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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.

Don't ban 121.5 MHz ELTs, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2013

The Federal Communication Commission's plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs--effectively forcing pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs--would hinder, not improve, aviation safety and conflicts with existing laws, AOPA says.

Tips and secrets from 'Flying Wild Alaska' pilots

Article | Oct 13, 2012

The Discovery Channel's "Flying Wild Alaska" pilots - John Ponts, Doug Stewart, and Luke Hickerson - traveled south to Palm Springs, Calif., for AOPA Aviation Summit to share flying tips with pilots and encourage future aviators. AOPA asked the pilots-turned-celebrities what it’s like flying for a TV show in Alaska, their pet peeves, and more. As you’ll see, their newfound fame hasn't gone to their heads. These serious (but comical) aviators put safety first and provide advice on communication, backcountry flying, and more.

‘Seven minutes of triumph’

Article | Aug 06, 2012

It was an instrument approach like no other, billed in advance as "seven minutes of terror" and ending with a triumphant celebration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory control room in Pasadena, Calif. The NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity was deposited in a gravel field, and beamed back the first photos from the surface, marking the end of the most dangerous phase of the mission.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Proudly South African South Africa’s Sling is the 125th LSA on the U.S. market There’s another new light sport aircraft (LSA) on the market—the mostly metal Sling from The Airplane Factory near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Flight schools shouldn’t be scapegoat for foreign student vetting

Advocacy | Jul 19, 2012

A Government Accountability Office report released July 18 indicates that foreign students in the United States received flight training--and earned their pilot certificate--even though some had entered the country illegally or had overstayed their authorized period. The breakdown in oversight occurred from a lack of communication among governmental agencies, not a lack of compliance from flight training providers, AOPA says.