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Training Tip: A matter of course

Article | Dec 12, 2014

How would you react to looking down while flying a cross-country and seeing an apparently uncharted airport below?

IFR Fix: In uncharted territory

IFR Fix | Dec 08, 2014

When was the last time you were instructed by a controller, or requested by an instrument flight instructor to fly an uncharted hold?

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?

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

Pilot Getaways: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Coeur d’Alene is a premier resort destination of the inland Northwest. Surrounded by pine-carpeted mountains, Coeur d’Alene Lake has been called one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Consider visiting on your way to the AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16.

Technique: How low can you go?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

“Altitude is your friend.” That’s probably what all instructors drum into the heads of their students—especially those working toward the private pilot certificate.

Mentor Matters: Approach loading tricks

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

The seemingly simple act of loading an approach into a modern flight deck has a few subtleties that can cause problems for even experienced pilots.

Crossing the threshold

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

The flight from Charleston, South Carolina, would be my first in the new model, an upgrade from the Eclipse 500, which itself had several versions of varying capabilities during its short production run.

IFR Fix: 11 degrees of separation

IFR Fix | Jul 28, 2014

The arcing dashed arrow that ushers in the missed approach lends it a deceptively simple appearance, but there’s more here than greets the eye.