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New training standards would add safety, relevance

Article | Jul 11, 2013

New airman certification standards would make the connection between knowledge and practical tests, AOPA said.

FAA releases final ATP certification rule

Article | Jul 10, 2013

The FAA, as expected, has issued the final rule that increases the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines.

IFR Fix: Taming task saturation

Article | Jul 01, 2013

As your task-saturation rises, nothing maintains your focus and situational awareness like a well-practiced habit pattern.

Research project seeks instrument pilots

Article | Jul 01, 2013

IFR pilots are being recruited to help study whether certain runways can be adapted for satellite-based instrument approaches with vertical guidance.

Letters: Buy or rent?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Senior Editor Ian J. Twombly posed the question: should a flight student buy or rent an aircraft? We received quite a response.

FAA agrees to drop dated material from knowledge tests

Article | Jun 26, 2013

The FAA's decision to remove dated material from airman knowledge tests is a positive step on the road to updated certification standards, AOPA said.

20-year-old wins free aviation trip to France

Article | Jun 25, 2013

Jennifer Guetterman will take the trip of a lifetime after winning an AOPA contest to participate in France’s Tour Aérien Des Jeunes Pilotes.

Comment period reopened on new standards for pilot testing, training

Article | Jun 12, 2013

July 8 is the new deadline for comments on the draft Private Pilot and Instrument Rating Airman Certification Standards.

Safety

Article | Jun 10, 2013

A single thunderstorm can contain almost every weather-related hazard to pilots--high winds, limited visibility, hail, microbursts, and icing just to name a few. The Air Safety Institute just completed Storm Week, its weeklong education campaign to raise awareness of thunderstorms. Now is the perfect time to hold a club safety seminar and utilize the many ASI tools to help understand how ATC and weather briefers can steer you clear of the storms or help pilots make the decision to stay on the ground.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 10, 2013

The Bakersfield Flying Club, based at Meadows Field (KBFL) in Bakersfield, California, just added a Redbird Simulator to bolster its training efforts. Club President William Woodbury describes what it's like to use the simulator and how it's helping create new pilots and build the club's membership base.

IMC Club concept takes off

Article | Jun 04, 2013

The IMC Club, designed to help pilots leverage and enjoy their instrument ratings through organized hangar flying meetings, has grown to 65 chapters, with three more to open soon.

Wind Beneath Their Wings

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

The robust young pilot who stands with his father and their aircraft in this photo is not as he seems. Although he is an extremely healthy 18-year-old, Jim Rollison has a genetic heart defect and, without the attention of some doctors throughout his life, he might not be here.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Perception is not reality

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Too many times we are told that "perception is reality." Perhaps it's true in politics or public relations--but in aviation, reality beats perception every time.

Proficiency: Test driving an airline career

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Prayank Jain, a flight attendant on furlough from United Airlines, reaches upward and presses the Airbus 320’s public address system button and, with an authoritative voice, announces, “Flight attendants prepare for landing.”

IFR Fix: Rotate, or the river?

IFR Fix | May 20, 2013

Even a comfortable home airport can turn unforgiving if you arrive before you're ready, uncertain that you can reconfigure with your customary prompt precision.

U of Maine-Augusta offers aviation bachelor’s degree

Article | May 17, 2013

The University of Maine at Augusta is enrolling students for its new bachelor of science degree in aviation for the fall 2013 semester.

FAA asked to remove outdated knowledge test questions

Article | May 15, 2013

Questions about loran, microwave landing systems, and direction finding would be more fitting for Barry Schiff's popular "Test Pilot" trivia column in "AOPA Pilot" than on FAA knowledge exams.

Mike Cranston

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Mike Cranston may have taken a while to spool up to turbine flying, but he’s certainly racking up the hours these days. Cranston, who lives northeast of Wichita at Lloyd Stearman Field (1K1) in Benton, Kansas, started a painting company—Paintmasters Inc.—right out of college.

Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 16 — April 19, 2013 Takeoff power or ‘Take off power!’? Cirrus: Get a plane, get a pilot Plane Spotter: Pilatus PC-6 Final Exam: Night currency Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Takeoff power or ‘Take off power!’? It’s a great day for some solo takeoffs and landings. Traffic is light, and so are the winds as you preflight your trainer, a Piper Cherokee Warrior II, pausing briefly to admire the airport’s crown jewel, a classic Cessna 195 taildragger, as it also heads out for an early morning flight.