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Training Tip: Costly cockpit chaos

Article | Aug 07, 2015

Don’t make your right-seater scramble over scattered sectional charts, spare headsets, handheld radios, portable intercom, and other items to gain access to your cockpit.

How to share aviation

Article | Aug 05, 2015

Ceci Stratford, a pilot from Simi Valley, California, gives back to aviation by sponsoring Flight Training scholarships.

Training Tip: Timeless test tidbits

Article | Aug 03, 2015

A student member of a local flying club was chatting with a local flight instructor and mentioned that his private pilot practical test was coming right up. He asked the instructor if he had any advice.

Training Tip: Precip's potential pitfalls

Article | Jul 24, 2015

Many student pilots ask: Is precipitation a no-go item for VFR flight?

Delta State University orders DA42 FTD from Frasca

Article | Jul 24, 2015

Delta State University has placed an order for a Level 6 Diamond DA42 FTD (flight training device) from Frasca International, to be delivered in the spring of 2016.

'Freakin' awesome!'

Article | Jul 21, 2015

What can make a former Navy corpsman and a Harley-Davidson engineer giggle with pure joy? Their first takeoff. Watch as three students hop in the left seat for the first time and experience the thrill of flight in these One Week Ready to Solo webisodes.

Daher offering high-altitude training

Article | Jul 20, 2015

The manufacturer of the TBM series of turboprop singles announced July 20 that high-altitude awareness training would be included with the purchase of every new TBM 900.

Redbird's ImagineFlight aims for quality flight training

Article | Jul 19, 2015

ImagineFlight, supported by Redbird Flight Simulations, is a member-led professional organization devoted to quality flight training experiences.

Redbird to test Sidekick training transmitter

Article | Jul 19, 2015

A device that can collect and transmit data with no connections to the airplane can report flight stresses directly to flight schools, according to Redbird Flight Simulations.

Training Tip: No room for doubt

Article | Jul 17, 2015

It takes the busy student a moment to realize that something about that call from the tower doesn’t seem right. Should the student call the controller to clarify?

King Schools offers new TSA course

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Flight instructors have a new way to comply with the TSA's annual security awareness training requirement with King Schools new online course.

Training Tip: Clearances, abbreviations, readbacks

Article | Jul 13, 2015

A well prepared, well practiced flight test applicant can create a positive impression on a designated examiner long before you head to the practice area.

Tied to aviation history, building the future

Article | Jul 09, 2015

From World War II pilots to astronauts and commercial airlines, Breitling has served the aviation community with reliable, efficient timepieces since the early days of flying. Now, the Swiss manufacturer is investing in the next generation of pilots with the Breitling Aviation Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship winner earns her certificate

Article | Jul 08, 2015

AOPA’s 2014 Noe-Singer Flight Training Scholarship winner earned her private certificate just two days before her eighteenth birthday and then shipped off to the Air Force Academy for basic training.

Training Tip: Aircraft prep, test prep

Article | Jul 07, 2015

As you progress toward the private pilot checkride, your flight instructor may sometimes find it useful to play the role of designated examiner.

Women in Aviation scholarship window opens

Article | Jul 03, 2015

Women in Aviation International is offering 98 scholarships valued at more than $480,000, the organization announced July 1.

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.