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Question of the Month

Article | Jun 21, 2015

One of the key first steps in forming a flying club is identifying founding members. These members will be used to rally interest, guide the mission and ideals of the club, possibly help with club financing, and potentially act as future officers of the club. Most successful clubs target a few special individuals as founding members with particular areas of expertise. This month’s question of the month breaks down what to look for in finding founding members.

Women in Aviation offers seven new scholarships for 2016

Article | Jun 08, 2015

Women in Aviation International announced seven new scholarships on June 4, including support for advanced flight training, maintenance training, and academic programs.

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.

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.

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.

Fly like a fighter: Spin cycle

Fly like a fighter | May 06, 2015

A "simple" power-on stall got really exciting, but then turned into a nonevent because of the training the pilot had received.

Passionate aerobat debuts

Article | May 05, 2015

Passionate aerobatic performer Yuichi Takagi will fly his first aerial demonstration during the AOPA Fly-In at Salinas, California, May 16.

‘We’ll be right on the money’

Article | Apr 25, 2015

With one day left before their culminating flights, the One Week Ready to Solo participants were feeling the pressure April 24.

Stalls, thermals, and fun

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Students in Redbird Flight Simulation's One Week Ready to Solo project hopped around South Florida, landing their Cessnas at airports large and small, and even a U.S. Air Force base—in the simulator, of course.

First flights

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Ask pilots about their first flight, and you can expect they’ll remember it well no matter how long they’ve been flying.

Safety

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Flying Club members are more likely to have opportunities to fly different aircraft, and getting the proper transition training can make a big different. ASI has created a new online course, Transitioning to Other Airplanes, to help pilots – whether your stepping up to a more advanced aircraft, stepping down to something lighter and less powerful, moving to an experimental, or transitioning to different avionics it’s important to know what to expect.

Pilots: A new face in aviation

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2015

Jennifer Delp-Mallet started life in Alaska, where flying is a way of life, and from earliest childhood flying was what she wanted to do.

FAA names 2015 National General Aviation Award honorees

Article | Mar 20, 2015

The FAA has announced the individuals who are the 2015 National General Aviation Award honorees, recognized for their contributions to GA.

Training Tip: The greater the challenge

Article | Mar 13, 2015

Why do some maneuvers seem harder to fly well late in training than when you were just starting out? Here’s a likely explanation.

FlightSimCon set for June 13, 14

Article | Mar 12, 2015

Pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and flight simulator fanatics are invited to attend FlightSimCon 2015, to be held June 13 and 14 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Air Safety Institute debuts seaplane, helicopter FIRC electives

Article | Feb 11, 2015

AOPA’s popular electronic flight instructor refresher course (eFIRC) provides a customized way for flight instructors to fulfill their currency requirement by offering 13 pilot-selectable electives – including new seaplane and helicopter elements.

My toughest student

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

My most challenging flight student was the one I wanted most to succeed: My mom, Wilma Melville.

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Rod Machado releases 'Aviation Learning Center' app

Article | Jan 23, 2015

Aviation writer, humorist, and CFI Rod Machado has released a free app that serves as a clearinghouse for his instructional resources.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jan 18, 2015

The Bakersfield Flying Club was recently named one of the top 10 flight schools in the country. Flight Instructor William Woodbury talks about what makes the club’s flight training successful, including its Redbird Simulator, a structured training program, and the camaraderie of a club environment.

Nine habits of successful students

Article | Jan 13, 2015

Are you setting yourself up to achieve your flight training goals in 2015? You can take the reins of your flight training and tackle challenges faster by adopting habits that set you up for success.

P&E Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

It’s hardly a sweat-inducing event, but sometimes that is the nature of practicing an emergency scenario.

Simulation from scratch

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Flight instructor Xylon Saltzman wasn’t satisfied with what the general aviation simulation market had to offer, so he created his own.

