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Fly like a fighter: Operation empty Sic-Sacs

Fly like a fighter | Apr 07, 2015

After getting sick on his first five flights in a T-37, an Air Force pilot made it his goal to create an experience in which none of his passengers would get sick, whether he was flying reporters or controllers in an F-15 or T-38 or friends in a Cessna 172.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

One of the most meaningful and emotional flights of my life occurred on May 23, 1995, 20 years ago this month.

Pilot Briefing: Giving Back

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Aviation Adventures Inc. came about in an unexpected way.

Training Tip: Seen and avoided

Article | Mar 20, 2015

Pilots receiving radar traffic advisories might be lulled into letting the "second pair of eyes" at the approach control radar scope keep the lone watch for any further traffic conflicts. Don’t become one of those complacent pilots!

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2015

For a cost-conscience flying club looking to offer advanced training or do some cross country flying, the Piper Arrow may be exactly what you’re looking for. While there are faster or bigger aircraft, the Arrow offers an easy step up from a Cherokee to a complex airplane, it has a decent useful load, and it’s inexpensive to operate. Dave Sanders of the Bay Area Aero Club in Pearland, Texas shares their experience.

Question of the Month

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The Pittsburgh Flying Club is looking to get a new aircraft and Frank Beresnyak asked for help on the AOPA Facebook Flying Club page. He detailed the club’s current cost structure and what it would be for each aircraft and asked, “If given the choice between the 172 and 182, which would you choose? Would an increase in dues cause you to go elsewhere to rent/fly?” Several club members provided useful ideas on how to best make the decision.

Air racing revs up in 2015

Article | Mar 13, 2015

Want to participate in an air race in 2015? You don't need to be a Red Bull pilot to race in these upcoming events.

Did 'The Lost Aviator' murder his rival?

Article | Mar 12, 2015

Australian filmmaker Andrew Lancaster’s great uncle Bill was a dashing aviator from the golden age of flight. Was he also a rival's killer?

Pilot Getaways: Mineral Canyon, Utah

Article | Mar 09, 2015

The most profound reason to visit Mineral Canyon is simply to experience the natural wonder of the picturesque, river-worn canyons. The canyons are a spectacle to behold from the air.

Training Tip: Awake to a hazard

Article | Feb 23, 2015

Not even past the end of the runway, the pilot banks left and continues climbing on a new heading. Is something wrong?

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

Club Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

When someone is willing to travel 90 miles to become a member of your club and take flight lessons, you must be doing something right. The Pocono Mountains Flying Club in northeast Pennsylvania is doing a lot right, and has a model worth replicating if you are interested in starting a club with low rates and a focus on flight training.

FAA explains deletion of EFAS questions from a knowledge test

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2015

Although questions about the En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS) are being dropped from the private pilot knowledge test, the service remains available, the FAA said.

Pilots: B-17 Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

Last year was the seventieth anniversary of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and their final reunion at the old home base in Sweetwater, Texas—Avenger Field, or Sweetwater Airport.

Turbine Profile: The business of aviation

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

With only a nanosecond of hesitation, Bob Pittman declares the Falcon 900 his favorite airplane.

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.