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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.

Fly like a fighter: Inner voice

Fly like a fighter | Sep 08, 2014

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.

Never Again: The perfect weekend kickoff

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

At 550 feet I was still focused on the runway and yaw control when the wheels left the ground. A quick glance at oil pressure and then airspeed—no airspeed! Yet the airplane was surging upward and accelerating forward.

Simulated attack

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Attacking wildfires fires from the air requires a special kind of training, and a California company is teaching these techniques with detailed, simulated scenarios.

Hokie Flying Club: Promoting aviation, proficiency

Article | Sep 03, 2014

The Hokie Flying Club helps promote aviation by offering low-cost flying for members.

Training Tip: Deciding to land

Article | Sep 02, 2014

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

Pipistrel introduces electric trainer

Article | Aug 27, 2014

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

IFR Fix: The 'flexible safety buffer'

IFR Fix | Aug 22, 2014

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

Werth loses engine

Article | Aug 20, 2014

Veteran airshow performer Billy Werth teaches students to consider roads in case of emergency. On Aug. 10, he took his own advice.

IFR Fix: Coded weather? GMAB!

IFR Fix | Aug 19, 2014

If it’s been a while, try starting your next proficiency session by getting the weather with a pad, not the iPad.

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.

IFR Fix: Careful what you wish for

IFR Fix | Aug 12, 2014

The Skyhawk’s cockpit is sweltering as the pilot monitors the engine oil temperature and waits for the center controller to call.