Safety and Education

Safety and Education

Advocacy

TFR to suspend flights at Maryland’s ‘DC-3’ airports

Operations at the so-called “DC-3 airports” in Maryland will be suspended Aug. 4 through 7 under a temporary flight restriction.

Jul 31, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Test Pilot

During flight, a pilot observes that the size of the shadow of his airplane moving across the ground is ……?

Jul 31, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Weather Watch: Gusts and squalls

A gust front at EAA’s AirVenture in 2011, about to attack AOPA’s tent site.

Jul 31, 2014
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Accident

Article

Fatal accident at Oshkosh

The pilot of a custom-built Breezy died from his injuries after a landing accident at Wittman Regional Airport on July 31, the Experimental Aircraft Association said.

Jul 31, 2014

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
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Emergency

Pilot Magazine

Technique: How low can you go?

“Altitude is your friend.” That’s probably what all instructors drum into the heads of their students—especially those working toward the private pilot certificate.

Jul 31, 2014

Article

In-flight Charger

Chip Yates, who set five electric aircraft world records in 2012, now aims to cross the Atlantic on battery power.

Jul 28, 2014

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
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Stall/Spin

Advocacy

FAA wants angle-of-attack systems in GA aircraft

The widespread presence of angle-of-attack indicators in general aviation aircraft could reduce fatal loss-of-control accidents caused by inadvertent stalls, said the FAA.

Jul 29, 2014

Article

Beyond stall avoidance: Safe Flight AOA system

Safe Flight has developed an angle-of-attack system that does much more than help pilots fly precise approaches and avoid stalls.

Jul 28, 2014

Article

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
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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

Article

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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