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Rotorcraft Rookie: Round and round he goes

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 20, 2014

Solo practice in a helicopter is restricted to more or less pounding the pattern.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Robinson factory tour

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 13, 2014

Touring an aircraft factory is the only way to see everything that goes into your flying machine.

Colorado pilot creates barter website

Article | Mar 13, 2014

A student pilot in Aurora, Colo., has created a website that will let users barter goods and services for flight instruction.

First helicopter solo

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 03, 2014

Can there be such a thing as a second first solo? A fixed-wing pilot tests the theory in a helicopter.

Training Tip: First impressions

Article | Feb 14, 2014

Any pilot gazes admiringly at his or her ride from afar, but don’t be blinded by love.

Able Flight seeks female pilot candidates

Article | Feb 11, 2014

Women with physical disabilities are being encouraged to apply for Able Flight’s flight training scholarships.

Training Tip: Heart City, westbound

Article | Feb 07, 2014

Left to do their mischief, fixation and disbelief can produce a wide variety of adverse results.

Training Tip: The official word

Article | Jan 31, 2014

The instructions air traffic control issues to pilots convey very specific expectations—and pilots are expected to know what they are.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The world is a playground

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 16, 2014

Helicopters can operate in and out of some small landing sites.

Training Tip: Too much, too soon

Article | Jan 14, 2014

Suddenly, well before the trainer reaches rotation speed, the aircraft’s nose rises abruptly, and the student pilot finds the trainer airborne in semi-stalled flight. Why?

Sporty's helps student pilots capture that solo moment

Article | Jan 13, 2014

A new service from Sporty's will package your solo flight video footage into a professional package that can be shared.

AOPA opens online applications for flight training scholarships

Article | Jul 24, 2013

AOPA will award eight $5,000 flight training scholarships at this year’s Aviation Summit Oct. 10 through 12.

Never Again: A date with his girl

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

I started flying lessons at age 16 at Dalton Airport in Flushing, Michigan. My instructor, Spike, was patient despite some breathtaking moments I provided in a Citabria 7EC.