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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.

Beyond stall avoidance: Safe Flight AOA system

Article | Jul 28, 2014

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

AOPA Live This Week - July 10, 2014

Video | Jul 10, 2014

A runway incursion in Barcelona, Spain, got plenty of media attention, though it may not have been quite as hairy as some would have you think. We’ll chat with AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg about the lessons, including “look both ways.” Plus, we’ll take you to Plymouth, Massachusetts for a look at what makes it a perfect place for an AOPA Fly-In, and return to San Marcos, Texas, for some unconventional taxi lessons.

Four things to know about unmanned aircraft

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Titans of aerospace and startups alike gathered in Grand Fork, N.D., June 25 and 26 to discuss the future of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. Here’s what a general aviation pilot should know about the emerging industry.

IFR Fix: 'Look out for Bud'

IFR Fix | Jun 24, 2014

“Look out for Bud,” was all an instructor had to say to a trainee. Bud had unknowingly become a see-and-avoid metaphor for countless aviators.

Waypoints: Traffic dead ahead?

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

The callout jolted me from a zone of concentration while intercepting a radial off of the Westminster, Maryland, VOR. “Traffic. 12 o’clock. Same altitude. One mile,” came the loud voice in the headset.

Midair spurred modern ATC

Article | May 02, 2014

The site of a 1956 midair collision that led to modernization of air traffic control has been designated a national historic landmark.

AOPA seeks mitigations for Powder River Training Complex

Advocacy | May 01, 2014

AOPA has filed formal comments seeking a number of mitigations to reduce the impact of the proposed Powder River Training Complex.

Training Tip: With a capital V

Article | Apr 18, 2014

The silence on the approach control frequency is broken as the controller speaks your N number and advises, “Traffic, two o’clock, westbound, type and altitude unknown.”

‘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.

Cessna offers CJ3+, CJ2+ upgrades

Article | Mar 24, 2014

Cessna has upgraded the CJ2+ with Garmin avionics, also using the same avionics system in a new model, the CJ3+.

Training Tip: A good mix

Article | Feb 25, 2014

What kind of traffic pattern is flown by helicopters?

IFR Fix: Sorry, wrong number

IFR Fix | Feb 21, 2014

Two go-arounds and a rejected takeoff would provide a day’s drama at many airports. When they all happen at once, with the go-arounds head-on, only luck averts disaster.

Pilot Counsel: ATC instructions

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

A recent interpretation by the FAA’s chief counsel answers the question whether the rule requiring compliance with ATC instructions applies to a pilot flying under visual flight rules in Class E airspace.

Fly like a fighter: Radio silence

Fly like a fighter | Dec 03, 2013

Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.

Training Tip: 40 degrees of separation

Article | Nov 22, 2013

Heed the published warnings about airport hazards and hotspots.

FAA issues final rule on air carrier pilot training

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2013

The FAA has published a final rule that stresses basic pilot skills and better tracking of remedial training for crewmembers to avoid "events that, although rare, are often catastrophic," such as the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y.

Automatic traffic

Article | Oct 28, 2013

An automated system being developed in West Virginia shows potential for traffic advisories at airports not served by towers.

Ownership: Salute to situational awareness

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Inbound on an ILS to Runway 23 with a stiff breeze out of northwest, imagine my surprise when I glanced down at the horizontal situation indicator to find the localizer and glidepath indicators perfectly centered.

IFR Fix: BADDA BINGG

IFR Fix | Sep 13, 2013

Even if you never fly to this destination, the IAP makes good review material for a ground session of an IFR proficiency session.

FAA to release easier-to-read notams

Article | Sep 12, 2013

The FAA Safety Team is advising pilots of several changes to the format of notices to airmen and the contractions used in notams.

Safety

Article | Sep 09, 2013

Read what the AOPA Foundation is doing in through social media.

Quick Look: Gulfstream II

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

The Gulfstream II (G-1159) was developed in the mid-1960s by Grumman Aircraft as a successor to its Gulfstream I twin turboprop, the original purpose-built business airplane. On May 5, 1965, the production go-ahead was given for the $4 million, sweptwing, 19-passenger jet, which was powered by two aft-mounted Rolls-Royce Spey Mk 511-8 turbofans.