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AOPA releases new digital flight planning tools

Article | Aug 27, 2015

AOPA has released two new digital flight planning tools—the AOPA Flight Planner, powered by Jeppesen, and AOPA GO, a new mobile application.

Training Tip: Spotting 'hangar rash'

Article | Aug 24, 2015

What is “hangar rash”? Is it a cosmetic condition, or a syndrome that subverts safety?

Deaf pilots connect at Colorado Springs

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Neil Anthony Thomas said he earned his pilot certificate without having met another deaf pilot. In the year or so since he met Todd Barker at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, he's connected to a community.

Aircraft maintenance: Volunteers to the rescue

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 10, 2015

When a maintenance issue threatens to delay a pilot's departure from EAA AirVenture, volunteers from EAA Chapter 75 jump into action offering tools and help to get the pilot on his way right on schedule.

Fly like a fighter: Free and correct

Fly like a fighter | Aug 10, 2015

Preflight tasks admittedly aren't nearly as exciting as flying itself. But doing, or not doing, certain things before flight can have significant, even fatal, consequences, writes retired Air Force fighter pilot Larry Brown.

Training Tip: Costly cockpit chaos

Article | Aug 07, 2015

Don’t make your right-seater scramble over scattered sectional charts, spare headsets, handheld radios, portable intercom, and other items to gain access to your cockpit.

Pilot Briefing: Regulations

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

Tips for GA operators in the national airpace

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

AOPA Pilot magazine's Test Pilot section

Daher offering high-altitude training

Article | Jul 20, 2015

The manufacturer of the TBM series of turboprop singles announced July 20 that high-altitude awareness training would be included with the purchase of every new TBM 900.

Safety

Article | Jul 19, 2015

The Air Safety Institute created a short and clever video just in time for summer. It provides tips and advice to make sure your vacation flight doesn’t become a bummer. Take a minute or two to watch this video, it’s a clever and fun way to do a brief flight review.

Training Tip: Aircraft prep, test prep

Article | Jul 07, 2015

As you progress toward the private pilot checkride, your flight instructor may sometimes find it useful to play the role of designated examiner.

Never Again: Speaking up

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

I was influenced by the senior pilot to my right, who I believed had experience in dealing with decisions like this.

Inside WARP radar

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

U. S. ARTCC (Center) controllers utilize a system known as Weather and Radar Processor (WARP).

Distracting distractions

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

The NTSB looks at the annual carnage that occurs in all modes of transport to determine its top 10 list of things not to do.

IFR Fix: The quick pick

IFR Fix | Jun 29, 2015

It’s comforting that you can always pick up an IFR clearance if conditions deteriorate. It’s another thing to pull the trigger and manage any complications.

TFRs impact Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs

Advocacy | Jun 16, 2015

Pilots flying in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs areas June 18 to 21 need to be extra vigilant. The FAA has issued notams for multiple temporary flight restrictions over the metropolitan areas for President Barack Obama's visit.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 10, 2015

I got my DUATS briefing through my electronic flight bag flight planning program—72 pages, including some presidential TFRs in Chicago.

Fly like a fighter: Blindfold cockpit check

Fly like a fighter | Jun 08, 2015

Use a fighter pilot's tip and close your eyes to visualize locations of key controls and cockpit switches before flight.

Safety Pilot: Trust but verify

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

The quote, “First, do no harm”—often attributed, erroneously, to the Hippocratic Oath—does have application to aircraft mechanics.

Aircraft maintenance: 10 tips to protect aircraft tires

Aircraft Maintenance | May 21, 2015

Aircraft tires are extremely resilient and reliable, but they're also critically important to safe takeoffs and landings. Here are 10 tips that can help you get the most from your tires, fly as safely as possible, and take good care of those round rubber friends.

Flying Salukis keep top spot in 2015 NIFA Safecon

Article | May 19, 2015

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s flight team held onto the top spot at the 2015 National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (Safecon).

Mini Oshkosh: Full-scale fun for RC pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

Joe Nall Week at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest remote control fly-in in the world, typically attracting RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries.

IFR Fix: Red flag warning

IFR Fix | May 12, 2015

From one 56-day cycle to the next, a U.S. en route low altitude chart contains an average of 1,361 changes.

Checkride redux

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.