Technique

Sweeps Spin
Sweeps Spin
2:03 min

AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and AOPA Pilot Managing Editor Sarah Deener wanted to know just how well your AOPA Sweepstakes You Can Fly Cessna 152 can spin. Only one way to find out, and you can ride along.

Mastering wheel landings
Mastering wheel landings
1:54 min

Don't think of landing when doing a wheel landing in a tail dragger.

Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls
Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls
8:14 min

Year after year, unintended stalls are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. The "departure" or "power-on" stall is practiced during flight training, but in a controlled, coordinated scenario at a high altitude. Unexpected stalls during takeoffs or go-arounds are sudden, sharp, and frightening. At low altitude, even a brief loss of aircraft control may be unrecoverable. This video explains the differences in power-on stall training versus real-world scenarios, the aerodynamics of how stalls occur during takeoffs and go-arounds, and techniques pilots can use to prevent them.

This video brought to you by BendixKing by Honeywell.

Accident Case Study: Final Approach
Accident Case Study: Final Approach
16:49 min

On January 13, 2013, a Piper Arrow collided with trees during an emergency approach to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base. Come along as we re-create the pilot's final flight, and seek to understand the circumstances that led him down a path to disaster.

Water ditching caught on tape
Water ditching caught on tape
2:15 min

Two airplanes collide in Italy, one pilot is able to ditch into the water in front of a crowded beach. Its all caught on tape. We digest the lessons to be learned from this viral video.

Upset Recovery Training
Upset Recovery Training
3:44 min

See Prevailance Aerospace upset recovery training in an Extra 330LX.

Accident Case Study: Emergency Management
Accident Case Study: Emergency Management
13:18 min

On December 16, 2012, a Piper Cherokee impacted terrain during an instrument approach to Fayetteville, North Carolina. In this case study, we use ATC audio and radar data to reconstruct the tragic flight and find out what went wrong.

Approx. 13 minutes

Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing
Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing
12:58 min

Not every forced landing results in fatalities or even injuries, but a little knowledge on what to do in a survival situation can go a long way. In this video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, we discuss survival kit essentials and what actions you can take to help reduce the time it takes to get found. For more information, be sure to also download the Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing Safety Advisor.

FAA NOTAM Search Site
FAA NOTAM Search Site
1:20 min

The FAA has just opened a new website making it easier to track down just the NOTAM information you need.

White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important
White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important
1:30 min

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman shows us why tracking that white stripe is a good idea.

Dogfighting over Cape Cod
Dogfighting over Cape Cod
6:56 min

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.

Flying the Weather: T-storm Toolbox
Flying the Weather: T-storm Toolbox
4:39 min

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.

AOPA flight training scholarships
AOPA flight training scholarships
1:13 min

The AOPA Foundation is offering scholarships to help support outstanding student pilots.

Upset training in L39
Upset training in L39
6:16 min

Learning how to instinctively recover from extreme unusual attitudes might save your life some day.

Flying NYC
Flying NYC
5:19 min

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.

PilotWorkshops
PilotWorkshops
8:28 min

New benefit for AOPA members from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops - free access to a selection of audio and video training programs.

Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn
Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn
5:41 min

Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous.

Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches
Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches
5:08 min

A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground.

Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings
Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings
9:42 min

Every pilot learns the technique for a proper crosswind landing, but this skill requires more than knowing the proper control inputs.

CFI Success
CFI Success
18:07 min

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.

Aircraft Types

Commuter Craft Innovator
Commuter Craft Innovator
0:35 min

The Commuter Craft Innovator is making a splash at the Sport Aviation Expo 2016.

Light Sport Aircraft: Tale of two Rans
Light Sport Aircraft: Tale of two Rans
4:19 min

Go behind the scenes and see what it’s like to fly the light sport Rans S–20 Raven and Rans S–19LS Venterra.

Restored de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk
Restored de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk
2:02 min

The de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk has a storied history as a trainer, aerobat, crop duster, and award-winner. Ride along as AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman probes the secrets of the Super Chipmunk's success.

Pipistrel Panthera
Pipistrel Panthera
2:35 min

The Panthera is a super-sleek, carbon-fiber four-seater that will be offered in three variants.

Hondajet Certification
Hondajet Certification
1:57 min

Decades in the making and conceived on a clean sheet with revolutionary ideas, the HondaJet received FAA type certification Dec. 9.

New and upcoming business jets at NBAA 2015
New and upcoming business jets at NBAA 2015
6:24 min

AOPA Pilot Editor-at-Large Tom Horne looks at the airplanes on display at NBAA 2015

Flying the Griffon Lionheart
Flying the Griffon Lionheart
3:50 min

In the 1990's, aircraft designer Larry French envisioned a composite version of a classic staggerwing biplane. The Griffion Lionheart is the result. It was sold as a kit, and six were built. One remains flying. AOPA Live's Paul Harrop had a chance to fly this rare beast.

