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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.

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.

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.

Technique: Mischief with a purpose

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

One of the best tools for transforming a tentative student to a tiger is a simple roll of toilet paper.

Custom content for the Apr. 12, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 12, 2013

training tips A new kind of fog? It's certain that you have taken an important leap forward in your aviation weather knowledge when you can study an outlook briefing and know that tomorrow morning’s cross-country departure will likely be delayed by fog. Forecast conditions—clear skies, no wind—invite the formation of radiation fog, and as expected, the morning brings an obscured ceiling and low visibility.