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Training Tip: Precip's potential pitfalls

Article | Jul 24, 2015

Many student pilots ask: Is precipitation a no-go item for VFR flight?

'All about doing the impossible'

Article | Jul 23, 2015

Pilots who are passionate about aviation can change lives, said Ben Walton, founder of the Summit Aviation Cancer Camp in Bozeman, Montana.

CAP National Flight Academy solos cadets across the country

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Civil Air Patrol cadet Josh Thompson, 16, could barely contain his pride and enthusiasm after soloing a Cessna 172 during a National Flight Academy solo camp in July at Fort Pickett Army National Guard Base in Blackstone, Virginia.

On the move

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

When the weather takes a turn for the worse we pilots do three things, guaranteed: We frantically begin checking and rechecking metars, TAFs, and Nexrad radar; tune in The Weather Channel, and wonder where the adverse conditions are headed.

Secrets of night storms probed

Article | Jul 01, 2015

A King Air, Lockheed P-3 Orion, and NASA’s DC-8 are among an armada of vehicles probing night storms in the Great Plains.

Lightspeed announces summer headset deals

Article | Jun 30, 2015

Pilots, listen up: Lightspeed Aviation is offering discounts of up to $100 on a trio of noise reducing, Bluetooth-capable headsets in its summer headset sale.

Air Force grant helps Civil Air Patrol cadet campers

Article | Jun 29, 2015

A new Air Force grant opens the financial door for Civil Air Patrol cadets struggling to attend this summer’s weeklong camps highlighting leadership, physical fitness, character development, and aviation-themed educational experiences.

Cheap chills

Article | Jun 25, 2015

Pilots have options (besides suffering and sweating) when the summer sun drives cockpit temperatures north of comfortable. Air conditioning can cost less than you might think.

Storms cut large swath

Slideshow | Jun 24, 2015

Powerful storms struck the High Plains and Midwest June 22, destroying homes and other buildings including a hangar at an Iowa airport.

Maryland Cub Scouts take flight at AOPA

Article | Jun 24, 2015

Maryland Cub Scouts, their den masters, and an army of volunteers swarmed around AOPA’s headquarters for a week of traditional scouting day camp activities mixed with large doses of fun aviation events.

AV8R profile

Article | Jun 17, 2015

Ryan Flynn, 16, of Louisville, Kentucky, and his family have traveled the world in commercial jets.

Pilot Getaways: Solitude in the Selway

Article | Jun 10, 2015

Few airstrips exude peacefulness like Fish Lake. Within this spruce-shrouded valley, the wildlife is abundant, the sounds are intensified, and visitors are rare.

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Jun 10, 2015

Senior Editors Jill W. Tallman and Dave Hirschman are making the trek to Oshkosh for the really big show—should they fly over Lake Michigan or not?<

Texas storms scrub Ladies Love Taildraggers, Bluebonnet fly-ins

Article | May 27, 2015

The Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-In that had been scheduled May 28 through 30 has been canceled in light of storms and floods that have pummeled Texas.

Pilot Getaways: Seaside tradition

Article | May 26, 2015

Enjoy the beach, bay, and treasured wetlands of Ocean City, Maryland, on your way to our from the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, on June 6.

Drone school opens for business

Article | May 22, 2015

Auburn University has been granted a waiver to operate a commercial drone school that will be open to the public.

COUNTRY STAR DIERKS BENTLEY NAMED AOPA FOUNDATION HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY CO CHAIR

News release | May 22, 2015

COUNTRY STAR DIERKS BENTLEY NAMED AOPA FOUNDATION HAT IN THE RING SOCIETY CO-CHAIR

Globetrotter

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2015

Bill Harrelson’s weight-class world record flight over both the north and south poles almost ended before it began.

Light the way

Article | Apr 28, 2015

Once part of a national network that guided pilots of the 1930s through treacherous terrain, Montana’s airway beacons are both historic and functional.

Big numbers

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo is shaping up to set records for attendance.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2015

I had heard nothing on the radio while warming up the airplane. That was mistake number one.

Topics Summer, Weather

National Bushwheel Awareness Week: Quirky gathering in the Idaho wilderness

Pilot Magazine | Apr 06, 2015

Turbulent plumes of swirling mountain air jostle our pair of Carbon Cubs as we approach Johnson Creek Airport (3U2) for the start of National Bushwheel Awareness Week, a quirky annual gathering that attracts more than 100 backcountry airplanes and the STOL fanatics who fly them.

Upwind, Whirly-Girls announce scholarship winners

Article | Apr 01, 2015

Four California teens have been selected to earn their private pilot certificates in the summer through the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program; Whirly-Girls International also announced its 2015 scholarship winners in March.