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NTSB targets GA as safety improves

Article | Jan 13, 2016

The NTSB continues to hammer away at general aviation safety, though the latest data show GA has never been safer.

Texas seeks comments on tower-marking rules

Advocacy | Nov 23, 2015

The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed rules for enforcing a flight-safety law passed this year requiring the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers.

A botched go-around

Pilot Magazine | Nov 09, 2015

At first glance, there’s nothing particularly special about Part IV, Task L of the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS).

Persistent, fatal loss in spotlight

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

AOPA staff joined a daylong, NTSB-led discussion as the GA community came together to discuss how loss of control can be prevented.

(Back to) the future aircraft battery

Article | Oct 29, 2015

Electric aircraft will need new batteries to realize their potential, and current research is revisiting the use of elements other than lithium.

Overweight and out of balance

Article | Oct 21, 2015

A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter crashed on July 7, 2013, because it was overweight and out of balance, the NTSB determined.

Training Tip: Weird sound, strange movement

Article | Oct 19, 2015

What would make you discontinue a takeoff? Are you prepared to make that decision each time you commence the takeoff run?

Michigan weather towers threaten pilot safety

Advocacy | Oct 07, 2015

AOPA testified in support of Michigan legislation requiring the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers to preserve the safety of pilots.

Insurance company fighting loss of control

Article | Sep 23, 2015

If you ask safety experts about the biggest problem facing the general aviation pilot community, they'll say it is loss of control. USAIG is doing something about it.

Loss of control to be in focus at NTSB forum

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

AOPA and the Air Safety Institute will participate in an NTSB loss-of-control forum in October.

Gulfstream crew attempted fatal takeoff with controls locked

Article | Sep 10, 2015

The flight crew of a Gulfstream G-IV business jet that crashed on takeoff from Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, May 31, 2014, failed to perform a flight control check, resulting in critical controls still being locked during the takeoff attempt, the NTSB concluded Sept. 9.

P&E: Technology paradox

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

We posed the question to esteemed colleagues Rod Machado and George Perry—how has technology helped or hindered our flying skills?

Gone, baby, gone

Pilot Magazine | Sep 02, 2015

Technological advances have taken us airborne and then some. Ingenuity grabbed the Wrights’ design and sprinted with it, and the results are tangible

IFR Fix: A threshold question

IFR Fix | Sep 01, 2015

When an accident claims an experienced pilot flying a familiar mission, other pilots ponder whether they would have been vulnerable to a similar outcome.

Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs set for October

Article | Aug 12, 2015

The skills, technologies, and products that will be familiar to the next generation of pilots will be in focus at the Flying Aviation Expo.

EAA AirVenture 2015 'a tremendous week'

Article | Jul 27, 2015

As the last of the airshow performers warmed up over Wittman Regional Airport, EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said EAA AirVenture 2015 was a smashing success with increased attendance breaking early week records and something for everyone.

Approach gone wrong

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Controllers alerted a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot to the presence of nearby traffic seconds before the fighter collided with a Cessna 150, killing two.

Make ADS-B traffic available to all, AOPA urges

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

In the wake of a fatal midair collision over South Carolina, AOPA is renewing a call to the FAA to stop denying pilots an inexpensive source of traffic information that could aid their situational awareness.

FAA offers tips for pilots making a switch

Advocacy | Jul 14, 2015

The FAA offers tips for mitigating risk during a transition to another airplane in an updated Advisory Circular 90-109A – "Transition to Unfamiliar Aircraft" released June 29.

Inside WARP radar

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

U. S. ARTCC (Center) controllers utilize a system known as Weather and Radar Processor (WARP).

Distracting distractions

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

The NTSB looks at the annual carnage that occurs in all modes of transport to determine its top 10 list of things not to do.