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

Quick Look: JetProp DLX

Piper’s sleek Malibu/Mirage pressurized singles have always been good performers once they get up to altitude. It’s the takeoff and climb phases that leave a little to be desired.

Jul 07, 2015

Pilot Magazine

FBW fears

For those wanting to transition from their Citations, Hawkers, Learjets or turboprops, a culture shock awaits.

Jul 07, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Large-jet step-up

For longtime owner-pilots of light jets, the step from the largest jet that can be flown single-pilot to an aircraft that requires a two-pilot crew often seems insurmountable.

Jul 07, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Inside WARP radar

U. S. ARTCC (Center) controllers utilize a system known as Weather and Radar Processor (WARP).

Jul 07, 2015
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: What's the window?

A pilot planning a day trip to the coast in the FBO’s new IFR-equipped aircraft has more than just weather to consider.

2015, 07 15 | comments

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
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