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Pilot shortage: Yes or no?

Article | May 05, 2015

Can the United States provide enough pilots to meet industry needs in the coming years? Industry officials debated the question of whether a pilot shortage is imminent or a reality at a panel discussion April 28.

NTSB alerts focus on transition training, mountain flying

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Transition training, mountain flying, and post-maintenance preflight inspections are among the topics of four National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alerts issued April 7.

Commercial test prep, FAR/AIM apps released

Article | Apr 08, 2015

New apps for iOS and Android help prepare pilots for the commercial pilot knowledge test and give users access to the federal aviation regulations and Aeronautical Information Manual.

Frasca tries to change the culture

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Although widely accepted in the airplane world, simulation use continues to lag in helicopter training. Frasca aims to change that with the introduction of its R44 TruFlite.

FlightSimCon set for June 13, 14

Article | Mar 12, 2015

Pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and flight simulator fanatics are invited to attend FlightSimCon 2015, to be held June 13 and 14 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Russ is my co-pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

One might assume that two pilots onboard are better than one, but many of us have seen examples where two heads are not necessarily better than one.

Helo instrument rating scholarship launched

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Whirly-Girls International announced a new Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship for private helicopter pilots March 1 at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Orlando.

ASA releases checkride apps for Android

Article | Feb 13, 2015

Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc. on Feb. 12 announced seven new apps for Android designed to help pilots prepare for the oral portion of practical tests.

New instrument training app released

Article | Feb 11, 2015

Pilot Training Solutions’ Instrument Rating Virtual Test Prep iPad app was released in the App Store Feb. 4, the fourth app the company has released in as many months.

Air Safety Institute debuts seaplane, helicopter FIRC electives

Article | Feb 11, 2015

AOPA’s popular electronic flight instructor refresher course (eFIRC) provides a customized way for flight instructors to fulfill their currency requirement by offering 13 pilot-selectable electives – including new seaplane and helicopter elements.

FAA withdraws rule to restore simulator time

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2015

The FAA has withdrawn a rule that would have allowed 20 hours of simulator instruction to count toward the instrument rating.

The ultimate King Air

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

When most general aviation pilots think of the biggest King Air, they’re most apt to name the King Air 350i.

New school, familiar faces

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Mojave Airport in California has long been an epicenter of unusual attitudes and flight envelopes pushed. Now, it is more so.

New FAA rule allows more sim time for instrument training

Advocacy | Dec 03, 2014

The FAA has doubled the number of training device hours pilots may count toward an instrument rating following a request from AOPA.

New England Ninety-Nines offer flight training scholarships

Article | Dec 02, 2014

The New England Section and Eastern New England Chapter of The Ninety-Nines are offering flight training and education scholarships for men and women.

First students complete new ATP course

Article | Nov 04, 2014

Two students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are the first in the nation to complete a newly required course for the multiengine airplane airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, the school announced Oct. 31.

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.