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

Home schooled

What’s most unusual about the ProFlight course is not what happens in Carlsbad. It’s what happens at your home or office in the weeks leading up to the training.

May 13, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Training options

There’s no way around it: Pilots who want to be pilot in command of turbojet/turbofan airplanes must earn a type rating.

May 12, 2015

Pilot Magazine

It’s good to be the King Air

Since opening in 2009, Potomac Flight Training has secured a reputation for its ability to offer U.S. Army-compliant training for military contractors that use King Airs in overseas missions.

May 12, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Checkride redux

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.

May 12, 2015
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Red flag warning

From one 56-day cycle to the next, a U.S. en route low altitude chart contains an average of 1,361 changes.

2015, 05 12

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Aircraft for rent, maybe

A flight school/aircraft rental business had a double scare recently when two of its aircraft didn’t show up at two different destinations on separate days.

2015, 04 28 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Situational awareness a last defense in CFIT scenario

As you prepare to level off from the descent in instrument conditions, a ground proximity warning goes off. What's the correct response?

2015, 04 13

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Danger at the heart of embedded thunderstorms

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

2015, 03 30
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