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Training Tip: 'Pilots are encouraged'

Article | Nov 21, 2014

The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.

Zulu Flight Training opens in Switzerland

Article | Nov 19, 2014

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

Training Tip: Fleshing out FICONs

Article | Nov 14, 2014

Especially in northern regions, ‘tis the season when ficons—a notam contraction that translates to" field conditions"—should become a routine preflight item to check.

Training Tip: Pressure check

Article | Oct 07, 2014

The student’s instructor recently noted that an example of her increasing ability to juggle tasks was her now-automatic response to altimeter settings broadcast by ATC.

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.

Training Tip: 'Detailed rules and requirements'

Article | Sep 17, 2014

When examining details for VFR operations in and around major terminal areas, a must-have resource is the current local terminal area chart.

Racing Aces announce $5,000 scholarship

Article | Sep 10, 2014

The air racing team known as the Racing Aces has created a $5,000 scholarship for women seeking flight training or other kinds of aviation training or education.

Training Tip: Deciding to land

Article | Sep 02, 2014

Today you found out why your instructor is always saying that a go-around should be “instinctive” when something goes wrong during a landing.

Training Tip: All available resources

Article | Aug 25, 2014

Today’s destination, a grass strip far from congested airspace, is a popular port of call for local general aviation pilots because of its back-to-basics character.

'Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook' launches

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Respected author and aviation funny man Rod Machado has written a new book he hopes will get you back to basics.

Training Tip: Loadings and landings

Article | Aug 04, 2014

New pilots may underestimate the physical effort needed to rotate some aircraft to the landing attitude.

Already in Training?

Video | Jul 17, 2014

Ready to Fly?

Video | Jul 17, 2014

Dream of Flying?

Video | Jul 17, 2014

Rotorcraft Rookie: Second chance at a first passenger

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jul 07, 2014

Can you have two first passengers? A new helicopter pilot takes his first passenger 15 years after the first experience in an airplane.

Pilot offers $12,000 scholarship through AOPA program

Article | Jul 01, 2014

A student pilot with a demonstrated financial need could earn $12,000 to complete his or her private pilot certificate and use any remaining funds for more advanced flight training or to put that new certificate to use.

Training Tip: Bad approach, good lesson

Article | Jun 23, 2014

Was the approach salvageable? Not something to debate at low altitude, in moderate turbulence, with treetops near.

Cutting shirttails, passing it on

Article | Jun 19, 2014

Zac Davis’ tattered shirttail June 13 marked a milestone for the student pilot as well as for the program that helped him reach it.

Rotorcraft Rookie: 10 lessons from learning to fly helicopters

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jun 05, 2014

Of the hundreds of things one learns during a helicopter add-on course, these are 10 of the most important themes.

Training Tip: Volatile virga

Article | Jun 03, 2014

Virga can be picturesque to behold, but don’t let its benign appearance breed complacency.

Training Tip: 'Castles in the air'

Article | May 27, 2014

The clouds’ vertical development has already gone beyond what pilots and meteorologists refer to as “fair weather cumulus” or “summer puffies.”

Rotorcraft Rookie: Checkride success

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 21, 2014

It all comes down to the checkride, the pressure-cooker flight and oral exam that pits the student against himself.

Applications open for AOPA Flight Training Scholarship Program

Article | May 21, 2014

Student pilots can now apply for this year’s AOPA Flight Training Scholarship Program.

Training Tip: Headed for the heartland

Article | May 09, 2014

The short, chilly days of winter flying are over as you launch a spring project to complete the cross-country requirements for your private pilot certificate.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Do helicopters stall?

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 08, 2014

Helicopter pilots don't work on stalls the same way airplane pilots do, but the possiblity is every bit as real.