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Fly like a fighter: 'GPS direct'

Fly like a fighter | Feb 08, 2016

Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Brown explains one circumstance where it may be a good idea to fly a longer route rather than filing and flying GPS direct.

IFR Fix: 'Maintain VFR'

IFR Fix | Feb 03, 2016

With clouds close above and a populated marina below, a pilot departing VFR in expectation of receiving an IFR clearance found only disappointment, not vectors.

Training Tip: When it's your bad

Article | Feb 02, 2016

It's an awful feeling. You line up on the runway and begin your takeoff run. Just as you rotate, another pilot announces a go-around from short final because he was "cut off by a departing aircraft."

New faces in Red Bull races

Article | Jan 13, 2016

A French aerobatic champion is among three new pilots gearing up for Red Bull Air Race action in 2016, making history as she flies.

Fly like a fighter: Never give up

Fly like a fighter | Jan 04, 2016

An Air Force pilot on his first flight training dogfight against an F-16 struggled to keep up and pull off a shot. He managed to "tree" his opponent four times and later learned that he had a brief window when he could have taken a kill shot.

IFR Fix: 'What should I have done?'

IFR Fix | Dec 29, 2015

After experiencing an alternator failure in instrument conditions, the pilot and his flight instructor could receive but not transmit, but the transponder still worked. What should the pilot and CFI do?

Top 10 Air Safety Institute products of 2015

Article | Dec 21, 2015

Prime the safety pump for your flying adventures with the top 10 AOPA Air Safety Institute products of 2015.

IFR Fix: Building time, squeezed for space

IFR Fix | Dec 14, 2015

If you are one to seek approach procedures that challenge your workload-management abilities, the ILS or LOC/DME RWY 35 approach to Colorado’s Greeley-Weld County Airport offers a test.

Indy car speed with Prius fuel consumption

Article | Dec 14, 2015

Find out how Light Speed Engineering's Klaus Savier, a German-born engineer, has coaxed Toyota Prius fuel consumption from his Lycoming IO-360-equipped Long EZ while posting Indy car speeds.

Sweeps Spin

Video | Dec 11, 2015

AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and AOPA Pilot Managing Editor Sarah Deener wanted to know just how well your AOPA Sweepstakes You Can Fly Cessna 152 can spin. Only one way to find out, and you can ride along.