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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Turbine Magazine

Pilot Magazine

Cessna CJ3+: a plus for the CJ3

This upgraded CJ3 will be equipped with Garmin’s most advanced flight deck, the G3000 touch-screen avionics suite. Now, pilots fluent in Garmin will no doubt give the CJ3+ a closer look.

Aug 06, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Debrief: Beware the radio call

By the time a pilot reaches the stage where he’s checking out in a turbine-powered airplane—especially a jet—he or she has probably heard the aviate-navigate-communicate order of piloting task importance ad infinitum.

Aug 05, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Quick Look: Cessna CitationJet

The Model 525 CitationJet is the quintessential entry level jet.

Jul 31, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Mentor Matters: Approach loading tricks

The seemingly simple act of loading an approach into a modern flight deck has a few subtleties that can cause problems for even experienced pilots.

Jul 31, 2014
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: The 'flexible safety buffer'

When it comes to establishing personal minimums, you need a working definition of the term.

2014, 08 22 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Coded weather? GMAB!

If it’s been a while, try starting your next proficiency session by getting the weather with a pad, not the iPad.

2014, 08 19 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Careful what you wish for

The Skyhawk’s cockpit is sweltering as the pilot monitors the engine oil temperature and waits for the center controller to call.

2014, 08 12 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'Trust my instincts'

The Center controller who had issued the flight’s late-night IFR clearance heard the truncated transmission but thought little of it.

2014, 08 04
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