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‘The single most important license I got’

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Delta Air Lines Captain Jeffrey Whitesell said flight instruction has been his backstop his whole career, many times opening a door where one otherwise might not have been opened.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 23, 2014

Exhaust systems are one of the few systems in our aircraft where a single point of failure can be catastrophic. Here are tips for inspecting the system for safety during every preflight. This is one area in which catching an issue on the ground can make all the difference in the world.

Hartzell among inductees in National Aviation Hall of Fame

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Propeller pioneer Robert Hartzell is among four people who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015.

Garmin updates GDL 69

Article | Dec 15, 2014

Garmin has updated the GDL 69 datalink receiver to take advantage of the SiriusXM G4 network, providing pilots with weather data and music.

Breaking up is hard to do: Switching maintenance shops

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 11, 2014

You should stick with someone you trust for the long-term maintenance of your aircraft assuming he or she is skilled and thorough. That said, there is significant value to getting a fresh pair of eyes on your airplane every so often.

ForeFlight notifies

Article | Dec 03, 2014

ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 includes two new capabilities that aim to close a situational awareness gap: automated display of notams and flight condition changes.

New Garmin release enhances 'connected cockpit'

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Garmin, training its sights anew on “the connected cockpit,” announced the availability of the Flight Stream 110/210 Bluetooth wireless gateway.

New approach to quiet

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Lightspeed Aviation spent four years developing and testing a new approach to sound suppression in an aviation headset, an effort now recognized outside of aviation.

FlyQ family upgrades available

Article | Dec 01, 2014

Seattle Avionics, the designer and developer of FlyQ flight planning products, has announced updates including new versions of FlyQ Pocket and FlyQ EFB, and a new Web-based system called ATLAS.

Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your twin

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 24, 2014

All aircraft heating systems should be inspected prior to seasonal use. Learn considerations specific to the combustion-based heater systems found in most twin-engine aircraft.

Training Tip: 'Pilots are encouraged'

Article | Nov 21, 2014

The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.

Stratus now records

Article | Nov 20, 2014

A ForeFlight update to version 6.4 also updates a connected Stratus ADS-B receiver, enabling a new flight data recording feature.

Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your single

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 12, 2014

The No. 1 concern with any aircraft cabin heating system is safety. In the muffler-based heating systems found in single-engine aircraft, the primary danger comes from carbon monoxide. Here are tips for inspecting your heating system to make sure it’s safe.

AOPA ready to work with FAA on ADS-B Out mandate

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is standing ready to work with the FAA and industry to break down the barriers to meeting the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. At the top of the association’s list of concerns is lowering the cost to comply.

Sweepstakes 2015: Meet your new 152

Pilot Magazine | Nov 12, 2014

Your “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 is just like all the 30-something trainers you’ve ever flown—and it’s nothing like them.

Going Global

Article | Nov 11, 2014

Start up, taxi, and takeoff in the Glasair Sportsman Diesel is more like operating a jet than a kitbuilt Experimental four-place single.

IFR Fix: 'My first ever runway incursion'

IFR Fix | Nov 10, 2014

You have your clearance, have made the “go” decision, and are taxiing toward the active runway. Gusty winds and rain are making this a more demanding task than usual; if anything unexpected comes up such as a last-minute routing change or an anomalous indication on the panel, will you be able to sort everything out without error?

P&E/Proficiency: Alaskan adventure

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Dwayne King, the founder of the Christian nonprofit Kingdom Air Corps who has decades of experience flying in northern Alaska and eastern Russia, specializes in training missionary pilots how to fly safely in remote areas over unforgiving terrain.

Cold in the cockpit

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Then came the giant bang! followed immediately by turbulent, rushing, and very cold air into the cockpit as the passenger-side door popped open.

Briefing: Gifts for the vintage pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Short of going out and buying a taildragger, a biplane, or a silk scarf, we’d like to show you a couple of accessories that just might give a pilot that retro feeling.

