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Training Tip: DPE scenario 2.0

Article | Apr 25, 2016

A designated examiner has observed pilots faltering when explaining operational considerations in areas where charting has changed or airspace is tricky to identify.

Training Tip: Nowhere to runup

Article | Apr 18, 2016

As you taxi out for your checkride, an uneasy thought arises: "Where at this airport can I do an engine runup and pretakeoff checks?"

Training Tip: Lessons from a master

Article | Apr 11, 2016

Although the accident happened so fast his response seemed automatic, the pilot's reaction was based on two decisions made long in advance.

Record-setting scholarships awarded

Article | Apr 05, 2016

Able Flight, the North Carolina-based organization that supports flight for people with disabilities, has entered its tenth year and has awarded a record-setting eight scholarships for 2016.

Training Tip: 'FOD' for thought

Article | Apr 04, 2016

Keep an eye out for objects that can damage aircraft or tires. If you see something, pick it up and throw it away.

Student pilot certificate rules change April 1

Advocacy | Mar 31, 2016

AOPA is reminding student pilots and their flight instructors that significant changes in the process of applying for and issuing student pilot certificates take effect April 1.

Student Pilot Application Requirements Frequently Asked Questions

Advocacy | Mar 31, 2016

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Student Pilot Application Requirements Final Rule.

Training Tip: Rotate, and wait

Article | Mar 28, 2016

One of the first insights a student pilot arrives at when mastering the takeoff is that rotation and liftoff are closely related—but not simultaneous—phases.

Allow solos on 16th birthday, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 24, 2016

AOPA is asking the FAA to revise new procedures for issuing student pilot certificates that preclude student pilots from soloing on their sixteenth birthday.

Aviation Insurance Resources offers scholarship

Article | Mar 21, 2016

Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR) of Frederick, Maryland, is offering a $500 scholarship for student pilots and certificated pilots to help further their training.

Training Tip: Matters of discretion

Article | Mar 21, 2016

As is often true of the standard terminology used in pilot/controller communications, the phrase "pilot's discretion" carries more meaning than its most obvious implications.

Abbey Carlson: Aircraft builder, pilot, junior golfer

Article | Mar 16, 2016

Aircraft builder, high school senior, and junior golfer Abbey Carlson has a lot on her plate before the student pilot enters Vanderbilt this fall on an athletic scholarship.

Training Tip: A season of sigmets

Article | Mar 14, 2016

How does a pilot who is about to depart find out that some very nasty weather is about to move across the route of flight?

AOPA Women in Aviation chapter awards scholarship

Article | Mar 11, 2016

High school student Ty'Niyah Harris received a lift from AOPA's Women in Aviation International Chapter March 10--a $3,000 scholarship to help her pursue her flight training dreams.

FAA explains student certificate changes

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2016

The FAA has published an advisory circular that explains how the process of applying for and issuing student pilot certificates will change April 1.

Training Tip: What affects ground effect?

Article | Feb 29, 2016

Ground effect "can be detected and measured up to an altitude equal to one wingspan above the surface," but effects vary with height and speed.

Training Tip: When go becomes no

Article | Feb 22, 2016

Have you ever tried to find the single-engine-airplane equivalent of a value known to multiengine pilots as the accelerate-stop distance?

Training Tip: In the air, unaware

Article | Feb 16, 2016

Temporary flight restrictions can pop up on very short notice in unexpected places, making it a bad idea to launch without checking for any TFR activity first.

Training Tip: In LAHSO trouble

Article | Feb 08, 2016

Air traffic control changes the landing clearance for a student pilot and flight instructor who are inbound in a Cessna 182. The two must fly a different traffic pattern to a different runway than what was initially assigned, and conduct a land and hold short operation (LAHSO). After landing long, the aircraft skids across the hold-short line before coming to a stop.

Training Tip: When it's your bad

Article | Feb 02, 2016

It's an awful feeling. You line up on the runway and begin your takeoff run. Just as you rotate, another pilot announces a go-around from short final because he was "cut off by a departing aircraft."

Training Tip: The other right-of-way rule

Article | Jan 25, 2016

Turning final, the student pilot is surprised to see the aircraft below taxi hastily onto the runway and accelerate for takeoff.

Training Tip: A system in transition

Article | Jan 19, 2016

Aviation evolves, making it necessary for members of the community to stay informed about changes that alter how we fly.

FAA finalizes rule on student certificates

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

The FAA has published a final rule changing the way student pilot certificates will be issued and withdrawing plans to require photos on all pilot certificates.

No more tears

Article | Jan 12, 2016

New private pilot Stephanie Stechschulte says she was a panicky passenger before she earned a pilot certificate.

Training Tip: An enlightened decision

Article | Jan 11, 2016

How would you decline a clearance to take off after your radios have failed?