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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FAA asked to remove outdated knowledge test questions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.

IFR Fix: ‘Change to advisory frequency approved’

Article | Apr 01, 2013

Whether your airport has a control tower, a contract control tower, or a tower that’s scheduled to close, aviation has entered a unique phase. Instrument pilots must stay informed about developments, especially between now and May 5.

Weather Curiosity - Clouds as Sign Posts

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Wx Watch Among the Clouds What's it like in there? BY THOMAS A. HORNE (From AOPA Pilot, March 1997.) We should all be weather-watchers, and not just on the days we plan to fly.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Hidden Thunderstorm I was working my way through my instrument rating. It was the middle of July, and a hazy day showed up to give some real instrument weather to increase realism at the end of the approaches.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Florida Morning Thunder I am an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and in the early summer of 2002 was training for my multi-engine rating, flying PA-44 Seminoles in the Daytona Beach, Florida area. Typical Florida summer weather involves fairly clear skies in the morning, and quickly developing thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Logging time: What do I have to record?

Article | Mar 11, 2013

The most important part of the logbook is the inside, and your ability to log the information required by the regulations and capture any original signatures that may be necessary.

Rome by air

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Flying over the Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Appian Way at 3,000 feet offers a view of Rome few--including pilots--can experience. Flying (or learning to fly) in Italy is not easy or cheap.

Club Spotlight: Flabob Aero Club

Article | Feb 13, 2013

The club’s 1946 J-3 Cub The Flabob Aero Club has been operating for about three years and grown quickly with more than 100 members. Its relationship with the non-profit Wathen Center provides extremely low costs, and the club operates an interesting mix of aircraft.