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License to Learn: Slow town

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

“After aligning the airplane with the runway centerline, the final flap setting should be completed; in the absence of the manufacturer’s recommended airspeed, a speed equal to 1.3 VS0 should be used.”

Pilot Counsel: Aircraft lights

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

The FAA flight rule that specifies the requirement for aircraft lights is an important part of the collection of rules intended to help pilots to see and avoid other traffic.

Insurance company fighting loss of control

Article | Sep 23, 2015

If you ask safety experts about the biggest problem facing the general aviation pilot community, they'll say it is loss of control. USAIG is doing something about it.

FAA makes upgrading attitude indicators easier

Advocacy | Sep 23, 2015

A new FAA policy statement will make it easier for aircraft owners to replace vacuum-driven attitude indicators with newer, more reliable electronically driven models.

Old bird gets new life in flight nurse program

Article | Sep 22, 2015

A 40-year-old scrapped helicopter has a new life as a simulator for flight nurses at Case Western Reserve University. The Sikorsky S-76 fuselage forms the first-of-its-kind motion simulator for graduate-level flight nurses.

Getting drones up there

Article | Sep 22, 2015

Many of the institutions that are emerging as leaders of drone integration research came together Sept. 15 at Mississippi State University.

Training Tip: Within gliding distance

Article | Sep 21, 2015

If you have ever wondered how your instructor decides when to simulate an engine failure, this scenario is one example.


Article | Sep 20, 2015

Preflight weather planning is the foundation for some of our most critical decisions. AOPA’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) is producing a series of practical weather flying safety videos with funding from NOAA’s National Weather Service. The first of this eight-part video series, Weather Wise: Gathering Information, features strategies on how to gather weather information at the right time and how to use a system that fits your needs, such as Flight Service and CSC Duats, or apps and websites.

Question of the Month

Article | Sep 20, 2015

Every flying club must answer what type of aircraft the club should get. While the process is exciting, there are several things to consider. Most importantly, the aircraft should meet the mission of the club, whether it’s primary training, cross-country travel, or something more unique such as offering taildraggers. But just as important is making sure you have a clear understanding of the club’s finances. This month’s Question of the Month provides some useful tips on how to start your search for the perfect airplane for your club.