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‘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.