Cross Country

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Father, son fly 'ultimate cross country'

Article | Jul 10, 2014

At some point, Rodney Bowers recalled, “somebody called it ‘the ultimate cross-country’” and the name stuck.

Summer vacation flying: Maintenance tips for smooth trips

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2014

Any successful cross-country trip requires careful maintenance planning well in advance of the first leg of the trip.

IFR Fix: IFR in name only

IFR Fix | Jun 30, 2014

The trip’s unraveling began when approach control called with an amended IFR clearance, producing instant pandemonium in the complacent cockpit.

Random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Jun 30, 2014

These random apps can help you save on fuel costs, learn tips for safe cross-country flying, and fill downtime with an aviation-related game.

Training Tip: Care in the corridor

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Weighing planning options is a great exercise for student pilots entering cross-country training. Attending the AOPA Plymouth Fly-In with your instructor would be even better!

Team flying Cirrus SR22 wins Air Race Classic

Article | Jun 24, 2014

A past winner was among the three members of a team that flew a Cirrus SR22 to victory in the 2014 Air Race Classic.

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?