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Fly like a fighter: Are you ready for a systems failure in IFR?

Fly like a fighter | Jul 07, 2014

With warnings of a looming systems failure in a T-38A, an Air Force instructor weighs his options for getting the aircraft safely on the ground under instrument conditions.

'I felt the hit'

Article | Jun 17, 2014

Many pilots fly entire careers without having to manage a life-threatening emergency. Shawn Kinmartin, 21, is not one of them.

Fly like a fighter: Lessons learned from a fatal bailout

Fly like a fighter | Jun 17, 2014

Could the time-tested fighter pilot saying, “lose sight, lose the fight,” have misled a pilot to improperly strap in an RF-4 and contributed to his drowning after a successful ejection over the ocean?

Power out!

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

Passing 5,400 feet we heard a muffled pow/blam, had immediate white smoke in the cabin, and a spray pattern of oil on the windscreen. I put out an immediate mayday, and opened the window to clear the smoke.

Rotorcraft Rookie: 10 lessons from learning to fly helicopters

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jun 05, 2014

Of the hundreds of things one learns during a helicopter add-on course, these are 10 of the most important themes.

Training Tip: A generous margin

Article | May 05, 2014

A good pilot is always learning—and now another lesson emerges as that smooth-running and reliable engine falls silent.

Fly like a fighter: ‘Bail out, bail out, bail out’

Fly like a fighter | May 05, 2014

A training engagement between an F-15 and two RF-4Cs goes terribly wrong when the F-4 pilot uses ailerons to roll left and see the F-15. The jet immediately departs controlled flight.

Letters: A Tipping Point for 406 MHz

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Dave Hirschman’s update on the installation of ELTs struck home for many readers at an interesting time in aviation history.

‘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.

Training Tip: ALNOT

Article | Jan 27, 2014

In an emergency, time is critical. Taking all measures to mobilize search-and-rescue, and maximizing system effectiveness by providing high-quality information, is your best hedge.

Apps target pilots training for new certificates, ratings

Apps of the week | Jan 21, 2014

Aviation apps developers are specifically targeting pilots in training with apps that can help the learning process.

Training Tip: Links in a chain

Article | Jan 20, 2014

It’s said that an accident results from a chain of events.

News video touts benefits of Boulder Municipal Airport

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2014

A video highlights how Boulder Municipal Airport was a community asset during devastating floods in September.