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

South America, by way of GA

When pilots reminisce, they boast of memorable trips—both short and long. And while a 300-mile voyage can provide its share of excitement, it’s those long, ambitious ones that give more bang for the buck.

Jun 09, 2015

Pilot Magazine

A crossing gone wrong

It’s become widely accepted in aviation that nearly every accident can be traced not to one single cause, but rather a chain of threats and errors that all contribute to the final outcome.

Jun 09, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Debrief: The ‘anti’ attitude

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen checklists created by pilots who think their version is better than the manufacturer’s.

Jun 09, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Turbine: Two trips

The irony is that to the uninformed, a “small” airplane can be anything from a Piper Cub to a Citation X.

Jun 08, 2015
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: The quick pick

It’s comforting that you can always pick up an IFR clearance if conditions deteriorate. It’s another thing to pull the trigger and manage any complications.

2015, 06 29 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Two loud bangs

One stricken aircraft was in cruise; the other, near landing. Were these emergencies? Dramatic to ponder, but secondary to problem solving.

2015, 06 12

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Unknown problem, imperfect solution

There was a bang, the instructor says, followed by a vibration in the control column. Did something on the cowling let go, striking the tail?

2015, 06 01 | comments

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
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