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FAA updating air carrier drug, alcohol testing regulations

Advocacy | Aug 30, 2012

AOPA filed comments supporting a proposed change that would combine drug and alcohol regulations applied to air carrier and charter operations with the regulations applied to Part 91 air tour operations conducted by the same entities.

IFR Fix: Dangerous game

IFR Fix | Aug 03, 2012

With heartbreaking regularity, VFR pilots, often flying high-performance aircraft, continue to tangle with instrument weather despite odds that never improve for that dangerous game. Whether the result is a graveyard spiral from spatial disorientation, or colliding with terrain in a bid to escape weather, pilots keep trying, often with passengers.

Minnesota Supreme Court sides with Cirrus in fatal crash

Article | Jul 20, 2012

The estate of a pilot killed with a passenger in a 2003 crash near Hill City, Minn., will not collect damages from Cirrus Aircraft, following a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court July 18 that upheld an appellate ruling in favor of the aircraft maker. The crash resulted from spatial disorientation on a night VFR flight into IMC, according to the NTSB, and the pilot's family blamed Cirrus for failing to provide a lesson on the topic.

Fly like a Fighter: Cross-controlled in tight formation

Fly like a fighter | Mar 26, 2012

An Air Force student was doing a magnificent job of flying close formation, at night and in the weather, while cross-controlling a T-38 in a slip. When the instructor instructed him to get his right foot off the rudder, there was no response.

Never Again Online: That queasy feeling

Article | Nov 01, 2005

She was a beautiful little 1963 Piper Cherokee 180. I watched her being meticulously rebuilt by our FBO.

Never Again Online: Pilot in command

Article | Jan 01, 2004

It was early spring and I needed a 250-nm straight-line, nonstop solo flight as well as a minimum of two hours of night flight to satisfy the cross-country requirements for my commercial rating. This flight was a beautiful and uneventful 3.2-hour night flight from Van Nuys, California, to Mesquite, Nevada.

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.

Hangar Talk

Article | Oct 01, 2002

"I'm one of the few lucky folks with a job that is not only my dream job, but also one that makes use of everything I've learned in the past 40 years," says author Linda D. Pendleton.