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Bootcamp shows athletes, aviation a match made in heaven

Article | Aug 26, 2015

AOPA's National Aviation Community Center opened its substantial hangar doors to Soldierfit, a gym located in the vicinity of the association's headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland that specializes in bootcamp workouts.

ATP Flight School airline transport pilot course gets FAA approval

Article | Aug 24, 2015

ATP Flight School’s airline transport pilot training program has received FAA approval, the company announced Aug. 21.

FAA approves Pan Am International Flight Academy ATP program

Article | Aug 21, 2015

Pan Am International Flight Academy’s airline transport pilot training program has received FAA approval, the company announced Aug. 19.

Delta State University orders DA42 FTD from Frasca

Article | Jul 24, 2015

Delta State University has placed an order for a Level 6 Diamond DA42 FTD (flight training device) from Frasca International, to be delivered in the spring of 2016.

FlyThisSim targets flight schools with FM210

Article | Jul 23, 2015

FlyThisSim, a company known for producing affordable touchscreen desktop simulators, is stepping up. The FM210 is a high-fidelity skills trainer with a 210-degree panoramic visual system.

'Freakin' awesome!'

Article | Jul 21, 2015

What can make a former Navy corpsman and a Harley-Davidson engineer giggle with pure joy? Their first takeoff. Watch as three students hop in the left seat for the first time and experience the thrill of flight in these One Week Ready to Solo webisodes.

Redbird's ImagineFlight aims for quality flight training

Article | Jul 19, 2015

ImagineFlight, supported by Redbird Flight Simulations, is a member-led professional organization devoted to quality flight training experiences.

Tuskegee Airman returns to the cockpit

Article | Jul 17, 2015

World War II veteran and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Floyd Collins, a former P-51 pilot, was cool and confident when he returned to a cockpit in Maryland for a sight-seeing flight near the nation's capital.

AOPA asks FAA to restore sim time

Advocacy | Jul 17, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to expedite a final rule to increase the number of sim hours allowed in instrument training.

Safety

Article | Jun 21, 2015

The Air Safety Institute’s Accident Case Studies (ACS) are one of the most popular ways to improve your club members’ knowledge and safety. A new ACS video using Microsoft Flight Simulator and actual ATC audio, recreates a fatal accident in which a Piper Arrow collided with trees during an emergency approach to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base. Every pilot can learn from this Accident Case Study, from pre-flight planning, to proper communication and choosing the right alternate airports.

Inspiration nation

Article | Jun 16, 2015

The airplane remains a potent tool for sparking inspiration, and AOPA is offering new support to the growing movement to bring aeronautics into high school classrooms.

Pilot Briefing: Start 'em young

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Passion for flying starts at a young age, like that of the junior high students in the Pittsburgh Gifted Center.

Groups ask Congress to protect veterans' flight training

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

Seven general aviation associations, including AOPA, have sent a joint letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans.

Decision point

Article | May 14, 2015

A new collaboration seeks to give medical helicopter pilots tools to balance urgent imperatives and flight safety, and reduce accidents caused by inadvertent flight into IMC.

11-year-old launches business to fund Embry-Riddle dream

Article | May 13, 2015

Trevor Simoneau is a kid with a plan. The 11-year-old aspiring pilot wants to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and launched a business selling custom-printed T-shirts to pay for fuel for flight training.

Home schooled

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2015

What’s most unusual about the ProFlight course is not what happens in Carlsbad. It’s what happens at your home or office in the weeks leading up to the training.

Checkride redux

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.

It’s good to be the King Air

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Since opening in 2009, Potomac Flight Training has secured a reputation for its ability to offer U.S. Army-compliant training for military contractors that use King Airs in overseas missions.

Pilots: Simulator Guru

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

“For a lot of people, Flight Sim was this great fantasy,” he says of the product’s massive appeal. “Virtual airlines started before the Internet.”

CAFE Foundation holds ninth conference

Article | May 04, 2015

The CAFE Foundation’s Electric Aircraft Symposium is a small annual gathering, attracting 170 attendees to the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, California, May 1 and 2.

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?