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Flight Amid Vertical Terrain

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Introduction Do you want to fly above snow-capped mountains, journey through narrow canyons and land at airports that have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world? If you haven't experienced this, you are in for a thrill. However, you will also be faced with greater challenges and different procedures.

Datalink Roundup

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Datalink Roundup Weather to Go What's it like in there? --> BY AOPA PILOT STAFF WRITERS (From AOPA Pilot, March 2004.) You're headed from Jackson, Mississippi, to Brownsville, Texas, and here's how your day is going: Alarm didn't go off; running late; spilled coffee driving to the airport while on the cell phone getting a briefing from flight service (yeah, you shouldn't drink, drive, and talk on the phone all at once, but these are life's pressures; at least there's no shaving or makeup involved). Thank goodness the weather's supposed to be good, right? Now, en route, you're feeling like maybe you drank too much of that coffee; it's bumpy, there's a big, fat headwind, and what's this? ATC talking at 20 knots gusting to 30: "Attention all aircraft: Convective Sigmet 11C valid until 2055 Zulu, an area from 50 west-southwest of Lufkin to 120 south-southwest Lake Charles to 100 southeast of Palacios to...." Wait a minute, where's Palacios? What's next? Did he say Brownsville? Was that embedded thunderstorms with tops to Flight Level 450? Oh man, you missed half of it.

Thunderstorms

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps --> Thunderstorms A Thunderstorm Unites Just About Every Hazard Known To Aviation! BY THE FAA (From Flight Training, February 1994.) Annually, and prior to the start of the season, we publish an issue of the Air Traffic Bulletin to focus your attention on the upcoming thunderstorm season and to remind all controllers and specialists of the hazardous weather associated with it. The more we understand the severe atmospheric hazards associated with thunderstorms, the better position we are in to aid the pilot in avoiding these hazards.

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.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Jacksonville Hail In 1995 I was dispatched to fly a CL601-3A from KFXE to MYNN to KFXE and on to KJAX. The airplane had suffered an intermittent radar failure that was not communicated to me.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Florida Morning Thunder I am an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and in the early summer of 2002 was training for my multi-engine rating, flying PA-44 Seminoles in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. Typical Florida summer weather involves fairly clear skies in the morning, and quickly developing thunderstorms in the afternoon.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Thunderstorm It was the month of February in 1983, and the weather front started on the North West Coast, as most do. The major difference with this one was that it was bearing down on the North part of Texas with a speed and intensity like no other I had seen or heard of.

'We got a rogue vehicle': ATC honored for assists

Article | Mar 07, 2013

The airliner was on short final, descending from a 600-foot overcast, when Philadelphia Tower controller Dave Giberson shifted his attention from the airborne radar to ground radar and saw a blip. He ordered the airliner to abort, and saved lives. Giberson was one of many controllers honored with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Find out what caused the blip.

Feb. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Feb 22, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 8 — February 22, 2013 Student pilot who hit SUV earns ticket IFR Fix: No shaded area TSA urged to break security impasse Quiz Me: Unusable fuel Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Student pilot who hit SUV earns ticket On final approach to landing at Northwest Regional Airport in Texas, Will Davis felt a thud, but he didn’t think he had hit anything substantial.

Five weather apps

Article | Feb 19, 2013

The weather has been fluctuating from snow to rain, from below-freezing to spring-like temperatures, so take a look at these five AOPA-member recommended apps to help you track the weather.

Garmin introduces new radar altimeter

Article | Feb 14, 2013

Garmin recently announced the availability of its new all-digital radar altimeter, called the GRA5500. The new device is meant for transport category, helicopters, business, and commercial aviation, a Garmin news release said.

Jan. 11, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jan 11, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 2 — January 11, 2013 Secret 'no-fly zone'?Life in the airwaysFCC addresses 121.5 MHz ELTsQuiz Me: Radar service terminated Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Secret no-fly zone? Pilot arrested, fights back A swarm of law enforcement vehicles awaited Robin Fleming as he landed his sailplane at South Carolina's Hartsville Regional Airport on July 26, 2012.

IFR Fix: A real KLUTZ

IFR Fix | Dec 17, 2012

Today's routing takes you all the way to KLUTZ intersection, the initial approach fix for the LOC RWY 7 approach to the Westerly, R.I., airport. The clearance reminds you that you'd better review the IAP, because now it will be necessary to fly the full approach.

‘Radar-like’ technology comes to Colo. Airport

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2012

Airspace in the vicinity of a regional airport in the mountains of western Colorado is now under the gaze of technology that helps air traffic control track aircraft in the absence of radar coverage.

Radar apps

Article | Nov 26, 2012

AOPA Online readers sent in their favorite radar apps--find out which ones Benet Wilson highlights in this week's column.

James Bond jet takes on U.S. Air Force mission

Article | Nov 20, 2012

The same little jet that whisked James Bond away from the bad guys (through the open doors of a hangar) in the 1983 film "Octopussy" is now being called on to make America safer--in real life.

Improve your FlyQ

Article | Nov 09, 2012

With moving maps, approach plates, and many other unique and useful features, AOPA's just-released FlyQ EFB is a must-try for aviation tablet users.

FreeFlight announces new technologies, approvals

Article | Oct 11, 2012

FreeFlight Systems will integrate its XPLORER ADS-B weather receiver with GRT Avionics Horizon HXr, Horizon HX and Sport SX panel-mounted electronic flight information systems for experimental and light sport aircraft.

Hone your IFR skills

Article | Sep 19, 2012

Flying IFR is a dynamic undertaking - and not just because of the weather. Find out how to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

Canada releases details in NTSB-FAA employee midair probe

Article | Aug 29, 2012

A controller in the process of radar identifying a Piper Cherokee received a collision alert alarm just before the aircraft collided with a Beechcraft Bonanza May 28, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said Aug. 22.