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The front lines

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Effectively addressing the challenges that GA faces today requires an army of missionaries to help AOPA advance the faith.

Training Tip: Do you have a safety margin?

Article | Feb 02, 2015

Pilots learn–sometimes the hard way–that it’s a good idea to add a safety margin beyond what regulations require.

Exhausting maintenance: Performance improvements

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Exhaust system design is critical to the ultimate power output of an aircraft engine. Regardless of improvements to induction air flow, compression, cylinder porting, or combustion timing, a poorly designed exhaust system will always limit the power that your engine can deliver.

Training Tip: Saved by a stall

Article | Jan 12, 2015

You never would have taken off if you knew it was going to get this bumpy.

P&E Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Without a word he reached up and buried his entire little finger in a hole in the aluminum skin.

The ultimate King Air

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

When most general aviation pilots think of the biggest King Air, they’re most apt to name the King Air 350i.

High flight

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Accidents involving pressurized aircraft and total pilot incapacitation are rare.

Letters: From our December 2014 issue

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

Author Barry Schiff’s story on the Reagan Library and how Air Force One landed on a California mountainside elicited memories—and some criticism from our members.

Father, son solo on same day

Article | Jan 06, 2015

A five-hour round-trip drive to the airfield makes scheduling lessons difficult, but the payoffs include an unobstructed view of Mt. Fuji and the satisfaction of father and son accomplishing goals together.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Dec 21, 2014

The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.

Training Tip: A matter of course

Article | Dec 12, 2014

How would you react to looking down while flying a cross-country and seeing an apparently uncharted airport below?

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 15, 2014

Based at Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU) in Wichita, Kansas, this club has named all four of its airplanes, and that’s not the only thing that makes GPAC a bit different from other flying clubs.

Training Tip: Fleshing out FICONs

Article | Nov 14, 2014

Especially in northern regions, ‘tis the season when ficons—a notam contraction that translates to" field conditions"—should become a routine preflight item to check.

Sweepstakes 2015: Meet your new 152

Pilot Magazine | Nov 12, 2014

Your “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 is just like all the 30-something trainers you’ve ever flown—and it’s nothing like them.

Member Profile Daniel Bier

Article | Nov 07, 2014

For Daniel Bier, “Flight of Passage” is more than a book that tells the story of two teens who buy a dilapidated Piper Cub and restore it to take a flight across America in 1966. It’s the reason he and his father started taking cross-country flights in a Piper Archer a few years ago.

Silent night

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

>During a recent gathering of local pilots, some were surprised to learn that I rarely fly cross-country at night in single-engine airplanes.

Hypoxia: Insidious emergency

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Many in-flight emergencies arrive with fanfare: annunciator lights, engine sputtering, smoke. Hypoxia may insinuate itself into the cockpit quietly, without the pilot even knowing. In its subtlety lies danger.

Training Tip: Maximum solo

Article | Oct 14, 2014

Be sure to take the opportunities your training environment offers to maximize the value of the solo hours that go in your logbook.

Training Tip: Pressure check

Article | Oct 07, 2014

The student’s instructor recently noted that an example of her increasing ability to juggle tasks was her now-automatic response to altimeter settings broadcast by ATC.

What’s in your hangar?

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

For more than 25 years, the FAA has taken the position that hangars at federally funded airports should be reserved for aeronautical use.

A week in the sun

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Take a vacation in the southwest with friends and pick up a glider rating in the process.