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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.

General aviation and the GAO report

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

The GAO released its report “Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots,” and general aviation has a strong interest in its findings.

New upset recovery course

Article | Mar 05, 2014

A Wisconsin company is now offering its upset training course to all pilots.

First helicopter solo

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 03, 2014

Can there be such a thing as a second first solo? A fixed-wing pilot tests the theory in a helicopter.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Time to go somewhere

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 30, 2014

Try a cross-country with only a compass and map for navigation, mental math calculations instead of using an E6B, and hitting checkpoints every five miles.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The world is a playground

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 16, 2014

Helicopters can operate in and out of some small landing sites.

Never Again: Scud running

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The year was 1949. I was a young Air Force aviation cadet with a little more than 200 flying hours, all of which had been in the North American T–6 aircraft.

FAA issues final rule on air carrier pilot training

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2013

The FAA has published a final rule that stresses basic pilot skills and better tracking of remedial training for crewmembers to avoid "events that, although rare, are often catastrophic," such as the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y.

Preserving a lost art

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

I’m concentrating so intently during this formation checkride that my whole world is reduced to lining up two small and normally unrelated objects: the lead airplane’s aileron hinge and spinner.

Embry-Riddle, SkyWest to partner on bridge program

Article | Oct 01, 2013

Embry-Riddle is partnering with SkyWest Airlines to offer aviation program students an opportunity to fly with the regional airline.

Journey to the Land of Midnight Sun

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Jagged peaks—some of them more than a mile high—line both sides of Alaska’s Stikine River as we follow the winding waterway up a deep glacial valley.

Eagle Air Flying Club: Come fly with us

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Eagle Air Flying Club has two membership levels for pilots wanting to fly basic and high-performance aircraft.

Research project seeks instrument pilots

Article | Jul 01, 2013

IFR pilots are being recruited to help study whether certain runways can be adapted for satellite-based instrument approaches with vertical guidance.

Letters: Training the Best for the Worst

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Alton K. Marsh’s story on Coast Guard helicopter rescue training on the Oregon coast brought out the patriotism of our members.

Beaver Checkout

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Turning final for a water landing on a placid lake, the de Havilland DHC–2 Beaver seems perfectly matched to its purpose.

Dogfight: Twin versus single

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

There's a new dog in our fight--welcome former "AOPA Pilot" Technical Editor Pete Bedell, a frequent contributor, airline first officer, and co-owner of a Beech Baron. Let's see how he handles his debate with Senior Editor Dave Hirschman.