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Training Tip: Tackle no-flap landings

Article | Jan 26, 2015

Have no-flap landings been part of your practice routine as you work to sharpen your skills?

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Upwind private pilot scholarship open to teens

Article | Jan 23, 2015

The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.

Rod Machado releases 'Aviation Learning Center' app

Article | Jan 23, 2015

Aviation writer, humorist, and CFI Rod Machado has released a free app that serves as a clearinghouse for his instructional resources.

Spartan College makes solar electric trainer deal

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed an agreement for 20 delivery positions of a new solar-electric two-seat trainer, the Sun Flyer.

Training Tip: Flaps-extended operations

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Some aircraft have only one maximum flaps-extended airspeed. Others may have several.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jan 18, 2015

The Bakersfield Flying Club was recently named one of the top 10 flight schools in the country. Flight Instructor William Woodbury talks about what makes the club’s flight training successful, including its Redbird Simulator, a structured training program, and the camaraderie of a club environment.

Nova Southeastern to offer $878,000 in scholarships

Article | Jan 16, 2015

A new scholarship program administered by Nova Southeastern University will award nearly $1 million to 12 students every 18 months for flight training, the university announced Jan. 13.

Ozarka College to offer aviation degree

Article | Jan 16, 2015

Ozarka College in northern Arkansas will offer an Associate of Science degree program in aviation beginning in the fall 2015 semester, the college announced.

Nine habits of successful students

Article | Jan 13, 2015

Are you setting yourself up to achieve your flight training goals in 2015? You can take the reins of your flight training and tackle challenges faster by adopting habits that set you up for success.

Pilot Briefing: 2015 Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

The “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 was built on an overly optimistic forecast.

Bonanza Society announces free courses for members

Article | Jan 07, 2015

In an effort to remove obstacles to pilot participation in potentially lifesaving training, the American Bonanza Society will make its online Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program available to members free of charge.

Father, son solo on same day

Article | Jan 06, 2015

A five-hour round-trip drive to the airfield makes scheduling lessons difficult, but the payoffs include an unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji and the satisfaction of father and son accomplishing goals together.

Training Tip: Speed reader

Article | Jan 05, 2015

Quick, what’s the Vso for your trainer? What’s 30 percent of that airspeed?

Simulation from scratch

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Flight instructor Xylon Saltzman wasn’t satisfied with what the general aviation simulation market had to offer, so he created his own.

Brains scanned on final

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Experienced pilots make better decisions with less brain activity, according to a study published in November that could influence future flight training.

Training Tip: Never exceed speed

Article | Dec 29, 2014

An airspeed excursion toward the aircraft’s never exceed speed (VNE) may seem unlikely. But in scenarios such as recovering from a stall, a spin, or a spiral dive, airspeed would increase quickly toward the critical value.

‘The single most important license I got’

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Delta Air Lines Captain Jeffrey Whitesell said flight instruction has been his backstop his whole career, many times opening a door where one otherwise might not have been opened.

Training Tip: Fog's thinly veiled threat

Article | Dec 19, 2014

What’s the sneakiest cloud in the sky when it comes to ensnaring a VFR pilot in less-than-VFR conditions?

Time running out to bid on tailwheel package

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

Sporty's unveils Cessna 172LITE project

Article | Dec 18, 2014

A refurbished Cessna 172N that will offer more cost-effective flight training is at the heart of the Cessna 172LITE project, announced Dec. 17 by Sporty’s.

FAA deputy administrator a new pilot

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

Many student pilots are nervous come checkride day. When you’re a top official at the agency responsible for the safe operation of the largest airspace system in the world, it can add to the pressure.

Training Tip: A matter of course

Article | Dec 12, 2014

How would you react to looking down while flying a cross-country and seeing an apparently uncharted airport below?

Daniel Webster transfer deal offers credit for flight training

Article | Dec 09, 2014

Daniel Webster College students may obtain credit for flight training conducted at Pilgrim Aviation through a transfer articulation agreement starting in the spring 2015 term.

