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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.

Rotorcraft Rookie: New landing sites

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 23, 2014

Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.

Zulu Flight Training heads across the pond

Article | Apr 11, 2014

Continental Motors' Zulu Flight Training is opening locations in Europe.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The best study materials

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 01, 2014

Although there may be more books and reference materials in the fixed-wing world, most helicopter study materials are really well done.

Redbird launches simulator challenge

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Redbird Flight Simulations is encouraging pilots from all over the world to show their stuff in the company's new 'Flying' Challenge Cup.

Training Tip: Power check

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Do you make it a point to check for full engine power during the busy takeoff phase, with all its multiple tasks?

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.