‘The single most important license I got’

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Delta Air Lines Captain Jeffrey Whitesell said flight instruction has been his backstop his whole career, many times opening a door where one otherwise might not have been opened.

Training Tip: A pre-solo assessment

Article | Dec 08, 2014

The overshoot isn’t a deal-breaker; the corrective action will be much more revealing.

Question of the Month

Article | Nov 15, 2014

On October 10, Lou Fausak posted on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page the following question: “How difficult are you folks finding it to get full time flight instructors? We have a terrible time even with the best pay scale (and SALARY) in Texas.” His club is in Dallas and Fort Worth. His question generated a range responses including comments on the need for instructors, whether benefits are included, as well as locations that may be hiring next summer.

Letters: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | Nov 06, 2014

Memories rushed back to members when they read of our 2015 sweepstakes aircraft, a Reimagined Cessna 152, and many shared their recollections with us.

Disruptive technology keeps Redbird on the move

Article | Oct 29, 2014

Redbird Flight Simulations demonstrated four new technologies and proposed a new way to organize flight schools at its annual Migration Oct. 27 through 29 at the Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas.

AOPA recognizes training excellence

Article | Oct 02, 2014

A Florida flight school and a Virginia CFI were ranked best in the nation by thousands of students polled online by AOPA.

‘Glider Bob’: Robert B. Saunders

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Anyone who has ever been around Stemme motorgliders will remember its most colorful and enthusiastic demonstration pilot, Robert B. Saunders.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

News release | Oct 01, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.

Training Tip: Aircraft speed limits

Article | Sep 22, 2014

Reviewing this regulation will make you a more effective plane spotter when ATC calls out fast traffic in busy (and haze-laden) airspace.

IFR Fix: Tower, CFI help VFR pilot who takes off into clouds

IFR Fix | Sep 17, 2014

A VFR pilot enters instrument conditions shortly after takeoff. Air traffic control gets an instructor on the ground involved to help talk the pilot through the serious situation to narrowly avert tragedy.

'Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook' launches

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Respected author and aviation funny man Rod Machado has written a new book he hopes will get you back to basics.

5 tips to help you renew your CFI certificate

Article | Aug 06, 2014

Some flight instructor refresher courses can be dry, monotonous, tedious, and downright painful—but not the Air Safety Institute’s eFIRC.

Training Tip: Loadings and landings

Article | Aug 04, 2014

New pilots may underestimate the physical effort needed to rotate some aircraft to the landing attitude.

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.

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.

Cutting shirttails, passing it on

Article | Jun 19, 2014

Zac Davis’ tattered shirttail June 13 marked a milestone for the student pilot as well as for the program that helped him reach it.

Colorado pilot earns spot in French air race

Article | Jun 18, 2014

A trilingual pilot from Colorado who recently became a flight instructor will soon travel to France to fly in the Tour Aérien Des Jeunes Pilotes.

Share your training experience in AOPA poll

Article | Jun 12, 2014

AOPA is asking pilots to share feedback about their flight training experiences to recognize outstanding schools and instructors and help identify areas for improvement in training.

Student to instructor in 11 months

Article | Jun 10, 2014

Keaton Meltvedt-Snow, winner of the AOPA Foundation 2013 Richard Santori Memorial Scholarship, went from barely being able to hover a helicopter to training others how to fly them in less than a year.

FBI: $10,000 bounty for laser-pointing perps

Article | Jun 04, 2014

After a temporarily blinding green laser flashed into the cockpit of a Robinson R22 on a training flight at North Carolina’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport on May 6, the CFI and student helped police track down the person shining the laser. Now, the FBI is offering to reward those who provide information on laser incidents that lead to the arrest of such individuals.

Pilots: Al Waterloo

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

What do you want to get out of aviation? It’s a simple question and Chicago-area CFI Al Waterloo asks it of each of his students before their first flight lesson.

Women find their wings

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

Mary Latimer has declared 2014 “The Year of the Woman Pilot.”