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AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2003

AOPA Membership Passes Milestone! 400,000 Strong The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association surpassed 400,000 members — a new record for the world's largest civil aviation organization — on Tuesday, July 29, 2003. That figure also places AOPA among the top 100 associations of any kind in the nation.

Never Again Online: The right number of mistakes

Article | Jan 01, 2003

Airmet Zulu: moderate rime and mixed icing in clouds and precipitation between freezing level and Flight Level 200. Any pilot in the Pacific Northwest is familiar with this statement.

Changes to Private Pilot Airplane Practical Test Standards, August 2002

Article | Aug 01, 2002

Changes to Private Pilot Airplane Practical Test Standards August 2002 The single biggest change is the reorganization of the Private Pilot PTS to incorporate single-engine land and sea and multiengine land and sea sections into one consolidated document with two sections (single and multiengine), thus reducing the Private Pilot PTS to about half the page count. Some tasks have been reorganized into other areas of operation but have not substantially changed in their requirements or standards.

Changes to Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane, August 2002

Article | Aug 01, 2002

Changes to Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane August 2002 The major change with this publication is the combination of the airplane single-engine sea and land information into one section, and the combination of the multiengine land and sea information into one section, where in the past, there were four separate sections. There are new examiner responsibilities and leeway when conducting a practical test, and specific special-emphasis areas that are spelled out now.

Turbine Pilot

Article | Oct 01, 1996

Solid and stately, the PC XII expands its capabilities and market share Two years ago, the Pilatus PC XII quietly sauntered into the turbine single market, then summarily took down its closest competitor — Socata's TBM 700. Now, the PC XII fleet is up to some 53 airplanes; the TBM 700's total sales have stagnated at the 120 mark.

Airflow Control

Article | Oct 01, 1995

When a bird approaches to land, it spreads its feathers and changes the shape of its wings, which is not unlike what a pilot does to an airplane before landing. But instead of rearranging feathers, the human pilot extends a set of flaps.

Safety Corner

Article | Oct 01, 1978

Reducing the sting While the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board search out ways to eliminate a recurring aviation killer, indications are that pilot education remains the best way to reduce the frequency of stall/spin accidents. Just how such information is transferred to the pilot is apparently a point of contention.

Are 'Singles' Safer Than 'Twins'?

Article | Oct 01, 1973

Some few years after the Brothers Wright did their notable thing at Kitty Hawk, somebody took a notion to hang an extra engine on an airplane-the idea being, presumably, that, among other supposed advantages, if one engine should quit, the other would see you safely to the nearest airport or facsimile thereof. History may be a bit vague as to just who deserves credit for this notion, but time has done the idea itself proud.