B-25 Panchito at AOPA
B-25 Panchito at AOPA
2:29 min

B-25 bomber Panchito and the last surviving Doolittle Raider visit AOPA.

Checking out in a B-25
Checking out in a B-25
6:21 min

AOPA's Tom Haines gets his Second-in-Command rating in a B-25 bomber.

Custom Cirrus
Custom Cirrus
2:36 min

The Cirrus customization program takes a page from high-end cars.

Citation Latitude Performance
Citation Latitude Performance
2:28 min

Ride along as AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne puts the new Citation Latitude through its paces.

Citation Latitude Production
Citation Latitude Production
5:09 min

Textron goes big-cabin with its newest Citation. We get an inside look at the assembly line.

Nextant 400XTi
Nextant 400XTi
4:14 min

At the top of the G-A market Nextant Aerospace leads the re-manufacturing boom with the 400XTi.

Pipistrel Alpha Electro
Pipistrel Alpha Electro
3:05 min

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne gets to fly the Pipistrel Alpha Electro - an electric trainer.

Tecnam P2010
Tecnam P2010
4:14 min

Tecnam's P2010 has arrived in style, and AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh puts the four-seater through its paces.

Junkers F13
Junkers F13
2:54 min

See the painstaking creation of a vintage Junkers F-13, considered the world’s first airliner.

Seabees
Seabees
2:16 min

A veritable hive of Republic Seabees touchdown at AirVenture on Lake Winnebago.

75 Years of the Ercoupe
75 Years of the Ercoupe
3:16 min

Take a ride in the Ercoupe, a fun, affordable airplane that has been around for 75 years.

Flying the ICON A5
Flying the ICON A5
4:01 min

After years of buzz, AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman got to fly the ICON A5. Does it live up to the hype? Watch to find out...

That's All Brother - CAF Restoring C-47 that led D-Day
That's All Brother - CAF Restoring C-47 that led D-Day
8:01 min

Paul Harrop talks with Adam Smith of the Commemorative Air Force about restoring the C-47 that led the D-Day invasion, That's All... Brother.

Travel

Tangier Island Holly Run 2015
Tangier Island Holly Run 2015
2:28 min

Santa Claus can stuff a lot into a sleigh, and even into a Van's Aircraft RV-10, for that matter. This latter vehicle was his aircraft of choice for a visit that has become a heartwarming tradition on Tangier Island, a remote community in the Chesapeake Bay.

Beechcraft Museum
Beechcraft Museum
2:54 min

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum celebrates the roots of general aviation with rare artifacts and unique aircraft, and is among many great reasons to attend the AOPA Fly-In Oct. 10 in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Burning Man Festival
Burning Man Festival
4:06 min

An airport rises from the Nevada desert each year to celebrate the annual Burning Man festival with its exuberant partying and gifting, before disappearing into the night.

G-A in Alaska
G-A in Alaska
3:06 min

See the beautiful Copper River Basin in Alaska and hear how important G-A is to every day life.

Surfside Seaplane Base
Surfside Seaplane Base
2:34 min

Experience the freedom of flying in a seaplane at Surfside Seaplane base near Minneapolis.

Golden Wings Flying Museum
Golden Wings Flying Museum
3:19 min

Greg Herrick has amassed one of the largest private collections of vintage aircraft in the country, including some beautiful, rare, and airworthy models from aviation's Golden Age. Check out the Golden Wings Flying Museum during AOPA's Minneapolis Fly-In Aug. 22.

Flying Clubs
Flying Clubs
2:00 min

Flying clubs have a number of advantages including affordability, the option to choose from a variety of planes, and camaraderie.

Think Global Flight Launches
Think Global Flight Launches
0:54 min

Captain Judy Rice and team launch on a round the world flight to raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics (STEM) education.

South America, by way of GA
South America, by way of GA
3:37 min

See what it's like to take a trip with Air Journey to South America.

AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
2:32 min

Find out the great sights to see and things to do around the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In.

Marshfield Airport
Marshfield Airport
3:25 min

Just south of Boston along the Massachusetts shoreline, an airport with a rich history and strong ties to its community completed an overhaul last year.

G-A Helps in Haiti
G-A Helps in Haiti
3:32 min

Pilot and Doctor Randy Rizor delivers medical supplies and volunteers providing medical care to the people of Cap-Haitian, Haiti.

