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Safety experts focus on control

Article | Apr 23, 2014

The NTSB has organized a safety seminar May 10 to focus on aerodynamic stalls and loss of control, a leading cause of general aviation fatalities.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jan 07, 2014

Cessna Aircraft has used the prefix Sky in naming eight models of its aircraft. Can you name them?

Five more 'general' aviation apps

Apps of the week | Dec 27, 2013

AOPA takes a look at five general aviation apps that don’t fit into any particular category.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The crazy takeoff

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 05, 2013

Helicopter training is generally very safe. So why do run-on takeoffs and landings feel so wrong?

Starr Aviation, SAFE partner on Pilot Proficiency Project

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Starr Aviation announced July 29 that insured pilots can earn accident forgiveness on their policies by taking pilot proficiency training at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., other major aviation events, and at quarterly dedicated safety events.

Training Tip: Fixed standards, variable conditions

Article | Jul 25, 2013

The practical test standards define acceptable performance, but every runway, and every set of weather conditions, shapes what’s required to achieve it.

Flight Amid Vertical Terrain

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Introduction Do you want to fly above snow-capped mountains, journey through narrow canyons and land at airports that have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world? If you haven't experienced this, you are in for a thrill. However, you will also be faced with greater challenges and different procedures.

Mountain Ways

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Coping with mountain weather BY THOMAS A. HORNE Why do so many weather-related accidents happen near hilly or mountainous regions? Three reasons come to mind.

Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Mountain Flying BY THE AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Introduction On behalf of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation staff, thank you for your interest in, quite literally, expanding your horizons by learning the techniques of mountain flying. Operations in the rapidly changing weather conditions and the thin air of the high country differ significantly from normal flight operations.

FAA grants extension of Las Vegas comment period

Advocacy | Jan 17, 2013

Pilots and operators have more time to weigh in on proposed changes to the Las Vegas Class B airspace.

Apps of the week: Submissions from developers

Article | Jan 15, 2013

Pilots are some of the most resourceful people on the planet. If there’s a way to make the flying process easier, pilots will find it. And with the explosion of smartphone and tablet apps, there seems to be a solution for almost every task. This week AOPA takes a look at five apps sent in by their developers.

Changes, more public comment asked for Nev. airspace plan

Advocacy | Dec 06, 2012

AOPA has requested that the FAA continue to mitigate the impact on general aviation of planned modifications to the Class B airspace in Las Vegas, Nev. The association also cited a lack of accurate information on an FAA website about the airspace plan in asking for a 30-day extension of time for public comment, now set to expire Dec. 26.

App roulette

Article | Nov 20, 2012

After throwing a list of apps into an online randomizer, AOPA's Benét J. Wilson takes a look at the top five that the program spit out. You might be surprised by what surfaced.

'Patience and drive': Thomas Newman

Article | Oct 11, 2012

A number of "significant obstacles" have confronted Thomas Newman over the years, both in and out of flying. Aviation had to wait while, as a member of the Colorado Army National Guard, he worked to complete an interrupted education, earning a GED, and then college and graduate degrees.

Wx Watch: Horrible highs

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

Why highs aren't always friendly