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Eating the elephant: Using experience to qualify for your A&P certificate

Aircraft Maintenance | May 21, 2014

A decade of aircraft ownership may put you closer to your A&P certificate than you might think.

Top 10 reasons to attend AOPA’s Indy Fly-In

Article | May 21, 2014

AOPA’s second regional fly-in of the year, Indianapolis on May 31, is shaping up to be a grand event with plenty of fun, flying, and food. Check out these top 10 reasons you won’t want to miss the fly-in.

Superior AMOC gets grounded aircraft flying

Advocacy | May 20, 2014

Aircraft that have been grounded by an airworthiness directive affecting some Superior Air Parts replacement cylinder assemblies can get back in the air thanks to an alternative means of compliance approved by the FAA on May 19.

Developers pitch new aviation apps

Apps of the week | May 19, 2014

Five new aviation apps help students study for the private pilot exam, practice holds and radial intercepts, and more.

P&E Avionics: Synthetic Vision for tablets

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

Garmin didn’t invent GPS-derived synthetic vision, but adding it to the G1000 avionics suite legitimized and popularized the technology.

New composite prop certified

Article | May 14, 2014

McCauley Propeller Systems announced FAA certification of the Blackmac Carbon Series three-blade, constant-speed, composite propeller May 9.

Letters: Time Traveler

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

A beautifully written article on a beautiful Beech 18 on floats garnered a lot of fan mail from our members.

Blackhawk boost

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

It seems that no matter how optimized an airplane design may be, there’s always room for improvement.

Bose celebrates 25 years in aviation

Article | May 13, 2014

Bose, celebrating 25 years in aviation, credits pilots for putting its headsets on the map.

Eye on sports

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

You say you’re a big sports fan; would like to see major sporting events from a different perspective; and like the idea of flying a rare, classic general aviation airplane?

Now taking off: Helicopter apps

Apps of the week | May 13, 2014

Helicopter apps are in the forefront this week, with ones that promote safety and offer rotorcraft comparisons.

Briefing: Record-setter

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

Airshow performer Spencer Suderman appears to have set a new world record with an 81-turn, three-minute-plus inverted flat spin in a Pitts S–2B that took him from 23,000 feet to less than 2,000 feet over the California desert.

Question of the Month

Article | May 12, 2014

Help With Choosing a Headset

Waypoints: Traffic dead ahead?

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

The callout jolted me from a zone of concentration while intercepting a radial off of the Westminster, Maryland, VOR. “Traffic. 12 o’clock. Same altitude. One mile,” came the loud voice in the headset.

Logging in with logbook apps

Apps of the week | May 06, 2014

One of the first items you receive when you begin your flying lessons is a logbook, and it's a treasured item throughout your years of flying. Many have a hardbound book to log their flights and track their progress. But thanks to smartphones and tablets, that task can be done digitally.

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Eating the elephant: Becoming an A&P is closer than you think

Aircraft Maintenance | May 05, 2014

If you own and work on your aircraft under the guidance of your local mechanic, you could count that time toward the requirements for becoming an A&P.

Midair spurred modern ATC

Article | May 02, 2014

The site of a 1956 midair collision that led to modernization of air traffic control has been designated a national historic landmark.

New kit uses iPad to track unmanned aircraft

Article | Apr 29, 2014

Sagetech has unveiled a new kit that uses ADS-B and an iPad to track unmanned aerial systems.

Jury sides with small developer in chart suit

Article | Apr 29, 2014

A Massachusetts software firm has been awarded $43.1 million in damages by a federal jury in Denver, which found Jeppesen Sanderson violated a 2009 contract.

Vox populi: Members share their favorite apps

Apps of the week | Apr 28, 2014

In the spirit of the song “Give the people what they want,” this week AOPA highlights five apps that members swear by. They do everything from providing timely information on fixed-base operators to helping with navigational tasks.

AOPA, Superior, FAA work to minimize aircraft downtime

Advocacy | Apr 25, 2014

AOPA, Superior Air Parts, and the FAA are continuing to work toward a solution for aircraft affected by the Superior Air Parts cylinder airworthiness directive.

F-35 helmet display sees everything

Video | Apr 25, 2014

Super situational awareness with a helmet mounted display that lets the pilot "see" through the aircraft in all directions.

Water lacking, floatplanes launch from trailer

Article | Apr 24, 2014

A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.

Eating the elephant: Become an educated owner

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 23, 2014

When you set out on a mission to learn about your airplane, it’s amazing how many people step in to help.

Apps automate weight and balance process

Apps of the week | Apr 21, 2014

Calculating weight and balance is an important task for pilots. AOPA members share their personal favorite weight-and-balance apps.

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