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The ‘see and avoid’ rules

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Faithful readers of this column recognize that over many years I have reviewed for pilots and aircraft owners the general operating and flight rules of the federal aviation regulations.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jun 21, 2015

The yellow and blue colors of the Boeing Stearman are iconic. It trained a generation of pilots that went to went to war, and has been a staple of the General Aviation world for the past 70 years as a crop duster, barnstormer, and air show performer. In Morris, Illinois, you can add flying club aircraft to that list. Blue Sky Aero Flying Club owner and Chief Instructor Cindy Limbach talks about operating a Stearman in a flying club.

AV8R profile

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Ryan Flynn, 16, of Louisville, Kentucky, and his family have traveled the world in commercial jets.

Pilot Briefing: Start 'em young

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Passion for flying starts at a young age, like that of the junior high students in the Pittsburgh Gifted Center.

Training Tip: The M in MVFR

Article | Jun 08, 2015

It’s not just the possibility of a VFR pilot encountering instrument meteorological conditions that raises the risk profile of flight in marginal VFR conditions.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.

IFR Fix: Unknown problem, imperfect solution

IFR Fix | Jun 01, 2015

There was a bang, the instructor says, followed by a vibration in the control column. Did something on the cowling let go, striking the tail?

Training Tip: 'VFR not recommended'

Article | May 29, 2015

Don’t let an undramatic presentation of a "VFR not recommended" advisory rob you of your ability to use good judgment about its importance.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

If your club is looking for a low-cost trainer, the Cessna 150/152 often comes to mind. But don’t overlook the Piper Tomahawk. When Piper was designing its replacement to the aging Cherokee 140 training fleet in the late 1970s, it surveyed flight instructors and incorporated their input. The result was a reliable trainer that is more spinnable than a 150/152. Nearly 2,500 were made in the five years it was produced. Graham Wilson, chief flight instructor for Windsor Flying Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, shares their experience with this T-tail trainer.

‘CloudStreet’ program captures soaring for PBS

Article | May 13, 2015

Set in intermountain west soaring country, “CloudStreet: Soaring the American West” tells the story of four glider pilots in New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Homecoming Fly-In, Frederick, Maryland

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Come to your airport—the national headquarters of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association—for the association’s annual Homecoming Fly-In June 6.

Proficient Pilot: Big trouble

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

Like many airports in the United States, many of Israel’s airports are under pressure to close because of escalating real-estate values and urban sprawl that suffocates their boundaries.

Letters from our April 2015 issue

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

Readers weigh in on the assortment of information in our P&E section, which offers technique tips, ownership ideas, and ways to stay proficient.

CAFE Foundation holds ninth conference

Article | May 04, 2015

The CAFE Foundation’s Electric Aircraft Symposium is a small annual gathering, attracting 170 attendees to the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa, California, May 1 and 2.

Training Tip: 'Immediate and rapid descent'

Article | Apr 20, 2015

The emergency descent is a flight-test item found as Task A, Emergency Operations, in the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards.

Club Spotlight

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth—and it looks even better by air. With 14 public use airports on the eight islands, there are plenty of opportunities for general aviation pilots. Moore Air is a for-profit company that offers aircraft rental, but also has a flying club to help keep rates low for frequent flyers and visitors to the islands. Moore Air owner and president Mark Jones shares how it all works and what it’s like to fly in Hawaii.

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.