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

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Turbine Pilot: Go-Arounds

Becoming ‘go-around prepared’

Apr 07, 2016

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Turbine Pilot: Introduction

A TBM 930’s G3000 cockpit shows off its envelope protection system.

Apr 07, 2016

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: Visual Approach

Planning for this photo of an Embraer Phenom 100E began three months ahead of time.

Apr 07, 2016

Pilot Magazine

Turbine Pilot: Shop Talk

That critical 35-psi diving line

Apr 07, 2016
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IFR Fix

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Searching for 'go'

To arrive at “go,” a pilot must weigh many elements of weather information.

2016, 03 28

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: The air down there

IFR flight planning has a new wrinkle during the first winter of mandatory procedures in effect at cold temperature restricted airports.

2016, 02 16

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'Maintain VFR'

With clouds close above and a populated marina below, a pilot departing VFR in expectation of receiving an IFR clearance found only disappointment, not vectors.

2016, 02 03

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: 'What should I have done?'

After experiencing an alternator failure in instrument conditions, the pilot and his flight instructor could receive but not transmit, but the transponder still worked. What should the pilot and CFI do?

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