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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.