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Training Tip: What examiners want

Article | May 02, 2016

Some answers are better than others when your examiner poses a question during the practical test.

Training Tip: Checkride scenario 2.0

Article | Apr 25, 2016

Checkride applicants in the Northwest have been 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?

Training Tip: Flight training FAQs

Article | Jan 04, 2016

What’s the status of your flight training program as 2016 opens? Student pilots frequently ask this question as a new year begins.

Training Tip: Headed home heavy

Article | Dec 29, 2015

Unlike Santa’s sleigh, many aircraft will be heading home from holiday travels more heavily loaded than when they set out.

Flying Musicians Association opens 2016 scholarship

Article | Dec 28, 2015

The Flying Musicians Association has announced its 2016 FMA Solo Program scholarship to help high school musicians and student aviators achieve their goal of solo flight.

Tempus 'can produce better trained pilots'

Article | Dec 21, 2015

Tempus Training Solutions, the flight training operation purchased from Redbird Flight Simulations, announced Dec. 17 that it is accepting new aviation students at its San Marcos, Texas, facility.

Training Tip: Weather in transition

Article | Dec 07, 2015

A pilot who made the mistake of launching VFR based only on a serene surface observation might be in for a rude surprise.

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.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2015 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

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.