Safety and Education

Safety and Education

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Where there's smoke

Spot quiz: What is the METAR/TAF code for smoke?

Jul 22, 2014 | comments

Apps of the week

Plan flights with these five apps

Plan flights before taking off with these five apps.

Jul 21, 2014

Article

Training Tip: Too good on takeoff

Unable to climb, and unable to lower the nose to accelerate without contacting the ground, he is in a spot.

Jul 21, 2014 | comments
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Accident

Article

'The human must be the boss'

Approaching San Francisco International on a VFR day in a Boeing 777, the crew was "astonished" when automated systems did not respond as expected.

Jun 24, 2014 | comments

Article

'I felt the hit'

Many pilots fly entire careers without having to manage a life-threatening emergency. Shawn Kinmartin, 21, is not one of them.

Jun 17, 2014 | comments

Article

Safety

Thunderstorms cause relatively few accidents – on average, about five per year – but 75 percent of them are fatal.

Jun 16, 2014
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Emergency

Fly like a fighter

Fly like a fighter: Are you ready for a systems failure in IFR?

With warnings of a looming systems failure in a T-38A, an Air Force instructor weighs his options for getting the aircraft safely on the ground under instrument conditions.

Jul 07, 2014 | comments

Article

'I felt the hit'

Many pilots fly entire careers without having to manage a life-threatening emergency. Shawn Kinmartin, 21, is not one of them.

Jun 17, 2014 | comments

Fly like a fighter

Fly like a fighter: Lessons learned from a fatal bailout

Could the time-tested fighter pilot saying, “lose sight, lose the fight,” have misled a pilot to improperly strap in an RF-4 and contributed to his drowning after a successful ejection over the ocean?

Jun 17, 2014 | comments
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Stall/Spin

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Initial tests completed on 'personal jet' kitplane

Experimental kit aircraft maker Sonex announced completing “a very successful series of initial flight tests” of the SubSonex JSX-2 personal jet.

Jul 16, 2014 | comments

Article

Engine-out spin

Veteran CFI Rich Stowell paid tribute to Harry Hawker with a power-off spin, creating a video that is part salute, part message to pilots.

Jul 09, 2014 | comments

Article

Unusual attitudes

Plymouth Municipal Airport in Plymouth, Mass., home of the AOPA Fly-In July 12, has a long history of unusual attitudes.

Jun 11, 2014 | comments
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VFR into IMC

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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Safety

According to the most recent Joseph T. Nall Report, in 2010 there were 43 accidents involving weather, and 28 of them were fatal. In fact, weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents.

Apr 23, 2014

Article

‘I was getting a little nervous up here’

The low-time pilot was trapped above the clouds, with bad weather for hundreds of miles. He had no autopilot, no GPS, and was not talking to ATC. Fortunately, an air traffic controller spotted him and took action.

Mar 27, 2014 | comments
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