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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.

Training Tip: Too good on takeoff

Article | Jul 21, 2014

Unable to climb, and unable to lower the nose to accelerate without contacting the ground, he is in a spot.

IFR Fix: Nonprecision, not imprecision

IFR Fix | Jul 15, 2014

In the satellite age, it’s still true that the less precision exists for navigation, the more precise the flying must be.

Training Tip: A good track

Article | Jul 15, 2014

With the runway now out of sight behind the trainer, the pilot takes a quick glance back in the direction of the departure runway. Why?

Developers offer five more aviation apps

Apps of the week | Jul 14, 2014

Developers pitch their smartphone and tablet aviation apps to AOPA members.

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.

Portable flight simulator rolls into schools

Article | Jul 14, 2014

A portable turnkey flight simulator designed for classroom use is showing students how much fun flying can be.

Engine-out spin

Article | Jul 09, 2014

Veteran CFI Rich Stowell paid tribute to Harry Hawker with a power-off spin, creating a video that is part salute, part message to pilots.

Bowling Green State outsources flight training program

Article | Jul 09, 2014

Bowling Green State University has partnered with North Star Aviation to handle student flight training.

Training Tip: 'Proper spacing is critical'

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Brushing aside the distracting combination of perplexity and annoyance, the student pilot begins to react to the unfolding complications.

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.

AirVenture attraction a draw for IFR pilots

Article | Jul 07, 2014

Pilots can now add improving their instrument proficiency to the long list of reasons to attend EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis.

Chief Joseph Flyers offers affordable flight training, aircraft

Article | Jul 07, 2014

Oregon’s Chief Joseph Flyers offers members access to affordable flight training and hourly flying.

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.

Pilot offers $12,000 scholarship through AOPA program

Article | Jul 01, 2014

A student pilot with a demonstrated financial need could earn $12,000 to complete his or her private pilot certificate and use any remaining funds for more advanced flight training or to put that new certificate to use.

Training Tip: Care in the corridor

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Weighing planning options is a great exercise for student pilots entering cross-country training. Attending the AOPA Plymouth Fly-In with your instructor would be even better!

Flight Challenge: 'Still anybody's game'

Article | Jun 25, 2014

It’s getting down to the wire for pilots and would-be aviators to pit their skills against the competition in the Flying Challenge Cup.

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.

Team flying Cirrus SR22 wins Air Race Classic

Article | Jun 24, 2014

A past winner was among the three members of a team that flew a Cirrus SR22 to victory in the 2014 Air Race Classic.

IFR Fix: 'Look out for Bud'

IFR Fix | Jun 24, 2014

“Look out for Bud,” was all an instructor had to say to a trainee. Bud had unknowingly become a see-and-avoid metaphor for countless aviators.