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IFR Fix: Why 'No SID'?

IFR Fix | Nov 21, 2014

Your CFII usually follows up route-planning drilling with a review of appropriate regulations, and today’s selection is 14 CFR 91.185, "IFR Operations: Two-way radio communications failure."

IFR Fix: BATLE station

IFR Fix | Nov 14, 2014

The DME has been acting up on today’s flight. Now it’s doing it again.

Restoration of weather observer urged for Gulkana, Alaska

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is urging the FAA to restore canceled weather augmentation services at Alaska’s Gulkana Airport.

Training Tip: Special hours, special airspace

Article | Oct 27, 2014

Visibility is good, but the reported ceiling is 900 feet. Can a pilot depart or enter the airspace under VFR?

Nomans returned to NAS

Advocacy | Oct 22, 2014

A restricted area three miles from Martha’s Vineyard is being shut down, though it may still be activated through Nov. 14.

Louisiana range needs more airspace

Advocacy | Oct 09, 2014

Live fire training that sends mortars and artillery to 9,400 feet will require changes to restricted areas in Louisiana.

IFR Fix: 'When ice becomes perceptible'

IFR Fix | Oct 06, 2014

You describe the current and forecast conditions, taking pains to note that despite the early-fall warmth, you made sure to check the freezing level.

Boom times

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Sloulin Field International Airport was never designed for explosive growth. But that’s what it has. Sloulin Field is the airport right in the middle of the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the United States.

The examiner

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

We should all have a deep respect for designated pilot examiners (DPE), especially when you consider the unofficial job description for their line of work.

Chicago-area ops recovering

Article | Sep 30, 2014

Chicago airports were back to near-normal traffic volume three days after a fire allegedly set by a despondent Chicago Center contractor.

Training Tip: Come on home to AOPA's headquarters

Article | Sep 29, 2014

Are you planning to attend the AOPA Homecoming Fly-in on Oct. 4 at Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport? Here's what you'll need to know.

Navigation by touch

Article | Sep 25, 2014

The complexity of engineering and testing a navigator designed to anchor an instrument panel helps explain why Avidyne’s IFD 540 has only just arrived.

‘Direct to’ and other gotchas: Flying in to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

Do your homework before you head to AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 in Frederick, Maryland, to ensure you’re safe and legal.

IFR Fix: Two white, two red

IFR Fix | Sep 23, 2014

What a pilot gleans from a PAPI’s white and red lights depends on other design features of the approach, reviewed and noted during preflight planning.

Training Tip: Aircraft speed limits

Article | Sep 22, 2014

Reviewing this regulation will make you a more effective plane spotter when ATC calls out fast traffic in busy (and haze-laden) airspace.

Dallas SIDs and STARs overhaul takes effect Sept. 18

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

Changes to departure and arrival procedures in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport airspace will take effect Sept. 18, and AOPA is cautioning pilots to plan ahead for the new procedures.

Satellite closes coverage gaps

Article | Sep 17, 2014

A satellite-based transceiver has shown promise to enable worldwide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast coverage.

Santa Paula, California: The town time forgot

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Santa Paula, California, airport evokes an old-time airfield, complete with antique airplanes dating back almost a century. Consider visiting the field when you attend the AOPA Fly-In at Chino, California, on Sept. 20.

Bettles Airport lighting system crucial for pilots

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

AOPA is opposing an FAA proposal to decommission Bettles Airport’s approach lighting system because such a move could negatively impact IFR operations at the airport.

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.

Training Tip: All available resources

Article | Aug 25, 2014

Today’s destination, a grass strip far from congested airspace, is a popular port of call for local general aviation pilots because of its back-to-basics character.