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Rutan SkiGull makes maiden flight

Article | Nov 30, 2015

Like most maiden flights of a brand-new design, Burt Rutan’s SkiGull test flight produced a to-do list, but was a success overall.

Long days on Long Wings

Article | Nov 23, 2015

A select group of NASA pilots fly the WB-57, a Cold War holdover that operates (strictly for science) much like the more famous U-2.

Weather Wise: VFR Flight Planning

Video | Nov 23, 2015

One of the major challenges of flying is weather assessment. In this video we cover the major weather issues facing VFR pilots, with an emphasis on how to get a "big picture" understanding of the situation before leaving the ground.

Cobalt Aircraft restarts sales efforts

Article | Nov 12, 2015

Cobalt Aircraft has tried to launch a four-to-five-passenger canard aircraft for a decade and is now taking pre-orders for a certified version in California, but will need $30 million to complete certification.

Perlan 2, carefully shaken

Article | Nov 11, 2015

The Perlan 2 glider, built to reach the edge of space and unlock secrets of the upper atmosphere, was in California for ground vibration tests.

Houston spaceport plan detailed

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

The Houston Airport System has secured FAA approval and will be working with NASA to build a spaceport at Ellington Airport. AOPA is watching closely.

Persistent, fatal loss in spotlight

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

AOPA staff joined a daylong, NTSB-led discussion as the GA community came together to discuss how loss of control can be prevented.

Pilot Briefing: ASI Chart Challenge

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

Aeronautical charts include a mind-boggling array of symbols.

Pilot Briefing: News

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

TFR Avoidance, Bond is back, Red Bull Air Races, Drones, and more

AOPA names Flight Training Excellence Award winners

Article | Nov 02, 2015

AOPA has named the winners of its 2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards based on more than 7,100 responses to the AOPA Flight Training Poll.