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Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

A recent legal interpretation of FAR 91.130, "Operations in Class C airspace," by the FAA chief counsel answers a question about the two-way radio communications requirement for an aircraft departing a satellite airport in Class C airspace. (As a reminder, a satellite airport is any airport that exists within Class C or D controlled airspace, but is not the so-called "primary" airport on which the airspace is based. The satellite airport may or may not have an operating control tower.) This provides an opportunity to review the communications requirements for airports in controlled airspace (different controlled airspaces are depicted or coded on aeronautical charts), and helps us to better understand the interpretation.

Garmin releases twin-turbine heli glass cockpit

Article | Feb 13, 2012

The Garmin G5000H glass cockpit for twin-turbine, medium-lift helicopters was announced at Heli-Expo in Dallas Feb. 12. It combines widescreen displays with voice command, 3-D spatial audio that helps a pilot differentiate among several communication sources, and touchscreen technology.

Going live

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

AOPA Live's video technology helps AOPA reach pilots worldwide

A half-century training legacy

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Weekdays usually start out slowly at Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio, just east of Cincinnati. When the weather’s good—especially during the warmer months, when the days are longer—several flight-school airplanes are aloft when the Sporty’s Pilot Shop crew begins rolling into the parking lot.

Exclusive interview: General aviation’s watchdog in Congress

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Hearing legislators speak by sound bite on 24-hour news channels, it is easy to assume they are as devoid of in-depth knowledge on a particular subject as the news anchor himself. But spend time with congressional leaders and you quickly discover how passionate and knowledgeable they can be on key issues.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Aviation gets $3 billion in proposed stimulus package Plans for a proposed economic stimulus package will include money for aviation infrastructure, specifically for airport improvements, according to an executive summary of the House Democrats’ stimulus legislation recently released by House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.). AOPA has strongly encouraged lawmakers to include general aviation in any economic stimulus proposal, raising the issue with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team as far back as November of last year.

Cessna 182: Then and Now

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

In 1958 general aviation was growing as businesses began to see the value of using small airplanes to better serve their clientele. That year Cessna introduced the Skylane, a deluxe version of its popular 182 series.

The 36-Pound Radio

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Answer: Despite navigation and communication radios becoming lighter and more reliable, and auto-pilots gaining traction among small aircraft operators, some pilots refused to come into the times and give up the plotter and flight computer. Question: What is 1958? Oh, I’m sorry, we were looking for 2008.