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Jeppesen offers free IFR chart webinars

Article | May 05, 2014

Jeppesen is hosting five webinars over the next several months focused on specific aspects of instrument flying and instrument charts.

Training Tip: A generous margin

Article | May 05, 2014

A good pilot is always learning—and now another lesson emerges as that smooth-running and reliable engine falls silent.

Training Tip: A commanding presence

Article | Apr 29, 2014

Checklists complete and engine start accomplished, you start rolling toward the taxiway when the flight instructor's upheld hand gives you pause.

Rotorcraft Rookie: New landing sites

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 23, 2014

Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.

Able Flight announces 2014 scholarships

Article | Apr 16, 2014

Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that works to provide free flight training to individuals with physical disabilities, announced the awards of a record-setting nine scholarships in 2014.

Zulu Flight Training heads across the pond

Article | Apr 11, 2014

Continental Motors' Zulu Flight Training is opening locations in Europe.

Training Tip: The fly-in factor

Article | Apr 11, 2014

Applying your aeronautical “book knowledge” is one way events like the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins can raise your experience level and whet your appetite for aviation.

Same as it ever was

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Today someone will walk in to a flight school and plunk down a bunch of money to fulfill a dream.

Members weigh in on AOPA's Rusty Pilot initiative

Article | Apr 08, 2014

Attendees interviewed at Sun ‘n Fun applaud AOPA for the new Rusty Pilot initiative.

Training Tip: Discovering the destination

Article | Apr 07, 2014

The airport listing for your cross-country destination says that a GCO is available there. What's a GCO?

Membership News & Notes: AOPA supports Able Flight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker presented an $8,000 check to Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites to help the organization with its efforts to offer free flight training to the disabled.

King Schools creates new online pilot forum

Article | Apr 04, 2014

A new online forum created by the King Schools targets aspiring and current pilots.

IFR Fix: A full-scale deflection

IFR Fix | Apr 01, 2014

When the CDI became fully deflected, time was up for troubleshooting a glitchy GPS.

AeroShell's Able Flight scholarship honors Alan Henley

Article | Apr 01, 2014

AeroShell has funded an ongoing flight training scholarship for Able Flight in honor of Alan Henley, the paralyzed former AeroShell Aerobatic Team leader.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The best study materials

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 01, 2014

Although there may be more books and reference materials in the fixed-wing world, most helicopter study materials are really well done.

AOPA offers roundup of scholarships, winners

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Aviation organizations recognize the importance of investing in the future of aviation by offering scholarships. Learn about new scholarship opportunities and see recent winners.

Boeing Employee Flying Association has 'CFI of the Year'

Article | Mar 26, 2014

The winner of the 2014 FAA’s General Aviation Awards CFI of the Year is Howard Wolvington, a flight instructor for the Boeing Employees Flying Association.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Round and round he goes

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 20, 2014

Solo practice in a helicopter is restricted to more or less pounding the pattern.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Robinson factory tour

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 13, 2014

Touring an aircraft factory is the only way to see everything that goes into your flying machine.

Colorado pilot creates barter website

Article | Mar 13, 2014

A student pilot in Aurora, Colo., has created a website that will let users barter goods and services for flight instruction.

Meet AOPA AV8R, Cory Orlebeke

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Cory Orlebeke is afraid of heights, but that hasn’t stopped him from soaring in the clouds.

Delta State offers low-cost, small classes for aviation degrees

Article | Mar 11, 2014

Mississippi’s Delta State University touts low costs, small classes, and strong flight training.

Dogfight: Simulators

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The young dog is ready for the future; the old dog, not so much. Senior editors Ian J. Twombly
and Dave Hirschman debate the viability of simulation in training.

Proficiency: To new heights

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA’s recent proposal to decrease the amount of flight simulator experience that students can log toward instrument ratings comes just as computer-based simulation is rapidly becoming more realistic than ever.

March 7, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Mar 07, 2014

March 7, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: 'Arrival or through flight'

General aviation and the GAO report

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

The GAO released its report “Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots,” and general aviation has a strong interest in its findings.

Training Tip: 'Arrival or through flight'

Article | Mar 04, 2014

Nearing an area of Class C airspace astride your VFR cross-country course, you ponder a decision.

2013 Flight Training scholarship winner earns pilot certificate

Article | Mar 04, 2014

Rodney McKnight, winner of the 2013 Ceci Stratford Flight Training Scholarship, has earned his private pilot certificate.

First helicopter solo

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 03, 2014

Can there be such a thing as a second first solo? A fixed-wing pilot tests the theory in a helicopter.

February 28, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Feb 28, 2014

February 28, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: A good mix

Scholarships open for students, vets, women

Article | Feb 28, 2014

High school, college, and flight training students, along with veterans and women, are eligible for scholarships with upcoming deadlines.

San Diego finalizes rule to vet flight schools

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a rule imposing local certification requirements for flight schools training foreign students despite community opposition.

AV8RS program awards four flight training scholarships

Article | Feb 27, 2014

The AOPA AV8RS youth membership program has awarded four scholarships totaling $20,000 to teens who are pursuing flight training in high school and college.

February 21, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Feb 21, 2014

February 21, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: First impressions

Congressional Flying Club: Rising from the DC SFRA ashes

Article | Feb 21, 2014

The Congressional Flying Club, hurt by the implementation of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, has managed to be revitalized.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Advanced autorotations

Rotorcraft Rookie | Feb 20, 2014

One second in a Robinson R22 could mean the difference between life and death.

Stall the Pig

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Since the crash of Air France Flight 447 in 2009, the flight training departments for all categories of jet operators have taken an introspective look at how to handle high-altitude stalls.

February 14, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Feb 14, 2014

February 14, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Heart City, westbound

Training Tip: First impressions

Article | Feb 14, 2014

Any pilot gazes admiringly at his or her ride from afar, but don’t be blinded by love.

AOPA to work with FAA, industry to make pilot testing relevant

Advocacy | Feb 12, 2014

AOPA plans to join a new FAA-industry working group that will help make pilot training and testing more relevant.

Able Flight seeks female pilot candidates

Article | Feb 11, 2014

Women with physical disabilities are being encouraged to apply for Able Flight’s flight training scholarships.

February 7, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Feb 07, 2014

February 7, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: The official word

Training Tip: Heart City, westbound

Article | Feb 07, 2014

Left to do their mischief, fixation and disbelief can produce a wide variety of adverse results.

Calif. county orders security checks

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

San Diego County in California is moving forward an ordinance that creates a significant new burden for flight schools.