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Cutting shirttails, passing it on

Article | Jun 19, 2014

Zac Davis’ tattered shirttail June 13 marked a milestone for the student pilot as well as for the program that helped him reach it.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jun 18, 2014

Club President Marc Epner and Cirrus owner Mike Barbarone share their experience operating the Cirrus SR22 in a club environment.

Flight schools to host AeroCamps

Article | Jun 09, 2014

Flight schools around the nation will host summer day camps to allow young people to explore aviation and aerospace.

Datalink dangers

Pilot Magazine | Jun 05, 2014

It was all so subtle. My inadvertent thunderstorm penetration took place so slowly that it didn’t fulfill my preconceived notion of a thunderstorm encounter—meaning one minute you’re OK, the next minute you’re deep in chaos.

Training Tip: Volatile virga

Article | Jun 03, 2014

Virga can be picturesque to behold, but don’t let its benign appearance breed complacency.

Training Tip: 'Castles in the air'

Article | May 27, 2014

The clouds’ vertical development has already gone beyond what pilots and meteorologists refer to as “fair weather cumulus” or “summer puffies.”

Rotorcraft Rookie: Checkride success

Rotorcraft Rookie | May 21, 2014

It all comes down to the checkride, the pressure-cooker flight and oral exam that pits the student against himself.

SIUC Flying Salukis win top spot in 2014 NIFA Safecon

Article | May 21, 2014

The SIUC Flying Salukis won the 2014 national collegiate flying championship competition.

IFR Fix: Weather so bad, it's good

IFR Fix | May 20, 2014

If your favorite instructor hasn’t already called to see if you want to add to your actual-IMC experience, reach out.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

1. What aviation safety device was regarded as a gadget, rejected when first introduced in 1931, and considered only for use in an amusement park?

Question of the Month

Article | May 12, 2014

Help With Choosing a Headset

Training Tip: Headed for the heartland

Article | May 09, 2014

The short, chilly days of winter flying are over as you launch a spring project to complete the cross-country requirements for your private pilot certificate.

Club Spotlight

Article | Apr 24, 2014

Lehigh Valley Flying Club in Pennsylvania has adjusted its incentives and policies to keep members involved.

Rotorcraft Rookie: New landing sites

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 23, 2014

Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.

Training Tip: The fly-in factor

Article | Apr 11, 2014

Applying your aeronautical “book knowledge” is one way events like the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins can raise your experience level and whet your appetite for aviation.

Vulcanair announces four-seat piston single

Article | Apr 10, 2014

Italian twin-engine airplane manufacturer Vulcanair stepped into the single-engine certified aircraft market April 9 with the announcement of a 180-horsepower, four-seat single.

Training Tip: Discovering the destination

Article | Apr 07, 2014

The airport listing for your cross-country destination says that a GCO is available there. What's a GCO?

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2014

Club President John Gaither shares Wings of Carolina’s experience with the M20J.

Meet AOPA AV8R, Cory Orlebeke

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Cory Orlebeke is afraid of heights, but that hasn’t stopped him from soaring in the clouds.

Training Tip: Airspace in a flash

Article | Mar 11, 2014

On any route, the current combination of flight conditions and airspace can present a myriad of decisions to ponder.

Weather Watch: Convective coverages

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

Whether you believe in global warming or not, here’s a hard fact: the days are getting warmer as we make our way toward summer.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

When a military student pilot during World War I made an emergency, off-airport landing in a Curtiss JN–4 Jenny, how did he provide his location to those who could provide rescue?

'Gather on!'

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.

Training Tip: 'Arrival or through flight'

Article | Mar 04, 2014

Nearing an area of Class C airspace astride your VFR cross-country course, you ponder a decision.