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FAA withdraws rule to restore simulator time

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2015

The FAA has withdrawn a rule that would have allowed 20 hours of simulator instruction to count toward the instrument rating.

IFR Fix: An uneasy compromise

IFR Fix | Jan 12, 2015

The pilot wasn’t the first “expert” ever humbled by an icing encounter. Here was a chance for redemption.

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.

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.

IFR Fix: Keene expectations

IFR Fix | Dec 29, 2014

Your preparedness to fly the ILS or LOC RWY 2 approach to Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene, New Hampshirethis, is a result of your hour-long preflight ground review.

IFR Fix: Power, and distraction

IFR Fix | Dec 19, 2014

After a complete electrical failure during an initial climb from the departure airport, the pilot of a Beech King Air 200 learned a valuable lesson from a simple but costly omission.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

Looking for an instrument proficiency tool that is quite a few steps removed from shooting approaches under the hood with your pilot buddy?

NTSB: Inexperience a factor in 2012 crash

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Unfamiliarity with a newly purchased turboprop proved fatal for a Kansas family returning from a Bahamas vacation in 2012, the NTSB determined.

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.

IFR Fix: Pitch anomalies

IFR Fix | Dec 01, 2014

The aircraft does seem less responsive in pitch now—but what would that have to do with icing?

IFR Fix: Why 'No SID'?

IFR Fix | Nov 21, 2014

Your CFII usually follows up route-planning drilling with a review of appropriate regulations, and today’s selection is 14 CFR 91.185, "IFR Operations: Two-way radio communications failure."

Air Safety Alert: GA safety pause

Article | Nov 20, 2014

Over the past several weeks, the Air Safety Institute has observed a cluster of general aviation accidents occurring in close succession. The Air Safety Institute recommends that GA pilots conduct a pre-holiday safety pause and risk review. See these safety steps to take before your next flight.

Zulu Flight Training opens in Switzerland

Article | Nov 19, 2014

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

Sweepstakes 2015: Meet your new 152

Pilot Magazine | Nov 12, 2014

Your “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 is just like all the 30-something trainers you’ve ever flown—and it’s nothing like them.

IFR Fix: 'My first ever runway incursion'

IFR Fix | Nov 10, 2014

You have your clearance, have made the “go” decision, and are taxiing toward the active runway. Gusty winds and rain are making this a more demanding task than usual; if anything unexpected comes up such as a last-minute routing change or an anomalous indication on the panel, will you be able to sort everything out without error?

IFR Fix: ‘Descend a little more’

IFR Fix | Nov 03, 2014

Do you always aim to fly to practical test standards on proficiency and practice flights? Are you sure?

IFR Fix: Military exercise

IFR Fix | Oct 27, 2014

Few features are more striking on an aeronautical chart than a mass of special-use airspace near a planned destination or astride a proposed route.

Let's book some time

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Tony Seton found a way to turn a fuzzy goal—recapturing his long-lost instrument proficiency—into a focused project.

IFR Fix: 'Only localizer minimums authorized'

IFR Fix | Oct 10, 2014

Some weather, a self-inflicted communications glitch, and the distraction of diverting had forged the error chain.

Proficiency: Get your head in the game

Article | Oct 07, 2014

“Nobody likesto take the instrument proficiency check,” said the woman at the front desk of a local flight school. But there are ways to make it almost fun, and that’s by taking a quick review course before presenting yourself to the instructor.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | Oct 05, 2014

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

IFR Fix: 'One harrowing experience'

IFR Fix | Sep 30, 2014

Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.

IFR Fix: Tower, CFI help VFR pilot who takes off into clouds

IFR Fix | Sep 17, 2014

A VFR pilot enters instrument conditions shortly after takeoff. Air traffic control gets an instructor on the ground involved to help talk the pilot through the serious situation to narrowly avert tragedy.

IFR Fix: The 'flexible safety buffer'

IFR Fix | Aug 22, 2014

When it comes to establishing personal minimums, you need a working definition of the term.