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‘I was getting a little nervous up here’

Article | Mar 27, 2014

The low-time pilot was trapped above the clouds, with bad weather for hundreds of miles. He had no autopilot, no GPS, and was not talking to ATC. Fortunately, an air traffic controller spotted him and took action.

IFR Fix: 'A calculated risk'

IFR Fix | Mar 25, 2014

If the decision to take off was made knowing that no return to the departure airport was possible, what’s the backup plan?

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

When a military student pilot during World War I made an emergency, off-airport landing in a Curtiss JN–4 Jenny, how did he provide his location to those who could provide rescue?

Frugal Flier: A tipping point for 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

A pair of events last year changed my mind about ELTs and spurred me to take a long-delayed action.

AOPA opposes recommendation to phase out 121.5 MHz ELTs

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2014

Rather than being forced to junk working emergency locator transmitters, pilots should be free to choose the best technology for their missions, AOPA is telling the Federal Communications Commission.

Proficient Pilot: Partial power

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

One of the most common emergency procedures taught to pilots involves coping with an engine failure— a total engine failure.

Webinar details flight service upgrades

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2014

Lockheed Martin has made many upgrades to flight service in the past four years, and will detail new capabilities in a Feb. 4 webinar.

Oh, for a good night's sleep

Members only | Jan 27, 2014

There has been a lot of press about the FAA’s recent announcement about changes in the policy for pilot medical certification and sleep apnea. AOPA Director of Medical Certification says media might get some of the underlying nuances confused.