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IFR Fix: The quick pick

IFR Fix | Jun 29, 2015

It’s comforting that you can always pick up an IFR clearance if conditions deteriorate. It’s another thing to pull the trigger and manage any complications.

FAA plans to discontinue printed WACs

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2015

An FAA notice of policy to discontinue World Aeronautical Charts without a public comment period concerns AOPA because charting changes could affect flight safety.

Icon's A5 is for real

Article | Jun 18, 2015

After flying the first fully conforming Icon A5 on June 17 in California's Napa Valley and landing on both water and a hard-surface runway, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman says the amphibious LSA more than lives up to its high expectations.

Pure joy

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Raphaël Langumier suspected his 4-year-old daughter Léa would enjoy aerobatics, though her reaction–captured on a video that instantly went viral–exceeded his expectations.

Cool Stuff

Article | Jun 15, 2015

SkyCruiser: New flying car concept can transform into helicopter in mid-air.

IFR Fix: Two loud bangs

IFR Fix | Jun 12, 2015

One stricken aircraft was in cruise; the other, near landing. Were these emergencies? Dramatic to ponder, but secondary to problem solving.

Accident Case Study: Final Approach

Video | Jun 11, 2015

On January 13, 2013, a Piper Arrow collided with trees during an emergency approach to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base. Come along as we re-create the pilot's final flight, and seek to understand the circumstances that led him down a path to disaster.

Pilot Getaways: Solitude in the Selway

Article | Jun 10, 2015

Few airstrips exude peacefulness like Fish Lake. Within this spruce-shrouded valley, the wildlife is abundant, the sounds are intensified, and visitors are rare.

Fly like a fighter: Blindfold cockpit check

Fly like a fighter | Jun 08, 2015

Use a fighter pilot's tip and close your eyes to visualize locations of key controls and cockpit switches before flight.

Letters: From Our May 2015 Issue

Pilot Magazine | Jun 08, 2015

Looks like the long-running debate among tailwheel pilots on the merits of three-point versus wheel landings is still unresolved.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.

Water ditching caught on tape

Video | Jun 05, 2015

Two airplanes collide in Italy, one pilot is able to ditch into the water in front of a crowded beach. Its all caught on tape. We digest the lessons to be learned from this viral video.

IFR Fix: Unknown problem, imperfect solution

IFR Fix | Jun 01, 2015

There was a bang, the instructor says, followed by a vibration in the control column. Did something on the cowling let go, striking the tail?

Unusual attitudes to the extreme

Article | May 28, 2015

Loss of control is the No. 1 cause of fatalities in aviation, and the National Transportation Safety Board has named the problem to its Most Wanted list to promote safety education and flight training on that subject.

Upset Recovery Training

Video | May 28, 2015

See Prevailance Aerospace upset recovery training in an Extra 330LX.

Texas storms scrub Ladies Love Taildraggers, Bluebonnet fly-ins

Article | May 27, 2015

The Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-In that had been scheduled May 28 through 30 has been canceled in light of storms and floods that have pummeled Texas.

Aircraft maintenance: 10 tips to protect aircraft tires

Aircraft Maintenance | May 21, 2015

Aircraft tires are extremely resilient and reliable, but they're also critically important to safe takeoffs and landings. Here are 10 tips that can help you get the most from your tires, fly as safely as possible, and take good care of those round rubber friends.

FIRST AOPA FLY-IN OF 2015 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

News release | May 19, 2015

FIRST AOPA FLY-IN OF 2015 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Training Tip: A misleading sensation

Article | May 18, 2015

“Flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) can result in sensations that are misleading to the body’s sensory system," explains the Instrument Flying Handbook.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

If your club is looking for a low-cost trainer, the Cessna 150/152 often comes to mind. But don’t overlook the Piper Tomahawk. When Piper was designing its replacement to the aging Cherokee 140 training fleet in the late 1970s, it surveyed flight instructors and incorporated their input. The result was a reliable trainer that is more spinnable than a 150/152. Nearly 2,500 were made in the five years it was produced. Graham Wilson, chief flight instructor for Windsor Flying Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, shares their experience with this T-tail trainer.

Mini Oshkosh: Full-scale fun for RC pilots

Article | May 14, 2015

Joe Nall Week at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest remote control fly-in in the world, typically attracting RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries.

Writing it forward (in reverse)

Article | May 14, 2015

The pilot who wrote messages of love and hope over New Orleans moved many hearts while carrying forward a tradition nearly as old as airplanes.

Globetrotter

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2015

Bill Harrelson’s weight-class world record flight over both the north and south poles almost ended before it began.