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IFR Fix: Where there's smoke

IFR Fix | Jul 22, 2014

Spot quiz: What is the METAR/TAF code for smoke?

Plan flights with these five apps

Apps of the week | Jul 21, 2014

Plan flights before taking off with these five apps.

Tips for smooth trips, part 2: Pre-trip maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 18, 2014

Get your airplane ready for a long cross-country trip by keeping an eye out for these common “trip interrupters.”

Summer vacation flying: Maintenance tips for smooth trips

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2014

Any successful cross-country trip requires careful maintenance planning well in advance of the first leg of the trip.

Members offer up five favorite apps

Apps of the week | Jul 07, 2014

Apps that help with flight planning, track flights, and calculate weight and balance are among the favorites submitted by AOPA members.

President's trip to SoCal sparks TFRs

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Palm Springs, Anaheim, and Laguna Beach areas of Southern California June 13 through 16.

Pre-sale for new edition of AOPA Airports print directory

Article | Jun 04, 2014

The 2015/16 AOPA Airports print directory, the most comprehensive and well-respected printed airport directory in the industry, is now available for pre-order.

Now taking off: Helicopter apps

Apps of the week | May 13, 2014

Helicopter apps are in the forefront this week, with ones that promote safety and offer rotorcraft comparisons.

Limited time: Special pricing for FlyQ EFB

Article | May 07, 2014

Just in time for spring flying, FlyQ EFB subscriptions will be on sale May 8 through 11. AOPA members can get a one-year FlyQ EFB IFR+VFR subscription for $99.99 or a VFR subscription for just $49.99.

FAA partners with GA groups to ask, ‘Got weather?’

Article | May 01, 2014

A new safety campaign announced May 1, “Got Weather?,” aims to help general aviation pilots prepare for weather challenges they may encounter during 2014.

No joy for some pilots flying into JYO

Advocacy | Apr 24, 2014

The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.

Training Tip: Discovering the destination

Article | Apr 07, 2014

The airport listing for your cross-country destination says that a GCO is available there. What's a GCO?

Sneak peek at new AviationWeather.gov

Article | Mar 20, 2014

A design refresh of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Aviation Weather Center/Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) website will go live March 25.

Five random apps

Apps of the week | Feb 14, 2014

It's time for the randomizer, which has chosen five apps can help pilots with tasks ranging from preflight calculations to electronic flight bags.

UPDATED VERSION OF AOPAS FLYQ EFB OFFERS INCREASED SAFETY AND IFR FEATURES

News release | Feb 12, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and partner Seattle Avionics have released Version 1.3 of the popular iPad application, FlyQ EFB, with new functions that include ADS-B traffic display, night mode, instrument procedure overlays and more.

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.

TFR advisory issued for State of the Union address

Advocacy | Jan 17, 2014

The FAA has issued a flight advisory about restrictions in connection with the 2014 State of the Union Address on Jan. 28.

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.

Try five aviation apps submitted by developers

Apps of the week | Dec 02, 2013

Five aviation apps developers make their pitch to AOPA members.

Training Tip: Getting sloppy

Article | Dec 02, 2013

”On this flight I got sloppy and it bit me,” the pilot reported. Find out how overlooking notams can compromise safety.

Pilot Briefing: Tuskegee Airman mentors a young pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

If 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike had run into any trouble flying the Cessna 172 from Los Angeles to Newport News, Virginia, and back—the youngest African-American pilot to make the trip—she carried along the perfect instructor pilot in the seat behind her.

Helicopter business touts mobile tech benefits

Article | Oct 28, 2013

The owner of Independent Helicopters has become reliant on mobile technology to run her business.

AOPA FlyQ EFB special presentations at Summit

Article | Oct 08, 2013

Wondering what's new with FlyQ EFB, or interested in learning how to get more out of your iPad during flight? Stop by Meeting Room 108 in the Ft. Worth Convention Center during Summit for a series of special presentations.