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Cirrus accident highlights rotor wash risk

Article | Feb 04, 2015

A rare but potentially deadly convergence of a landing Cirrus and the wake of a departing helicopter in Colorado was caught on video.

P&E Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

Knowing where you are, where you came from, and where you are going is a core tenet of good airmanship.

GA safety improving as NTSB targets loss of control

Article | Jan 13, 2015

The NTSB on Jan. 13 named general aviation loss-of-control accidents to its Most Wanted list of safety concerns, even as GA accident rates have declined.

P&E Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

It’s hardly a sweat-inducing event, but sometimes that is the nature of practicing an emergency scenario.

Bonanza Society announces free courses for members

Article | Jan 07, 2015

In an effort to remove obstacles to pilot participation in potentially lifesaving training, the American Bonanza Society will make its online Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program available to members free of charge.

Brains scanned on final

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Experienced pilots make better decisions with less brain activity, according to a study published in November that could influence future flight training.

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

Looking for an instrument proficiency tool that is quite a few steps removed from shooting approaches under the hood with your pilot buddy?

P&E/Proficiency: Alaskan adventure

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Dwayne King, the founder of the Christian nonprofit Kingdom Air Corps who has decades of experience flying in northern Alaska and eastern Russia, specializes in training missionary pilots how to fly safely in remote areas over unforgiving terrain.

Fly like a fighter: Lessons learned from 400-knot overtake

Fly like a fighter | Oct 08, 2014

An Air Force student egged on by his instructor overtakes the three-ship he is supposed to join at 400 knots. Find out why he urges pilots to, "Set your limits and stick to them, even if you have a cheering section inside (or outside) of your airplane."

Proficiency: Get your head in the game

Article | Oct 07, 2014

“Nobody likesto take the instrument proficiency check,” said the woman at the front desk of a local flight school. But there are ways to make it almost fun, and that’s by taking a quick review course before presenting yourself to the instructor.

AirVenture attraction a draw for IFR pilots

Article | Jul 07, 2014

Pilots can now add improving their instrument proficiency to the long list of reasons to attend EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis.

'I felt the hit'

Article | Jun 17, 2014

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

Safety

Article | Jun 16, 2014

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

Training Tip: Thunderstorm in sight

Article | Jun 10, 2014

Does this scenario justify deviating from the airport’s normal calm-wind-runway operations?

‘I was getting a little nervous up here’

Article | Mar 27, 2014

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.

Proficiency: To new heights

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA’s recent proposal to decrease the amount of flight simulator experience that students can log toward instrument ratings comes just as computer-based simulation is rapidly becoming more realistic than ever.

Beyond recurrent

Article | Jan 23, 2014

As a pilot examiner conducting in-aircraft recurrent training, I see all too often the truth of the adage that a pilot is never as proficient as the day of his checkride.

The long-suffering lazy 8

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Pity the poor Lazy 8. It began as a fun, fluid, and telling maneuver that encouraged pilots to explore the changing feel of an airplane through a broad range of speed and bank angles. It also developed a pilot’s coordination, timing, and anticipation.

SAFE to host first regional proficiency meeting in Texas

Article | Oct 09, 2013

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators is kicking off the first of a series of regional pilot proficiency meetings in Texas.

IMC Club chapter leaders to meet in Texas

Article | Aug 21, 2013

IMC Club will hold its first annual meeting of chapters' leaders Oct. 28 in San Marcos, Texas.

Take the Weather Challenge

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Do your eyes glaze over when you hear about Skew-T diagrams? Yawn at hearing about moist adiabatic lapse rates? Then gather your flying clubs members and soak up some practical weather knowledge with the Air Safety Institute’s “Weather Challenge” fall seminar, brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services.

Starr Aviation, SAFE partner on Pilot Proficiency Project

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Starr Aviation announced July 29 that insured pilots can earn accident forgiveness on their policies by taking pilot proficiency training at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., other major aviation events, and at quarterly dedicated safety events.

Bonanza proficiency program to use Air Safety Institute courses

Article | Jul 25, 2013

A proficiency program for pilots of Beechcraft Bonanzas now includes online courses from the Air Safety Institute.

