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Under fire

Article | Jul 23, 2014

A small corps of pilots patrols protected land in Kenya, facing an increasing threat from poachers as inclined to shoot aircraft as elephants.

Garmin G3X Touch takes on the Mountain West

Article | Jul 01, 2014

The Mountain West and a Carbon Cub test the new Garmin G3X Touch avionics system.

Pilots feel the love at Colorado’s Loveland Fly-In

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2014

While pancakes were frying on the griddle early June 21, pilots were flying in to Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport in Loveland, Colo., for the Colorado Pilots Association’s annual Aviation Expo and Fly-In.

AOPA heads to Colorado

Advocacy | Jun 19, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker will lead a large contingent of staff attending the Rocky Mountain Aviation Expo June 21.

Tahoe Flying Club forms, searches for right aircraft

Article | May 27, 2014

The Tahoe Flying Club in Truckee, Calif., is less than a year old, and it's still searching for the right club aircraft, but it's already filling a need in the pilot community.

Motor glider rides Himalayan waves

Article | Jan 28, 2014

A research team is using a Stemme motor glider to photograph Himalayan Mountains from 26,000 feet with a goal of saving lives.

Glider pilots aim to reach 90,000 feet on wind power

Article | Oct 30, 2013

A small team is aiming to soar to the far reaches of the stratosphere in a specially designed glider that will transport its pilots to a desperately lonely place.

SocialFlight announces online events, new partnership

Article | Oct 12, 2013

SocialFlight has added online events and a partnership with IMC Clubs to its repertoire.

IFR Fix: The 40-mile miss

Article | Oct 11, 2013

“Are you tough enough?” is the tourism motto of Battle Mountain, a mining and ranching town ringed by mountains in Nevada’s Humboldt Valley.

Technique: Riding the wave

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Some years back while flying over the Appalachians, I heard a pilot on the frequency commenting to air traffic control that she thought her airspeed indicator was malfunctioning since it was wandering up and down by 20 knots.

Website promotes Colorado backcountry aviation

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Pilots visiting a new website will find photography, webcam views, and ideas to help them select destinations for a Colorado backcountry outing.

Cell phone call solves lost-com emergency

Article | Jul 11, 2013

When the electrical system of his Beech Bonanza quit after takeoff, Raymond Cody's iPad and cell phone came in handy.

T-Craft Aero Club: Putting wings on your dreams

Article | May 08, 2013

The T-Craft Aero Club, based in Nampa, Idaho, started in 1975 with 20 members and two aircraft.

Safety Pilot: Low-impact aerobatics: The Swiss way

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Learning about unusual attitudes—not the pilot’s but the aircraft’s—is an excellent skill and need not be painful. It’s good experience since most of us work hard to avoid them.

Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 13 — March 29, 2013 172 to L-39: The jump to jets IFR quiz: Cross-country to Crescent City Safety report looks at loss of control QUIZ ME: PROCEDURE TURN NOT REQUIRED Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured 172 to L-39: Making the jump to jets Diving from 17,000 feet, the airspeed increasing to more than three times what the pilot is used to in a Cessna 172, the instinct to pull out of the back side of a 6,000-foot-vertical loop is premature and aggressive.

Don’t let the mountain siren lure you

Article | Mar 26, 2013

Mountain flying can be a captivating adventure along beautiful valleys, over brilliant mountain lakes, and above sprawling icy-blue and -green glaciers as you climb to cross a mountain saddle or circumnavigate a peak—and once again continue the spectacular journey. But along with their beauty, mountains harbor lurking dangers that can snag a flight in one unforgiving moment.

Flight Amid Vertical Terrain

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Introduction Do you want to fly above snow-capped mountains, journey through narrow canyons and land at airports that have some of the most spectacular scenery in the world? If you haven't experienced this, you are in for a thrill. However, you will also be faced with greater challenges and different procedures.

Mountain Ways

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Coping with mountain weather BY THOMAS A. HORNE Why do so many weather-related accidents happen near hilly or mountainous regions? Three reasons come to mind.

Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Mountain Flying BY THE AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Introduction On behalf of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation staff, thank you for your interest in, quite literally, expanding your horizons by learning the techniques of mountain flying. Operations in the rapidly changing weather conditions and the thin air of the high country differ significantly from normal flight operations.

