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Article | Sep 01, 2011

Albert Einstein gave us E=MC2, one of the most venerable of physics equations. It's an equation that allows us to understand the relationship between mass and energy. Aviation also has its venerable equations, and one of my favorites involves no math at all. This equation expresses the relationship between attitude, power, and performance. It's to be taken seriously, but not literally. It reads: Attitude + Power = Performance (A+P=P).

Custom content for the Aug. 19, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Aug 19, 2011

training tips The fuel left behind The Aug. 12 “Training Tip: The runway behind you” revisited an old saying to examine one of the three things considered most useless to a pilot.

Power up, temps down: King Air 250

Article | Aug 01, 2011

In late June, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) certified its new King Air 250, a more refined variant of its predecessor, the King Air B200GT. Like all King Airs, the 250 has the classy, comfortable cabin that has made the line the go-to twin turboprop for more than 7,000 customers.

Custom content for the July 29, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jul 29, 2011

Training Tips: Hot oil; Training Products: 'Lesson Plans to Train Like You Fly'; Final Exam Question: Is a high-performance endorsement required to operate a turbine-powered airplane?

Custom content for the July 1, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jul 01, 2011

Training Tips: Knowing the 'why'; Flight Training Products: Pilot Training Solutions written test preparation; Final Exam Question: My friend hit a bird while flying the other day and was wondering if it was something he should report. How common are bird strikes, and what should I do if I have one?

June 24, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jun 24, 2011

LightSquared plan toxic to GPS; Engine endoscope; 'Plane Jane' makes last flight; Notam system revisions in effect June 30; Quiz Me: Foreign pilot certificates

Safety Pilot:

Article | Jun 01, 2011

Do the current FAA Practical Test Standards (PTS) measure what’s needed in today’s flight environment? I have a standing wager that no one has yet taken: If all pilots merely flew to the current private pilot PTS just as they are written today, the number of accidents would plummet—no need for further “tinkering.” See if you agree.

Custom content for the May 6, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | May 06, 2011

The following stories from the May 6, 2011, edition of AOPA ePilot were provided to AOPA members who expressed an interest in the particular subject areas. Any AOPA member can receive information tailored to their areas of interest by updating their preferences online training tips ‘Higher than standard’ It’s a cool spring morning when you take off on your cross-country flight.

Big fun in a small package

Article | Jan 01, 2011

Video and photography by Chris Rose It has a 16-foot wingspan; weighs just 185 pounds; has a pair of two-stroke, 15-horsepower engines; climbs at 1,000 fpm; and has a roll rate of 200 degrees per second. This tiny aviation curiosity is the CriCri.

JetPROP DLX: PA-46 pump-up

Article | Jan 01, 2011

Piper’s PA-46 Malibu/Mirage series of large piston singles burst onto the stage in 1984 and went on to become a major success. These airplanes had the sleek looks that their immediate predecessors, the PA-32 Saratogas, lacked in spades.