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Training Tip: DPE scenario 2.0

Article | Apr 25, 2016

A designated examiner has observed pilots faltering when explaining operational considerations in areas where charting has changed or airspace is tricky to identify.

Training Tip: Nowhere to runup

Article | Apr 18, 2016

As you taxi out for your checkride, an uneasy thought arises: "Where at this airport can I do an engine runup and pretakeoff checks?"

Training Tip: Lessons from a master

Article | Apr 11, 2016

Although the accident happened so fast his response seemed automatic, the pilot's reaction was based on two decisions made long in advance.

Training Tip: 'FOD' for thought

Article | Apr 04, 2016

Keep an eye out for objects that can damage aircraft or tires. If you see something, pick it up and throw it away.

Student pilot certificate rules change April 1

Advocacy | Mar 31, 2016

AOPA is reminding student pilots and their flight instructors that significant changes in the process of applying for and issuing student pilot certificates take effect April 1.

Student Pilot Application Requirements Frequently Asked Questions

Advocacy | Mar 31, 2016

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Student Pilot Application Requirements Final Rule.

Training Tip: Rotate, and wait

Article | Mar 28, 2016

One of the first insights a student pilot arrives at when mastering the takeoff is that rotation and liftoff are closely related—but not simultaneous—phases.

Allow solos on 16th birthday, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 24, 2016

AOPA is asking the FAA to revise new procedures for issuing student pilot certificates that preclude student pilots from soloing on their sixteenth birthday.

Training Tip: Matters of discretion

Article | Mar 21, 2016

As is often true of the standard terminology used in pilot/controller communications, the phrase "pilot's discretion" carries more meaning than its most obvious implications.

Training Tip: A season of sigmets

Article | Mar 14, 2016

How does a pilot who is about to depart find out that some very nasty weather is about to move across the route of flight?