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AOPA LAUNCHES FLIGHT TRAINING POLL

News release | Jun 13, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today announced that it has opened its popular flight training poll, a survey that allows student pilots to offer feedback on their flight training experiences.

Share your training experience in AOPA poll

Article | Jun 12, 2014

AOPA is asking pilots to share feedback about their flight training experiences to recognize outstanding schools and instructors and help identify areas for improvement in training.

Student to instructor in 11 months

Article | Jun 10, 2014

Keaton Meltvedt-Snow, winner of the AOPA Foundation 2013 Richard Santori Memorial Scholarship, went from barely being able to hover a helicopter to training others how to fly them in less than a year.

Flight schools to host AeroCamps

Article | Jun 09, 2014

Flight schools around the nation will host summer day camps to allow young people to explore aviation and aerospace.

Rotorcraft Rookie: 10 lessons from learning to fly helicopters

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jun 05, 2014

Of the hundreds of things one learns during a helicopter add-on course, these are 10 of the most important themes.

Training Tip: Volatile virga

Article | Jun 03, 2014

Virga can be picturesque to behold, but don’t let its benign appearance breed complacency.

AOPA FOUNDATION OFFERS FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

News release | May 28, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation will award 11 scholarships in 2014 to help support outstanding student pilots. Ten of the scholarships will provide $5,000 each and an eleventh scholarship will award $12,000 to student pilots pursuing an FAA sport, recreational or private pilot certificate.

King Schools offers ATP training course discount

Article | May 27, 2014

King Schools is offering a discount on its ATP video course to beat Aug. 1 training changes.

Training Tip: 'Castles in the air'

Article | May 27, 2014

The clouds’ vertical development has already gone beyond what pilots and meteorologists refer to as “fair weather cumulus” or “summer puffies.”

Rotorcraft Rookie: Checkride success

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 21, 2014

It all comes down to the checkride, the pressure-cooker flight and oral exam that pits the student against himself.

Applications open for AOPA Flight Training Scholarship Program

Article | May 21, 2014

Student pilots can now apply for this year’s AOPA Flight Training Scholarship Program.

Do flying clubs make flight training more affordable?

Article | May 20, 2014

One pilot estimates he saved $3,000 doing his private pilot training through a flying club.

New notam simplifies ops at Leesburg, Va., airport

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

Flying to or from Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport inside the will be less cumbersome starting in June.

License to Learn: The four C-note lesson

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

A friend recently took his first flight lesson at a Midwest flight school and paid $400 for 1.2 hours of dual instruction. Shocked?

Training Tip: Headed for the heartland

Article | May 09, 2014

The short, chilly days of winter flying are over as you launch a spring project to complete the cross-country requirements for your private pilot certificate.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Do helicopters stall?

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 08, 2014

Helicopter pilots don't work on stalls the same way airplane pilots do, but the possiblity is every bit as real.

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.