safe and legal.

IFR Fix: Tower, CFI help VFR pilot who takes off into clouds

IFR Fix | Sep 17, 2014

A VFR pilot enters instrument conditions shortly after takeoff. Air traffic control gets an instructor on the ground involved to help talk the pilot through the serious situation to narrowly avert tragedy.

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.