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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.

Never Again Online: Hunt for a chart

Article | Feb 01, 2006

This trip began like many others. A friend of mine had asked me to accompany him on a flight to Virginia to pick up his girlfriend and return to Pennsylvania for the weekend.

Never Again Online: Off radar in the Mojave Triangle

Article | Oct 01, 2003

When my sister suggested that I meet her in Las Vegas for her fiftieth birthday last May, I decided to fly there; it had been a year since I had flown solo to a new destination. I chose Henderson Executive Airport, 11 miles south of The Strip and under the Las Vegas Class B airspace, as my destination airport.