Advanced Flight Training

Ratings and Endorsements

Whether it's your favorite seaplane, tailwheel, complex, or high-performance airplane that you hope to someday fly as pilot in command, the FAA requires training and testing, or an endorsement by an authorized instructor, to have an additional category, class, or operating privilege added to your credentials.

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Going to High Performance Aircraft

AOPA continues to receive questions regarding endorsements needed by pilots to fly complex and high-performance aircraft. With the changes to 14 CFR 61.31 in mid-1997, the FAA changed the requirements for a person to act as PIC of these aircraft. The wrong endorsement could mean a violation or invalidate your aircraft insurance.

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AOPA Podcast: Airline Transport Pilot Certification

Listen as David Oord, AOPA's Manager of Regulatory Affairs, explains the changes to airline transport pilot certification and flight regulations.

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Turbine Magazine

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: Introduction

I’ve been watching the fly-by-wire (FBW) scene, and sometimes I get concerned.

Feb 08, 2016

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: Quick Look

Mid-size jet still carries that Lear cachet and performance

Feb 08, 2016

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: A special section for the turbine owner-pilot

General Electric announced that its new H80 turboprop engine has been selected to power Textron’s upcoming single-engine turboprop.

Jan 12, 2016

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: Quick Look

Big loads, short fields, 400 KTAS

Jan 12, 2016
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'Maintain VFR'

With clouds close above and a populated marina below, a pilot departing VFR in expectation of receiving an IFR clearance found only disappointment, not vectors.

2016, 02 03

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'What should I have done?'

After experiencing an alternator failure in instrument conditions, the pilot and his flight instructor could receive but not transmit, but the transponder still worked. What should the pilot and CFI do?

2015, 12 29

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Building time, squeezed for space

If you are one to seek approach procedures that challenge your workload-management abilities, the ILS or LOC/DME RWY 35 approach to Colorado’s Greeley-Weld County Airport offers a test.

2015, 12 14

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: When to look out below

Unlike in summer when high temperatures create performance-robbing high density altitude conditions, cold air is the villain of this piece, actually impugning an altimeter’s credibility.

2015, 11 18
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