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

Phenom Update

The recession has taken its toll on all business jet manufacturers, but Brazil’s Embraer appears to have felt its sting the least.

Oct 03, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Debrief: Checkride angst

What does a private pilot applicant have in common with a 9,000-hour airline 777 captain upgrade candidate?

Oct 02, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Quick Look: Astra SPX

The Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Astra SPX can trace its roots back to the twin piston Aero Commander 500.

Oct 02, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Strategy: Alternate realities

From the first moment a pilot touches the controls of an airplane until the very last, there should be a CFI-induced phrase scrolling around in his head each and every time he climbs into the cockpit.

Oct 02, 2014
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Military exercise

Few features are more striking on an aeronautical chart than a mass of special-use airspace near a planned destination or astride a proposed route.

2014, 10 27 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'We missed this'

When you brief an instrument approach with circling minima, can you explain whether it has a standard circling approach maneuvering radius, or an expanded one?

2014, 10 20 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'Only localizer minimums authorized'

Some weather, a self-inflicted communications glitch, and the distraction of diverting had forged the error chain.

2014, 10 10 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'When ice becomes perceptible'

You describe the current and forecast conditions, taking pains to note that despite the early-fall warmth, you made sure to check the freezing level.

2014, 10 06 | comments
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