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Instrument Insights: Special PIC certifications

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Anyone with an instrument rating—especially pilots who first spent hours sneaking around beneath low clouds or in poor visibilities—appreciates their new ability to fly anywhere in any kind weather.

Avionics: L-3 Trilogy - Quietly capable

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The weak link in most glass cockpits—whether new from the factory or aftermarket—is system redundancy.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted unadvised unaware

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The loss of a TBM 700 turboprop over New Jersey two years ago surprised many pilots. The Pratt & Whitney-powered single-engine turboprop is certificated for flight into known icing (FIKI).

Safety

Article | Nov 13, 2013

The Air Safety Institute’s Weather Wise online course: VFR into IMC, points out the dangers of low ceilings and visibility.

Developers offer training apps for pilots, mechanics

Apps of the week | Oct 22, 2013

Developers are bringing training apps to the market regularly for all aspects of aviation. This week, AOPA highlights apps for pilots learning King Air systems, mechanics, student pilots, and pilots in instrument training.

Developers present five aviation apps

Apps of the week | Oct 14, 2013

Five aviation developers pitch their apps covering aircraft performance, weather, flight training, radio navigation, and video training.

Five aviation apps seen in the AOPA Summit exhibit hall

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Five app developers made their pitches to attendees at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Texas-based partnership perfect fit for pilot

Article | Oct 09, 2013

Buying into a partnership can be risky, but for John Field, the decision to become part of Addison Flyers LLC fit his mission and his personality.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

True or False? The bar-tailed godwit, a shorebird, migrates from its breeding grounds in Alaska to its winter grounds in New Zealand by flying nonstop and diagonally across the Pacific Ocean, a distance of more than 7,000 miles.

Question of the week: Precision instrument approach

Article | Sep 30, 2013

Question: During an instrument rating practical test, the applicant must demonstrate at least one precision instrument approach. Can any WAAS GPS approaches be used to meet the precision approach requirement?

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.

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.

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.