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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.