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Textron boosts King Air performance on two models

Article | Oct 20, 2014

The Beechcraft King Air flies into its second half century with a new round of improvements that boost performance for the C90GTx and the 250 models.

Elite opens retail sim training center

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Longtime simulator maker Elite is launching two new simulator training centers: one in Florida and one in Switzerland.

Sporty’s ATP program approved

Article | Sep 24, 2014

Sporty’s has been added to the short list of training providers offering a newly required course for the multiengine airplane airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, the company announced Sept. 24.

FAA lists approved ATP training programs online

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

The FAA is taking steps requested by AOPA to help ATP applicants locate the resources they need to pursue their training.

Simulated attack

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Attacking wildfires fires from the air requires a special kind of training, and a California company is teaching these techniques with detailed, simulated scenarios.

Fly like a fighter: O say, can you see?

Fly like a fighter | Aug 04, 2014

On his first lesson in defensive dogfighting in an F-15B, an Air Force pilots learns that stepping up to the new aircraft is harder than he thought. In a 7-G turn at 420 knots, he couldn't lift his head to look outside the cockpit, forcing him to fly blind off his instructor's commands.

Boeing introduces solution to stem global pilot shortage

Article | Aug 01, 2014

Boeing’s Flight Services division is offering a pipeline from zero flight time to airline qualified in two years, the company announced this week at EAA Airventure.

New ATP rule clarification offered before Aug. 1 changes

Article | Jul 22, 2014

Pilots pursuing a multiengine airplane airline transport pilot certificate should be clear on the new ATP certificate requirements that will go into effect on Aug. 1.

ATP Flight School buys majority share of Higher Power Aviation

Article | Jul 22, 2014

ATP Flight School has purchased a majority share of Higher Power Aviation, enabling the training provider to offer the FAA's new ATP CTP course.

Embry-Riddle ATP program gets FAA approval

Article | Jul 14, 2014

The FAA has approved Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's airline transport pilot certification training program, or CTP.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Second chance at a first passenger

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jul 07, 2014

Can you have two first passengers? A new helicopter pilot takes his first passenger 15 years after the first experience in an airplane.

Fly like a fighter: Are you ready for a systems failure in IFR?

Fly like a fighter | Jul 07, 2014

With warnings of a looming systems failure in a T-38A, an Air Force instructor weighs his options for getting the aircraft safely on the ground under instrument conditions.

Pilots: Comment on draft airman standards

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2014

An AOPA-led industry group has made new draft airman certification standards available for public comment.

New ATP written test requirements take effect Aug. 1

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2014

Pilots planning to earn an airline transport pilot certificate should consider taking the knowledge test before Aug. 1 when new rules take effect.

Rotorcraft Rookie: 10 lessons from learning to fly helicopters

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jun 05, 2014

Of the hundreds of things one learns during a helicopter add-on course, these are 10 of the most important themes.

Cranberry country

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Lifting external loads that can represent nearly a quarter of a helicopter's total weight is a tricky mission that requires pilots with special skills.

King Schools offers ATP training course discount

Article | May 27, 2014

King Schools is offering a discount on its ATP video course to beat Aug. 1 training changes.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Checkride success

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 21, 2014

It all comes down to the checkride, the pressure-cooker flight and oral exam that pits the student against himself.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Do helicopters stall?

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 08, 2014

Helicopter pilots don't work on stalls the same way airplane pilots do, but the possiblity is every bit as real.

Jeppesen offers free IFR chart webinars

Article | May 05, 2014

Jeppesen is hosting five webinars over the next several months focused on specific aspects of instrument flying and instrument charts.

Rotorcraft Rookie: New landing sites

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 23, 2014

Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The best study materials

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 01, 2014

Although there may be more books and reference materials in the fixed-wing world, most helicopter study materials are really well done.

Wagstaff teams for teaching

Article | Mar 27, 2014

Airshow legend Patty Wagstaff has partnered with Southeast Aero, U.S. distributor of Extra Aircraft, to offer aerobatic training in St. Augustine, Fla.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Robinson factory tour

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 13, 2014

Touring an aircraft factory is the only way to see everything that goes into your flying machine.

Colorado pilot creates barter website

Article | Mar 13, 2014

A student pilot in Aurora, Colo., has created a website that will let users barter goods and services for flight instruction.