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Training Tip: A short refresher

Article | Mar 30, 2015

What’s your definition of a short field? Your answer might weigh factors including your skill level, aircraft performance, the airport environment, weather, and more.

IFR Fix: Danger at the heart of embedded thunderstorms

IFR Fix | Mar 30, 2015

The crew, struggling against severe turbulence, icing, and loss of altitude and bank control, had inadvertently penetrated an embedded thunderstorm.

Group flights to head for National Parks

Article | Mar 26, 2015

The combination of companionship and the expertise of a professional guide is part of the appeal of Northern Adventures' “America the Beautiful” air tours.

Wyoming transformations

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2015

Afton, Wyoming—Before their transformations can begin, the worn, hard-flown Cessna 152s selected for the AOPA “You Can Fly” program must get to this mountain valley.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

My most significant aviation learning started when my small airplane finally came to a stop with the right main gear and the tailwheel off the end of the Lagubang airstrip in the mountains of the southern Philippines.

Mentor Matters: Cold weather and misleading altimeters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Most of the time the difference between indicated and true altitude is negligible.

Pilot Briefing: Giving Back

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Operation Migration is one of the 2014 recipients of an AOPA Foundation Giving Back grant.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

I asked mountain flying instructors in Colorado how we can improve our mountain flying skills.

Mineral Canyon, Utah

Article | Mar 09, 2015

The most profound reason to visit Mineral Canyon is simply to experience the natural wonder of the picturesque, river-worn canyons. The canyons are a spectacle to behold from the air.

ATC angels

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

Let’s face it, pilots sometimes find themselves in real “aw, shucks” situations. Despite superior skill, judgment, ingenuity, good looks, or enthusiasm, things just aren’t working out.

Alaska camera network complete

Advocacy | Mar 05, 2015

Alaskan aviators now have 221 cameras scattered across the state that can be accessed online, offering a real-time picture of fast-changing conditions during daylight hours.

Stuck on top, no gyro in IMC: Top ATC assists

Article | Mar 04, 2015

With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.

Alton Bay draws crowd

Article | Mar 04, 2015

An ice runway that has become a New England destination tradition continues: 2,600 feet of Alton Bay have been scraped clean by dedicated volunteers.

IFR Fix: Cold and calculated

IFR Fix | Mar 02, 2015

The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.

Aircraft Maintenance: Warm panel, cool wallet

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 24, 2015

Pilots focus on preheating the engine during cold weather, but what about the cockpit? More than 30 percent of an aircraft's value is often tied up in the panel.

IFR Fix: Alternate realities

IFR Fix | Feb 18, 2015

For a pilot who flies IFR infrequently, should weather requiring an alternate raise a caution flag about the go/no-go decision?

Aircraft maintenance: Removing snow and ice

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 12, 2015

For pilots in parts of the country where they are measuring the snowfall in feet, here are some tips to keep in mind when clearing the path to your aircraft. For starters, snow blowers and aircraft are a bad combination.

Pilot Getaways: Shenandoah Mountain retreat

Article | Feb 10, 2015

In Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, you'll find a fly-in community with an unusual combination of skiing, snowboarding, and golf just a few steps from the tiedown area. Family-friendly Bryce Resort is known for its all-season fun for everyone, according to Pilot Getaways.

Fly like a fighter: Dress for egress

Fly like a fighter | Feb 09, 2015

Many pilots won't fly over large bodies of frigid water necessitating a wet suit, but the same principle for preparedness—dress for egress—applies wherever you fly. Retired Air Force pilot Larry Brown shares his lessons learned from flying an F-15 over the North Sea in a "poopy suit."

Pilot Briefing: Saving airports

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

A little more than six years ago—on November 24, 2008—22 pilots at Sky Manor Airport invested enough deposit money to buy the privately owned Pittstown, New Jersey, facility.

A flight for Summer

Article | Feb 03, 2015

A Florida pilot helps to coordinate a general aviation flight to carry a young dolphin to its permanent home at a research facility.

New England digs out

Article | Jan 28, 2015

The blizzard of Jan. 26 and 27 impacted airports around New England, and prompted some creativity as cleanup began.

Upwind private pilot scholarship open to teens

Article | Jan 23, 2015

The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.