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Ready to IFR?

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

One of the most gratifying feelings in the world is that of being a newly minted private pilot. Attaining that goal puts you in some pretty elite company.

Battling the Babble

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

With the heightened congestion on air communication frequencies these days, one of the most difficult portions of flight training has become efficient radio communication with air traffic control (ATC) as well as with other pilots on unicom frequencies. At the big airports during airline rush hours, dead air on ATC approach and surrounding center frequencies can be such a rare occurrence that even if you manage to get a word in, you must make sure it's quick, meaningful, and professional sounding, or else you could be denied access to that airport or its airspace until the traffic subsides.

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

Communication is the key Cockpit resource management, crew resource management, crew coordination — whatever term is used, the concept is one of the most important a pilot can learn. The days of the all-powerful captain and his crewmate, the vice president in charge of gear and flaps, are (thankfully) over.

Catch a Wave

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2002

Those poor antennas, they live a terrible life. Out in the wind, rain, ice, and sludge.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2002

AOPA President Phil Boyer also serves as president of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. The International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) celebrated its fortieth anniversary in February.

Training Monarchs

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2002

Few instructors in general aviation can claim to have influenced as many pilots as the dynamic duo of John and Martha King. Founders of King Accelerated Schools and pilots for more than 30 years, the two share not only a business, but also a life's passion in teaching others to fly.

Ready to Go Direct?

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Early every morning around 2:30 a.m., a cargo-laden United Parcel Service Boeing 757 taxies out to the active runway at Standiford Field in Louisville, Kentucky, bound for Ontario, California, a load of packages in its silent hold. The pilots know to ask for a direct routing, and if they don't get one from clearance delivery, chances are good they'll have it passing through 5,000 feet on their way to an altitude of their choice.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2000

Last month those of us who depend so heavily on computers for communication were out of touch for a day, as the world became aware of an e-mail virus spreading around the world. My personal salvation was the fact that I was in a Washington, D.C., hotel room preparing for testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee, and was putting final touches on my statement instead of logging onto AOPA e-mail that fateful morning of Thursday, May 4.

AOPA Expo '99

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1999

AOPA's convention reflects a vibrant general aviation industry Ebullient means "overflowing with enthusiasm, excitement, or vivacity; high-spirited; exuberant." And from the seminar rooms to the exhibit hall, the excitement was palpable at AOPA Expo '99, which took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 21 through 23. A record attendance of 9,749 helped AOPA to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in high style — and during the party, guests were able to visit exhibits from a record 463 vendors in the new Atlantic City Convention Center, see some 60 new or refurbished aircraft on static display, and choose from among more than 90 hours of educational seminars.


Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1999

Engine Out The most difficult skill to teach any pilot has always been airmanship — or, to be more precise, situational awareness. Having flown for more than 40 years, in both the military and general aviation, and experienced almost every type of emergency — including hostile in-flight aircraft modifications — I was somewhat surprised to note that the first step in Alton K.