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Guide to AOPA's new website

Article | May 29, 2013

AOPA's new website design and the technology powering it are geared to make it easier for you to find aviation information. Check out this guide to quickly become acquainted with the new website.

Ministry offers teens free flight lessons

Article | May 15, 2013

Teens enrolled in Melbourne, Fla.-based Wings of Grace Ministries received free flight training and real-world life lessons.

This bird really flies

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Imagine a take-it-out-of-the box-and-plug-it-in device that, within minutes, can transport you into aviation experiences and adventures anywhere in the world. Redbird Flight Simulations founder Jerry Gregoire thought that idea might be a winner, too.

Flight training to the extreme

Article | Apr 25, 2013

A training and research center just outside of Philadelphia specializes in pushing pilots to the limits of human physiology, and offers to civilians a range of experiences that are otherwise reserved for military aviators.

Apr. 12, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Apr 12, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 15 — April 12, 2013 A new kind of fog? Bendix/King offers student EFB deal Plane Spotter: Beech 18 Final Exam: QUESTION ON TOWER CLOSING Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips A new kind of fog? It’s certain that you have taken an important leap forward in your aviation weather knowledge when you can study an outlook briefing and know that tomorrow morning’s cross-country departure will likely be delayed by fog. Forecast conditions—clear skies, no wind—invite the formation of radiation fog, and as expected, the morning brings an obscured ceiling and low visibility.

Zulu finding success in retail flight training

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Last year an unlikely company opened an unlikely flight school. Headquartered in a retail strip mall location, Zulu Flight Training is owned and operated by Continental Motors, and based on the school’s initial results, it seems as though an engine manufacturer can effectively run a flight school.

Redbird launches AOPA Jay, growing sim community

Article | Apr 10, 2013

Students and pilots who want to practice fly-in procedures to events like Sun ’n Fun or EAA AirVenture, brush up their basic flight maneuvers, or test their skills with new flight situations have a new option for a personal flight simulator, Redbird Flight Simulations announced April 10. Redbird officially launched the AOPA Jay, a single out-of-the-box unit, during the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Pilot Mall produces new panel for armchair aviation

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Pilot Mall President Neil Glazer plans to certify the Flight Training Cockpit—Advanced Panel as a basic aviation training device. Pilot Mall on April 9 rolled out its entry into the aviation training and flight simulation market: a simulator instrument panel that can be customized with a variety of Saitek computer-driven instruments and controls for in-home realism.

German researchers claim first: Robotic flight simulator

Article | Apr 03, 2013

The robotic simulator models a Diamond DA42. Photo courtesy DLR.

Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 13 — March 29, 2013 Agonic airports Tower’s closed, what now? Plane Spotter: CASA 212 Final Exam: All about VMC Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Agonic airports A student pilot is planning a cross-country flight from Hannibal Regional Airport in Missouri to Iowa’s Washington Municipal Airport. Adding a wind correction angle to the true course as taught, the trainee determines the true heading, and then proceeds to check the compass card for deviation before determining the compass heading to be flown.

Five instrument simulator apps

Article | Mar 25, 2013

When I first started my flying lessons, my first instructor encouraged me to download and play with Microsoft Flight Simulator to help me grasp some of the concepts of flight. Growth in smartphone and tablet use has matched an explosion of instrument simulation apps.

Cirrus endorses touchscreen flight simulator

Article | Mar 20, 2013

The training department at Cirrus recently put its stamp of approval on the FlyThisSim’s Touch Trainer, a touchscreen flight simulator. By making the endorsement official, the Cirrus training department is saying that it approves the Touch Trainer for training and currency, and will sell the device through its catalog, Cirrus Connection.

Embry-Riddle campus acquires full-motion simulator

Article | Feb 28, 2013

The Daytona Beach, Fla., campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has acquired a Level D full-motion simulator from FlightSafety International.

Feb. 22, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Feb 22, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 8 — February 22, 2013 Student pilot who hit SUV earns ticket IFR Fix: No shaded area TSA urged to break security impasse Quiz Me: Unusable fuel Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Student pilot who hit SUV earns ticket On final approach to landing at Northwest Regional Airport in Texas, Will Davis felt a thud, but he didn’t think he had hit anything substantial.

Patent battle stifles aviation innovation, enrages aviator

Article | Feb 21, 2013

A patent case filed in federal court will keep a new aviation application that offers backup instruments and a best-glide solution to the nearest airport away from Android devices, possibly for years to come.

Club Spotlight: Wings of Carolina

Article | Jan 14, 2013

Fueling up before departing on a dawn patrol flight. Wings of Carolina operates out of Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County Airport, a non-towered filed with a 6,500-foot runway.

Editor's pick: Top 10 apps for 2012

Article | Dec 21, 2012

AOPA e-Newsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson share the top 10 apps that she’s reviewed in 2012. Did your favorite app make the list?