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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.

Able Flight announces 2015 scholarship recipients

Article | Mar 13, 2015

Seven individuals with disabilities will earn pilot certificates or receive advanced training in 2015 thanks to Able Flight’s scholarship program.

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.

High schoolers earn college credit exploring aviation careers

Article | Mar 11, 2015

Twenty-seven students from nine high schools are enrolled for the initial, winter 2015 semester of the Aviation Academy at Community College of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Women in Aviation conference welcomes enthusiastic crowd in Dallas

Article | Mar 09, 2015

The twenty-sixth annual Women in Aviation, International (WAI) conference drew a crowd of more than 4,500 attendees to hear from dynamic leaders in corporate, nonprofit, and military aviation.

AOPA awards scholarship at Women in Aviation conference

Article | Mar 05, 2015

An aviation student from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the 2015 recipient of the $3,000 AOPA Women in Aviation, International student pilot scholarship, AOPA announced March 5.

Aviation groups bring safety, cost concerns to Iowa lawmakers

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2015

Eliminating unnecessary cost burdens for flight training providers and assuring obstruction-free land development around airports were among legislative priorities that AOPA raised with Iowa lawmakers.

Helo instrument rating scholarship launched

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Whirly-Girls International announced a new Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship for private helicopter pilots March 1 at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Orlando.

AOPA offers flight training financing

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Through an innovative new program developed by the AOPA Aviation Finance Co., AOPA is offering flight training financing.

Training Tip: Awake to a hazard

Article | Feb 23, 2015

Not even past the end of the runway, the pilot banks left and continues climbing on a new heading. Is something wrong?

Training Tip: Lean mixture, hot engine?

Article | Feb 17, 2015

Avoid leaning the fuel-air mixture so much that engine heat becomes excessive.

Club Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

When someone is willing to travel 90 miles to become a member of your club and take flight lessons, you must be doing something right. The Pocono Mountains Flying Club in northeast Pennsylvania is doing a lot right, and has a model worth replicating if you are interested in starting a club with low rates and a focus on flight training.

ASA releases checkride apps for Android

Article | Feb 13, 2015

Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc. on Feb. 12 announced seven new apps for Android designed to help pilots prepare for the oral portion of practical tests.

New instrument training app released

Article | Feb 11, 2015

Pilot Training Solutions’ Instrument Rating Virtual Test Prep iPad app was released in the App Store Feb. 4, the fourth app the company has released in as many months.

Training Tip: Leaning toward a decision

Article | Feb 09, 2015

The student is about to demonstrate a power-off stall entry when the instructor asks, "Should we adjust the mixture first?"

The Ninety-Nines announces spring Fly Now Award

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Student pilots who are members of The International Organization of Women Pilots (The Ninety-Nines) are eligible to apply for the spring 2015 Fly Now Award.

P&E Dogfight: Making Training Relevant

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines and Editor at Large Dave Hirschman debate the merits of pilot education—old-school rules or new-school style?

2015 scholarships open for maintenance, flight attendants

Article | Feb 03, 2015

A new scholarship from National Business Aviation Association Charities will send current or aspiring maintenance technicians to Falcon Jet aircraft initial maintenance courses.

Training Tip: Do you have a safety margin?

Article | Feb 02, 2015

Pilots learn–sometimes the hard way–that it’s a good idea to add a safety margin beyond what regulations require.

Southern California schools embrace glider program

Article | Jan 29, 2015

A California charter school has teamed up with a glider school to give students a potentially life-changing opportunity.

Training Tip: Tackle no-flap landings

Article | Jan 26, 2015

Have no-flap landings been part of your practice routine as you work to sharpen your skills?

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.

Upwind private pilot scholarship open to teens

Article | Jan 23, 2015

The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.

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.

Spartan College makes solar electric trainer deal

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed an agreement for 20 delivery positions of a new solar-electric two-seat trainer, the Sun Flyer.

Training Tip: Flaps-extended operations

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Some aircraft have only one maximum flaps-extended airspeed. Others may have several.

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.

Nova Southeastern to offer $878,000 in scholarships

Article | Jan 16, 2015

A new scholarship program administered by Nova Southeastern University will award nearly $1 million to 12 students every 18 months for flight training, the university announced Jan. 13.

Ozarka College to offer aviation degree

Article | Jan 16, 2015

Ozarka College in northern Arkansas will offer an Associate of Science degree program in aviation beginning in the fall 2015 semester, the college announced.

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.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.

Bonanza Society announces free courses for members

Article | Jan 07, 2015

In an effort to remove obstacles to pilot participation in potentially lifesaving training, the American Bonanza Society will make its online Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program available to members free of charge.

Father, son solo on same day

Article | Jan 06, 2015

A five-hour round-trip drive to the airfield makes scheduling lessons difficult, but the payoffs include an unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji and the satisfaction of father and son accomplishing goals together.

Training Tip: Speed reader

Article | Jan 05, 2015

Quick, what’s the Vso for your trainer? What’s 30 percent of that airspeed?

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.

Brains scanned on final

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Experienced pilots make better decisions with less brain activity, according to a study published in November that could influence future flight training.

Training Tip: Never exceed speed

Article | Dec 29, 2014

An airspeed excursion toward the aircraft’s never exceed speed (VNE) may seem unlikely. But in scenarios such as recovering from a stall, a spin, or a spiral dive, airspeed would increase quickly toward the critical value.

‘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: Fog's thinly veiled threat

Article | Dec 19, 2014

What’s the sneakiest cloud in the sky when it comes to ensnaring a VFR pilot in less-than-VFR conditions?

Time running out to bid on tailwheel package

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

Sporty's unveils Cessna 172LITE project

Article | Dec 18, 2014

A refurbished Cessna 172N that will offer more cost-effective flight training is at the heart of the Cessna 172LITE project, announced Dec. 17 by Sporty’s.

FAA deputy administrator a new pilot

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

Many student pilots are nervous come checkride day. When you’re a top official at the agency responsible for the safe operation of the largest airspace system in the world, it can add to the pressure.

Training Tip: A matter of course

Article | Dec 12, 2014

How would you react to looking down while flying a cross-country and seeing an apparently uncharted airport below?