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Training Tip: In LAHSO trouble

Article | Feb 08, 2016

Air traffic control changes the landing clearance for a student pilot and flight instructor who are inbound in a Cessna 182. The two must fly a different traffic pattern to a different runway than what was initially assigned, and conduct a land and hold short operation (LAHSO). After landing long, the aircraft skids across the hold-short line before coming to a stop.

Colorado airfield launches teen pilots

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2016

A group of Colorado aviation enthusiasts based at Meadow Lake Airport in Peyton has been launching the next generation of pilots to the skies for more than a decade.

Training Tip: When it's your bad

Article | Feb 02, 2016

It's an awful feeling. You line up on the runway and begin your takeoff run. Just as you rotate, another pilot announces a go-around from short final because he was "cut off by a departing aircraft."

Training Tip: The other right-of-way rule

Article | Jan 25, 2016

Turning final, the student pilot is surprised to see the aircraft below taxi hastily onto the runway and accelerate for takeoff.

Training Tip: A system in transition

Article | Jan 19, 2016

Aviation evolves, making it necessary for members of the community to stay informed about changes that alter how we fly.

FAA finalizes rule on student certificates

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

The FAA has published a final rule changing the way student pilot certificates will be issued and withdrawing plans to require photos on all pilot certificates.

Training Tip: An enlightened decision

Article | Jan 11, 2016

How would you decline a clearance to take off after your radios have failed?

Training Tip: Flight training FAQs

Article | Jan 04, 2016

What’s the status of your flight training program as 2016 opens? Student pilots frequently ask this question as a new year begins.

Training Tip: Headed home heavy

Article | Dec 29, 2015

Unlike Santa’s sleigh, many aircraft will be heading home from holiday travels more heavily loaded than when they set out.

Tempus 'can produce better trained pilots'

Article | Dec 21, 2015

Tempus Training Solutions, the flight training operation purchased from Redbird Flight Simulations, announced Dec. 17 that it is accepting new aviation students at its San Marcos, Texas, facility.

Club Spotlight

Article | Dec 20, 2015

In 2004, Brian Binnie was at the controls of SpaceShipOne on its second flight to space within a week to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. About 25 years earlier he learned to fly in gliders with the Soaring Tigers flying club while a student at Princeton University. Today the Soaring Tigers continue to focus on flight training and provide one of the lowest cost points of entry into aviation. Club President David Hunter and Board Member Marty Schneiderman share their experience in this month’s Club Spotlight.

Training Tip: Checking it twice

Article | Dec 18, 2015

A long holiday weekend or vacation period can provide a convenient time to make some headway toward a flight training goal.

Training Tip:'Exercise extreme caution'

Article | Dec 14, 2015

Beyond keeping constant watch for opposing traffic, what does “extreme caution” entail?

Training Tip: Weather in transition

Article | Dec 07, 2015

A pilot who made the mistake of launching VFR based only on a serene surface observation might be in for a rude surprise.

Training Tip: Beyond safety briefings

Article | Nov 23, 2015

You are about to run the engine-start checklist when you observe two adults and a child walking along the flight line.

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 22, 2015

When Al Waterloo bought a 2004 Cirrus SR20, his goal was to operate a flight school on the South Side of Chicago at Lansing Airport (IGQ). The airplane wasn’t flying enough so he decided to form a flying club and looked to the Cirrus Jump Start program as a model. The club is still in formation, but it has about a half dozen members and mixes primary training and cross-country flying. Learn how Al is making the transition to a flying club in this month’s Club Spotlight.

Safety

Article | Nov 22, 2015

Pilots practice stalls as part of their flight training and flight reviews all the time, yet unintended stalls – including power-on stalls – are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls is the Air Safety Institute’s latest safety video and is intended to help you recognize how vastly different training and real-world scenarios can be.

Training Tip: 'It always does that'

Article | Nov 16, 2015

The flight instructor in the right seat points to a flickering light on the panel and asks the student whether it is cause for concern.

AOPA announces 2015 AV8RS scholarship recipients

AV8RS | Nov 09, 2015

Four young people who are working toward goals in aviation have been named the 2015 scholarship recipients of the AOPA AV8RS Scholarship Program.

Flight schools can get sims via pay-per-use program

Article | Nov 06, 2015

One-G simulation will deliver and install an FAA-approved advanced aviation training device with no up-front cost.

Persistent, fatal loss in spotlight

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

AOPA staff joined a daylong, NTSB-led discussion as the GA community came together to discuss how loss of control can be prevented.

Flight training providers gather at Redbird's Migration

Article | Nov 04, 2015

Now officially known as Redbird Flight, the simulator and technology company has held its three-day Migration gathering in San Marcos, Texas, for the past five years. And while no two events have been the same, each is a little bit customer meeting, flight training symposium, and creative workshop.

Flying Musicians scholarship winner solos

Article | Nov 04, 2015

Vero Beach, Florida, high school senior and jazz musician Drew Medina completed his Oct. 11 solo flight in a Piper Archer thanks to financial assistance from the Flying Musicians Association's first scholarship.

Parkland College aviators continue Illinois program

Article | Nov 03, 2015

Parkland College aviators rallied from the closure of their fight training program at the University of Illinois to post a third-place finish in a regional competition and earn a spot in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's 2016 Safecon.