NBAA Google Glass

Video | Oct 31, 2014

See a preview of the future, controlling the airplane with the sound of your voice.

Garmin introduces new ADS-B solution

Article | Oct 28, 2014

Garmin announced a new Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution Oct. 28 that meets FAA requirements for ADS-B Out while delivering traffic and subscription-free weather to mobile devices.

Rockwell Collins upgrades flight support

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Rockwell Collins, which purchased ARINC last year, has combined the flight support services offered by it and ARINC, and enhanced onboard systems for passengers and pilots.

NASA develops Alaska app

Article | Oct 09, 2014

NASA has presented to Alaskan officials the basic ingredients for a satellite-based weather and traffic service for pilots operating in remote areas.

Aircraft maintenance: Major vs. minor alterations

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 08, 2014

The most important place to start with any repair or alteration is with an assessment of whether it is a major or minor alteration. This is critical because the approval and documentation requirements for major vs. minor alterations are significantly different and, in fact, can be the difference between a simple logbook entry and a complex FAA approval process.

A golden opportunity in the Golden Isles

Article | Oct 08, 2014

The beautiful Georgia coast promises to be a big draw for AOPA's final fly-in of 2014, taking place Nov. 8 on St. Simons Island.

Put ground school in your hands with these five apps

Apps of the week | Oct 07, 2014

Student pilots can use these five apps to help study for their FAA knowledge exams.

Avionics: Status of Stratus 2

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

While this is a long-term review of the Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver, we could have written it after just one flight—that’s how simple the product is to use.

The last scud run

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

I have been flying for more than 40 years and own a well-equipped Cessna Skylane. I almost always file IFR in good weather and bad.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | Oct 05, 2014

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

Lightspeed PFX gets personal

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

With all the recent attention to in-ear and on-ear headsets, Lightspeed has fired back with a cutting edge new over-the-ear model that takes noise attenuation and audio processing to new levels.

Gift guide: Gifts for the digital pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

Pilots are on the forefront when it comes to adapting to the possibilities of the digital age. Like no other group, they’ve shaped smartphones and tablets to serve their specific needs in aviation.

Breitling becomes AOPA Strategic Partner

Article | Oct 02, 2014

AOPA and famed Swiss watch maker Breitling have announced a Strategic Partnership that will support programs to educate and engage the next generation of pilots across the country.

10-step program

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Regular piston engine oil changes are a waste of money—why not just top it off occasionally? And adding all the way to the fill line is crazy, right?

Stemme S10-VT: Powersailing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2014

Originally designed in 1984, the German-built Stemme mates a turbocharged 115-horsepower Rotax 914F engine with a sailplane airframe capable of a 50:1 glide ratio.

Five apps help with helicopter pilot functions

Apps of the week | Sep 30, 2014

Five helicopter apps cover functions from studying flight hazards to logging flights.

Companies offer upgrades on remote electrical boxes

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Remote electrical outlet makers SwitchBox and Regal have introduced new models in time for winter's chill.

Aspen offers vision trial

Article | Sep 24, 2014

Aspen Avionics announced certification of a VFR primary flight display and a certified synthetic vision trial available at the other end of the Evolution line.

Top 10 reasons to come home to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

A high-adrenaline aerobatic demonstration, warbird rides, and gourmet food trucks are among the highlights of AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 4.

Homebuilder revamps cleco plier

Article | Sep 15, 2014

California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.

Aircraft maintenance: Mystery upgrades and opportunities

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 11, 2014

What’s legal when it comes to modifying older aircraft? The starting point in any analysis of a potential aircraft modification is to answer the question: Is this a major alteration or a minor alteration?

Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

Article | Sep 09, 2014

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Consider these five random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Sep 08, 2014

Check out five aviation apps that handle a range of pilot functions.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

A lot of love—and money: Over-the-top restorations

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

A Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 182, and Cessna 310 today are better than the factories ever imagined—thanks to owners who wanted their aircraft to be, as the U.S. Army says, all they can be. They succeeded.