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Get the skinny on weight-and-balance apps

Apps of the week | Aug 11, 2014

Check out four apps that take the weight off doing weight-and-balance calculations.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

From reader Frederick Cohen: True or False? The first successful ditching (no fatalities) of a passenger flight in a jetliner was performed by Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger when he landed US Airways Flight 1549, an Airbus A320-200, in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.

FAA wants angle-of-attack systems in GA aircraft

Advocacy | Jul 29, 2014

The widespread presence of angle-of-attack indicators in general aviation aircraft could reduce fatal loss-of-control accidents caused by inadvertent stalls, said the FAA.

Beyond stall avoidance: Safe Flight AOA system

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Safe Flight has developed an angle-of-attack system that does much more than help pilots fly precise approaches and avoid stalls.

Training Tip: Too good on takeoff

Article | Jul 21, 2014

Unable to climb, and unable to lower the nose to accelerate without contacting the ground, he is in a spot.

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.

Inflatable flying saucer preps for test flight over Hawaii

Article | Jun 05, 2014

A NASA team is preparing to launch a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from a Navy facility in Hawaii to evaluate a technology that could help pave the way for human exploration of Mars.

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.

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.