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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.

January 31, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 31, 2014

January 31, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: ALNOT

Training Tip: The official word

Article | Jan 31, 2014

The instructions air traffic control issues to pilots convey very specific expectations—and pilots are expected to know what they are.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Time to go somewhere

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 30, 2014

Try a cross-country with only a compass and map for navigation, mental math calculations instead of using an E6B, and hitting checkpoints every five miles.

Training Tip: ALNOT

Article | Jan 27, 2014

In an emergency, time is critical. Taking all measures to mobilize search-and-rescue, and maximizing system effectiveness by providing high-quality information, is your best hedge.

January 24, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 24, 2014

January 24, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Links in a chain

Untapped potential

Article | Jan 23, 2014

Basic and advanced aviation training devices are more advanced than ever, yet still struggle to realize the potential that many have envisioned.

January 17, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 17, 2014

January 17, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Too much, too soon

'Aviate, aviate, aviate'

Article | Jan 16, 2014

An Illinois pilot relied on his training to land safely after a goose punched a hole in his windshield just after takeoff.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The world is a playground

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 16, 2014

Helicopters can operate in and out of some small landing sites.

Ponderosa Aero Club

Article | Jan 16, 2014

With eight aircraft, 175 members, and dozens of events throughout the year, Ponderosa Aero Club is very much a part of the aviation community in and around Boise, Idaho.

Michigan high school students get leg up in aviation

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Twenty-one Michigan high school students have completed a class on general aviation, and some have entered flight training.

Training Tip: Too much, too soon

Article | Jan 14, 2014

Suddenly, well before the trainer reaches rotation speed, the aircraft’s nose rises abruptly, and the student pilot finds the trainer airborne in semi-stalled flight. Why?

Sporty's helps student pilots capture that solo moment

Article | Jan 13, 2014

A new service from Sporty's will package your solo flight video footage into a professional package that can be shared.

January 10, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 10, 2014

January 10, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: Rough but ready

Flight Training scholarship winner gets pilot certificate

Article | Jan 07, 2014

Ryan McFarland, winner of the 2013 Lou Torres Flight Training Scholarship, has earned his private pilot certificate.

Training Tip: Rough but ready

Article | Jan 06, 2014

During rapid changes of power setting or configuration (gear/flaps), it is often necessary to overpower trim momentarily to prevent unintended pitch changes.

January 3, 2014, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Jan 03, 2014

January 3, 2014 ePilot Training Tip: 'Unported' fuel

Training Tip: 'Unported' fuel

Article | Dec 27, 2013

Uncoordinated maneuvering when fuel is low runs the risk of ‘unporting’ your fuel supply.

December 27, 2013, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Dec 27, 2013

December 27, 2013 ePilot Training Tip: A windy debate

Pilot Counsel: ATC instructions

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

A recent interpretation by the FAA’s chief counsel answers the question whether the rule requiring compliance with ATC instructions applies to a pilot flying under visual flight rules in Class E airspace.

Airframe: Seeing red

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The Cessna Skycatcher has “no future,” says Cessna CEO Scott Ernest. A new Skyhawk costs more than $400,000.

Technique: What to do if you’re upside down

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Airshow star and aerobatic instructor Greg Koontz will gladly give you his one-flight upset training course if you insist, but he knows you probably won’t remember it a year later.

December 20, 2013, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Dec 20, 2013

December 20, 2013 ePilot Training Tip: Sierra, Tango, and Zulu

Litchfield Hills Aero Club makes ballooning affordable

Article | Dec 16, 2013

The Litchfield Hills Aero Club was formed to attract more people into ballooning, and help them do it economically.

December 13, 2013, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Dec 13, 2013

December 13, 2013 ePilot Training Tip: A mix of messages

December 6, 2013, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Dec 06, 2013

December 6, 2013 ePilot Training Tip: Getting sloppy

Training Tip: Getting sloppy

Article | Dec 02, 2013

”On this flight I got sloppy and it bit me,” the pilot reported. Find out how overlooking notams can compromise safety.

November 29, 2013, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Nov 29, 2013

November 29, 2013 ePilot Training Tip: 40 degrees of separation

Flight Training Apps releases 'Private Pilot—Ground Portion'

Article | Nov 26, 2013

Flight Training Apps lets you be a fly on the wall during the ground portion of a private pilot checkride.

November 22, 2013, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Nov 22, 2013

November 22, 2013 ePilot Training Tip: Dates and updates

New dedicated helpline for student pilots

Article | Nov 19, 2013

Learning to fly is challenging to everyone who pursues flight, but with the support of your flight instructor and AOPA, you can overcome any challenge that may come your way. To provide its student members with additional assistance and encouragement, AOPA launched a dedicated Flight Training Helpline at 1-888-232-7456 – and AV8RS have free access! The helpline is staffed by a team of experienced AOPA pilots and CFIs who are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., ET to provide you with support, advice and answers to help you reach your flight training goal. Always remember as you progress through your training, the only bad question is the one you never ask. So be sure to take advantage of this excellent member benefit as much as you want!

November 15, 2013, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition

eFlight Training Newsletter | Nov 15, 2013

November 15, 2013 ePilot Training Tip: Angry blades

New helicopter FIRC from King Schools

Article | Nov 14, 2013

King Schools released a new edition of its Web-based flight instructor refresher course specifically for helicopter instructors.

‘Finer Points’ podcaster offers live online instruction

Article | Nov 14, 2013

'The Finer Points of Flying' podcaster Jason Miller has begun offering live video online classes.