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Long days on Long Wings

Article | Nov 23, 2015

A select group of NASA pilots fly the WB-57, a Cold War holdover that operates (strictly for science) much like the more famous U-2.

Training Tip: Beyond safety briefings

Article | Nov 23, 2015

You are about to run the engine-start checklist when you observe two adults and a child walking along the flight line.

ForeFlight rolls out graphical briefing

Article | Nov 19, 2015

A new ForeFlight component converts standard text weather briefings into a graphical format.

Budget-friendly aviation gift guide

Article | Nov 18, 2015

The holiday season is here, and there are a variety of aviation-oriented gifts to keep pilots happy and safe without breaking the budget of friends, loved ones, or fellow pilots.

P&E: On Instruments

Pilot Magazine | Nov 09, 2015

It’s worth reviewing RNAV (GPS) approaches with an eye to their specifics—as well as their gotchas.

New FAA Web page debugs notam searches

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2015

The FAA’s new website for researching notices to airmen, designed to eventually replace the existing PilotWeb notam page, has received its finishing touches.

Obstacle-marking bill clears Michigan House

Advocacy | Nov 03, 2015

A Michigan bill that would require the marking and registration of towers used to gather weather information has passed the state House of Representatives.

Michigan weather towers threaten pilot safety

Advocacy | Oct 07, 2015

AOPA testified in support of Michigan legislation requiring the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers to preserve the safety of pilots.

Surfing for good gas

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

JetFuelX has begun a free Web- and app-based service for quickly determining comparative jet fuel prices.

Island Hopping

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

The destination was Kosrae (pronounced kose-rye), an island in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)—an island nation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, less than 400 miles from the Equator.

Area forecasts to be discontinued during 2016

Advocacy | Oct 06, 2015

A government-industry working group that included the AOPA Foundation recommended that the area forecast (FA) be transitioned to more modern digital and graphical forecasts.

New effort launches to cut TFR violations

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2015

AOPA is working with the military, government agencies, and flight planning service providers to help general aviation pilots avoid violating temporary flight restrictions.

Safety

Article | Sep 20, 2015

Preflight weather planning is the foundation for some of our most critical decisions. AOPA’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) is producing a series of practical weather flying safety videos with funding from NOAA’s National Weather Service. The first of this eight-part video series, Weather Wise: Gathering Information, features strategies on how to gather weather information at the right time and how to use a system that fits your needs, such as Flight Service and CSC Duats, or apps and websites.

ASI launches weather planning video series

News release | Sep 18, 2015

The AOPA Air Safety Institute has released the first in a multi-part video series covering aviation weather.

Gulfstream crew attempted fatal takeoff with controls locked

Article | Sep 10, 2015

The flight crew of a Gulfstream G-IV business jet that crashed on takeoff from Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, May 31, 2014, failed to perform a flight control check, resulting in critical controls still being locked during the takeoff attempt, the NTSB concluded Sept. 9.

Turbo the Flying Dog takes off on new adventure

Article | Sep 01, 2015

The next installment of the children's book series chronicling the adventures of Turbo the Flying Dog has landed on bookshelves.

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.