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Let's book some time

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Tony Seton found a way to turn a fuzzy goal—recapturing his long-lost instrument proficiency—into a focused project.

No ordinary airshow

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Though just 20 miles off the Southern California Coast, Santa Catalina Island is one of the most challenging locations for an airshow you could find.

Rockwell Collins upgrades flight support

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Rockwell Collins, which purchased ARINC last year, has combined the flight support services offered by it and ARINC, and enhanced onboard systems for passengers and pilots.

IFR Fix: 'We missed this'

IFR Fix | Oct 20, 2014

When you brief an instrument approach with circling minima, can you explain whether it has a standard circling approach maneuvering radius, or an expanded one?

NTSB rules on Dayton airshow accident

Article | Oct 16, 2014

Veteran airshow pilot Charlie Schwenker was flying slower to help wing walker Jane Wicker get into position on the modified Stearman’s bottom wing.

Shooting volcanoes

Slideshow | Oct 15, 2014

Pilot Haukur Snorrason’s dramatic images of Iceland’s most recent (and now record-setting) volcanic eruption are only the latest in a long and colorful progression.

Training Tip: Maximum solo

Article | Oct 14, 2014

Be sure to take the opportunities your training environment offers to maximize the value of the solo hours that go in your logbook.

IFR Fix: 'Only localizer minimums authorized'

IFR Fix | Oct 10, 2014

Some weather, a self-inflicted communications glitch, and the distraction of diverting had forged the error chain.

Fly like a fighter: Lessons learned from 400-knot overtake

Fly like a fighter | Oct 08, 2014

An Air Force student egged on by his instructor overtakes the three-ship he is supposed to join at 400 knots. Find out why he urges pilots to, "Set your limits and stick to them, even if you have a cheering section inside (or outside) of your airplane."

Proficiency: Get your head in the game

Article | Oct 07, 2014

“Nobody likesto take the instrument proficiency check,” said the woman at the front desk of a local flight school. But there are ways to make it almost fun, and that’s by taking a quick review course before presenting yourself to the instructor.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

The last scud run

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

I have been flying for more than 40 years and own a well-equipped Cessna Skylane. I almost always file IFR in good weather and bad.

Ownership: How to fly an airplane

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

I felt fully qualifiedto take on the simple-sounding request when my son’s teacher asked, “Could you come talk to my fifth-grade class about how to fly an airplane?”

IFR Fix: 'When ice becomes perceptible'

IFR Fix | Oct 06, 2014

You describe the current and forecast conditions, taking pains to note that despite the early-fall warmth, you made sure to check the freezing level.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | Oct 05, 2014

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

A week in the sun

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Take a vacation in the southwest with friends and pick up a glider rating in the process.

IFR Fix: 'One harrowing experience'

IFR Fix | Sep 30, 2014

Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.

Bobby Breeden: Proof that practice makes perfect

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Bobby Breeden: Proof that practice makes perfect

Top 10 reasons to come home to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

A high-adrenaline aerobatic demonstration, warbird rides, and gourmet food trucks are among the highlights of AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 4.

IFR Fix: Two white, two red

IFR Fix | Sep 23, 2014

What a pilot gleans from a PAPI’s white and red lights depends on other design features of the approach, reviewed and noted during preflight planning.

Dallas SIDs and STARs overhaul takes effect Sept. 18

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

Changes to departure and arrival procedures in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport airspace will take effect Sept. 18, and AOPA is cautioning pilots to plan ahead for the new procedures.

IFR Fix: Tower, CFI help VFR pilot who takes off into clouds

IFR Fix | Sep 17, 2014

A VFR pilot enters instrument conditions shortly after takeoff. Air traffic control gets an instructor on the ground involved to help talk the pilot through the serious situation to narrowly avert tragedy.

Bettles Airport lighting system crucial for pilots

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

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.

IFR Fix: 'To comply with published procedures'

IFR Fix | Sep 09, 2014

On a second inspection, the numbers do make sense.

Topics IFR, Technique

Triple Tree magic

Article | Sep 09, 2014

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.