Takeoffs and Landings

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The big day

Article | Apr 25, 2015

Their instructors were silent, hands off the yoke. With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, the One Week Ready to Solo participants put their skills to the test.

Training Tip: Aware in the air

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Instructors caution student pilots to check notams carefully during flight planning, and to check again during the final weather update before takeoff. Are you aware of the different reasons notams are issued and how to find the information?

National Bushwheel Awareness Week: Quirky gathering in the Idaho wilderness

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

Turbulent plumes of swirling mountain air jostle our pair of Carbon Cubs as we approach Johnson Creek Airport (3U2) for the start of National Bushwheel Awareness Week, a quirky annual gathering that attracts more than 100 backcountry airplanes and the STOL fanatics who fly them.

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

To dazzle or not to dazzle—that’s this month’s “Dogfight” topic.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

This takeoff made me nervous, even though the performance tables in the pilot’s operating handbook assured me there would be plenty of margin.

My toughest student

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

My most challenging flight student was the one I wanted most to succeed: My mom, Wilma Melville.

Training Tip: Tackle no-flap landings

Article | Jan 26, 2015

Have no-flap landings been part of your practice routine as you work to sharpen your skills?

Time running out to bid on tailwheel package

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

P&E Technique: Think like a ratchet

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

As a glider pilot I’d been taught that when flaring to land, if I overdid it a bit, to move the stick forward just enough to allow the airplane to resume level flight.

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.

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.

Bobby Breeden: Proof that practice makes perfect

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Bobby Breeden: Proof that practice makes perfect

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.

The Bonanza goes to war

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

Few students of the Vietnam War know much about the QU–22B Pave Eagle, the most unusual Bonanza you’ve never seen. Well, it’s mostly Bonanza; the highly modified airframe has a number of unique parts. Only 27 were built, plus six predecessor YQU–22A models.

Training Tip: Loadings and landings

Article | Aug 04, 2014

New pilots may underestimate the physical effort needed to rotate some aircraft to the landing attitude.

Training Tip: Too good on takeoff

Article | Jul 21, 2014

Unable to climb, and unable to lower the nose to accelerate without contacting the ground, he is in a spot.

Training Tip: 'Proper spacing is critical'

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Brushing aside the distracting combination of perplexity and annoyance, the student pilot begins to react to the unfolding complications.

AOPA Live This Week - June 26, 2014

Video | Jun 25, 2014

We fly the Howard 500. The breakfast bunch flies a C-45 named Chow Hound. The USA Today debacle continues. The National Park Service clamps down on drones.

Training Tip: Bad approach, good lesson

Article | Jun 23, 2014

Was the approach salvageable? Not something to debate at low altitude, in moderate turbulence, with treetops near.

Now taking off: Flight training apps

Apps of the week | Jun 20, 2014

Here are five flight training apps designed to help student pilots learn important aviation concepts.

Training Tip: The lingering low

Article | Jun 17, 2014

Strong winds don’t always imply turbulence. However, an informed pilot glancing at the sky on this post-frontal morning will expect it to be present.

Training Tip: Thunderstorm in sight

Article | Jun 10, 2014

Does this scenario justify deviating from the airport’s normal calm-wind-runway operations?