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Pilot Getaways: Solitude in the Selway

Article | Jun 10, 2015

Few airstrips exude peacefulness like Fish Lake. Within this spruce-shrouded valley, the wildlife is abundant, the sounds are intensified, and visitors are rare.

Group flights to head for National Parks

Article | Mar 26, 2015

The combination of companionship and the expertise of a professional guide is part of the appeal of Northern Adventures' “America the Beautiful” air tours.

IFR Fix: Snowflake approaches

IFR Fix | Mar 16, 2015

An aircraft is flying at 10,000 feet msl. Outside air temperature is 5 degrees Celsius. Is the aircraft higher or lower than its altimeter indicates?

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

I asked mountain flying instructors in Colorado how we can improve our mountain flying skills.

Reach hard-to-reach places in your airplane

Article | Feb 04, 2015

You can’t take a major airline to see the swimming pigs in Staniel Cay in the Bahamas, or to see the natural hot springs at a remote corner of Death Valley National Park.

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

P&E Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

It’s hardly a sweat-inducing event, but sometimes that is the nature of practicing an emergency scenario.

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?