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

Quick Look: Beechcraft King Air 350

With a 300-knot cruise speed, the King Air 350 competes well against jets on trips shorter than 400 nautical miles, for example.

Sep 08, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Mentor Matters: The dark side of the back side

Every private pilot learns that the total drag an aircraft experiences in flight is the sum of two different varieties of drag.

Sep 08, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Wings over Asia

Want to fly your own airplane around the world? Me, too. Since 2008, Air Journey has been specializing in escorted air tours that make that fantasy come true.

Sep 04, 2014

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
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'To comply with published procedures'

On a second inspection, the numbers do make sense.

2014, 09 09

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Missing for real

Spatial disorientation? Isn’t that only a hazard for VFR pilots?

2014, 09 02 | comments

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
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