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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.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Oct 15, 2014

The Tiger seats four, has a 180-hp engine, and burns 10 gph.

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.

Pilot Getaways: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Article | Sep 24, 2014

If you have sophistication and a sense of humor, then Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is the place for you. It is the kind of place where you can enjoy the finer things in life without taking yourself too seriously. Pilot Getaways recommends checking it out before or after AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.

Training Tip: Aircraft speed limits

Article | Sep 22, 2014

Reviewing this regulation will make you a more effective plane spotter when ATC calls out fast traffic in busy (and haze-laden) airspace.

Training Tip: 'Detailed rules and requirements'

Article | Sep 17, 2014

When examining details for VFR operations in and around major terminal areas, a must-have resource is the current local terminal area chart.

Training Tip: All available resources

Article | Aug 25, 2014

Today’s destination, a grass strip far from congested airspace, is a popular port of call for local general aviation pilots because of its back-to-basics character.

Werth loses engine

Article | Aug 20, 2014

Veteran airshow performer Billy Werth teaches students to consider roads in case of emergency. On Aug. 10, he took his own advice.

How to handle aircraft maintenance when traveling

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 18, 2014

Having to deal with any form of aircraft maintenance when you're far from home isn't fun. Your resources are limited, you don't necessarily know the local fixed-base operator, and your options may be very limited. When you're away from home, it's in your best interest to become your own maintenance manager and advocate.

Training Tip: Information 'upon request'

Article | Aug 11, 2014

It’s a pilot’s responsibility to obtain a complete preflight briefing, so don’t let an unasked question undermine your effort.