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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.

ASF - Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Mountain Flying Resources High-Altitude Mountain Flying Accident Report Alaska Mountain Passes Colorado Mountain Passes Suggested Western Mountain Routes Northern, West to East Midway, West to East Southern, West to East Northern, East to West Midway, East to West Southern, East to West High-Altitude Mountain Flying High-altitude mountain flying has always been one of the more dangerous activities GA aircraft undertake each year. On average, 17 people die annually in GA accidents in the mountains of Colorado alone.

Chart Challenge: Live

Article | Feb 13, 2013

In most regions of the country, pilots are experiencing weather this time of year that is not conducive to flying. But there are plenty of ways to stay proficient in your aviation knowledge even on the ground.

IFR Fix: Crossing LAFLN

IFR Fix | Feb 08, 2013

Checking the chart to see what lies ahead along the airway, you scrutinize an intersection 14 miles distant, where another airway crosses. There's a difference in the low-altitude enroute chart's depiction of how each airway arrives at the fix.

General apps

Article | Jan 22, 2013

Pilots use a wide range of apps in their flying--including flight training resources, charts and maps, logbooks, flight trackers, flight planning tools, and weather apps, to name a few. Some apps don't fall under one of these categories but are still relevant for pilots; check out five "general" aviation apps in this week's column. These are not endorsements of any app.

Apps of the week: Charts and maps

Article | Jan 10, 2013

This week AOPA takes a look at five charts and maps apps recommended by AOPA members, including SkyChartsPro, AeroFlare, Aeronautical Charts, ZephyrCharts, and Anywhere Map.

Jan. 4, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jan 04, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1 — January 4, 2013 Looking ahead to 2013 Outsmart your chart Fuller’s take on Day One in Washington Quiz Me: Braking action report Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Looking ahead to 2013 This will be a pivotal year for AOPA.

FAA urged to align airspace actions with VFR chart updates

Advocacy | Dec 05, 2012

The FAA could reduce the risk of midair collisions by overhauling its practice of implementing military airspace actions on timetables unaligned with VFR chart update cycles, AOPA said.

Aviation apps you can't live without

Article | Nov 13, 2012

What iPhone/iPad/Android aviation-related app could you not live without? Pilots weighed in with their choices.

FltPlan.com significantly upgrades mobile capability

Article | Oct 10, 2012

FltPlan.com has added document support, faster downloads and an expanded collection of georeferenced charts for its iPad application.