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Consider these five random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Sep 08, 2014

Check out five aviation apps that handle a range of pilot functions.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

Membership News & Notes: ‘Loud and clear,’ says Huerta

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation (USDOT) for review, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Weather Watch: Low pressure lowdown

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

Pilots sometimes ask me what I think is the most important weather concept to understand. Wow, that’s a tough one.

Topics Weather, Winter

Taildraggers to jet fighters, return to GA roots

Article | Sep 03, 2014

School was out, and he hadn’t made the cut for the Pony League baseball team. So in the summer of 1954, Dean Stickell started riding his bicycle to Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

New generation of ADS-B receiver brings new features

Article | Aug 25, 2014

Stratus 2 is a partnership among manufacturer Appareo, Sporty's Pilot Shop, and Foreflight. Because Stratus 2 was built with Foreflight in mind, the level of integration is slick and complete. However, that partnership also is the product's Achilles' heel.

IFR Fix: The 'flexible safety buffer'

IFR Fix | Aug 22, 2014

When it comes to establishing personal minimums, you need a working definition of the term.

Port-A-Cool wants you to chill out

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Port-A-Cool is trying to keep things cold with its new Hurricane evaporative cooler.

IFR Fix: Coded weather? GMAB!

IFR Fix | Aug 19, 2014

If it’s been a while, try starting your next proficiency session by getting the weather with a pad, not the iPad.

Pilot Getaways: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Coeur d’Alene is a premier resort destination of the inland Northwest. Surrounded by pine-carpeted mountains, Coeur d’Alene Lake has been called one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Consider visiting on your way to the AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16.

IFR Fix: Careful what you wish for

IFR Fix | Aug 12, 2014

The Skyhawk’s cockpit is sweltering as the pilot monitors the engine oil temperature and waits for the center controller to call.

Safety

Article | Aug 11, 2014

Weather-related accidents have a 75 percent fatality rate.

P&E Weather Watch: ‘Back door’ cold fronts

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

When we think of cold fronts we immediately conjure up a number of facts relevant to our flight planning—that they can be angry, fast-moving (say, 50-plus mph across the ground), and violent, packed with severe thunderstorms and the worst turbulence.

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.

Pilots: Helen Cernik, Piston Single Ferry Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Helen Cernik has made a dozen ocean crossings (nine Atlantic and three Pacific) in single-engine piston aircraft, mostly Cirrus SR22s and SR20s.

Waypoints: Get out of jail free

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

ASRS is a partnership between the FAA and NASA whereby pilots, controllers, flight attendants, mechanics, ground personnel, and just about anyone who has anything to do with aviation safety can report a safety situation without fear of retribution.

Summer vacation flying: Packing for your trip

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 04, 2014

Before taking off on a trip where you’ll be gone for an extended period of time or flying in remote areas, gather some spare parts and tools to take along in case a maintenance issue arises along the way.

Weather Watch: Gusts and squalls

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

A gust front at EAA’s AirVenture in 2011, about to attack AOPA’s tent site.

Briefing: Flight for a cause

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Two pilots from Fairbanks, Alaska, are flying to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this summer, and they’ve decided to make the journey a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Pfeifer represents AOPA at airport executives' conference

Article | Jul 31, 2014

AOPA Western Pacific Regional Manager John Pfeifer discussed Santa Monica Airport and regional fly-ins at the recent Southwest Chapter American Association of Airport Executives conference.

Airbus Group joins Perlan Project to soar to 90,000 feet

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The Perlan Project announced Airbus Group as a partner in Perlan Mission II, an effort to soar to 90,000 feet and explore the edges of space.

Historic pilot report made on way to Oshkosh

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Lockheed Martin Flight Services received its first in-flight electronic pilot weather report from a test aircraft headed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Training Tip: Monitoring mountain obscuration

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Whether you will cross numerous ridgelines, or climb to altitudes close to your aircraft’s limits, mountain obscuration is a potential hazard for VFR operations.