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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.

Technique: The third wheel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

For such a tiny part of the airplane, the third wheel of a taildragger has a vicious bite if it's not treated with proper respect. "You can't get lazy in a tailwheel," instructor Ron Rapp explained early in 5G Aviation's tailwheel endorsement training program at Southern California's John Wayne Airport-Orange County.

Letters: Buy or rent?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Senior Editor Ian J. Twombly posed the question: should a flight student buy or rent an aircraft? We received quite a response.

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.

Training Tip: Fast and furious

Article | Jun 12, 2013

Thunderstorms didn’t get their fearsome reputation just from the extreme conditions a pilot can encounter by stumbling into, or too close to one. The reputation also hints at the speed at which thunderstorms can grow from puffy cumulus clouds into giant, opaque cumulonimbus.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 10, 2013

The Bakersfield Flying Club, based at Meadows Field (KBFL) in Bakersfield, California, just added a Redbird Simulator to bolster its training efforts. Club President William Woodbury describes what it's like to use the simulator and how it's helping create new pilots and build the club's membership base.

Never Again: A date with his girl

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

I started flying lessons at age 16 at Dalton Airport in Flushing, Michigan. My instructor, Spike, was patient despite some breathtaking moments I provided in a Citabria 7EC.

Proficiency: Test driving an airline career

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Prayank Jain, a flight attendant on furlough from United Airlines, reaches upward and presses the Airbus 320’s public address system button and, with an authoritative voice, announces, “Flight attendants prepare for landing.”

Technique: Mischief with a purpose

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

One of the best tools for transforming a tentative student to a tiger is a simple roll of toilet paper.

Cirrus launches 'top priority' outreach program

Article | May 29, 2013

Cirrus Aircraft, touting 2012 as one of its safest years, announced a new pilot training initiative and an effort to enhance the quality of Cirrus-specific flight instruction and standardization.

Calif. glider flying club’s dues cover flight training

Article | May 28, 2013

The Associated Glider Clubs of Southern California (AGCSC) is a winch-launching flying club that offers training to new pilots as part of the standard membership dues.

Ministry offers teens free flight lessons

Article | May 15, 2013

Teens enrolled in Melbourne, Fla.-based Wings of Grace Ministries received free flight training and real-world life lessons.

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.

Be a part of AOPA's Flying Clubs Discussions at Sun 'n Fun

Article | May 03, 2013

My wife and I are both of British extraction, we met and began dating when members of a small flying club in central Scotland. I’ve sometimes joked that Janet and I are the ultimate expression of how flying clubs can create lasting relationships! Like many British pilots, both of us came over to Florida for flight training.

Skyhaven Flying Club: Safe, fun flying, continuous learning

Article | Apr 30, 2013

New Hampshire's Skyhaven Flying Club, based at Skyhaven Airport in Rochester, is unified by the goal of continuing to learn about aviation in a safe and fun manner, along with passing on knowledge to the next generation of pilots.

This bird really flies

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Imagine a take-it-out-of-the box-and-plug-it-in device that, within minutes, can transport you into aviation experiences and adventures anywhere in the world. Redbird Flight Simulations founder Jerry Gregoire thought that idea might be a winner, too.