Takeoffs and Landings

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Training Tip: Too much, too soon

Article | Jan 14, 2014

Suddenly, well before the trainer reaches rotation speed, the aircraft’s nose rises abruptly, and the student pilot finds the trainer airborne in semi-stalled flight. Why?

Atlantic crossing beckons

Article | Jan 09, 2014

Cluster balloonist Jonathan Trappe still aims to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and he is working on a new approach.

IFR Fix: Next exit 4,000 feet

IFR Fix | Jan 06, 2014

Hitting your touchdown spot just right and exiting the runway promptly at a safe taxi speed brings appreciation from the tower.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Up, up and away

Rotorcraft Rookie | Jan 01, 2014

Helicopters are made to be able to take off and land vertically. But doing so can actually be a dangerous maneuver.

Practicing helicopter autorotations

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 24, 2013

Believe it or not, helicopters do continue to fly after an engine failure--sort of.

Harley in the sky

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

When Darin Hart hears his Super Legend—the king of the American Legend Aircraft line of Cub-alike tailwheel airplanes—he hears in his heart a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Training Tip: A windy debate

Article | Dec 20, 2013

“Go ahead and ask” is a pretty simple formula, yet many pilots hesitate. Others pass up available opportunities to use the most favorable runway.

License to Learn: Submarine knowledge

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

The best lessons I’ve ever learned about the mental game of flying an airplane didn’t come from studying books on aviation psychology. Instead, they came from reading history.

Dream come true

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Climbing out of Duxford, England, through 1,500 feet, I saw the bogey half a mile out, coming fast.

The new soverign

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Owner/pilots who’ve reached the top of the single-pilot (SP) jet food chain—most likely in the form of a Cessna Citation CJ4 or Embraer Phenom 300—sometimes wonder, what’s next?

Are your Takeoffs as Good as your Landings?

Article | Dec 16, 2013

Takeoff is consistently the phase of flight with the second-highest number of pilot-related accidents.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Fixing airplane habits

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 12, 2013

One of the key challenges for airplane pilots transitioning to helicopters is unlearning airplane habits.

AOPA members suggest their favorite apps

Apps of the week | Dec 11, 2013

Apps that handle everything from checking aircraft N numbers to calculating crosswind, tailwind, and headwind components are among those recommended by AOPA members.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The crazy takeoff

Rotorcraft Rookie | Dec 05, 2013

Helicopter training is generally very safe. So why do run-on takeoffs and landings feel so wrong?

A doctor always on board

Article | Dec 03, 2013

NetJets has added a new safety feature to its long-range fleet: a doctor who is always in.

My $1 Million Education

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Senior Editor Dave Hirschman had an epiphany: What have all his years of flying cost him? And what else has he gained? Readers could relate.

Yacht in the air

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

There’s a good chance you’ve used Row 44’s satellite-based, in-flight Wi-Fi system as an airline passenger.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Helicopter flight controls

Rotorcraft Rookie | Nov 27, 2013

If you are going to learn to fly a helicopter you first have to learn how to control it.

AOPA to pilots: Get involved in Garrett airport planning

Article | Nov 26, 2013

Pilots have the opportunity to weigh in as Garrett County Airport updates its master plan study.

Training Tip: 40 degrees of separation

Article | Nov 22, 2013

Heed the published warnings about airport hazards and hotspots.

Layering STCs: Understanding and managing the risks

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 21, 2013

The concept of implementing STCs on previously modified aircraft is known as "layering STCs," and doing it properly is paramount to safety.

Technique: Engine-out landings at night

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

Legal and possibly insurance issues remain from the following two incidents, so the pilots were asked to avoid those and just share lessons learned.

Stewart International Airport 'takeoff fee' opposed

Article | Nov 20, 2013

AOPA strongly opposes a new ‘takeoff fee’ to be levied against general aviation aircraft at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.