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New certification standards for mechanics in the works

Advocacy | Feb 04, 2016

A group chaired by AOPA has been tasked with developing new certification standards, handbooks, and test development guidance for aircraft mechanics.

Colorado airfield launches teen pilots

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2016

A group of Colorado aviation enthusiasts based at Meadow Lake Airport in Peyton has been launching the next generation of pilots to the skies for more than a decade.

IFR Fix: 'Maintain VFR'

IFR Fix | Feb 03, 2016

With clouds close above and a populated marina below, a pilot departing VFR in expectation of receiving an IFR clearance found only disappointment, not vectors.

‘Flying to my heart’s content’

Article | Feb 03, 2016

Less than one year after attending the Rusty Pilots seminar and receiving 34 hours of instruction, William Buchanan is an aircraft owner and active pilot with a new tailwheel endorsement and fresh flight review: "And now I'm flying to my heart's content."

Training Tip: When it's your bad

Article | Feb 02, 2016

It's an awful feeling. You line up on the runway and begin your takeoff run. Just as you rotate, another pilot announces a go-around from short final because he was "cut off by a departing aircraft."

12 hours, two tickets

Article | Feb 01, 2016

Here’s a fun way to spend your next birthday: Get up early, drive three hours, and spend the rest of the day taking tests.

Wipaire seeks interns, opens scholarship

Article | Jan 27, 2016

The Wipaire aircraft modification company is looking for a handful of 2016 mechanic interns and also announced the return of its Ben Wiplinger Memorial Seaplane Rating Scholarship.

San Diego Miramar College: ‘Delta actually courted us’

Article | Jan 26, 2016

Two aviation maintenance students from San Diego Miramar College’s airframe and powerplant program are gaining valuable experience performing internships for Delta Airlines.

Training Tip: The other right-of-way rule

Article | Jan 25, 2016

Turning final, the student pilot is surprised to see the aircraft below taxi hastily onto the runway and accelerate for takeoff.

Students propel Marion to best Indiana airport

Article | Jan 20, 2016

A pair of Purdue University aviation students performing their internship duties helped Indiana’s Marion Municipal Airport bring home a coveted 2015 “Airport of the Year” award.

Aircraft resale trade group awards scholarships

Article | Jan 19, 2016

Six university students majoring in aviation business- and management-related fields have been named recipients of 2016 scholarships from an aircraft sales and brokerage trade association.

Training Tip: A system in transition

Article | Jan 19, 2016

Aviation evolves, making it necessary for members of the community to stay informed about changes that alter how we fly.

FAA finalizes rule on student certificates

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

The FAA has published a final rule changing the way student pilot certificates will be issued and withdrawing plans to require photos on all pilot certificates.

Next steps for medical reform

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

With Congress back in session, the question on the minds of many pilots is, “What’s next for third class medical reform?”

No more tears

Article | Jan 12, 2016

New private pilot Stephanie Stechschulte says she was a panicky passenger before she earned a pilot certificate.

Training Tip: An enlightened decision

Article | Jan 11, 2016

How would you decline a clearance to take off after your radios have failed?

GAMA opens pair of scholarships

Article | Jan 11, 2016

A pair of scholarships sponsored by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is available to a high school senior or college student pursuing aviation as a career, the association announced Jan. 8.

FAA updates flight review guidance

Advocacy | Jan 07, 2016

The FAA has issued updated guidance for flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks, and AOPA is urging instructors to look closely at the changes.

Air Race Classic registration opens

Article | Jan 05, 2016

Registration for the Air Race Classic—the annual all-women’s cross-country air race—opened Jan. 5.

Training Tip: Flight training FAQs

Article | Jan 04, 2016

What’s the status of your flight training program as 2016 opens? Student pilots frequently ask this question as a new year begins.

IFR Fix: 'What should I have done?'

IFR Fix | Dec 29, 2015

After experiencing an alternator failure in instrument conditions, the pilot and his flight instructor could receive but not transmit, but the transponder still worked. What should the pilot and CFI do?

Training Tip: Headed home heavy

Article | Dec 29, 2015

Unlike Santa’s sleigh, many aircraft will be heading home from holiday travels more heavily loaded than when they set out.

Flying Musicians Association opens 2016 scholarship

Article | Dec 28, 2015

The Flying Musicians Association has announced its 2016 FMA Solo Program scholarship to help high school musicians and student aviators achieve their goal of solo flight.

Astronauts wanted

Article | Dec 24, 2015

NASA is accepting applications through Feb. 18 for the next class of astronauts. Travel is required; possible destinations include the International Space Station and Mars.

Tempus 'can produce better trained pilots'

Article | Dec 21, 2015

Tempus Training Solutions, the flight training operation purchased from Redbird Flight Simulations, announced Dec. 17 that it is accepting new aviation students at its San Marcos, Texas, facility.