IFR Fix: ‘Tasks and iterations’

Article | May 13, 2013

An instrument-rated pilot who mostly flies VFR completes an instrument proficiency check on May 2. Almost six months later, the pilot tracks courses, flies three or four instrument approaches, holds, and performs other required IFR "tasks and iterations" to prepare for a flight six days later. Is IFR currency an issue?

Pilot proficiency checks

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

New regs for single-pilot jet pilots

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Pointing fingers

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

This month's Landmark Accident is notable not because of the accident; visual flight into marginal VFR or instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is not as rare as it should be. There are constant reminders by the Air Safety Institute and most aviation publications and websites that this is not a life-prolonging activity. Rather, it was the legal maneuvering afterward that nearly changed the training landscape.

Get real-world IMC advice at AirVenture

Article | Jul 18, 2012

The demands of flying in instrument meteorological conditions require instrument-rated pilots to maintain not only their currency but their proficiency as well. The IMC Club International will be hosting its IFR Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture for instrument-rated pilots of all levels.

Technique: Keeping current

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Several different ways of starting this article come to mind. For example, "The IPC—can't live with it, can't live without it." The instrument proficiency check is a flight check by an instrument instructor, much like a checkride, that either demonstrates your ability to fly on instruments, or shows your deficiencies and leads to more training.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

In reviewing accident reports I’m often frustrated by the repeating patterns. Some accident trends are skill- related—crosswind landing accidents, for example.

Safety Pilot: A deadly invincibility

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

One of the necessarily frustrating things about NTSB reports is that they generally do a good job of telling us what happened, but the why is often left to interpretation and the imagination. This month’s “Landmark Accident” fits that description perfectly and leaves us to wonder why the pilot made the decisions he did.

Pilotage:

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

It’s a gorgeous winter day, ideal for flying, even if the flying involves a checkride. Sweating through a checkride is what I’m supposed to be doing right now.

Turbine Edition: Raising the Bar

Article | Oct 01, 2007

Here's your chance to experience training in a sophisticated multi-million-dollar simulator — welcome to the turbine training world. But after you have paid the deposit for that new turboprop or very light jet (VLJ), you may discover that any deficiencies in your pilot skills could double or triple the length and expense of training.

Flying Seasons

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

The weather says fly! Are you ready? The weather is great, the temperature is just right, and a light breeze wafts the familiar scent of avgas across the tarmac. This is a perfect day to fly.

Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

Worldwide tips on emergency landings "Surprise yourself by closing the throttle without premeditation or assessing the wind direction and strength, and break it off when you are in an ideal position because the hard part is already done."—Edward Jones, Cabair College of Air Training Actually the prop usually windmills if engine power is lost but "The prop windmills here" just didn't work as a title. In preparing this article, I heard that there are flight schools in the world where props are intentionally stopped — to be clear, at these schools the engines in single-engine airplanes are shut down during routine training.

Technique

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

Putting your professional side to work on every flight Bent metal, charred wreckage, and ruined lives point to the many failures in pilot decision making, but the clues to what makes a competent pilot decision maker are far from clear. Competence in aeronautical decision making is quite different from the skills that we learn in becoming pilots.

Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

A man's got to know his limitations It seems there's been a lot of bad aviation karma in the news lately: a boundary fence overrun at Chicago Midway International Airport on an icy and snowy night; a wing strike during landing on a windy evening in Alaska; a crash in Greece because no one seemed to speak the same language. It didn't hit me immediately, but I eventually realized that all these accidents involved airlines, and even further, the Boeing 737, the same airplane I fly.

Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

Staying sharp when time is short When we posed the question of proficiency to AOPA members, we asked what specific procedures and maneuvers they would practice to stay proficient if they only had an hour, or a single flight, in which to accomplish these tasks every month. Let's set aside the debate for a moment, which begs the question: Can a pilot stay proficient while flying one hour a month? "I don't think I can stay sharp anymore.

Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

Is dependence on GPS steering you wrong? Doctors at Wright State University in Dayton call it "in-flight geographic disorientation," or IGD. It means you get lost, land at the wrong airport, but at least can say, "I got down (IGD)." The better-publicized cases of landing at the wrong airport involve airlines, and you'll find 70 examples from over the years by following the Internet link at the end of this article.