Technique

Technique

Advocacy

Bettles Airport lighting system crucial for pilots

AOPA is opposing an FAA proposal to decommission Bettles Airport’s approach lighting system because such a move could negatively impact IFR operations at the airport.

Sep 10, 2014

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'To comply with published procedures'

On a second inspection, the numbers do make sense.

Sep 09, 2014

Article

Triple Tree magic

A cannon fires after Pat Derrick makes a low pass over the grass strip in a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. Derrick is the unofficial alarm clock for hundreds of pilots, their family and friends, camping under the wings of their aircraft at the 400-plus acre Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina.

Sep 09, 2014 | comments
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Aerobatics

Fly like a fighter

Fly like a fighter: Inner voice

An Air Force pilot offered the opportunity to fly a risky show with the Italian Frecce Tricolori air demonstration team had a choice to make: Fly with them in an airshow or go out with an Air Force nurse he had just met. Something inside told him to go with the nurse. During the airshow, the demonstration team suffered a midair collision.

Sep 08, 2014 | comments

Pilot Magazine

AOPA Homecoming Fly-in: Frederick, MD

Welcome back to AOPA headquarters for the sixth 2014 regional fly-in at Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK).

Sep 08, 2014

Article

Pipistrel introduces electric trainer

Pipistrel, the Slovenian manufacturer of several eco-friendly, electrically powered airplanes, has announced its new two-seat trainer, the WATTsUP.

Aug 27, 2014 | comments
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IFR

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'To comply with published procedures'

On a second inspection, the numbers do make sense.

Sep 09, 2014

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Missing for real

Spatial disorientation? Isn’t that only a hazard for VFR pilots?

Sep 02, 2014 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: The 'flexible safety buffer'

When it comes to establishing personal minimums, you need a working definition of the term.

Aug 22, 2014 | comments
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Takeoffs and Landings

Article

Training Tip: Deciding to land

Today you found out why your instructor is always saying that a go-around should be “instinctive” when something goes wrong during a landing.

Sep 02, 2014

Pilot Magazine

The Bonanza goes to war

Few students of the Vietnam War know much about the QU–22B Pave Eagle, the most unusual Bonanza you’ve never seen. Well, it’s mostly Bonanza; the highly modified airframe has a number of unique parts. Only 27 were built, plus six predecessor YQU–22A models.

Aug 06, 2014

Article

Training Tip: Loadings and landings

New pilots may underestimate the physical effort needed to rotate some aircraft to the landing attitude.

Aug 04, 2014
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Mountain Flying

Pilot Magazine

P&E Avionics: Touché

The Touch’s 10.6-inch screen dominated the narrow Carbon Cub panel.

Aug 07, 2014

Article

5 tips to help you renew your CFI certificate

Some flight instructor refresher courses can be dry, monotonous, tedious, and downright painful—but not the Air Safety Institute’s eFIRC.

Aug 06, 2014

Article

Pilot Getaways: Priest Lake, Idaho

The murmur of a breeze in the evergreens sings a soft harmony to the deep blue of a brightening sky—it’s morning in the Idaho mountains. In Priest Lake, Idaho, the choices of fun and relaxation, from water-skiing to huckleberry picking, are nearly limitless. Explore the area during your visit to AOPA’s Spokane Fly-In.

Aug 04, 2014
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