2009 Answers for Pilots

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Answers for Pilots: AOPA Medical Services Program

Pilot Magazine | 2009, 12 01

AOPA believes the health of general aviation depends on the health of our members. Pilots are a hearty breed, but even the heartiest among us can sometimes be grounded for medical issues. That’s why AOPA has created The AOPA Medical Services Program. This new effort has been designed to help pilots stay healthy, keep their medical certificates, and extend their flying years.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Mexico

Article | 2009, 11 01

As the weather cools down over much of the United States, southern destinations take on a lot of appeal for pilots. AOPA receives numerous calls this time of year about flying to Mexico. Many pilots are confused about the complexities of border-crossing procedures - and questions about eAPIS continue. Nevertheless, if the beaches of the beautiful Mexican resorts or some of the other Mexican attractions call you south, go ahead and give in to your dreams - just be sure to do a thorough trip preparation first. Here is a summary of what you need to know.

Answers for Pilots: Logging time

Article | 2009, 10 01

Logbooks mean many things to pilots--sentimental diaries of cherished time in the sky; reminders of people from years past who shared the cockpit with us; fond memories of aircraft we flew and destinations we enjoyed; journals of lessons learned. Logbooks, of course, have a practical use which includes keeping a record of time and training toward currency, and to be used for eligibility for additional certificates and ratings. It is important that airmen are aware of and comply with regulations related to logbook records to avoid problems, fines, or even certificate suspension.

Answers for Pilots: Flying - A class act

Article | 2009, 09 01

Every pilot holds an airman medical certificate that’s either valid or invalid. Those of us who actively fly make the pilgrimage to the AME’s office on a regular basis—the frequency depending on the class of medical certificate we hold.

Answers for Pilots: Hurricanes

Article | 2009, 08 01

June 1 was the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season and activity typically peaks in August. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, a near normal Atlantic hurricane season is expected.

Answers for Pilots: Healthier Choices

Article | 2009, 07 01

AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s 2008 Nall Report, which details general aviation accidents, trends, and factors for 2007, states that pilot-related accidents accounted for about three-quarters of both total and fatal general aviation accidents in 2007. Each of the pilots involved in these accidents made a decision, or a series of decisions, that culminated in an accident.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Canada

Article | 2009, 06 01

As the weather gets warm, many pilots, like birds, get the urge to fly North. From May through September, AOPA answers phone and email inquiries from pilots asking what is needed to fly across the border into Canada.

Answers for Pilots: Pilot Certificates

Article | 2009, 05 01

If you’re confused about whether you need to replace your pilot certificate with a newer version, you’re not alone. Lately, many of the questions members ask when they call AOPA’s Pilot Information Center concern their pilot certificates.

Answers for Pilots: Birds in the news

Article | 2009, 04 01

News coverage of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s celebrated landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January, just a few minutes after the Airbus A320 he was flying struck a flock of large birds on takeoff from LaGuardia Airport, has raised birdstrike awareness and spurred conversations on the topic across the country. Those of us who fly particularly admire Sully’s ditching success and applaud the safe rescue of all on board.

Answers for Pilots: Pilot's Guide to Taxes

Article | 2009, 03 01

With tax time upon us, you may want to take a look at AOPA’s Pilot’s Guide to Taxes to see if your flying activity might qualify for a deduction. Read up on tax concerns that affect aircraft owners, particularly those who use their aircraft for business purposes.