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Lockheed envisions nuclear aircraft

Article | Oct 23, 2014

Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.

In Michigan, STEM education flies

Advocacy | Oct 22, 2014

On Oct. 18, STEM education moved from classrooms to cockpits in Lansing, Michigan, and made a lasting impression.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

Ownership: How to fly an airplane

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

I felt fully qualifiedto take on the simple-sounding request when my son’s teacher asked, “Could you come talk to my fifth-grade class about how to fly an airplane?”

IFR Fix: 'When ice becomes perceptible'

IFR Fix | Oct 06, 2014

You describe the current and forecast conditions, taking pains to note that despite the early-fall warmth, you made sure to check the freezing level.

FAA finalizes Additional Pilot Program

Advocacy | Oct 02, 2014

Builder pilots ready to flight test an experimental amateur-built or light sport aircraft constructed from a commercially produced kit can now use a qualified additional pilot.

Training Tip: Come on home to AOPA's headquarters

Article | Sep 29, 2014

Are you planning to attend the AOPA Homecoming Fly-in on Oct. 4 at Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport? Here's what you'll need to know.

IFR Fix: Two white, two red

IFR Fix | Sep 23, 2014

What a pilot gleans from a PAPI’s white and red lights depends on other design features of the approach, reviewed and noted during preflight planning.

Consider these five random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Sep 08, 2014

Check out five aviation apps that handle a range of pilot functions.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

Proficient Pilot: Gotta have a static

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

Prior to cleaning the airplane, the static ports had been covered with duct tape to prevent contaminants from entering the static system (a good thing).

Training Tip: Information 'upon request'

Article | Aug 11, 2014

It’s a pilot’s responsibility to obtain a complete preflight briefing, so don’t let an unasked question undermine your effort.

P&E Weather Watch: ‘Back door’ cold fronts

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

When we think of cold fronts we immediately conjure up a number of facts relevant to our flight planning—that they can be angry, fast-moving (say, 50-plus mph across the ground), and violent, packed with severe thunderstorms and the worst turbulence.

Proficient Pilot: Pitot-static pitfalls

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

At some point during a pilot’s training (advanced or otherwise), I might use a piece of said tape to cover either the opening of the pitot tube or one (or both) static sources.

Fly Well: Is your wiring firing correctly?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Don’t blow a fuse from overload; let’s explore a few common and interesting human wiring issues.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

During flight, a pilot observes that the size of the shadow of his airplane moving across the ground is ……?

Weather Watch: Gusts and squalls

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

A gust front at EAA’s AirVenture in 2011, about to attack AOPA’s tent site.

IFR Fix: 11 degrees of separation

IFR Fix | Jul 28, 2014

The arcing dashed arrow that ushers in the missed approach lends it a deceptively simple appearance, but there’s more here than greets the eye.

Garmin Pilot app goes global

Article | Jul 17, 2014

Garmin has expanded the reach of its Pilot app for tablet computers to cover the entire planet.

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.

IFR Fix: What color is your SA?

IFR Fix | Jul 08, 2014

Raw-data aviation remains relevant in one respect: No one ever said that pilots flying raw-data approaches had sacrificed their airmanship on the altar of technology.

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.

‘Got some lift?’

Article | Jun 12, 2014

John Morrical wasted no time asking the burning question of the day on a recent Sunday morning. “We got some lift?” he asked as soon as he walked in the door of the Central Indiana Soaring Society’s clubhouse at Alexandria Airport June 1.