P&E Technique: Think like a ratchet

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

As a glider pilot I’d been taught that when flaring to land, if I overdid it a bit, to move the stick forward just enough to allow the airplane to resume level flight.

Training Tip: A pre-solo assessment

Article | Dec 08, 2014

The overshoot isn’t a deal-breaker; the corrective action will be much more revealing.

New FAA rule allows more sim time for instrument training

Advocacy | Dec 03, 2014

The FAA has doubled the number of training device hours pilots may count toward an instrument rating following a request from AOPA.

New England Ninety-Nines offer flight training scholarships

Article | Dec 02, 2014

The New England Section and Eastern New England Chapter of The Ninety-Nines are offering flight training and education scholarships for men and women.

Training Tip: The power of preheat

Article | Dec 01, 2014

It’s such a frigid morning that for the first time this season the threshold has been reached for applying cold weather aircraft operations.

SAFE executive director to step down

Article | Dec 01, 2014

SAFE Executive Director Doug Stewart has announced he'll retire when his contract expires in February 2015.

Training Tip: 'Pilots are encouraged'

Article | Nov 21, 2014

The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.

Zulu Flight Training opens in Switzerland

Article | Nov 19, 2014

Continental Motors' Zulu Flight Training has opened an international facility in Geneva, Switzerland.

Training Tip: Fleshing out FICONs

Article | Nov 14, 2014

Especially in northern regions, ‘tis the season when ficons—a notam contraction that translates to" field conditions"—should become a routine preflight item to check.

Training Tip: Stormy scenario

Article | Nov 07, 2014

Use your know-how to make aeronautical decisions that assure that the flight’s successful outcome “is never in doubt.”

Training Tip: Preflight perfect

Article | Nov 03, 2014

Remember your introduction to the preflight inspection of your trainer? This was an entirely new idea.

Ethiopian flight school gets diesel 172s

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Africair Inc., a Continental Diesel Master Installation Center, will install Continental CD-155 retrofit diesel engines in seven Cessna 172s for Ethiopian Aviation Academy starting in 2015, Continental Motors said Oct. 27.

Disruptive technology keeps Redbird on the move

Article | Oct 29, 2014

Redbird Flight Simulations demonstrated four new technologies and proposed a new way to organize flight schools at its annual Migration Oct. 27 through 29 at the Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas.

Embry-Riddle selects four Hoover scholars

Article | Oct 28, 2014

Four students studying to become professional pilots at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have been named recipients of $25,000 scholarships that honor aviation luminary Bob Hoover.

Training Tip: It's your ride

Article | Oct 17, 2014

Does your flight school or instructor have a standardized or typical method of sending trainees along for checkrides? Does that method work for you?

Training Tip: Maximum solo

Article | Oct 14, 2014

Be sure to take the opportunities your training environment offers to maximize the value of the solo hours that go in your logbook.

Training Tip: Pressure check

Article | Oct 07, 2014

The student’s instructor recently noted that an example of her increasing ability to juggle tasks was her now-automatic response to altimeter settings broadcast by ATC.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

News release | Oct 04, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation Saturday awarded $65,000 in flight training scholarships to prospective pilots from eight states as part of its program to expand the pilot community and support flight training.

AOPA Flight Training Scholarships awarded

Article | Oct 02, 2014

Competitive shooter and raiser of champion livestock Anna Weilbacher is working to add another title to her résumé: private pilot. Weilbacher is one of 10 recipients of AOPA Flight Training Scholarships.

AOPA recognizes training excellence

Article | Oct 02, 2014

A Florida flight school and a Virginia CFI were ranked best in the nation by thousands of students polled online by AOPA.

Training your feet

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

A pet peeve of mine that is particularly grating occurs occasionally when I administer flight reviews in single-engine airplanes.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

News release | Oct 01, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.