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Training Tip: Controlling crosswind takeoffs

Article | Aug 31, 2015

Crosswind landings get all the glory when student pilots, pilots, and instructors share ideas about training techniques. But crosswind takeoffs are no less demanding.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

How wind affects your judgment

Law strengthens tower marking requirements

Advocacy | Jun 01, 2015

Pilots in Nebraska will soon have additional protection under a new law that adds teeth to requirements for marking meteorological evaluation towers (METs).

Aviate, educate

Advocacy | May 11, 2015

Jim Hanson demonstrates the link between aviation and STEM education with four sample aviation lesson plans he designed for age-appropriate presentation to classes.

Training Tip: The hazardous attitude of resignation

Article | May 11, 2015

One pilot tries to exit the runway too quickly so that an Airbus can depart and loses control of the aircraft; another landing at a fly-in fails to make a last-minute correction for a gust of wind, resulting in a "drop-in" landing and aircraft damage.

Oklahoma bill limits wind turbines' encroachment

Advocacy | Apr 28, 2015

An Oklahoma bill should enhance flight safety by setting a minimum mile-and-a-half distance from airports for the construction of new wind-energy turbines.

Wichita B-29 overcoming obstacles

Article | Apr 17, 2015

The B-29 named Doc after the cartoon miner in the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has faced literally a whirlwind of problems in its bid to fly again after 60 years.

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

To dazzle or not to dazzle—that’s this month’s “Dogfight” topic.

Wyoming transformations

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2015

Afton, Wyoming—Before their transformations can begin, the worn, hard-flown Cessna 152s selected for the AOPA “You Can Fly” program must get to this mountain valley.

Pilot Getaways: Mineral Canyon, Utah

Article | Mar 09, 2015

The most profound reason to visit Mineral Canyon is simply to experience the natural wonder of the picturesque, river-worn canyons. The canyons are a spectacle to behold from the air.

Pilot Getaways: Shenandoah Mountain retreat

Article | Feb 10, 2015

In Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, you'll find a fly-in community with an unusual combination of skiing, snowboarding, and golf just a few steps from the tiedown area. Family-friendly Bryce Resort is known for its all-season fun for everyone, according to Pilot Getaways.

P&E Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Feb 05, 2015

The flight was planned to be a photography exercise, documenting the terrain of the New River Basin in Virginia and West Virginia.

Cirrus accident highlights rotor wash risk

Article | Feb 04, 2015

A rare but potentially deadly convergence of a landing Cirrus and the wake of a departing helicopter in Colorado was caught on video.

Training Tip: Saved by a stall

Article | Jan 12, 2015

You never would have taken off if you knew it was going to get this bumpy.

IFR Fix: 'My first ever runway incursion'

IFR Fix | Nov 10, 2014

You have your clearance, have made the “go” decision, and are taxiing toward the active runway. Gusty winds and rain are making this a more demanding task than usual; if anything unexpected comes up such as a last-minute routing change or an anomalous indication on the panel, will you be able to sort everything out without error?

Pilot Getaways: Gem of the South Atlantic Coast

Article | Oct 22, 2014

If you wanted to visit Jekyll Island in the early 1900s, you would have been out of luck unless your name appeared on a social registry with the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. Now, all are welcome. Consider stopping by while you are in the area for AOPA's St. Simon Fly-In Nov. 8.

Vegas wind curtails race

Article | Oct 14, 2014

Canadian Pete McLeod earned a place atop the Red Bull Air Race podium after howling winds cut the racing short Oct. 12 in Las Vegas.

Comments support heater AD inspection provisions

Advocacy | Oct 08, 2014

AOPA has submitted formal comments to the FAA on a proposed airworthiness directive to update the inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) Inc. combustion heaters.

Put ground school in your hands with these five apps

Apps of the week | Oct 07, 2014

Student pilots can use these five apps to help study for their FAA knowledge exams.

Gift guide: Gifts for the digital pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

Pilots are on the forefront when it comes to adapting to the possibilities of the digital age. Like no other group, they’ve shaped smartphones and tablets to serve their specific needs in aviation.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

Who wrote, “If you would measure the heartbeat of a city, take the pulse of its airport?”

Fire risk prompts AD

Advocacy | Aug 25, 2014

Citing one known fatal accident, the FAA has proposed stricter inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) combustion heaters.

Aviate, navigate, communicate—and calculate

Apps of the week | Aug 18, 2014

With all of the calculations pilots are required to do for every flight, here's a look at five apps that can help with that process.

Weather Watch: Gusts and squalls

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

A gust front at EAA’s AirVenture in 2011, about to attack AOPA’s tent site.

Training Tip: The lingering low

Article | Jun 17, 2014

Strong winds don’t always imply turbulence. However, an informed pilot glancing at the sky on this post-frontal morning will expect it to be present.

