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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.

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.

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.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

FAA can't run a business, inspector general audit indicates If the FAA is supposed to be run like a business, it still has a long way to go, according to the most recent audit of the agency's books by the Department of Transportation's inspector general (IG). The FAA can't properly account for almost $5 billion in assets and property, most of it attributed to the new Air Traffic Organization, which runs the air traffic control (ATC) system.

Member Guide

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.