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Training Tip: Aircraft speed limits

Article | Sep 22, 2014

Reviewing this regulation will make you a more effective plane spotter when ATC calls out fast traffic in busy (and haze-laden) airspace.

Racing Aces announce $5,000 scholarship

Article | Sep 10, 2014

The air racing team known as the Racing Aces has created a $5,000 scholarship for women seeking flight training or other kinds of aviation training or education.

FAA: Draft certification standards 'moving forward'

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

The FAA expressed optimism that draft airman certifications standards now entering a multi-phase test process will improve the training and testing of future pilots.

Training Tip: A destination in detail

Article | Sep 09, 2014

As your destination airports grow in size and complexity, the ground phase of your arrival will benefit from careful advance research.

Training Tip: Deciding to land

Article | Sep 02, 2014

Today you found out why your instructor is always saying that a go-around should be “instinctive” when something goes wrong during a landing.

Training Tip: All available resources

Article | Aug 25, 2014

Today’s destination, a grass strip far from congested airspace, is a popular port of call for local general aviation pilots because of its back-to-basics character.

'Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook' launches

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Respected author and aviation funny man Rod Machado has written a new book he hopes will get you back to basics.

Training Tip: Information 'upon request'

Article | Aug 11, 2014

It’s a pilot’s responsibility to obtain a complete preflight briefing, so don’t let an unasked question undermine your effort.

Training Tip: Loadings and landings

Article | Aug 04, 2014

New pilots may underestimate the physical effort needed to rotate some aircraft to the landing attitude.

Able Flight celebrates new sport pilots

Article | Jul 29, 2014

After earning their wings to become sport pilots, six pilots in Able Flight’s training program were honored July 29 at EAA AirVenture.

Training Tip: Monitoring mountain obscuration

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Whether you will cross numerous ridgelines, or climb to altitudes close to your aircraft’s limits, mountain obscuration is a potential hazard for VFR operations.

King Schools unveils Alaskan Aviation Adventure Sweepstakes

Article | Jul 28, 2014

King Schools has opened entries for its annual Alaskan Aviation Adventure Sweepstakes.

ATP Flight School buys majority share of Higher Power Aviation

Article | Jul 22, 2014

ATP Flight School has purchased a majority share of Higher Power Aviation, enabling the training provider to offer the FAA's new ATP CTP course.

Training Tip: Too good on takeoff

Article | Jul 21, 2014

Unable to climb, and unable to lower the nose to accelerate without contacting the ground, he is in a spot.

Already in Training?

Video | Jul 17, 2014

Dream of Flying?

Video | Jul 17, 2014

Ready to Fly?

Video | Jul 17, 2014

Embry-Riddle ATP program gets FAA approval

Article | Jul 14, 2014

The FAA has approved Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's airline transport pilot certification training program, or CTP.

Bowling Green State outsources flight training program

Article | Jul 09, 2014

Bowling Green State University has partnered with North Star Aviation to handle student flight training.

Training Tip: 'Proper spacing is critical'

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Brushing aside the distracting combination of perplexity and annoyance, the student pilot begins to react to the unfolding complications.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Second chance at a first passenger

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jul 07, 2014

Can you have two first passengers? A new helicopter pilot takes his first passenger 15 years after the first experience in an airplane.

Chief Joseph Flyers offers affordable flight training, aircraft

Article | Jul 07, 2014

Oregon’s Chief Joseph Flyers offers members access to affordable flight training and hourly flying.

Pilot offers $12,000 scholarship through AOPA program

Article | Jul 01, 2014

A student pilot with a demonstrated financial need could earn $12,000 to complete his or her private pilot certificate and use any remaining funds for more advanced flight training or to put that new certificate to use.

Training Tip: Care in the corridor

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Weighing planning options is a great exercise for student pilots entering cross-country training. Attending the AOPA Plymouth Fly-In with your instructor would be even better!

Pilots: Comment on draft airman standards

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2014

An AOPA-led industry group has made new draft airman certification standards available for public comment.

Training Tip: Bad approach, good lesson

Article | Jun 23, 2014

Was the approach salvageable? Not something to debate at low altitude, in moderate turbulence, with treetops near.

Now taking off: Flight training apps

Apps of the week | Jun 20, 2014

Here are five flight training apps designed to help student pilots learn important aviation concepts.

Cutting shirttails, passing it on

Article | Jun 19, 2014

Zac Davis’ tattered shirttail June 13 marked a milestone for the student pilot as well as for the program that helped him reach it.

Training Tip: The lingering low

Article | Jun 17, 2014

Strong winds don’t always imply turbulence. However, an informed pilot glancing at the sky on this post-frontal morning will expect it to be present.

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.