Apps handle different aviation tasks

Apps of the week | Jun 16, 2014

Five apps range from a timer for pilots to a wind component calculator.

Training Tip: Thunderstorm in sight

Article | Jun 10, 2014

Does this scenario justify deviating from the airport’s normal calm-wind-runway operations?

TBM Odyssey

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2014

In March, Daher-Socata—manufacturer of the TBM—invited AOPA Pilot along for a one-of-a-kind, epic ferry flight. It involved bringing a flight of four brand-new TBM 900s to the United States, the largest number of TBMs ever imported at one time.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

What U.S. airline began operations by flying the mail between Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba, in 1927?

Training Tip: Volatile virga

Article | Jun 03, 2014

Virga can be picturesque to behold, but don’t let its benign appearance breed complacency.

FAA partners with GA groups to ask, ‘Got weather?’

Article | May 01, 2014

A new safety campaign announced May 1, “Got Weather?,” aims to help general aviation pilots prepare for weather challenges they may encounter during 2014.

Aircraft, hangars damaged in Michigan wind storm

Article | Apr 14, 2014

Thousands of Michigan residents remained without power late April 14 after strong winds toppled trees and power lines, peeled back roofs, and destroyed three general aviation aircraft the evening of April 12.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

What World War II training aircraft made its maiden flight on the same date—May 15, 1939—that AOPA was founded?

Training Tip: Turning down a tailwind

Article | Mar 17, 2014

What the student is observing is visual evidence that there will be a strong tailwind condition on final—something to avoid.

Weather Watch: Convective coverages

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

Whether you believe in global warming or not, here’s a hard fact: the days are getting warmer as we make our way toward summer.

Nebraska seeks wind-test tower safety upgrade

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA is working to support a bill under consideration in Nebraska’s legislature to strengthen requirements for the anti-collision marking of temporary meteorological evaluation towers.

Testing slow flight limits

Article | Feb 21, 2014

A research effort under way in Europe aims to make airlines slower, at least on approach and landing.

Weather Watch: Trouble on top

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Flying in on-top conditions is always held up as some sort of Holy Grail.

Weather Watch: Wind wise

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Well, we’re coming out of the depths of winter, and staring March in the face. For pilots—and, well, just about everybody else—thoughts now turn to the strong winds so characteristic of the colder months, and especially the transition from winter to spring. What do we need to know to be wind wise about this time of year?

Proficiency: Hover like a hawk

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Slow flight is an essential skill for pilots to understand and master, but practicing it can be a drag (literally and figuratively).

Whooping cranes take flight...sometimes

Article | Nov 19, 2013

Halloween has long-since passed, but you’d have no clue if you were looking at the Operation Migration crew. Dressed in long, white costumes with hoods that cover their faces, the group aims to trick their charge — a group of eight whooping crane chicks — from recognizing the human form as they teach them the migration route from Wisconsin to Florida behind ultralight airplanes. The cranes were raised in Maryland before being brought to Wisconsin and trained to follow the plane as a surrogate parent. They left the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area and began their migration journey on Oct. 2. As of mid-November, the cranes were in Illinois, having traveled about 200 miles in 41 days. To see their current location, go to the Operation Migration blog, In the Field, or click on either of their two cams: http://www.ustream.tv/migratingcranes or http://www.ustream.tv/flyingcranes.

FAA issues final rule on air carrier pilot training

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2013

The FAA has published a final rule that stresses basic pilot skills and better tracking of remedial training for crewmembers to avoid "events that, although rare, are often catastrophic," such as the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y.

Fly like a fighter: Tackle snarling crosswinds

Fly like a fighter | Nov 04, 2013

Variable gusting winds can force a runway change on short notice. Pilots should be prepared to switch runways even on short final, as retired Air Force fighter pilot Larry Brown recounts from his training at the Air Force Academy.

Dogfight: The E6B computer

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

This month, we welcome esteemed aviation writer Barry Schiff into the ring. He and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman debate the merits of one of aviation's finest inventions--the E6B computer.

Wx Watch: A slow-moving IMC-maker

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

I was taking an intensive flight training course earlier this year, and it ended up being a real workout. By this I mean instrument weather for much of the nine hours I flew during the weeklong course.

NTSB wants wind-test towers marked, registered

Article | May 30, 2013

As the wind-energy industry grows, the towers it uses to evaluate the potential of sites for power generation pose a growing hazard to aviation, the NTSB said, issuing six safety recommendations to stakeholders.

Safety Pilot: Low-impact aerobatics: The Swiss way

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Learning about unusual attitudes—not the pilot’s but the aircraft’s—is an excellent skill and need not be painful. It’s good experience since most of us work hard to avoid them.