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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.

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.

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.

Accident Case Study: In Too Deep

Article | Jan 14, 2013

If you or your flying club members think you’re immune to being a victim of VFR into IMC because you have an instrument rating, think again. In 2010, there were 29 VFR into IMC accidents involving general aviation aircraft, and 21 of those – or 72 percent – were fatal.