All of those hours you’ve spent playing flight simulation games can be brought to life. Plus, pilot gear just looks cool.
Although you can’t get a pilot’s certificate until you turn 16, you can start flight training at any age. So while your peers are bragging about driving a car, you can brag about flying a plane.
There’s still a need for qualified professionals in the aviation industry, and not just pilots. We need engineers,tower controllers, mechanics, aerial photographers, and other specialized positions, making this industry an attractive career option.
Join AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim "Buffet" Moore as he goes head-to-head in a dogfight over Cape Cod Bay. See what it's like to be a fighter pilot.
AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg discuss some of the strategies they used to navigate around thunderstorms during a recent flight.
The AOPA Foundation is offering 11 scholarships to help support outstanding student pilots.
Learning how to instinctively recover from extreme unusual attitudes might save your life some day.
Learn how to fly the Hudson River Class B Exclusion in New York City. It is some of the most scenic and crowded airspace in the United States.
New benefit for AOPA members from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops - free access to a selection of audio and video training programs.
Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous.
A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground.
Every pilot learns the technique for a proper crosswind landing, but this skill requires more than knowing the proper control inputs.
Successful Strategies to Land and Retain New Students (1995) - Ralph Hood offers tips to CFIs on how to give a prospective student the best experience to increase the likelihood the prospect will sign up for lessons and continue training.
A normal takeoff is what pilots use the for the majority of their departures. But it often doesn't get the attention it deserves.
While the checklist is important for determining how to perform a short field landing, sometimes it helps to think about why we do what we do.
Learn how to choose an abort point if your takeoff roll isn't going as planned.
Rod Machado shows you techniques to prevent a spin entry.
An easier way to keep the needle centered when tracking a VOR , ILS or GPS course.
The airlines learned it a long time ago. A stabilized approach is the key to an uneventful landing. Fly along with Bruce Landsberg of the AOPA Air Safety Institute.
Hey CFI's, we made keeping your certificate current A LOT easier. Check out the new online FIRC.
Rpd Machado tells us what to do if you suddenly lose part or all of your prop. It happens.
Learn how to survive an open water ditching.
Rod Machado tells us about control surface flutter - how your can avoid it, how to recover if you encounter it.
AOPA tests new ways to open door to aviation with "Reimagined Aircraft" such as a Cessna 152 that can be co-owned and operated for as little as $65/hour, including fuel.
Get behind the controls of an Eclipse 550 with AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines. The 550 has evolved into the aircraft it was always intended to be.
Only 3 are left flying, the PV-2 Harpoon was developed from the Lockheed Lodestar.
Aerion ups the size of its supersonic business jet, HondaJet unveils first production aircraft, Dassault announces the Falcon 8X, Gulfstream extends the range of the G650.
Airbus Group flies the all-composite, battery powered E-Fan for the first time.
How do you take off on straight floats when there's no water?
How do you take off in a straight float seaplane when there's no water to be found?
History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.
Google buys Titan Aerospace, builder of high altitude solar-powered unmanned aerial systems.
A father/son team restore and build the most beautiful Waco biplanes in a small shop in rural Pennsylvania.
The Blue Angel's support C130 is a wild ride itself. Come along for a maximum performance flight in Fat Albert.
Textron Aviation says its Cessna and Beechcraft piston products are going to be produced for the long term.
Check out this beauty of a new engine! Remember this could be YOUR 1963 Debonair.
Cessna's parent company completes the purchase of Beechcraft and Hawker. Find out what it means to you.
This new powerplant is more powerful and efficient.
Customers like the new bird.
Dan Johnson of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association talks about Cessna's decision to stop building the Skycatcher.
A racy little Italian job.
What's it like to be a passenger on a Ford TriMotor?
An epic flight the length of the Mississippi in an open cockpit Aircam.
Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum in Indianapolis honors a premier name in aircraft propulsion.
Pilot-operated Indianapolis St. Elmo's Steakhouse the place to eat when in Indy for the AOPA Regional Fly-In May 31st or any other time.
The challenge of landing at an "altiport" high in the French Alps.
Long time manager of the nation's oldest continuously operating airport retires and reflects.
China turns control of some airspace over to civilian authority from the military, making it easier for general aviation flights. "China Airborne" author James Fallows explains what it means in this exclusive AOPA Live interview.
Fly cross country in a Beech 18 on straight floats with AOPA President Mark Baker.
We get and update from the Flying4Conservation team. They are half way through the journey of flying a 1957 Piper Super Cub from Oregon to Kenya.
