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IFR Fix: Nonprecision, not imprecision

IFR Fix | Jul 15, 2014

In the satellite age, it’s still true that the less precision exists for navigation, the more precise the flying must be.

AirVenture attraction a draw for IFR pilots

Article | Jul 07, 2014

Pilots can now add improving their instrument proficiency to the long list of reasons to attend EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis.

IFR Fix: 'Look out for Bud'

IFR Fix | Jun 24, 2014

“Look out for Bud,” was all an instructor had to say to a trainee. Bud had unknowingly become a see-and-avoid metaphor for countless aviators.

Now taking off: Flight training apps

Apps of the week | Jun 20, 2014

Here are five flight training apps designed to help student pilots learn important aviation concepts.

IFR Fix: Slow and unsteady

IFR Fix | Jun 17, 2014

Quiz: After a pilot changes airspeed in a standard-rate turn, is more or less bank needed to maintain the turn?

PilotWorkshops offers IFR Bootcamps

Article | Jun 10, 2014

PilotWorkshops is offering a new series of personal training sessions for instrument-rated pilots who want to knock off rust or build confidence.

IFR Fix: 'No useful correlation'

IFR Fix | Jun 09, 2014

When sizing up a thunderstorm from a distance, what are the most important visual aspects?

IFR Fix: 'Let the adrenaline subside'

IFR Fix | Jun 02, 2014

Technology in the cockpit is only as good as the pilot operating it. Are you managing your avionics, or letting the technology manage you?

IFR Fix: Distractible you

IFR Fix | May 27, 2014

The pilot has just started a level-off at the assigned altitude when departure control calls with an unexpected request.

IFR Fix: Briefing for the Brickyard

IFR Fix | May 12, 2014

Descending in moderate turbulence through multiple cloud decks, the two pilots, who are unfamiliar with the destination airport and local approach architecture, are all business.

IFR Fix: 'It seemed a reasonable clearance'

IFR Fix | May 06, 2014

Pop quiz: What are you expected to say when picking up your clearance if you have filed a route, but revised it before departure?

IMC Club launches Canadian chapter

Article | May 06, 2014

IMC Club, the organization that popularized “organized hangar flying” for instrument pilots through its network of local chapters, announced its first chapter in Canada.

IFR Fix: A passably perilous procedure

IFR Fix | Apr 28, 2014

After an instrument proficiency check lesson, your instructor gives a blow-by-blow critique of your flying. He wants to fly again before signing you off. You can’t resist mentioning that your flying never exceeded instrument rating practical test tolerances.

IFR Fix: What is a clearance?

IFR Fix | Apr 14, 2014

Discussing the pros and cons of possible routes, your CFII poses an unexpected question: “What is an air traffic clearance?”

Zulu Flight Training heads across the pond

Article | Apr 11, 2014

Continental Motors' Zulu Flight Training is opening locations in Europe.

Stratus adds animated radar, split-screen attitude

Article | Apr 03, 2014

The Stratus Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver from Sporty’s Pilot Shop has added a split-screen attitude view, animated radar, and an iPad-battery-saving feature, Sporty’s announced April 2.

IFR Fix: A full-scale deflection

IFR Fix | Apr 01, 2014

When the CDI became fully deflected, time was up for troubleshooting a glitchy GPS.

IFR Fix: 'A calculated risk'

IFR Fix | Mar 25, 2014

If the decision to take off was made knowing that no return to the departure airport was possible, what’s the backup plan?

IFR Fix: 'Messing with power'

IFR Fix | Mar 18, 2014

CFIIs seeking material to use when administering instrument proficiency checks should note the results of the March 11 poll question.

Proficiency: To new heights

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA’s recent proposal to decrease the amount of flight simulator experience that students can log toward instrument ratings comes just as computer-based simulation is rapidly becoming more realistic than ever.

Proficiency: Rotorcraft rookie

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

“To fly is heavenly,” the expression goes. “To hover is divine.”

IFR Fix: 'The dark side of automation'

Article | Feb 07, 2014

The unpronounceable object is a computer navigation fix (CNF). Now that you know that, ignore it.

75-year-old pilot encourages older potential flyers

Article | Feb 04, 2014

A 75-year-old pilot says it’s never too late to learn how to fly. In the past 10 years, he received his private pilot certificate, an instrument rating, and bought a Piper Archer III.

IFR Fix: 'Confusion reigned'

IFR Fix | Feb 03, 2014

Can you identify the misunderstanding that was developing between the parties during an approach to Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport?

IFR Fix: 'Missed the gorilla'

IFR Fix | Jan 28, 2014

The question isn’t whether turbulence will distract you. The question is how long it will divert your attention, and what the consequences will be.

Untapped potential

Article | Jan 23, 2014

Basic and advanced aviation training devices are more advanced than ever, yet still struggle to realize the potential that many have envisioned.

The long-suffering lazy 8

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Pity the poor Lazy 8. It began as a fun, fluid, and telling maneuver that encouraged pilots to explore the changing feel of an airplane through a broad range of speed and bank angles. It also developed a pilot’s coordination, timing, and anticipation.

Scholarship winner starts new flying club

Article | Jan 22, 2014

Ground Effect Advisors scholarship winner Zachary Piech has started the Cape Fear Flyers Flying Club.

IFR Fix: Expect a visual approach

IFR Fix | Jan 21, 2014

With the airport in sight, don’t relax so much that you discard your aircraft’s electronic navigation capabilities.

Apps target pilots training for new certificates, ratings

Apps of the week | Jan 21, 2014

Aviation apps developers are specifically targeting pilots in training with apps that can help the learning process.

Letters: Mighty Seabird

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

Barry Schiff’s story on the Grumman HU–16B Albatross and his reflections on “A Bygone Era” had readers flying down memory lane.

AOPA asks FAA to rescind new training standards

Advocacy | Jan 13, 2014

AOPA asks the FAA to rescind a new training policy and consider efficiency of simulator time.

Question of the week: Safety pilot

Article | Jan 06, 2014

Your friend, who holds an instrument rating, has asked you to ride along as a safety pilot while she flies “under the hood” wearing a view-limiting device. She wants to log practice instrument approaches while you watch for traffic. You hold a recreational pilot certificate. Can you serve as a safety pilot?

IFR Fix: Green, on paper

IFR Fix | Dec 27, 2013

When it comes to determining who has the most experience, it can depend on the the flight operation and the experiences the pilot has encountered in the past, no matter the number of hours on paper.

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.