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Fly more often, have more fun with SocialFlight 4.0

Article | Jul 01, 2014

The just-released SocialFlight 4.0 app provides detailed information about destinations as well as reviews of area restaurants, hotels, and attractions. The free mobile app also shows current trip planning material such as airport information and weather forecasts.

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Random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Jun 30, 2014

These random apps can help you save on fuel costs, learn tips for safe cross-country flying, and fill downtime with an aviation-related game.

Aircraft maintenance: Breaking breakers

Aircraft Maintenance | Jun 25, 2014

When electrical system gremlins started to appear in A&P mechanic Jeff Simon's airplane, he discovered that his aircraft's circuit breakers (one of which was 41 years old) were failing one by one.

Now taking off: Flight training apps

Apps of the week | Jun 20, 2014

Here are five flight training apps designed to help student pilots learn important aviation concepts.

Aircraft maintenance: Building an experimental aircraft

Aircraft Maintenance | Jun 17, 2014

The idea of building and flying your own aircraft can be daunting to the average pilot. But many things in aviation are a continuum: student to pilot, pilot to aircraft owner, owner to mechanic or builder.

Apps handle different aviation tasks

Apps of the week | Jun 16, 2014

Five apps range from a timer for pilots to a wind component calculator.

Apps help pilots track weather, storms

Apps of the week | Jun 09, 2014

During the summer, pilots need to pay special attention to the season's unique weather changes that can affect flying. Just in time for the Air Safety Institute’s Storm Week, here’s a look at five weather apps.

Quick Look: Learjet 31/31A

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2014

The Learjet 31, one of the fastest, high-flying light jets ever.

Technology: Who's seeing whom?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 05, 2014

“There’s no traffic displaying ahead of me on the iPad—nothing at all—and all of a sudden, there’s an airplane right in front of me.”

Debonair on deck

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

I know I’ve said this for each of the four sweepstakes restoration airplanes I’ve overseen, but I’ll say it again anyway: The Debonair Sweepstakes airplane has been the most ambitious project yet.

Chart apps for planning, navigating

Apps of the week | May 30, 2014

Five chart apps are ready to supplement or replace paper products.

Let the aviation games begin

Apps of the week | May 23, 2014

Take a break from your normal apps by playing these five games let you be a World War II ace or helicopter pilot, and more.

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.

P&E Frugal Flier: Hard-headed pilots

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

Military aviation helmets are perfectly suited for pointy-nosed jets, but they’ve always been less than ideal in general aviation.

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.