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

The king of speed

Cessna’s original Citation X was introduced in 1990, and the first production aircraft was delivered to golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

Feb 06, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Quick Look: Citation Bravo

Like so many other designs in aviation, the Citation II was reborn into the Bravo because of improvements in engine design.

Feb 05, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Profile: The business of aviation

With only a nanosecond of hesitation, Bob Pittman declares the Falcon 900 his favorite airplane.

Feb 05, 2015

Pilot Magazine

10 jet pilot errors

After thousands of hours of instruction given to new jet pilots, certain patterns in errors and knowledge gaps become apparent.

Jan 09, 2015
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IFR Fix: Cold and calculated

The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.

2015, 03 02


IFR Fix: Alternate realities

For a pilot who flies IFR infrequently, should weather requiring an alternate raise a caution flag about the go/no-go decision?

2015, 02 18 | comments


IFR Fix: One hour to burn

What would you choose to work on if offered a complimentary hour to tackle the IFR proficiency challenge of your choice?

2015, 02 02


IFR Fix: An uneasy compromise

The pilot wasn’t the first “expert” ever humbled by an icing encounter. Here was a chance for redemption.

2015, 01 12
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