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Training Tip: Aircraft speed limits

Article | Sep 22, 2014

Reviewing this regulation will make you a more effective plane spotter when ATC calls out fast traffic in busy (and haze-laden) airspace.

Training Tip: 'Detailed rules and requirements'

Article | Sep 17, 2014

When examining details for VFR operations in and around major terminal areas, a must-have resource is the current local terminal area chart.

Santa Paula, California: The town time forgot

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Santa Paula, California, airport evokes an old-time airfield, complete with antique airplanes dating back almost a century. Consider visiting the field when you attend the AOPA Fly-In at Chino, California, on Sept. 20.

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

IFR Fix | Sep 17, 2014

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.

GA accident decline headlines NTSB statistics

Article | Sep 16, 2014

General aviation accident reductions in 2013 could be “a positive sign” about how pilots are approaching training, education, and proficiency.

Safety

Article | Sep 12, 2014

Two tragic accidents that occurred within a week of each other, involved pilot incapacitation at high altitudes.

Perry has new mission

Article | Sep 11, 2014

George Perry recognized the signs quickly: Hypoxia is something he spent 20 years training for as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and instructor.

NTSB STUDY ON MEDICATION, DRUG USE RELEASED

News release | Sep 09, 2014

– A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board today is incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) said Tuesday.

NTSB releases study on medication, drug use

Advocacy | Sep 09, 2014

A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Sept. 9 is incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution, AOPA said.

Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

Article | Sep 09, 2014

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Consider these five random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Sep 08, 2014

Check out five aviation apps that handle a range of pilot functions.

Fly like a fighter: Inner voice

Fly like a fighter | Sep 08, 2014

An Air Force pilot offered the opportunity to fly a risky show with the Italian Frecce Tricolori air demonstration team had a choice to make: Fly with them in an airshow or go out with an Air Force nurse he had just met. Something inside told him to go with the nurse. During the airshow, the demonstration team suffered a midair collision.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

TBM owner’s group chair crashes after becoming unresponsive

Article | Sep 05, 2014

TBM Owners and Pilots Association chairman Larry Glazer and his wife Jane were on board an airplane that crashed off the coast of Jamaica after the pilot became unresponsive Sept. 5, the couple’s family confirmed to NBC News. The two are presumed dead.

Membership News & Notes: ‘Loud and clear,’ says Huerta

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation (USDOT) for review, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

Who wrote, “If you would measure the heartbeat of a city, take the pulse of its airport?”

License to Learn: Somebody pinch me

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

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.

Proficient Pilot: Gotta have a static

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

Prior to cleaning the airplane, the static ports had been covered with duct tape to prevent contaminants from entering the static system (a good thing).

Safety Pilot: Improving GA safety

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

It’s way too early to declare victory in the decades-long struggles to improve general aviation safety, but 2013 was very good in one segment: a drop in non-commercial fixed-wing fatal accidents.

Oil platform helo hazard

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Citing two accidents likely involving methane-induced power loss, the NTSB is urging regulators to protect offshore helicopter operators.

Simulated attack

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Attacking wildfires fires from the air requires a special kind of training, and a California company is teaching these techniques with detailed, simulated scenarios.