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Drone school opens for business

Article | May 22, 2015

Auburn University has been granted a waiver to operate a commercial drone school that will be open to the public.

Training Tip: Cross-check and interpretation

Article | May 22, 2015

"Accident statistics show that the pilot who has not been trained in attitude instrument flying, or one whose instrument skills have eroded, will lose control of the airplane in about 10 minutes once forced to rely solely on instrument references," explains the Airplane Flying Handbook.

Pilot wins water wings

Article | May 22, 2015

Arizona flight instructor (and newly hired airline pilot) Blake Godfrey won the King Schools Alaska Seaplane Rating Sweepstakes.

Applications open for AOPA scholarships

Article | May 22, 2015

Applications are now open for almost $120,000 worth of scholarships that will help student pilots and teens achieve their aviation goals.

AOPA launches 2015 flight training poll, sweepstakes

Article | May 20, 2015

AOPA announced May 20 that it has opened its popular flight training poll, a survey that allows student pilots at all levels to share feedback on their flight training experiences.

Groups ask Congress to protect veterans' flight training

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

Seven general aviation associations, including AOPA, have sent a joint letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans.

Flying Salukis keep top spot in 2015 NIFA Safecon

Article | May 19, 2015

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s flight team held onto the top spot at the 2015 National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (Safecon).

Training Tip: A misleading sensation

Article | May 18, 2015

“Flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) can result in sensations that are misleading to the body’s sensory system," explains the Instrument Flying Handbook.

News From Headquarters

Article | May 17, 2015

AOPA’s You Can Fly serves as the umbrella for many of our activities designed to get people flying and keep them flying. It includes things like support for flying clubs and flight schools, the Rusty Pilots program to get lapsed pilots back in the air, and our Reimagined Aircraft initiative. It includes a small group of AOPA Ambassadors to bring these programs to life on a very grassroots level. In Florida, AOPA Ambassador Jamie Beckett helped a group of pilots launch a new flying club in just a few weeks. Ambassadors like Jamie are all over the country and are one of many resources available to you.

Safety

Article | May 17, 2015

Trivia nights are a popular mid-week event at many local water holes. Why not make your club’s next Safety Meeting a trivia night by using the Air Safety Institute’s Safety Quizzes? ASI has more than 70 quizzes available online for free. Each has 10 questions and an explanation of the correct answer. This could be a fun way to engage your members and share important information to keep you club safe.

B-25 training nostalgic for pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

Sabrina Kipp has 29,000 hours of flying under her belt and multiple type ratings including the Boeing 737, but her newest accomplishment—a second-in-command type rating in the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber—has special meaning.

Decision point

Article | May 14, 2015

A new collaboration seeks to give medical helicopter pilots tools to balance urgent imperatives and flight safety, and reduce accidents caused by inadvertent flight into IMC.

Connecting pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

A Facebook group created by a Seattle pilot to build aviation friendships has grown like gangbusters, expanding to include nearly 2,000 people.

11-year-old launches business to fund Embry-Riddle dream

Article | May 13, 2015

Trevor Simoneau is a kid with a plan. The 11-year-old aspiring pilot wants to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and launched a business selling custom-printed T-shirts to pay for fuel for flight training.

Cape Air gets creative with pilot recruitment

Article | May 13, 2015

With a dwindling number of pilot job applications in the past two years, regional carrier Cape Air has had to get creative—not only with how it secures new pilots, but also with how it plans to hire them in the future.

North Carolina technical college to launch aviation program

Article | May 13, 2015

Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in North Carolina is launchinga two-year associate's degree that will enable students to obtain a restricted airline transport pilot certificate.

Home schooled

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2015

What’s most unusual about the ProFlight course is not what happens in Carlsbad. It’s what happens at your home or office in the weeks leading up to the training.

IFR Fix: Red flag warning

IFR Fix | May 12, 2015

From one 56-day cycle to the next, a U.S. en route low altitude chart contains an average of 1,361 changes.

Training options

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

There’s no way around it: Pilots who want to be pilot in command of turbojet/turbofan airplanes must earn a type rating.

It’s good to be the King Air

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Since opening in 2009, Potomac Flight Training has secured a reputation for its ability to offer U.S. Army-compliant training for military contractors that use King Airs in overseas missions.

Checkride redux

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.

Pilots: Simulator Guru

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

“For a lot of people, Flight Sim was this great fantasy,” he says of the product’s massive appeal. “Virtual airlines started before the Internet.”