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Fly like a fighter: A humbling situation

Fly like a fighter | Sep 09, 2013

With unforecast crosswinds at the destination airport that exceeded landing limitations, an Air Force pilot found himself stuck in a military trainer without a backup plan.

Opinion Leaders blog launches

Article | Aug 21, 2013

Is this the beginning of the end of VFR flying? Will AirVenture shrink to a fraction of its current size? What’s so bad about the “dive and drive” approach? Leaders in aviation are sharing their opinions on these topics and more in AOPA’s new Opinion Leaders blog.

Aviation life coaching helps pilots face confidence issues

Article | Aug 20, 2013

Pilots are seen as confident, but some may face unique fears and lack the tools needed to deal with in-flight emergencies. So flight instructor Mark Ross has created Aviator Life Coaching.

East Hill Flying Club: Recruiting is the heart of the beast

Article | Aug 09, 2013

An award-winning flight school, social memberships, and a strong fleet are among the reasons to join Ithaca, N.Y.-based East Hill Flying Club.

Training Tip: Completing the appropriate checklist

Article | Aug 08, 2013

Understanding the “why” of the items on your checklists will help you remember steps required for a flight operation to meet performance goals.

King Schools offers helicopter FIRC

Article | Aug 01, 2013

King Schools is launching an online flight instructor refresher course (FIRC) tailored for helicopter instructors.

Training Tip: The why of winglets

Article | Jul 09, 2013

The basic idea of winglets is that they counteract a loss of lift resulting from the phenomenon of wingtip vortices.

Air Safety Institute rolls out new online flight instructor refresher course

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Air Safety Institute has launched a new online flight instructor refresher course that lets CFIs complete the program on any mobile device or personal computer.

AOPA Foundations Air Safety Institute Offers New Online Flight Instructor Refresher Course

Article | Jul 01, 2013

The Air Safety Institute (ASI), a division of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation, announced today that it has launched a new online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC), making it easier and more convenient for instructors to renew their certificates.

Training Tip: Constant bank, changing pressures

Article | Jun 21, 2013

During the approach to a power-on turning stall, the pilot must control both an overbanking tendency, and a tendency toward lower pitch while maintaining “the pitch attitude that will induce a stall,” as required for the PTS task.

David Clark changes course for comfort

Article | Jun 19, 2013

The latest headset design by David Clark Co. is a significant departure from the clamp, priced and designed to compete with brands known for comfort.

Wind Beneath Their Wings

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The robust young pilot who stands with his father and their aircraft in this photo is not as he seems. Although he is an extremely healthy 18-year-old, Jim Rollison has a genetic heart defect and, without the attention of some doctors throughout his life, he might not be here.

CFIs understand the risks

Article | May 31, 2013

CFIs train their students to minimize risks and prepare for the future. AOPA recommends instructors carry CFI insurance to minimize their own liability risks.

Scammers target flight schools, CFIs

Article | May 07, 2013

AOPA has received notification from flight instructors and the FBI that scammers are once again targeting flight schools and instructors.

Letters

Article | May 01, 2013

Remembrances of the fight to save Meigs Field in Chicago brought back memories for many readers. I was crushed when the airport was destroyed by the self-glorified mayor.