A unique hideaway in the mountains, 35 minutes from and 7,000 feet above Los Angeles, with an airport!
CBP answers -- NOT! Stabilized approaches - not just for the big guys. Flying into Big Bear, CA. Fly Well on why you need more oxygen.
Take a look at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport from the lens of AOPA Live.
Alyssa Miller shows us a hair-raising approach into a scenic bed & breakfast near Glacier National Park.
AOPA's Jill Tallman takes you to Vernon, Texas, where ladies from all over are learning to fly.
Al Marsh highlights difficult airports.
Don't let convective turbulence bring you down.
Learn about the new AOPA Rusty Pilots Initiative. We want to help you get back in the air!
This new $1600 device from Bendix King is designed to save your life. Its a lift reserve indicator / AOA.
Air Safety Institute Mobile Risk Evaluator helps you make the go/no go decision.
AOPA responds to FAA simulator policy
National Transportation Safety Board wants better weather information in the cockpit, better forecasting, and better pilot weather education to reduce general aviation accidents.
On February 29, 2012, a Cirrus SR22 plunged to the ground just seconds before what would have been a normal landing at Melbourne, Florida. In this case study, we reconnect the links of the accident chain, and search for lessons in the tragedy.
AOPA Pilot editor Tom Horne discusses the progression of clues to help you determine if you're starting to pick up ice.
The FAA announced the UAS roadmap.
On December 20, 2011, a TBM-700 crashed onto a freeway near Morristown, New Jersey. In this case study, we piece together the events that led to the tragedy, and discuss what we as pilots can learn from them.
AOPA Pilot editor Tom Horne talks about the effects ice has on an airplane's handling and performance.
The FAA reports on medical certificate reform. A seaplane adventure in Lake Winnebago. Helping women soar, and an inspiring flight. AOPA Live This Week from AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh.
AOPA details it programs for affordable flying. A jet-fuel Skyhawk. A first-timer tries to take in all of Oshkosh. AOPA Live This Week from AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh.
You can fly with aerobatic star Billy Werth at the AOPA Indianapolis Regional Fly In. You've got to see this guy's act - his brother chases him down the runway on a motorcycle.
AOPA's regional fly-ins aren't just for pilots. It was a family affair at San Marcos, Texas.
AOPA's San Marcos, Texas, fly-in a huge success, with nearly 3,000 attendees.
A step closer to a driver's license medical. News from Sun 'n Fun 2014. New helicopter training device from Redbird. A turbine-powered RV-10. A sleek new speedster from Tecnam.
We're in Nashville for the Aircraft Electronics Association 2014 conference. There's a big step towards a DL medical. Check out an accident between a Cessna and a skydiver. AOPA launches a guide to starting a flying club. The Sweepstakes Debonair gets a new engine.
Women in Aviation Worldwide Week
From Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California. A special tribute to aviation legend Bob Hoover. AOPA President Mark Baker says "we aren't going to take it anymore" about CBP stops of law-abiding pilots. A modern Jet Ranger is announced, and Enstrom has a new training helicopter.
AOPA schedules weekend fly-ins across the country.
AOPA announces six regional AOPA Fly-Ins for 2014, and the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In at the association's Frederick, MD (FDK) headquaters to mark AOPA's 75th anniversary.
National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener, PhD, talks about programs to improve general aviation safety during the AOPA Aviation Summit.
Lightspeed Foundation receives AOPA Presidential Citation at the AOPA Aviation 2013 Summit. Foundation President Allan Schrader explains the program to AOPA President Mark Baker.
At the NBAA convention. Dassault announces the Falcon 5X with a super-sized cabin. The first production Eclipse 550 is delivered to its new owner. Iron Maiden's lead singer also knows flying. A look inside a Boeing Business Jet.
KSMO airport has been in the news a lot lately. The AOPA Air Safety Institute is taking proactive steps to ensure safety with the "Safe Skies, Good Neighbors" presentation.
2nd day coverage of the AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas.
Incredible. CBP says it can't find records on a pilot stop and search. Milestone Pilatus PC-12 number 1,200 delivered in Portsmouth, NH. Going strong since 1947. A look at Bonanza number 4,000. Oshkosh medical cures, and a Fly Well report on your ticker.
Sen. James Inhofe announces a Pilots' Bill of Rights II at AirVenture 2013.
Pilots' Bill of Rights II. The kids are in love with Dusty, and it might lead to more pilots. Pilots from around the world flock to Oshkosh. AirVenture by the numbers, and a unique trip through the Fly Market.
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