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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.

Commitment to Safety

Article | Jan 16, 2014

Resolve to be more active in safety education—and encourage your fellow flying club members to do the same.

Mission to 'Mars'

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Loaded near maximum weight, a flight of two Quest Kodiaks cruised in the Arctic summer sky over vast swaths of barren tundra and sea ice fraught with history.

IFR Fix: The sig in sigmet

IFR Fix | Dec 13, 2013

Two CFIIs plunge into icing conditions after failing to recognize the significance of a sigmet for icing.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted unadvised unaware

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The loss of a TBM 700 turboprop over New Jersey two years ago surprised many pilots. The Pratt & Whitney-powered single-engine turboprop is certificated for flight into known icing (FIKI).

Ice-protection firm focuses on UAS market

Article | Aug 20, 2013

Worries about your unmanned aerial system icing up during a “long loiter” in a cold environment may soon be a thing of the past.

Take the Weather Challenge

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Do your eyes glaze over when you hear about Skew-T diagrams? Yawn at hearing about moist adiabatic lapse rates? Then gather your flying clubs members and soak up some practical weather knowledge with the Air Safety Institute’s “Weather Challenge” fall seminar, brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services.

Solo over both poles

Article | Jul 23, 2013

A solo polar pilot has completed a quest to add 90 degrees north to a logbook already marked with the South Pole.

Training Tip: Charting the carb-ice risk

Article | Jul 15, 2013

If a pilot doesn’t respond correctly to carb ice by applying carburetor heat as the aircraft’s operating checklist recommends, complete engine failure could follow.

Never Again: Unseen storm

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In January 1998, as I prepared for my second legislative session as a New Mexico state representative, my wife Cynthia asked me to fly her to Arkansas to visit our daughter. The weather briefer reported a fast-moving cold front that might necessitate an instrument approach.

ASF - Aircraft Deicing/Anti-icing Equipment

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment The resources listed below are provided as additional information to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment Safety Advisor. The links below provide information on icing accident statistics, weather flying strategies, certification of aircraft, and suggestions on how to tell if your aircraft is approved for flight in known icing conditions.

Weather Curiosity - Clouds as Sign Posts

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Wx Watch Among the Clouds What's it like in there? BY THOMAS A. HORNE (From AOPA Pilot, March 1997.) We should all be weather-watchers, and not just on the days we plan to fly.

Thunderstorms

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Never Sleeps --> Thunderstorms A Thunderstorm Unites Just About Every Hazard Known To Aviation! BY THE FAA (From Flight Training, February 1994.) Annually, and prior to the start of the season, we publish an issue of the Air Traffic Bulletin to focus your attention on the upcoming thunderstorm season and to remind all controllers and specialists of the hazardous weather associated with it. The more we understand the severe atmospheric hazards associated with thunderstorms, the better position we are in to aid the pilot in avoiding these hazards.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Severe Ice in Pennsylvania My encounter began one March morning in western Pennsylvania. I was a Part 135 pilot in a PA-32 and PA-34 and that morning I was to fly to DET to pick up cargo in the '6' and return to AFJ.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Listen to your Briefer This is taken from my journal. At the time, I was an 800-hour pilot, current for IFR and flying the same plane that I had earned my IFR rating in five years earlier.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience High Altitude Icing A few years back I was flying over Evansville, Indiana at FL180 headed for Dallas. Conditions were IMC and I would have liked to go higher, but we had a 100kt head wind at FL200 and traffic.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Ice and the Human Factor For a few years I enjoyed the luxury of working for two weeks in Alaska and living the other two weeks of the month with my family in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Utah. I commuted to and from Anchorage by way of Salt Lake City (SLC) on a major airline.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience From Ohio to Virginia with Ice I recently made a trip from Tiffin, Ohio (16G) to Leesburg, VA (JYO) with a return trip a few days later. This trip was made at the beginning of January, and the weather was typical wintry conditions.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience ATC and Ice This trip was some years ago, when I was a fairly recent instrument pilot, having about 400 hours total time, and about 50 hours actual instrument time. The airplane was a Cessna C182 Skylane, departing from Cloquet, Minnesota to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience California Icing Encounter On December 29, 2002, our IFR flight from Bakersfield Meadows (KBFL) to Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (KDVT) started with clearance direct to Palmdale (PMD) and 11,000 feet, then as filed [Soggi intersection, Palms Springs, Thermal (TRM), Blyth (BLH), Buckeye (BXK), Phoenix (PXR) and then home (KDVT)]. Along with me for the flight were my fiancée and her two children.