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IFR Fix: The vertigo vaccine

IFR Fix | Aug 12, 2013

Are you vaccinated against vertigo? That would be useful, but don't look for the cure within the health care system. Start in your logbook.

East Hill Flying Club: Recruiting is the heart of the beast

Article | Aug 09, 2013

An award-winning flight school, social memberships, and a strong fleet are among the reasons to join Ithaca, N.Y.-based East Hill Flying Club.

Plymate Memorial scholarship winner earns certificate

Article | Aug 08, 2013

Flight training scholarship recipient Glen Wenzel earned his private pilot certificate on July 31.

AOPA Jay adds 'real-world excitement' to aerospace course

Article | Aug 08, 2013

A Florida school district’s newest career-education offering is an aerospace technology class that will put five AOPA Jay flight-training devices in the classroom.

King Schools offers helicopter FIRC

Article | Aug 01, 2013

King Schools is launching an online flight instructor refresher course (FIRC) tailored for helicopter instructors.

Sim developers team up on G1000 AATD

Article | Jul 28, 2013

By replacing actual Garmin hardware with a G1000 simulation created by Flight1 Aviation Technologies, Elite Simulation Solutions hopes its new, more affordable Elite PI-1000 will appeal to flight schools.

Pilots to use aviation to link schools in N. America, Africa

Article | Jul 24, 2013

Two pilots hope to raise funds to enable them to create an “airbridge” between hundreds of North American schoolchildren and their counterparts in Africa.

AOPA opens online applications for flight training scholarships

Article | Jul 24, 2013

AOPA will award eight $5,000 flight training scholarships at this year’s Aviation Summit Oct. 10 through 12.

Training Tip: The tell-all technique

Article | Jul 22, 2013

Do you appear unaware of the aircraft’s responses to control pressures? An operation as simple as turning to an assigned heading can tell all.

Deadline approaching for 'Flight Training' awards poll

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Members are being asked to share their thoughts about their flight training experience via poll.

Five flight training apps

Article | Jul 09, 2013

Student pilots can use these five apps, from maneuvers to ground school, to help with their flight training.

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.

Flight training to the extreme

Article | Apr 25, 2013

A training and research center just outside of Philadelphia specializes in pushing pilots to the limits of human physiology, and offers to civilians a range of experiences that are otherwise reserved for military aviators.

Tennessee law protects flight training

Article | Apr 18, 2013

Tennessee has protected flight schools from state education fees and other administrative burdens enacted in 2012 that could have driven aviation students out of state. Following an unsuccessful challenge of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s authority to impose fees and new regulations by one of the affected Part 141 flight schools, AOPA worked to negotiate an exemption protecting all aviation training, already regulated by the FAA, from the new state burdens.

Zulu finding success in retail flight training

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Last year an unlikely company opened an unlikely flight school. Headquartered in a retail strip mall location, Zulu Flight Training is owned and operated by Continental Motors, and based on the school’s initial results, it seems as though an engine manufacturer can effectively run a flight school.

Kings to offer online helicopter FIRC

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Noting that helicopter flight instructors frequently have to “make do” with training materials designed for fixed-wing CFIs, King Schools co-chairman John King announced that his company is providing the first ever dedicated helicopter flight instructor refresher course online. Like other versions of the King FIRC, the helicopter course will focus on scenario-based training and risk management, showing the CFIs how to teach risk management to their students.

Poll probes students’ flight training experiences

Article | Apr 10, 2013

AOPA announced an online poll April 10 that will be the basis for its 2013 Flight Training Excellence Awards. “Our awards program, and this unique pilot poll, will give people a great opportunity to share feedback on their flight training experiences,” said Shannon Yeager, vice president of AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community.

CAE Academy buying 35 Piper trainers

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Jeff Roberts of CAE, left, talks with Piper’s Simon Caldecott. CAE Oxford Aviation Academy will add 35 Piper training aircraft to its fleet, CAE and Piper Aircraft, Inc.

Pilot Mall produces new panel for armchair aviation

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Pilot Mall President Neil Glazer plans to certify the Flight Training Cockpit—Advanced Panel as a basic aviation training device. Pilot Mall on April 9 rolled out its entry into the aviation training and flight simulation market: a simulator instrument panel that can be customized with a variety of Saitek computer-driven instruments and controls for in-home realism.

Earhart namesake creates aviation foundation

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Denver television reporter and private pilot Amelia Rose Earhart has announced plans to create the Fly with Amelia Foundation, a Colorado nonprofit organization that will provide aviation opportunities, free aviation-based educational curriculum to grades K-12, and scholarships to fund flight training for young women. The foundation will work in partnership with the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to engage the community in flight-based educational activities and promote the future of general aviation through the re-creation and symbolic completion of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 flight around the world in 2014, said Earhart.

Custom content for the April 1, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The following stories from the April 8, 2011, edition of AOPA ePilot were provided to AOPA members who expressed an interest in the particular subject areas. Any AOPA member can receive information tailored to their areas of interest by updating their preferences online.