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Shameless Sauages, oh my!

Article | Aug 13, 2014

There are lots of reasons to attend the AOPA Fly-In Aug. 16 at Spokane's Felts Field, and a clever little food truck called Shameless Sausages is just one of them.

IFR Fix: 'Trust my instincts'

IFR Fix | Aug 04, 2014

The Center controller who had issued the flight’s late-night IFR clearance heard the truncated transmission but thought little of it.

August 2014's Cool Aerial Shots

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Three World War II fighters fly in formation: Photographer Paul Bowen writes: “My favorite times to shoot are first and last light. This sunset shot was taken off the southern California coast over the marine layer. When you have four planes flying in close formation (three targets and the photo platform plane) it adds to the difficulty of the shot. Flying with great pilots ups the odds in the photographer’s favor.

Catch seminars, activities at AOPA’s new AirVenture location

Article | Jul 10, 2014

Attendees at EAA AirVenture can learn about advanced iPad flying or radio communication, meet AOPA President Mark Baker, or attend a Pilot Town Hall at the AOPA activity tent, part of the association’s expanded presence at the show.

Training Tip: Discovering the destination

Article | Apr 07, 2014

The airport listing for your cross-country destination says that a GCO is available there. What's a GCO?

‘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.

FAA introduces new clearance terminology

Advocacy | Mar 26, 2014

The FAA is notifying pilots of new and modified phraseology to be used by controllers and pilots for standard terminal arrivals and standard instrument departures.

Question of the week: IFR contact approach

Article | Mar 03, 2014

Question: When operating IFR, a contact approach may be an option if certain conditions are met. However, in all your years of flying you don’t recall ATC ever offering a contact approach to you as an option. Why not?

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.