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AOPA Fly-In: Kick back in the sun

Pilot Magazine | Oct 22, 2014

Join us for the unofficial end to the flying season on November 8 at St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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.

AOPA hosts helicopter event

Article | Sep 02, 2014

AOPA hosted the recent East Coast Helicopter Operations conference..

Shameless Sausages, 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.

Driven by dreams

Article | Feb 10, 2014

The 2013 Collier Trophy nominees include a diverse mix of pedal power, hypersonic speed, and voyaging to deep space.

New pilot credits AOPA, gastric bypass for passing checkride

Article | Jul 17, 2013

Michael Prevost’s decision to get gastric bypass surgery eventually led to him passing his private pilot checkride.

Senators to FCC: Drop 121.5 MHz ELT ban proposal

Article | May 03, 2013

General aviation aircraft owners would spend an aggregate $500 million on dated technology under a revived Federal Communications Commission proposal to eliminate emergency locator transmitters that operate on 121.5 MHz, said five U.S. senators.

AOPA advocacy in the news

Article | Apr 28, 2013

AOPA advocacy in brief April 23 Tower closings and system risk What key safety issues are raised when a high-traffic-volume airport starts operating without its air traffic control tower? Traffic pattern congestion is one. Invalid chart information is another.

AOPA opposes FCC proposal to ban 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters

News release | Apr 05, 2013

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has told the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that it vigorously opposes the commission’s plan to prohibit the future use of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) that use a 121.5 MHz signal.

Say What? Refresh Your Communications Skills Flying at Uncontrolled Fields

Article | Apr 01, 2013

Now that sequestration cuts are a reality, pilots who operate at airports where control towers are closing will experience those cuts first-hand.

IFR Fix: ‘Change to advisory frequency approved’

Article | Apr 01, 2013

Whether your airport has a control tower, a contract control tower, or a tower that’s scheduled to close, aviation has entered a unique phase. Instrument pilots must stay informed about developments, especially between now and May 5.

Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 13 — March 29, 2013 172 to L-39: The jump to jets IFR quiz: Cross-country to Crescent City Safety report looks at loss of control QUIZ ME: PROCEDURE TURN NOT REQUIRED Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured 172 to L-39: Making the jump to jets Diving from 17,000 feet, the airspeed increasing to more than three times what the pilot is used to in a Cessna 172, the instinct to pull out of the back side of a 6,000-foot-vertical loop is premature and aggressive.

Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 MARS EXPLORATION WINS TROPHY CONTROLLER SAVES RECOGNIZED HALT SEQUESTRATION CUTS TARGETING GA QUIZ ME: PILOTAGE Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Letter to AOPA members from chairman of the board: As the AOPA Board of Trustees begins the search for the association's fifth president, board Chairman Bill Trimble lays out AOPA's commitment to advocacy efforts that protect our freedom to fly, the association's economic state, and its plans for the future to "focus on our core member, the pilot who enjoys flying his owned or rented piston single as many hours as he or she can afford." Read more >> Featured Curiosity captures Collier: Possible life on Mars? Sometimes the planets line up just right.