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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.

North Carolina technical college to launch aviation program

Article | May 13, 2015

Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in North Carolina is launchinga two-year associate's degree that will enable students to obtain a restricted airline transport pilot certificate.

Home schooled

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2015

What’s most unusual about the ProFlight course is not what happens in Carlsbad. It’s what happens at your home or office in the weeks leading up to the training.

It’s good to be the King Air

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Since opening in 2009, Potomac Flight Training has secured a reputation for its ability to offer U.S. Army-compliant training for military contractors that use King Airs in overseas missions.

Checkride redux

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.

Pilots: Simulator Guru

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

“For a lot of people, Flight Sim was this great fantasy,” he says of the product’s massive appeal. “Virtual airlines started before the Internet.”

Training Tip: The hazardous attitude of resignation

Article | May 11, 2015

One pilot tries to exit the runway too quickly so that an Airbus can depart and loses control of the aircraft; another landing at a fly-in fails to make a last-minute correction for a gust of wind, resulting in a "drop-in" landing and aircraft damage.

AOPA at work on Iowa legislation

Advocacy | May 06, 2015

AOPA is hard at work in Iowa where the association is trying to pass legislation to save flight schools money and protect airports from encroachment.

Fly like a fighter: Spin cycle

Fly like a fighter | May 06, 2015

A "simple" power-on stall got really exciting, but then turned into a nonevent because of the training the pilot had received.

Pilot shortage: Yes or no?

Article | May 05, 2015

Can the United States provide enough pilots to meet industry needs in the coming years? Industry officials debated the question of whether a pilot shortage is imminent or a reality at a panel discussion April 28.

Faro offers flight schools, clubs 'old for new' headset deal

Article | Apr 29, 2015

Faro Aviation is offering flight schools and flying clubs an "old for new" headset exchange program.

Training Tip: No way out but down

Article | Apr 27, 2015

Pilots who fly into obviously deteriorating weather don’t always land or turn around in time.

The big day

Article | Apr 25, 2015

Their instructors were silent, hands off the yoke. With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, the One Week Ready to Solo participants put their skills to the test.

‘We’ll be right on the money’

Article | Apr 25, 2015

With one day left before their culminating flights, the One Week Ready to Solo participants were feeling the pressure April 24.

If you don’t like the weather…

Article | Apr 24, 2015

Storms to the west of Lakeland, Florida, threatened students' progress in One Week Ready to Solo. If any of the flights got scrubbed, would the students be able to refine their landings in preparation for the big day?

Jeppesen to supply Purdue with training materials

Article | Apr 23, 2015

Jeppesen will supply Purdue University aviation program students with professional pilot training kits as part of an agreement announced April 23 at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

Getting comfortable: Practice makes a pilot

Article | Apr 23, 2015

Four days of intensive flight training (five including sim time) had One Week Ready to Solo student Sherry Rosenkranz feeling more comfortable landing the RedHawk.

Ribbon cuts and celebrity CFIs

Article | Apr 22, 2015

The One Week Ready to Solo students got a new set of instructors and learned some new tricks on their third day of flying.

ASU integrates PilotEdge into King Air sim training

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Arizona State University’s Polytechnic School has integrated PilotEdge communications into its simulator training for two advanced flight courses, the university announced April 13.

First flights

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Ask pilots about their first flight, and you can expect they’ll remember it well no matter how long they’ve been flying.

Training Tip: 'Immediate and rapid descent'

Article | Apr 20, 2015

The emergency descent is a flight-test item found as Task A, Emergency Operations, in the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards.

Chinese companies order Cessna Skyhawks for training

Article | Apr 14, 2015

Cessna Aircraft has secured orders from four companies in China for Skyhawk training aircraft, Cessna parent company Textron Aviation announced April 13.

Three students take on 'One Week Ready to Solo'

Article | Apr 14, 2015

A former Navy corpsman, a Harley-Davidson custom builder, and a global advertising manager for General Motors have been tapped for a one-week adventure that could change their lives—learning how to fly through the One Week Ready to Solo project.

Nik Oekerman

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Learning quickly and under pressure is nothing new to Nik Oekerman. The former Navy corpsman who served two combat tours in Iraq has faced more than his share of life-threatening situations. He welcomes the challenge of intensive flight training!

Training Tip: Axis control

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Many think of pitch control simply as maintaining level flight with a constant power setting. But there is much more to it than that.

Sherry Rosenkranz

Article | Apr 13, 2015

For Sherry Rosenkranz, life has always been more about the journey than the destination. That won’t change, she said, once the journey heads skyward.

Chris Graves

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Chris Graves was looking forward to entering “a new world of things to learn,” from the mechanical nature of aircraft to the “etiquette” of flying.

Virtual flights, real communications

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network can now practice their communications skills in a virtual environment.

NTSB alerts focus on transition training, mountain flying

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Transition training, mountain flying, and post-maintenance preflight inspections are among the topics of four National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alerts issued April 7.

Commercial test prep, FAR/AIM apps released

Article | Apr 08, 2015

New apps for iOS and Android help prepare pilots for the commercial pilot knowledge test and give users access to the federal aviation regulations and Aeronautical Information Manual.

Tianxiang Flight School to add 16 diesel DA40s

Article | Apr 07, 2015

Xinjiang Tianxiang Flight School in Xinjiang Province in northwest China will nearly double its fleet of 16 Continental Diesel CD-135-powered Diamond DA40 trainer aircraft, Continental Motors Group announced March 27.

P&E Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2015

The weather is low and scuzzy. You’re in the clouds with an engine failure in your single-engine airplane. Can you make it safely down?

Training Tip: Aware in the air

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Instructors caution student pilots to check notams carefully during flight planning, and to check again during the final weather update before takeoff. Are you aware of the different reasons notams are issued and how to find the information?

Upwind, Whirly-Girls announce scholarship winners

Article | Apr 01, 2015

Four California teens have been selected to earn their private pilot certificates in the summer through the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program; Whirly-Girls International also announced its 2015 scholarship winners in March.

Guimbal Cabri G2 now FAA certified

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Europe's only piston helicopter manufacturer has crossed the pond. Guimbal's Cabri G2 is now FAA certified and has settled into the primary training market.

Frasca tries to change the culture

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Although widely accepted in the airplane world, simulation use continues to lag in helicopter training. Frasca aims to change that with the introduction of its R44 TruFlite.

Training Tip: Seen and avoided

Article | Mar 20, 2015

Pilots receiving radar traffic advisories might be lulled into letting the "second pair of eyes" at the approach control radar scope keep the lone watch for any further traffic conflicts. Don’t become one of those complacent pilots!