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Training Tip: Be ready

Article | Jun 29, 2015

Readiness is the key to any clearance: If you are cleared for takeoff, take off!

AOPA Foundation to fund nonprofit flight training scholarships

Article | Jun 23, 2015

Nonprofit organizations seeking to offer flight training scholarships to aspiring aviators can receive help funding the scholarships through the AOPA Foundation's new grant program.

Training Tip: 'Tower, how are we doing?'

Article | Jun 22, 2015

Confusing the inbound heading with the aircraft's position relative to the airport is one example controllers cite to illustrate why pilots should sharpen their situational awareness.

News From Headquarters

Article | Jun 21, 2015

When AOPA began the Flight Training Excellence Award in 2012, several flying clubs surfaced as award winning organizations and many more made the list of honor roll, much to AOPA’s surprise. The results showed what you already know – America’s flying clubs can be a great place to learn to fly. Does your club have what it takes to win this year’s award? Take the 2015 Flight Training Poll to put your club in the running for an award and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Jeppesen flight training kit, a David Clark headset, or a Sporty’s Flight Gear Bag.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jun 21, 2015

The yellow and blue colors of the Boeing Stearman are iconic. It trained a generation of pilots that went to went to war, and has been a staple of the General Aviation world for the past 70 years as a crop duster, barnstormer, and air show performer. In Morris, Illinois, you can add flying club aircraft to that list. Blue Sky Aero Flying Club owner and Chief Instructor Cindy Limbach talks about operating a Stearman in a flying club.

Proposed rule would restore sim time credits

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

The FAA has issued an NPRM that would allow pilots to count more sim time toward earning an instrument rating.

Inspiration nation

Article | Jun 16, 2015

The airplane remains a potent tool for sparking inspiration, and AOPA is offering new support to the growing movement to bring aeronautics into high school classrooms.

Pilot Briefing: 'Ultimate paradise’

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Joe Nall Week, which ran from May 9 through 16 at the aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest radio control fly-in in the world, attracting about 1,700 RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries—and more than 10,000 spectators.

Women in Aviation offers seven new scholarships for 2016

Article | Jun 08, 2015

Women in Aviation International announced seven new scholarships on June 4, including support for advanced flight training, maintenance training, and academic programs.

Training Tip: The M in MVFR

Article | Jun 08, 2015

It’s not just the possibility of a VFR pilot encountering instrument meteorological conditions that raises the risk profile of flight in marginal VFR conditions.

Ninety-Nines solo scholarship applications due July 7

Article | Jun 01, 2015

The Ninety-Nines and Experimental Aircraft Association will award $3,000 to support one young woman’s flight training through her first solo and beyond through the 2015 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship.

Training Tip: 'VFR not recommended'

Article | May 29, 2015

Don’t let an undramatic presentation of a "VFR not recommended" advisory rob you of your ability to use good judgment about its importance.

Unusual attitudes to the extreme

Article | May 28, 2015

Loss of control is the No. 1 cause of fatalities in aviation, and the National Transportation Safety Board has named the problem to its Most Wanted list to promote safety education and flight training on that subject.

Training Tip: Cross-check and interpretation

Article | May 22, 2015

"Accident statistics show that the pilot who has not been trained in attitude instrument flying, or one whose instrument skills have eroded, will lose control of the airplane in about 10 minutes once forced to rely solely on instrument references," explains the Airplane Flying Handbook.

Applications open for AOPA scholarships

Article | May 22, 2015

Applications are now open for almost $120,000 worth of scholarships that will help student pilots and teens achieve their aviation goals.

AOPA launches 2015 flight training poll, sweepstakes

Article | May 20, 2015

AOPA announced May 20 that it has opened its popular flight training poll, a survey that allows student pilots at all levels to share feedback on their flight training experiences.

Groups ask Congress to protect veterans' flight training

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

Seven general aviation associations, including AOPA, have sent a joint letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans.

Flying Salukis keep top spot in 2015 NIFA Safecon

Article | May 19, 2015

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s flight team held onto the top spot at the 2015 National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (Safecon).

Training Tip: A misleading sensation

Article | May 18, 2015

“Flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) can result in sensations that are misleading to the body’s sensory system," explains the Instrument Flying Handbook.

News From Headquarters

Article | May 17, 2015

AOPA’s You Can Fly serves as the umbrella for many of our activities designed to get people flying and keep them flying. It includes things like support for flying clubs and flight schools, the Rusty Pilots program to get lapsed pilots back in the air, and our Reimagined Aircraft initiative. It includes a small group of AOPA Ambassadors to bring these programs to life on a very grassroots level. In Florida, AOPA Ambassador Jamie Beckett helped a group of pilots launch a new flying club in just a few weeks. Ambassadors like Jamie are all over the country and are one of many resources available to you.

B-25 training nostalgic for pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

Sabrina Kipp has 29,000 hours of flying under her belt and multiple type ratings including the Boeing 737, but her newest accomplishment—a second-in-command type rating in the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber—has special meaning.

Decision point

Article | May 14, 2015

A new collaboration seeks to give medical helicopter pilots tools to balance urgent imperatives and flight safety, and reduce accidents caused by inadvertent flight into IMC.