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Custom content for the Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

training tips Takeoff power or 'Take off power!'? It's a great day for some solo takeoffs and landings. Traffic is light, and so are the winds as you preflight your trainer, a Piper Cherokee Warrior II, pausing briefly to admire the airport's crown jewel, a classic Cessna 195 taildragger, as it also heads out for an early morning flight.

Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 16 — April 19, 2013 Takeoff power or ‘Take off power!’? Cirrus: Get a plane, get a pilot Plane Spotter: Pilatus PC-6 Final Exam: Night currency Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Takeoff power or ‘Take off power!’? It’s a great day for some solo takeoffs and landings. Traffic is light, and so are the winds as you preflight your trainer, a Piper Cherokee Warrior II, pausing briefly to admire the airport’s crown jewel, a classic Cessna 195 taildragger, as it also heads out for an early morning flight.

IFR Fix: The ‘unexpected situation’

Article | Mar 25, 2013

What comes to mind on reading the words “IFR and stalls”? Visceral reactions aside, probably very few IFR aviators would read that phrase, wave a hand in dismissal, and move on to more provocative subjects. Likely even fewer insist that solid chunks of their proficiency flying focus on handling near-stall IFR scenarios, including while flying “under the hood.” View-limited or not, what kinds of near-stall scenarios is an instrument pilot likely to confront? The pilot of a Lancair 4 climbing through flights levels encountered quick-forming ice and nearly stalled; the aircraft was flying on the autopilot at the time.

ABC story on ‘small plane crashes’ flat wrong, AOPA says

Article | Mar 21, 2013

The March 18 ABC World News and Nightline story, “Many small plane crashes preventable,” turned a spin awareness flight with aerobatic pilot and 2006 National CFI of the Year Rich Stowell into a sensational, inaccurate segment on general aviation safety.

Angle-of-attack awareness key to safety

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

A recently published FAA advisory circular (AC) offers general aviation an important training tool as the industry strives to reduce the number of fatal loss-of-control accidents.

The upside of upside-down

Article | Aug 23, 2012

At a small New Jersey airport, about 30 pilots gathered Aug. 17 to 19 to test their skill at spins, loops, rolls - and a few more radical maneuvers - inside a square kilometer of airspace. While the International Aerobatic Club has seen membership decline, thanks in large part to a struggling economy, there is plenty of enthusiasm, dedication, and camaraderie to go around.

Topsy-turvy course hooks lifetime flyers, customers

Article | Jul 11, 2012

In the skies over northern Massachusetts, generations of pilots have taken their first taste of a world turned upside down, an introduction to flight inverted that leaves a lasting impression. Many have gone on to learn aerobatics, or get a taildragger endorsement: this kind of flying is pure fun. There's also a serious purpose behind unusual attitude training--just ask any small airplane pilot who has been caught in the wake vortex of an airliner. Learning to master spins, and spin recovery, is another step to building confidence as a pilot, and the skills needed to stay in control no matter what.