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PilotWorkshops releases 'Real World VFR'

Article | Nov 25, 2015

Find a remote island airport at night, land at Boston’s Logan International Airport in a Cessna 172, fly the Hudson River VFR Corridor, encounter VFR flight into instrument conditions, and more in PilotWorkshops’ “Real World VFR” video program released Nov. 25.

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.

Weather Wise: VFR Flight Planning

Video | Nov 23, 2015

One of the major challenges of flying is weather assessment. In this video we cover the major weather issues facing VFR pilots, with an emphasis on how to get a "big picture" understanding of the situation before leaving the ground.

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 22, 2015

When Al Waterloo bought a 2004 Cirrus SR20, his goal was to operate a flight school on the South Side of Chicago at Lansing Airport (IGQ). The airplane wasn’t flying enough so he decided to form a flying club and looked to the Cirrus Jump Start program as a model. The club is still in formation, but it has about a half dozen members and mixes primary training and cross-country flying. Learn how Al is making the transition to a flying club in this month’s Club Spotlight.

Question of the Month

Article | Nov 22, 2015

The mission statement of a flying club defines its purpose, and plays a tremendous role in maintaining a consistent vision. This month’s Question of the Month explains the importance of a mission statement and provides tips for what to include.


Article | Nov 22, 2015

Pilots practice stalls as part of their flight training and flight reviews all the time, yet unintended stalls – including power-on stalls – are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls is the Air Safety Institute’s latest safety video and is intended to help you recognize how vastly different training and real-world scenarios can be.

Garmin systems improve runway safety

Article | Nov 18, 2015

A new combination of Garmin products, dubbed Terminal Safety Solutions, proposes to improve safety on and near the runway by boosting pilot situational awareness.

AOPA's High School Aviation Initiative

Video | Nov 13, 2015

AOPA launches program to bring aviation into high schools to help teach STEM and spark interest in general aviation.

Fly like a fighter: Speak up

Fly like a fighter | Nov 09, 2015

Retired Air Force pilot Larry Brown counsels general aviation pilots not to make his mistake and to speak up as soon as they lose sight of traffic they are instructed to follow.

New FAA Web page debugs notam searches

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2015

The FAA’s new website for researching notices to airmen, designed to eventually replace the existing PilotWeb notam page, has received its finishing touches.

IMC Club completes merger with EAA

Article | Nov 06, 2015

IMC Clubs completed its merger with the Experimental Aircraft Association Nov. 3 to form a new subsidiary that delivers real-world IFR and VFR discussions to the association's chapters.

Cirrus save caught on video

Article | Nov 05, 2015

Former Walmart CEO Bill Simon had just departed Bentonville, Arkansas, when his Cirrus SR22T lost power, and altitude.

Persistent, fatal loss in spotlight

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

AOPA staff joined a daylong, NTSB-led discussion as the GA community came together to discuss how loss of control can be prevented.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

Barry Schiff quizzes readers.

Pilot Briefing: Musings

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

The mark to point you home

Obstacle-marking bill clears Michigan House

Advocacy | Nov 03, 2015

A Michigan bill that would require the marking and registration of towers used to gather weather information has passed the state House of Representatives.

NBAA standdown combats loss of control

Article | Nov 03, 2015

You’re flying single pilot in your Embraer Phenom 300 jet, ready for the approach at your destination. Then weather intervenes, air traffic control switches to a different approach, and you get behind the airplane, not noticing your decreasing airspeed and steepening bank putting you close to a stall.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

The ‘standard’ minimums

Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls

Video | Oct 30, 2015

Year after year, unintended stalls are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. The "departure" or "power-on" stall is practiced during flight training, but in a controlled, coordinated scenario at a high altitude. Unexpected stalls during takeoffs or go-arounds are sudden, sharp, and frightening. At low altitude, even a brief loss of aircraft control may be unrecoverable. This video explains the differences in power-on stall training versus real-world scenarios, the aerodynamics of how stalls occur during takeoffs and go-arounds, and techniques pilots can use to prevent them.

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Pilot sends free patches to new fliers

Article | Oct 26, 2015

Jim Johnson of Reidsville, North Carolina, sends free embroidered pilot patches to new private pilots to celebrate their achievements.

AOPA to help guide drone registration policy

Advocacy | Oct 26, 2015

AOPA will help determine the specifics of a new registration policy for drones as part of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force.

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.

Overweight and out of balance

Article | Oct 21, 2015

A de Havilland DHC-3 Otter crashed on July 7, 2013, because it was overweight and out of balance, the NTSB determined.

‘Fly aerobatics’

Article | Oct 21, 2015

There is much to gain when a pilot hones skills for aerobatic competition.