Pole to Pole flight
Pole to Pole flight
4:05 min

Exclusive interview with Bill Harrellson, who flew a single-engine LanceAir IV over both poles.

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival
Lake Havasu Balloon Festival
2:07 min

Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.

Bahamas Sea Planes
Bahamas Sea Planes
2:28 min

There is no more scenic way to see the Bahamas than by touring in a seaplane.

Flying to the Bahamas
Flying to the Bahamas
4:48 min

Learn the ins and outs of flying to the Bahamas.

St. Simons Island Attractions
St. Simons Island Attractions
1:19 min

See the top attractions around St. Simons Island in preparation for the Fly In.

Barrington Irving's Flying Classroom
Barrington Irving's Flying Classroom
2:45 min

Pilot Barrington Irvin is flying around the world to get students interested in aviation careers.

Dogfighting over Cape Cod
Dogfighting over Cape Cod
6:56 min

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.

Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum
Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum
2:03 min

Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum in Indianapolis honors a premier name in aircraft propulsion.

Safety and Education

NTSB Top Ten List 2016
NTSB Top Ten List 2016
2:47 min

The annual NTSB list of most wanted safety improvements again includes general aviation this year, and again focuses on loss of control. Much progress has been made improving safety and reducing accidents in recent years.

The Joy of First Solo
The Joy of First Solo
3:24 min

The most significant milestone for an aviator is their first solo. AOPA Live's Paul Harrop shows us it's a team effort to get there.

How to Launch Aviation Education into your Curriculum
How to Launch Aviation Education into your Curriculum
38:54 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Interactive Discussion
Interactive Discussion
22:50 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Launching an Aviation Education Program
Launching an Aviation Education Program
36:26 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

2015 Best Flight School of the Year
2015 Best Flight School of the Year
2:42 min

AeroVenture Institute won AOPA's Flight Training Excellence Award for best flight school 2015.

2015 Best Flight Instructor of the Year
2015 Best Flight Instructor of the Year
2:05 min

Todd Shellnutt won AOPA's Flight Training Excellence Award for best flight instructor 2015.

Flying Again: Movie follows Rusty Pilots through learning to fly again
Flying Again: Movie follows Rusty Pilots through learning to fly again
11:31 min

Paul Harrop talks with MzeroA's Jason Schappert about his new film Flying Again.

High School Student Aviation Success stories
High School Student Aviation Success stories
12:50 min
Barrington Irving
Barrington Irving
39:41 min

Barrington Irving explains his Flying Classroom and how it's being used in schools across the nation. Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Weather Wise: IFR Flight Planning
Weather Wise: IFR Flight Planning
9:22 min

Flying IFR simplifies weather planning in some ways--but it also increases our exposure to potentially dangerous conditions. In this video, we look at how to anticipate and avoid such conditions during the days and hours leading up to a flight.

Aviation Education & Career Readiness
Aviation Education & Career Readiness
44:35 min

Panel discussion, Colleen Conklin, Director, Gaetz Aerospace Institute, ERAU; terry Aunchman, Cirector of Career and Technical Education, Pasco County, FL; Dr. Ken Burns, Chairman, Flight Department, ERAU; Josh Olds, Director, Flight Operations, Waypoint Global Strategies UAS Program

Patrick Cwayna, CEO, WMAA
Patrick Cwayna, CEO, WMAA
41:39 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Aviation STEM - An Overview of the Issue
Aviation STEM - An Overview of the Issue
6:32 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Opening Remarks - Stephanie Kenyon.mp4
Opening Remarks - Stephanie Kenyon.mp4
25:53 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Opening Remarks - Mark Baker, Katie Prybil
Opening Remarks - Mark Baker, Katie Prybil
7:59 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards
2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards
6:48 min

High-quality flight instruction is critical to the future of general aviation, and there is much to be learned from successful schools. AOPA gathered the nation's best instructors in Frederick, Maryland, to present the 2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards and talk about instruction done right.

Weather Wise: VFR Flight Planning
Weather Wise: VFR Flight Planning
9:43 min

One of the major challenges of flying is weather assessment. In this video we cover the major weather issues facing VFR pilots, with an emphasis on how to get a "big picture" understanding of the situation before leaving the ground.

AOPA's High School Aviation Initiative
AOPA's High School Aviation Initiative
4:19 min

AOPA launches program to bring aviation into high schools to help teach STEM and spark interest in general aviation.

Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls
Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls
8:14 min

Year after year, unintended stalls are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. The "departure" or "power-on" stall is practiced during flight training, but in a controlled, coordinated scenario at a high altitude. Unexpected stalls during takeoffs or go-arounds are sudden, sharp, and frightening. At low altitude, even a brief loss of aircraft control may be unrecoverable. This video explains the differences in power-on stall training versus real-world scenarios, the aerodynamics of how stalls occur during takeoffs and go-arounds, and techniques pilots can use to prevent them.

