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IFR Fix: 'Awfully close to the houses'

IFR Fix | Sep 23, 2013

Two retired airline pilots were shooting instrument approaches and taking turns acting as safety pilot. On the day’s last approach, something didn’t look right.

Daniel Boone Flying Club: Helping people experience joy of flight

Article | Sep 23, 2013

The Daniel Boone Flying Club's goal is to encourage and enable the most people to experience the unique joy of flight.

Tecnam LSA donated to AOPA Foundation

Article | Sep 12, 2013

Retired Air Force reserve officer James Miles has donated his Tecnam light sport aircraft to the AOPA Foundation’s new Give Wings program.

Safety Pilot: Yogi wisdom

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Yogi Berra, star baseball player and manager for the hated (or beloved) New York Yankees, always had a way with words. Here are some quotes of Berra in the context of general aviation safety.

AOPA launches 72nd IMC Club chapter

Article | Aug 29, 2013

AOPA headquarters has formed to become the 72nd IMC Club chapter.

IMC Club chapter leaders to meet in Texas

Article | Aug 21, 2013

IMC Club will hold its first annual meeting of chapters' leaders Oct. 28 in San Marcos, Texas.

Public comments closing on airman training standards

Article | Aug 20, 2013

An Aug. 23 deadline is approaching for the pilot community to submit comments on draft airman certification standards.

IFR Fix: The vertigo vaccine

IFR Fix | Aug 12, 2013

Are you vaccinated against vertigo? That would be useful, but don't look for the cure within the health care system. Start in your logbook.

American participant completes French air race

Article | Aug 12, 2013

Jennifer Guetterman is the only American to participate in and complete France’s Tour Aérien Des Jeunes Pilotes.

Pilot Counsel: Safety pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

It is FAR 91.109(c) that specifically imposes the requirement that a safety pilot be on board an aircraft being operated in simulated instrument flight. This regulation is really a supplement to the see-and-avoid responsibility imposed by FAR 91.113(b). “When weather conditions permit, regardless of whether an operation is conducted under instrument flight rules or visual flight rules, vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating the aircraft so as to see and avoid other aircraft.”

In Earhart's footsteps

Article | Jul 31, 2013

In 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, flew into history by attempting to circumnavigate the world in Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. As we all know, the airplane disappeared on July 2, presumably somewhere near Howland Island in the South Pacific.

Sim developers team up on G1000 AATD

Article | Jul 28, 2013

By replacing actual Garmin hardware with a G1000 simulation created by Flight1 Aviation Technologies, Elite Simulation Solutions hopes its new, more affordable Elite PI-1000 will appeal to flight schools.

Revised training standards released

Article | Jul 24, 2013

Revised training standards for private pilots and the instrument rating, and new proposed standards for instructors have been released for public review.

IFR Fix: Full steam ahead?

Article | Jul 23, 2013

How should an instrument trainee choose between a "steam gauge" aircraft and a glass cockpit?

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.