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IFR for ATC

Article | Apr 28, 2015

Nashua Flight Simulator and Daniel Webster College are collaborating to help air traffic controllers of the future understand what it's like in the soup.

The big day

Article | Apr 25, 2015

Their instructors were silent, hands off the yoke. With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, the One Week Ready to Solo participants put their skills to the test.

‘We’ll be right on the money’

Article | Apr 25, 2015

With one day left before their culminating flights, the One Week Ready to Solo participants were feeling the pressure April 24.

If you don’t like the weather…

Article | Apr 24, 2015

Storms to the west of Lakeland, Florida, threatened students' progress in One Week Ready to Solo. If any of the flights got scrubbed, would the students be able to refine their landings in preparation for the big day?

Getting comfortable: Practice makes a pilot

Article | Apr 23, 2015

Four days of intensive flight training (five including sim time) had One Week Ready to Solo student Sherry Rosenkranz feeling more comfortable landing the RedHawk.

Stalls, thermals, and fun

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Students in Redbird Flight Simulation's One Week Ready to Solo project hopped around South Florida, landing their Cessnas at airports large and small, and even a U.S. Air Force base—in the simulator, of course.

ASU integrates PilotEdge into King Air sim training

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Arizona State University’s Polytechnic School has integrated PilotEdge communications into its simulator training for two advanced flight courses, the university announced April 13.

First flights

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Ask pilots about their first flight, and you can expect they’ll remember it well no matter how long they’ve been flying.

Club Spotlight

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth—and it looks even better by air. With 14 public use airports on the eight islands, there are plenty of opportunities for general aviation pilots. Moore Air is a for-profit company that offers aircraft rental, but also has a flying club to help keep rates low for frequent flyers and visitors to the islands. Moore Air owner and president Mark Jones shares how it all works and what it’s like to fly in Hawaii.

Three students take on 'One Week Ready to Solo'

Article | Apr 14, 2015

A former Navy corpsman, a Harley-Davidson custom builder, and a global advertising manager for General Motors have been tapped for a one-week adventure that could change their lives—learning how to fly through the One Week Ready to Solo project.

Nik Oekerman

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Learning quickly and under pressure is nothing new to Nik Oekerman. The former Navy corpsman who served two combat tours in Iraq has faced more than his share of life-threatening situations. He welcomes the challenge of intensive flight training!

Popcorn and props

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Where better to kick back, relax, and watch an aviation-themed movie than at an airport? On April 18, AOPA is kicking off a season of free aviation-themed movies that will be shown in the association’s new National Aviation Community Center.

Sherry Rosenkranz

Article | Apr 13, 2015

For Sherry Rosenkranz, life has always been more about the journey than the destination. That won’t change, she said, once the journey heads skyward.

Chris Graves

Article | Apr 13, 2015

Chris Graves was looking forward to entering “a new world of things to learn,” from the mechanical nature of aircraft to the “etiquette” of flying.

MOVIES, AIRPLANES AND FUN AT THE AOPA NATIONAL AVIATION COMMUNITY CENTER

News release | Apr 10, 2015

MOVIES, AIRPLANES AND FUN AT THE AOPA NATIONAL AVIATION COMMUNITY CENTER

Virtual flights, real communications

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network can now practice their communications skills in a virtual environment.

Frasca tries to change the culture

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Although widely accepted in the airplane world, simulation use continues to lag in helicopter training. Frasca aims to change that with the introduction of its R44 TruFlite.

FlightSimCon set for June 13, 14

Article | Mar 12, 2015

Pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and flight simulator fanatics are invited to attend FlightSimCon 2015, to be held June 13 and 14 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

AOPA awards scholarship at Women in Aviation conference

Article | Mar 05, 2015

An aviation student from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the 2015 recipient of the $3,000 AOPA Women in Aviation, International student pilot scholarship, AOPA announced March 5.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jan 18, 2015

The Bakersfield Flying Club was recently named one of the top 10 flight schools in the country. Flight Instructor William Woodbury talks about what makes the club’s flight training successful, including its Redbird Simulator, a structured training program, and the camaraderie of a club environment.

Simulation from scratch

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Flight instructor Xylon Saltzman wasn’t satisfied with what the general aviation simulation market had to offer, so he created his own.

‘The single most important license I got’

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Delta Air Lines Captain Jeffrey Whitesell said flight instruction has been his backstop his whole career, many times opening a door where one otherwise might not have been opened.

