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King Schools adds choice to FIRC

Article | Sep 02, 2015

King Schools has added a number of new electives to its flight instructor refresher course.

License to Learn: I'm a fan

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

My experience suggests that students who join flying clubs are more likely to complete their training compared to attending traditional flight schools.

Midwest LSA Expo set for September

Article | Aug 27, 2015

The seventh annual Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo will take place Sept. 10 through 12 at Mount Vernon Airport in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Bootcamp shows athletes, aviation a match made in heaven

Article | Aug 26, 2015

AOPA's National Aviation Community Center opened its substantial hangar doors to Soldierfit, a gym located in the vicinity of the association's headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland that specializes in bootcamp workouts.

Training Tip: Spotting 'hangar rash'

Article | Aug 24, 2015

What is “hangar rash”? Is it a cosmetic condition, or a syndrome that subverts safety?

ATP Flight School airline transport pilot course gets FAA approval

Article | Aug 24, 2015

ATP Flight School’s airline transport pilot training program has received FAA approval, the company announced Aug. 21.

FAA approves Pan Am International Flight Academy ATP program

Article | Aug 21, 2015

Pan Am International Flight Academy’s airline transport pilot training program has received FAA approval, the company announced Aug. 19.

Deaf pilots connect at Colorado Springs

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Neil Anthony Thomas said he earned his pilot certificate without having met another deaf pilot. In the year or so since he met Todd Barker at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, he's connected to a community.

AOPA Foundation awards grants for training scholarships

Article | Aug 20, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has selected two nonprofits to receive the first $5,000 grants from a new program supporting organizations that offer scholarships to their members.

AME urges his senators to back medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

An aviation medical examiner and pilot who leads the Minnesota Pilots Association has called on his state's two U.S. senators to support third-class medical reform.

Celebrate 2015 National Aviation Day

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Aviators can help celebrate National Aviation Day Aug. 19 by flying to favorite destinations, introducing friends to flying, or attending discounted U.S. aviation events.

IFR Fix: Precisely flown nonprecision

IFR Fix | Aug 18, 2015

Flying the VOR RWY 9 approach into Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota, how would you plan your descent to the minimum descent altitude?

Training Tip: 'Stall! Stall!'

Article | Aug 17, 2015

Recognizing that an aircraft may be stalled without its having provided vivid evidence of its condition is an important insight.

High Hopes program: ‘You can’

Article | Aug 12, 2015

Convincing teens and wounded veterans that they can—not only fly but achieve their dreams—is the central purpose behind the High Hopes for Colorado nonprofit at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.

Aviation Legends: The world according to Clay Lacy

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

Aviation legend Clay Lacy has become synonymous with jet aircraft and Southern California, so it’s with some surprise that when he appears at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon, he’s introduced as a native son.

Training Tip: Costly cockpit chaos

Article | Aug 07, 2015

Don’t make your right-seater scramble over scattered sectional charts, spare headsets, handheld radios, portable intercom, and other items to gain access to your cockpit.

How to share aviation

Article | Aug 05, 2015

Ceci Stratford, a pilot from Simi Valley, California, gives back to aviation by sponsoring Flight Training scholarships.

Training Tip: Timeless test tidbits

Article | Aug 03, 2015

A student member of a local flying club was chatting with a local flight instructor and mentioned that his private pilot practical test was coming right up. He asked the instructor if he had any advice.

IFR Fix: A show of hands

IFR Fix | Aug 03, 2015

Pilots hold a variety of scenario-based attitudes about hand-flying versus autopilots on approach. In these two excerpts from the Aviation Safety Reporting System, see how each technique led to some unpredicted consequences.

Mental gymnastics

Article | Jul 30, 2015

Mastering the mental discipline required to score well in aerobatic competition is arguably both the greatest challenge, and the greatest reward.

Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship celebrates flight

Article | Jul 29, 2015

Sarah Wilson, the former corporate pilot turned open-cockpit barnstormer, initiated the $5,000 Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship to encourage future pilots who also are looking for something different from their flying. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Aug. 9.

IMC Club on verge of merger with EAA

Article | Jul 28, 2015

IMC Club began as a way to exchange real-world instrument flight rules discussions and now the popular monthly meetings and video lesson format is on the verge of merging with the EAA.

Training Tip: Precip's potential pitfalls

Article | Jul 24, 2015

Many student pilots ask: Is precipitation a no-go item for VFR flight?