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: Quick Look

The Evolution—with flowing curves and bubble-shape windows—oozes modernity.

Sep 04, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: Keep 'em Flying

This month’s article on the Nextant 400XTi shows just how much you can do with an older turbine airplane.

Sep 04, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: Emergency Strategies

With greater rewards come greater risks, so preparing for the unknown becomes that much more important.

Sep 04, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: Mentor Matters

Bumping up circling radii

Sep 04, 2015
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: A threshold question

When an accident claims an experienced pilot flying a familiar mission, other pilots ponder whether they would have been vulnerable to a similar outcome.

2015, 09 01

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Precisely flown nonprecision

Flying the VOR RWY 9 approach into Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota, how would you plan your descent to the minimum descent altitude?

2015, 08 18

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: A show of hands

Pilots hold a variety of scenario-based attitudes about hand-flying versus autopilots on approach. In these two excerpts from the Aviation Safety Reporting System, see how each technique led to some unpredicted consequences.

2015, 08 03 | comments

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
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