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FAA announces changes to TIS-B

Advocacy | Jan 04, 2016

The FAA is preparing to implement changes to its Traffic Information Services-Broadcast (TIS-B), which provides traffic information to aircraft using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out and In.

IFR Fix: 'What should I have done?'

IFR Fix | Dec 29, 2015

After experiencing an alternator failure in instrument conditions, the pilot and his flight instructor could receive but not transmit, but the transponder still worked. What should the pilot and CFI do?

IFR Fix: 'Not only false, but fatal'

Article | Nov 30, 2015

With ice accreting, and the aircraft no longer able to climb, and peaks of the Sierras nearby, all the pilot wanted was escape.

Weigh in on Houston Executive airspace

Article | Nov 18, 2015

AOPA members are encouraged to attend a Dec. 15 meeting on the proposed transition to Class D airspace around Houston Executive Airport.

Austin ATC ‘back to normal’ after storms, flooding

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2015

Air traffic control services were reported back to normal in the vicinity of Texas’s Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Training Tip: 'At your own risk'

Article | Nov 09, 2015

When storms or floods disrupt air traffic control at a busy airport, the effects may endure long after the initial impact on operations.

Cirrus save caught on video

Article | Nov 05, 2015

Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon had just departed Bentonville, Arkansas, when his Cirrus SR22T lost power, and altitude.

The drone pro

Article | Nov 04, 2015

A pilot who long ago built a general aviation business in New Jersey was also among the first unmanned aircraft operators approved for commercial work.

IFR Fix: Finish the approach with a safe landing

IFR Fix | Nov 02, 2015

The last thing an instrument pilot wants to do after flying an approach in weather, or at night, is to have to miss.

FAA copes with storm disruptions in Austin, Texas, area

Advocacy | Nov 02, 2015

Normal control tower operations resumed at Texas’s Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, on Nov. 4 after several days' disruption, but a traffic management program and other service limitations remained effective as central Texas recovered from severe thunderstorms and flooding that struck the area at the end of October.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

An icy encounter in the Banning Pass

Island Hopping

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

The destination was Kosrae (pronounced kose-rye), an island in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)—an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, less than 400 miles from the Equator.

Training Tip: Within gliding distance

Article | Sep 21, 2015

If you have ever wondered how your instructor decides when to simulate an engine failure, this scenario is one example.

California wildfires look 'like a war zone'

Article | Sep 17, 2015

Western wildfires ignited blazes in six states, triggering multiple firefighting TFRs as crews continue to battle a pair of massive California fires.

Voters oppose privatizing ATC

Advocacy | Sep 17, 2015

Voters nationwide strongly oppose privatizing the air traffic control system, according to a survey released Sept. 17.

Preventing drone disaster

Article | Sep 16, 2015

Technology that will allow small drones to operate safely while beyond visual range is beginning to emerge.

AOPA helps Oregon pilots seek Class D relief

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport should soon get some airspace relief after AOPA communicated numerous concerns to the FAA's Western Service Center to mitigate the Class D airspace expansion at neighboring McNary Field Airport.

IFR Fix: Impaired and unaware

IFR Fix | Sep 14, 2015

Two pilots who suffered hypoxia during high-altitude flight but survived to read about themselves in Aviation Safety Reporting System narratives had one thing in common.

AOPA seeks answers about ADS-B notam

Advocacy | Sep 04, 2015

AOPA is seeking answers to questions about an ambiguous, short-notice notam affecting much of the East Coast.

Flight Watch frequency end date changed to Sept. 24

Advocacy | Aug 31, 2015

The FAA will discontinue the use of the dedicated Flight Watch radio frequency 122.0 MHz on Sept.24, a week earlier than previously announced.

Drone reports detailed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

A detailed list of unmanned aircraft encounters reported by pilots reveals just over half of all such encounters were reported in five states.

Racing ‘like Superman’

Article | Aug 19, 2015

Measured in inches and ounces, camera-toting drones raced like hummingbirds around a track, taking their pilots along for the ride.

Approach gone wrong

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Controllers alerted a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot to the presence of nearby traffic seconds before the fighter collided with a Cessna 150, killing two.