Safety and Education

Safety and Education



In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?

Dec 21, 2014


Aircraft Spotlight

The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.

Dec 21, 2014


AOPA Internet Flight Planner 2.0 now in beta

The AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) 2.0, powered by Jeppesen, is now available in beta for all AOPA members to test. The beta period is open through early 2015.

Dec 19, 2014
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NTSB: Inexperience a factor in 2012 crash

Unfamiliarity with a newly purchased turboprop proved fatal for a Kansas family returning from a Bahamas vacation in 2012, the NTSB determined.

Dec 03, 2014


Safety device pioneers receive Nall award

Randall Greene and the late Leonard Greene of Safe Flight Instrument Corp. have been awarded the sixth annual Joseph T. Nall Award.

Nov 14, 2014


SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight

One Scaled Composites test pilot is dead and another injured after a “serious anomaly” and crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo during a test flight Oct. 31, the company confirmed.

Oct 31, 2014
More Accident News


Fly like a fighter

Fly like a fighter: Smoke in the cockpit

Passing 3,000 feet and only 9 miles from the field, smoke started coming out from between the seats of the T-37 the Air Force student was flying with an instructor pilot.

Dec 08, 2014 | comments


Training Tip: 'Pilots are encouraged'

The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.

Nov 21, 2014


IFR Fix: 'My first ever runway incursion'

You have your clearance, have made the “go” decision, and are taxiing toward the active runway. Gusty winds and rain are making this a more demanding task than usual; if anything unexpected comes up such as a last-minute routing change or an anomalous indication on the panel, will you be able to sort everything out without error?

Nov 10, 2014 | comments
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Loss-of-control working groups issue final report

Two FAA and industry working groups issued a combined report offering 29 safety enhancements that could reduce general aviation loss-of-control accidents.

Nov 12, 2014 | comments

Pilot Magazine

A week in the sun

Take a vacation in the southwest with friends and pick up a glider rating in the process.

Oct 02, 2014

Pilot Magazine

License to Learn: Somebody pinch me

It’s called an Ercoupe. Built by Fred Weick and first manufactured in 1939, the two-place coupe was so revolutionary that even birds tweeted about it.

Sep 04, 2014
More Stall/Spin News

VFR into IMC


IFR Fix: Tower, CFI help VFR pilot who takes off into clouds

A VFR pilot enters instrument conditions shortly after takeoff. Air traffic control gets an instructor on the ground involved to help talk the pilot through the serious situation to narrowly avert tragedy.

Sep 17, 2014 | comments



Weather-related accidents have a 75 percent fatality rate.

Aug 11, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Membership News & Notes: Saving SMO

A group of Santa Monica residents has launched a ballot initiative that would give city residents a say in the future use of Santa Monica Municipal Airport property, and AOPA has pledged to support the effort.

Jun 06, 2014
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