FAA deputy administrator a new pilot

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

Many student pilots are nervous come checkride day. When you’re a top official at the agency responsible for the safe operation of the largest airspace system in the world, it can add to the pressure.

AOPA Fly-In 2014: From sea to shining sea

Pilot Magazine | Dec 10, 2014

In an effort to increase member engagement, one of AOPA President Mark Baker’s first acts as the association’s new leader was to move away from one annual convention and instead host a series of regional fly-ins to “meet the members where they are.”

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

Looking for an instrument proficiency tool that is quite a few steps removed from shooting approaches under the hood with your pilot buddy?

New FAA rule allows more sim time for instrument training

Advocacy | Dec 03, 2014

The FAA has doubled the number of training device hours pilots may count toward an instrument rating following a request from AOPA.

Zulu Flight Training opens in Switzerland

Article | Nov 19, 2014

Continental Motors' Zulu Flight Training has opened an international facility in Geneva, Switzerland.

First students complete new ATP course

Article | Nov 04, 2014

Two students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are the first in the nation to complete a newly required course for the multiengine airplane airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, the school announced Oct. 31.

Disruptive technology keeps Redbird on the move

Article | Oct 29, 2014

Redbird Flight Simulations demonstrated four new technologies and proposed a new way to organize flight schools at its annual Migration Oct. 27 through 29 at the Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas.

Proficiency: Get your head in the game

Article | Oct 07, 2014

“Nobody likesto take the instrument proficiency check,” said the woman at the front desk of a local flight school. But there are ways to make it almost fun, and that’s by taking a quick review course before presenting yourself to the instructor.

Ownership: How to fly an airplane

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

I felt fully qualifiedto take on the simple-sounding request when my son’s teacher asked, “Could you come talk to my fifth-grade class about how to fly an airplane?”

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | Oct 05, 2014

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

‘Great day to be at an airport’

Article | Oct 04, 2014

Rain the night before may have dampened the grass at Frederick Municipal Airport, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of about 3,000 attendees who turned out for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Maryland Oct. 4.

What’s in your hangar?

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

For more than 25 years, the FAA has taken the position that hangars at federally funded airports should be reserved for aeronautical use.

Elite opens retail sim training center

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Longtime simulator maker Elite is launching two new simulator training centers: one in Florida and one in Switzerland.

Eversons: Always ‘home’ in their Boeing 737

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Eversons: Always ‘home’ in their Boeing 737

Sporty’s ATP program approved

Article | Sep 24, 2014

Sporty’s has been added to the short list of training providers offering a newly required course for the multiengine airplane airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, the company announced Sept. 24.

SoCal pilots descend on Chino

Article | Sep 21, 2014

AOPA’s fifth regional fly-in of 2014 brought 329 aircraft and some 2,500 people to Chino, California, Sept. 20.

Aviation expo highlights busy Kansas agenda

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

The 2014 Kansas Aviation Expo will reach far beyond geographic boundaries when it celebrates the state’s proud tradition of aeronautical enterprise.

Catholic Aviation Association combines GA, faith

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Catholic Aviation Association wants to use faith, flying, and fellowship to promote general aviation.

Simulated attack

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Attacking wildfires fires from the air requires a special kind of training, and a California company is teaching these techniques with detailed, simulated scenarios.

Rev. White’s Air Force

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2014

While the Rev. Russell White works on his latest model—a balsa wood F4U Corsair with a 30-inch wingspan—he launches into his well-practiced version of Eagle Flight Squadron’s birth.

License to Learn: Media mania

Article | Aug 05, 2014

My approval/disapproval relationship (mostly disapproval) with the news-entertainment industry began in 1978, when a TV news anchor described how a collision occurred between a Boeing 727 and a Cessna 172 over San Diego.

Redbird 'Flying' Challenge Cup wraps up at EAA AirVenture

Article | Aug 01, 2014

With sweaty palms and racing hearts, they walked onto the stage to strap on the simulator. It may not have been the pressure of a real airplane, but with an audience, performing a spot landing, steep turn, and lazy 8 in a simulator feels far beyond any stress of a normal flight.

Letters: Traffic dead ahead?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Tom Haines’ ‘Waypoints’ column on the ADS-B debate received a lot of response from members who, like the author, see its promise.