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NTSB alerts focus on transition training, mountain flying

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Transition training, mountain flying, and post-maintenance preflight inspections are among the topics of four National Transportation Safety Board Safety Alerts issued April 7.

Broad shoulders

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

America’s B–52s are operated by the Global Strike Command, an evolution of the Strategic Air Command.

Weather Watch

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

In convective seasons of yore, pilots were advised to check three big weather products for the best preflight advice concerning the location and intensity of any anticipated thunderstorms.

P&E: Avionics

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

It seems like the tail wagging the dog, but iPad apps that sell for $150 a year or less are beginning to drive avionics purchases that may total tens of thousands of dollars.

Group flights to head for National Parks

Article | Mar 26, 2015

The combination of companionship and the expertise of a professional guide is part of the appeal of Northern Adventures' “America the Beautiful” air tours.

Fuel injection systems: You still need to maintain them

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 25, 2015

If you are flying behind a fuel-injected aircraft engine, it pays to thoroughly understand how it works, how to maintain it, and what typically goes wrong when you encounter a problem.

Fly into JFK in new 'Real World IFR' course

Article | Mar 19, 2015

Geared toward already instrument-rated pilots, PilotWorkshops’ new “Real World IFR” video program features simulator scenarios and real flights from start to finish and offers practical tips for flying and dealing with air traffic control in actual instrument conditions.

Jeppesen, AvPlan integrate navigation, planning

Article | Mar 18, 2015

Users will soon be able to export flight plans from the AvPlan EFB into the Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck app, Jeppesen announced March 17.

Aircraft Maintenance: Lonely airplanes, problems that come with them

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 12, 2015

Airplanes and pets have a lot in common: They like activity. Being left alone for extended periods of time can generate some undesired behaviors in both.

Droning on

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

From search-and-rescue missions to crop surveying; from capturing movie action sequences to starring in them—unmanned aircraft systems have progressed from a niche hobby to a booming industry.

P&E: On Instruments

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

To many instrument-rated pilots, the Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach rates as the gold standard.

Rotor crack prompts alert

Article | Feb 27, 2015

The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.

IFR Fix: Alternate realities

IFR Fix | Feb 18, 2015

For a pilot who flies IFR infrequently, should weather requiring an alternate raise a caution flag about the go/no-go decision?

Proposed rule sets limits on small UAS

Advocacy | Feb 15, 2015

The FAA has announced a proposed rule governing the use of commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that would address many of AOPA's concerns, including setting certification requirements for operators and requiring see-and-avoid capabilities.

FAA explains deletion of EFAS questions from a knowledge test

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2015

Although questions about the En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS) are being dropped from the private pilot knowledge test, the service remains available, the FAA said.

Reach hard-to-reach places in your airplane

Article | Feb 04, 2015

You can’t take a major airline to see the swimming pigs in Staniel Cay in the Bahamas, or to see the natural hot springs at a remote corner of Death Valley National Park.

NORAD talks TFRs

Article | Jan 29, 2015

With Super Bowl XLIX around the corner, AOPA sat down with the commander in charge of national air defense.

P&E Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Without a word he reached up and buried his entire little finger in a hole in the aluminum skin.

Pilot Briefing: Products

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Pilots are a notoriously thrifty bunch, which is why it’s not unusual to see multiple airplanes in one hangar. And, it's one reason pilots love courtesy cars. A new app lets you find courtesy cars at your destination.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 05, 2015

An in-depth exhaust system inspection should be done as part of the aircraft's annual inspection.

IFR Fix: Keene expectations

IFR Fix | Dec 29, 2014

Your preparedness to fly the ILS or LOC RWY 2 approach to Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Keene, New Hampshirethis, is a result of your hour-long preflight ground review.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 23, 2014

Exhaust systems are one of the few systems in our aircraft where a single point of failure can be catastrophic. Here are tips for inspecting the system for safety during every preflight. This is one area in which catching an issue on the ground can make all the difference in the world.