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

TBM Odyssey

In March, Daher-Socata—manufacturer of the TBM—invited AOPA Pilot along for a one-of-a-kind, epic ferry flight. It involved bringing a flight of four brand-new TBM 900s to the United States, the largest number of TBMs ever imported at one time.

Jun 09, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Ownership: The Part 135 option

Owning an airplane will change your life. Just try a few trips on the airlines after you purchase an airplane and you’ll understand that pretty quickly.

Jun 09, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Mentor Matters: The Narsarsuaq trap

For many pilots, a North Atlantic crossing and European trip tops the flying bucket list.

Jun 09, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Quick Look: Learjet 31/31A

The Learjet 31, one of the fastest, high-flying light jets ever.

Jun 09, 2014
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 11 degrees of separation

The arcing dashed arrow that ushers in the missed approach lends it a deceptively simple appearance, but there’s more here than greets the eye.

2014, 07 28

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Where there's smoke

Spot quiz: What is the METAR/TAF code for smoke?

2014, 07 22 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Nonprecision, not imprecision

In the satellite age, it’s still true that the less precision exists for navigation, the more precise the flying must be.

2014, 07 15

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: What color is your SA?

Raw-data aviation remains relevant in one respect: No one ever said that pilots flying raw-data approaches had sacrificed their airmanship on the altar of technology.

2014, 07 08 | comments
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