Suggested Western Mountain Routes

Article | Mar 25, 2013

AOPA's A Pilot's Guide to Mountain Flying Suggested Western Mountain Routes COMPILED BY THE AOPA AVIATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT Northern, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 1 86 12,000 L 1/2L 13/14 Seattle V120 to Wenatchee 32 5,500 Wenatchee V120 to Ephrata 74 5,000 Ephrata V120 to Spokane 81 9,000 Mullan Pass V120 to Great Falls 172 13,000 Great Falls V120 to Lewistown 78 8,400 Total Distance 523 Route 2 Seattle V2-298 to Ellensburg 80 8,000 L 1/2L 13/14 Ellensburg V2 Moses Lake 48 7,000 Moses Lake V2-448 to Spokane 72 5,000 Spokane V2 to Mullan Pass 81 9,000 Mullan Pass V2 to Missoula 72 9,600 Missoula V2 to Helena 91 10,000 Helena V113 to Lewistown 100 10,200 Total Distance 544 Route 3 Seattle V4 to Yakima 93 10,000 L 1/2L 11/12 L 13/14 Yakima V4-298 to Pendleton 82 5,000 Pendleton V4 to Baker City 70 10,000 Baker City V4-444 to Boise 104 9,000 Boise V4-253-330 to Alkal Intersection 50 9,500 Alkal Intersection to V4 to Burley 70 9,500 Burley V4 to Malad City 67 9,400 Malad City V142 to Fort Bridger 103 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 New Castle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 1,009 Alternate Route from Rock Springs L 11/12 Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 65 10,000 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 71 10,000 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff 113 9,300 Total Distance 953 Midway, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 4 Sacramento V392-494 to Signa Intersection 69 11,000 L 3/4 L 9/10 L 11/12 Signa Intersection V200-392 to Mustang 47 11,500 Mustang V6 to Lovelock 61 10,000 Lovelock V32 to Battle Mountain 83 11,000 Battle Mountain V6 to Wells 96 11,000 Wells V6 to Lucin 53 10,300 Lucin V6 to Ogden 79 9,000 Ogden V6 to Fort Bridger 76 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 Newcastle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 934 Alternate Route from Rock Springs Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 65 10,000 L 11/12 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 71 10,000 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff 113 9,300 Total Distance 877 Route 5 Sacramento V392-494 to Signa Intersection 69 11,000 L 3/4L 7/8 L 9/10 L 11/12 Signa Intersection V200-392 to Mustang 47 11,500 Mustang V105-564 to Mina 96 11,500 Mina V564 to Coaldale 36 11,500 Coaldale V105 to Beatty 87 11,000 Beatty V105 to Las Vegas 100 12,000 Las Vegas V394 to Morman Mesa 59 7,500 Mormon Mesa V21 to Milford 113 10,000 Milford V21-235 to Delta 61 9,600 Delta V21-235 to Fairfield 64 10,300 Fairfield V21 to Salt Lake City 34 9,600 Salt Lake City V32 to Fort Bridger 77 12,000 Fort Bridger V6-142 to Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V235 to Muddy Mountain 151 11,200 Muddy Mountain V235 to Newcastle 98 8,300 Newcastle V536 to Rapid City 56 9,300 Total Distance 1,213 Alternate Route from Rock Springs 65 10,000 Rock Springs V4-6 to Cherokee 71 10,000 L 11/12 Cherokee V6 to Medicine Bow 113 9,300 Medicine Bow V100 to Scottsbluff Total Distance 1,157 Southern, West to East ROUTE NM MEA CHARTS Route 6 Hector V8-210 to Goffs 67 9,000 L 7/8 L 15/16 Goffs V210 to Peach Springs 85 9,000 Peach Springs V208-210 to Grand Canyon 71 10,000 Grand Canyon V208 to Tuba City 45 9,500 Tuba City V210 to Farmington 158 12,000 Farmington V368 to Alamosa 121 13,000 Alamosa V83-210 to Lamar 157 14,000 Total Distance 703 Route 7 Hector V12-442 to Needles 98 9,000 L 7/8 Needles V12 to Drake 99 10,000 Drake V12-264 to Winslow 86 10,500 Winslow V12 to Zuni 81 9,000 Zuni V12 to Albuquerque 115 11,000 Albuquerque V12 to Otto 43 12,000 Otto V12 to Anton Chico 44 10,000 Total Distance 566 Route 8 Paradise V388 to Palm Springs 56 9,500 L 3/4 L 5/6 L 7/8 Palm Springs V16-372 to Blythe 85 8,000 Blythe V16 to Buckeye 98 6,000 Buckeye V16 to Phoenix 43 5,000 Phoenix V190 to St. Johns 149 12,000 St.

ASF - Mountain Flying

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Mountain Flying Resources High-Altitude Mountain Flying Accident Report Alaska Mountain Passes Colorado Mountain Passes Suggested Western Mountain Routes Northern, West to East Midway, West to East Southern, West to East Northern, East to West Midway, East to West Southern, East to West High-Altitude Mountain Flying High-altitude mountain flying has always been one of the more dangerous activities GA aircraft undertake each year. On average, 17 people die annually in GA accidents in the mountains of Colorado alone.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Mountain Flying in Turbulence Tickets to a Seahawks game in hand, myself and three others climbed into the Cessna 206 for a quick trip up to Seattle from our homes in central Oregon. The weather was locked into a typical pattern, southwesterly winds pushing wet clouds up against the Cascades and up into the colder air aloft, making the perfect conditions for some really spectacular icing.