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FAA finalizes Additional Pilot Program

Advocacy | Oct 02, 2014

Builder pilots ready to flight test an experimental amateur-built or light sport aircraft constructed from a commercially produced kit can now use a qualified additional pilot.

California aviation regulation nixed

Advocacy | Aug 27, 2014

California administrative law officials have scuttled proposed regulations that would have established state-imposed minimum altitudes for wilderness overflight.

FAA warns flight sharing services

Article | Aug 20, 2014

While private pilots may share certain costs with passengers under certain circumstances, they cross the line when spreading the word.

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.