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Training Tip: Beyond safety briefings

Article | Nov 23, 2015

You are about to run the engine-start checklist when you observe two adults and a child walking along the flight line.

Texas high school aviation students earn college credit

Article | Nov 18, 2015

Two Texas colleges have partnered with the McKinney Independent School District to offer high school aviation students college credit, helping jump-start their aviation careers.

Training Tip: 'It always does that'

Article | Nov 16, 2015

The flight instructor in the right seat points to a flickering light on the panel and asks the student whether it is cause for concern.

Training Tip: 'At your own risk'

Article | Nov 09, 2015

When storms or floods disrupt air traffic control at a busy airport, the effects may endure long after the initial impact on operations.

Flight schools can get sims via pay-per-use program

Article | Nov 06, 2015

One-G simulation will deliver and install an FAA-approved advanced aviation training device with no up-front cost.

AOPA names Flight Training Excellence Award winners

Article | Nov 02, 2015

AOPA has named the winners of its 2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards based on more than 7,100 responses to the AOPA Flight Training Poll.


News release | Nov 02, 2015

AOPA is pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and instructors.

Training Tip: A sketchy understanding

Article | Oct 30, 2015

Runway holding position markings combine solid and dashed lines indicating where an aircraft should stop. Can you draw the markings from memory?

Training Tip: Voice in your head

Article | Oct 26, 2015

When Flight Training magazine invited Facebook followers to share what they recall flight instructors saying during flights, a wellspring of comments bubbled forth.

Able Flight accepting scholarship applications for 2016

Article | Oct 23, 2015

Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities learn to fly, is accepting scholarship applications for 2016.

Redbird sets schedule for Migration

Article | Oct 19, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will deliver the keynote address at Redbird Flight Simulations' 2015 Migration for flight school educators and instructors at the Nov. 2 through 4 conference in San Marcos, Texas. The event will feature special breakout sessions for attendees.

GIFT Academy creates more pilots

Article | Oct 19, 2015

The Girls in Flight Training Academy in Vernon, Texas, capped a busy week of flying with one solo and two checkrides.

Training Tip: Weird sound, strange movement

Article | Oct 19, 2015

What would make you discontinue a takeoff? Are you prepared to make that decision each time you commence the takeoff run?

Training Tip: Overhauling 'see and avoid'

Article | Oct 13, 2015

With the proliferation of drones flying in all classes of airspace, general aviation pilots face a new collision-avoidance challenge as soon as they become airborne.

Delta funds a Skyhawk for Michigan high school

Article | Oct 06, 2015

Delta Air Lines Foundation surprised West Michigan Aviation Academy with a donation to fund a 1999 Cessna 172 for the young charter school’s aspiring pilots.

Training Tip: Emphasizing positive control

Article | Oct 05, 2015

Positive aircraft control tops a list of 16 areas of special emphasis a designated pilot examiner must scrutinize during the private pilot flight examination.

Training Tip: Open-door policy

Article | Sep 28, 2015

During your climb out to traffic pattern altitude, a loud, sustained noise fills the cabin, and you sense the airframe buffeting and vibrating through the controls. The aircraft’s right door has just popped open. What do you do?

Charter College, flight schools partner for aviation degree

Article | Sep 23, 2015

Charter College, with locations in Alaska, California, and Washington, is partnering with several Part 141 flight schools to offer an aviation degree.

Training Tip: Within gliding distance

Article | Sep 21, 2015

If you have ever wondered how your instructor decides when to simulate an engine failure, this scenario is one example.

Five pilots, one family

Article | Sep 18, 2015

For one family from the Deep South, a passion for aviation was born above the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

Training Tip: Exit strategies

Article | Sep 14, 2015

With the wind blowing precisely 90 degrees to the single runway, which runway end should the pilot choose for takeoff?

Pilot examiner gives his 10,000th checkride

Article | Sep 09, 2015

Tennessee Aviation Hall of Famer, retired NASA employee, and Designated Pilot Examiner Clyde Shelton recently awarded his 10,000th certificate, but he's not quite ready to give up the right seat.

Like father, like son

Article | Sep 08, 2015

The similarities between Rick Mihalinac’s logbook and his late father’s pilot logbook are uncanny: Both had 69.5 hours of flight time when they took their private pilot checkrides; both of their checkrides lasted 1.2 hours; and Mihalinac’s checkride took place on Aug. 27—40 years to the day of his father’s first solo.

Training Tip: A scattering of storms

Article | Sep 08, 2015

If you determine that you and a storm are heading for the same destination, go elsewhere. Don’t get caught in a race to the field.

Saluting America's aviation team

Article | Sep 03, 2015

When Danny Croy pulled back on the yoke from his perch in the left seat of a Cessna 172, his face revealed a confidence that often escaped the autistic 19-year-old. Croy is not comfortable with significant changes in routine, but the short discovery flight from the Frederick, Maryland, airport left him beaming. An army of airport employees working behind the scenes keeps the airport running smoothly and helps make experiences like these happen.