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Article | Jan 01, 2007

Refine your radio communication knowledge at free seminar The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's latest safety seminar, Say It Right! Radio Communication in Today's Airspace, will increase your communication know-how with practical tips on communicating in today's airspace. You'll also get straightforward advice on common pitfalls for VFR and IFR operations, communicating in an emergency, and coping with challenges at both towered and nontowered airports.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Close friends for 30 years, John and I had flown together a few times in my Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. We both had busy medical practices so we decided to fly to South Dakota to participate in a pheasant hunt rather than drive the distance and take the additional time away from work.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

There has been a major upgrade to air route traffic control center radar displays in the last few years, and better communication should be more the norm. However, as AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg examines in this month's "Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Working a Hole," page 82, communication with ATC isn't always that simple, and a thorough understanding between pilot and controller is essential for safe flight in convective weather.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Becoming current in your electrical system A Nathaniel Hawthorne character in "The House of the Seven Gables" exclaimed: "Is it a fact — or have I dreamt it — that, by means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time?" Indeed, it's not a dream, and by the same hands of nature and science, we have airplanes that we need not start by hand and that may carry communication and navigation aids that would have boggled Hawthorne's mind. And yet what pilot hasn't stared out over a forest of circuit breakers, almost surely labeled in enigmatic abbreviations, and wondered aloud, "What in Ohm's law is going on behind the panel?" Though the idea seems straightforward enough — flip a switch and something happens — when something conks out or, worse, fails intermittently, the pilot's work load can take a turn for the worse.

AOPA's Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

A custom leather-and-wool interior rounds out the Win-A-Twin You may have brand-new engines, a snazzy paint job, and an airframe logbook chock full of upgrade sign-offs, but none of that matters when you're in the cockpit. You can't see those things when you're flying.

Wx Watch: Fall Surprise

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

September is a great time of year to review the basics of fog formation. Fall, in many parts of the United States, is often called "fog season" by meteorologists.

AOPA's Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

The Win-A-Twin's winning instrument panel One by one, all the pieces of the Win-A-Twin Comanche have been falling into place. It's been very satisfying watching, first, the engines, propellers, and airframe mods being installed.

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.

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.

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.