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Answers for Pilots: Introducing AOPA's Guide to Starting a Flying Club

Article | Mar 17, 2014

AOPA has a new guide to starting a flying club with an extensive section explaining the various types of aviation insurance a flying club might need, and specific information on AOPA's new flying club insurance available through AOPA Insurance Services.

Nebraska seeks wind-test tower safety upgrade

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA is working to support a bill under consideration in Nebraska’s legislature to strengthen requirements for the anti-collision marking of temporary meteorological evaluation towers.

Question of the week: Sigmets

Article | Jan 27, 2014

Question: A nonconvective sigmet is issued for which types of conditions?

Question of the week: Restricted ATP certificate

Article | Nov 08, 2013

Question: You’ve decided that you’re going to attend college as part of your plan to become an airline pilot. Knowing that a Bachelor’s degree may qualify you for a restricted ATP certificate after logging 1,000 hours of total time (rather than 1,500), you begin to search for the right school. How can you determine which colleges have been given authority to certify their graduates for a restricted ATP certificate with reduced aeronautical experience?

Stay sharp with simulation

Article | Oct 12, 2013

PC simulator expert Bruce Williams covered the multitude of ways simulation can help pilots in a seminar at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Piper, ATP unveil iPad POHs

Article | Oct 08, 2013

Piper Aircraft has joined with Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) to launch new pilot's operating handbooks for the iPad.

California restriction would tread on FAA turf

Article | Aug 14, 2013

A California agency's proposal to enact an overflight restriction within state wilderness, cultural, and natural preserves usurps the FAA's ability to regulate airspace.

Propeller care: Preventive maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2013

Preventive maintenance begins with regular, careful inspections of the propeller. Even small areas of damage such as nicks and rock dings can represent stress points that can lead to cracks or corrosion.

Mentor Matters: Runway analysis

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In a previous article, I discussed the fallacy that jet aircraft may not legally depart IFR unless able to maintain any specified departure procedure (DP) climb gradient following the loss of an engine. While many pilots widely believe this true, the AIM is clear in stating that DPs assume normal aircraft performance with all engines operating.

NTSB wants wind-test towers marked, registered

Article | May 30, 2013

As the wind-energy industry grows, the towers it uses to evaluate the potential of sites for power generation pose a growing hazard to aviation, the NTSB said, issuing six safety recommendations to stakeholders.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> The Weather Briefing Check these elements for a good preflight decision BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, February 2004.) Imagine that soon after earning your private pilot certificate you're taking a friend -- who knows nothing about aviation -- for an airplane ride. Both of you are belted into a Cessna 152 and you've just started going through the prestart checklist when your friend says, "I thought you have a pilot's license.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> Weather on the Web The Internet is a valuable flight-planning tool BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, January 2002.) Figure 1: Detailed North American surface analysis chart Figure 2: A simplified surface analysis chart Figure 3: A simplified weather depiction chart Figure 4: Part of a NWS weather depiction chart A few minutes of surfing the Web can usually give a pilot a pretty good idea about whether going flying today is a good idea. Looking at a few weather charts might make it obvious that the weather where you want to fly is so bad that it's not worth the trouble of obtaining a formal preflight weather briefing.

NASA report: Your 'get out of jail free' card?

Article | Oct 16, 2012

The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), known to many as the "NASA report," is designed to get valuable information about what is going on in the system from those who are actually using the system. But the best part is you may possibly 'get out of jail free' by sharing the information.

Airport safety management a matter of scale

Advocacy | Sep 05, 2012

A culture of aviation safety has broad industry support. But requiring general aviation airports to implement safety management systems (SMS) based on programs at commercial-service airports would impose crippling burdens on the smaller facilities, AOPA said in a regulatory filing.

Angle-of-attack awareness key to safety

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

A recently published FAA advisory circular (AC) offers general aviation an important training tool as the industry strives to reduce the number of fatal loss-of-control accidents.

IFR Fix: Dangerous game

IFR Fix | Aug 03, 2012

With heartbreaking regularity, VFR pilots, often flying high-performance aircraft, continue to tangle with instrument weather despite odds that never improve for that dangerous game. Whether the result is a graveyard spiral from spatial disorientation, or colliding with terrain in a bid to escape weather, pilots keep trying, often with passengers.

FreeFlight Systems lands STC for ADS-B Out

Article | Jun 20, 2012

A transceiver developed by a Texas avionics company will help keep Gulf of Mexico helicopters safely separated while flying more efficient direct routes, the company announced this month. The FreeFlight RANGR FDL-978TX is the first rule-compliant ADS-B Out system to earn a supplemental type certificate for installations in AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, after proving capabilities in the Chevron fleet.