Takeoffs and Landings

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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.

Around the world in 25 days

Pilot Magazine | Nov 19, 2013

How do you approach a flight around the world—do you fly from dawn to dusk, set a leisurely schedule with lots of time for sightseeing, or shoot for something in between?

Training Tip: Angry blades

Article | Nov 08, 2013

What exactly is a "windmilling" propeller?

Small airplane lands on cargo ship, cameras rolling

Article | Nov 07, 2013

Conditions were just right, so Jaap Rademaker decided to go for it: With cameras rolling, he set up for the approach to the deck of a cargo ship.

Fly like a fighter: Tackle snarling crosswinds

Fly like a fighter | Nov 04, 2013

Variable gusting winds can force a runway change on short notice. Pilots should be prepared to switch runways even on short final, as retired Air Force fighter pilot Larry Brown recounts from his training at the Air Force Academy.