This video brought to you by BendixKing by Honeywell.

Events

Triple Tree
Triple Tree
3:04 min

Julie Walker shows us Triple Tree Aerodrome, a place where kids are always welcome and aviators never have to grow up.

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016
4:07 min

AOPA Live brings you the latest in the light sport aircraft and drone markets from the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.

Dierks Bentley - I work to fly
Dierks Bentley - I work to fly
21:07 min

Country music songwriter and singer Dierks Bentley talks about what aviation means to him at the NBAA convention.

Inside the Red Bull Air Race Pylons
Inside the Red Bull Air Race Pylons
2:20 min

What happens behind the scenes when a Red Bull Air Race pilot clips one of those giant inflated pylons? A team swings into action with spare parts and a plan to make sure pilots (and the crowd) won’t have long to wait.

Red Bull Air Race in Las Vegas
Red Bull Air Race in Las Vegas
6:39 min

A special report from the Red Bull Air Races in Las Vegas.

Tullahoma Fly-In
Tullahoma Fly-In
5:51 min

Rain didn’t wash out the fun in Tullahoma, Tennessee where more than 2,500 gathered for the final AOPA Fly-In of 2015.

Colorado Springs Fly-In
Colorado Springs Fly-In
1:21 min

All the sights and sounds from the Colorado Springs regional Fly-In.

Restored BT-13 Honors the Women Airforce Service Pilots
Restored BT-13 Honors the Women Airforce Service Pilots
3:39 min

Women Airforce Service Pilots veteran Elizabeth Strohfus was at the Minneapolis Fly-in to appreciate the efforts of those restoring a Vultee BT-13 Valiant to honor Strohfus and her fellow aviatrixes.

Minneapolis Fly-in
Minneapolis Fly-in
0:56 min

All the sights and sounds from the regional fly-in at Anoka County Blaine airport.

Minneapolis Fly-in Preview
Minneapolis Fly-in Preview
2:17 min

AOPA President Mark Baker has a lot of reasons to come to the fly-in at Anoka County Airport near Minneapolis.

AOPA Activities at AirVenture 2015
AOPA Activities at AirVenture 2015
2:59 min

AOPA hosts a variety of activities around the complex at AirVenture 2015.

AOPA Live This Week - July 25, 2015 - AirVenture 2015
AOPA Live This Week - July 25, 2015 - AirVenture 2015
12:58 min

The Airline Pilots Association tries to throttle medical certificate reform. A veritable hive of Republic Seabees touchdown at AirVenture on Lake Winnebago. How a flying club can make flying affordable. The ride of a lifetime for a woman who helps kids get into flying.

AOPA Live This Week - July 24, 2015 - AirVenture 2015
AOPA Live This Week - July 24, 2015 - AirVenture 2015
15:55 min

AOPA Live at AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh. A possible breakthrough for medical certificate reform. The FAA boss speaks. A warbird partnership. Pirates of the north forty.

AOPA Live This Week - July 23, 2015 - AirVenture 2015
AOPA Live This Week - July 23, 2015 - AirVenture 2015
21:23 min

The sights and sounds of AirVenture 2015 at Oshkosh! A sudden opportunity for Third Class Medical reform. There will be lots of jobs in aviation. A WWII paratrooper meets up with the aircraft that lead him into battle. And putting a Piper in a Bonanza.

2015 AOPA Homecoming Fly In
2015 AOPA Homecoming Fly In
3:04 min

AOPA welcomed thousands of pilots to headquarters in Frederick, MD.

Joe Nall Week RC Fly-in
Joe Nall Week RC Fly-in
0:24 min

Watch scaled-down aircraft converge on Triple Tree Aerodrome for the world’s largest RC event.

Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season
Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season
3:57 min

All of the sights and sounds from Salinas California including a helicopter pilot on a mission to inspire young girls to follow in her footsteps. AOPA President Mark Baker emphasizes to Fly-in attendees that third class medical reform is still AOPA's top priority.

AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
2:32 min

Find out the great sights to see and things to do around the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In.

Paws and Planes Day at the National Aviation Community Center
Paws and Planes Day at the National Aviation Community Center
2:34 min

The AOPA National Aviation Community Center hosted Paws and Planes, an event that showed kids flying for others – including our four-footed friends – can be rewarding and fun.

Mark Baker Honored at Living Legends of Aviation
Mark Baker Honored at Living Legends of Aviation
1:37 min

Harrison Ford presented his legacy award to AOPA President Mark Baker at the Twelfth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.