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Study finds wildlife not stressed by recreational aircraft

Article | Apr 14, 2016

Wildlife experiences no significant increase in stress as a result of recreational aircraft activity, according to a study released by the Recreational Aviation Foundation

FAA restores sim time for instrument rating

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2016

Beginning May 12, pilots will again be able to count up to 20 hours in an approved aviation training device toward the instrument rating.

Sporty's stays busy with new app, products

Article | Apr 07, 2016

Sporty's Pilot Shop has introduced a number of new products and services, including a new iPad application that provides training videos in a unique way.

Fly like a fighter: 'He'll fly right by'

Fly like a fighter | Apr 05, 2016

The practices fighter pilots employ in dogfights can help keep you safe in the traffic pattern. Retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Larry Brown explains.

Training Tip: Rotate, and wait

Article | Mar 28, 2016

One of the first insights a student pilot arrives at when mastering the takeoff is that rotation and liftoff are closely related—but not simultaneous—phases.

IFR Fix: Searching for 'go'

IFR Fix | Mar 28, 2016

To arrive at “go,” a pilot must weigh many elements of weather information.

Hoover statue to be unveiled at Smithsonian

Article | Mar 17, 2016

Aviation legend, airshow performer, and test pilot Bob Hoover, 94, will be honored with a life-size bronze statue at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Fly like a fighter: Night IMC tanker

Fly like a fighter | Mar 09, 2016

If you ever need to fly a really smooth, stable, and precise aircraft, imagine that you are flying at night, in the weather, with three aircraft in close formation on your wing.

Training Tip: What affects ground effect?

Article | Feb 29, 2016

Ground effect "can be detected and measured up to an altitude equal to one wingspan above the surface," but effects vary with height and speed.

Training Tip: When go becomes no

Article | Feb 22, 2016

Have you ever tried to find the single-engine-airplane equivalent of a value known to multiengine pilots as the accelerate-stop distance?

IFR Fix: The air down there

IFR Fix | Feb 16, 2016

IFR flight planning has a new wrinkle during the first winter of mandatory procedures in effect at cold temperature restricted airports.

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?

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.

Holland ‘top of the world’

Article | Dec 08, 2015

Rob Holland remains the undisputed master of the four-minute freestyle. The reigning world champion in that event, Holland once again took on the best pilots in the world at the FAI World Air Games in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the result was a familiar one.

Pilot Getaways: Killington, Vermont

Article | Dec 07, 2015

Surrounded by one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Killington, Vermont, is a destination for all ages.

IFR Fix: 'Not only false, but fatal'

Article | Nov 30, 2015

With ice accreting, and the aircraft no longer able to climb, and peaks of the Sierras nearby, all the pilot wanted was escape.