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.
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
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
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The FAA has just opened a new website making it easier to track down just the NOTAM information you need.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman shows us why tracking that white stripe is a good idea.
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 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.
There's a wide variety of airplanes that fall under LSA rules, one for almost any need or budget.
We test fly EAA's One Week Wonder, a Zenith built by thousands at Oshkosh.
Enstrom helicopter is enjoying a resurgence.
Exclusive interview with Bill Harrellson, who flew a single-engine LanceAir IV over both poles.
The biggest King Air does it all, and from the most primitive strips.
See the Bristell Taidragger at the 2015 US Sport Aviation expo in Sebring, FL.
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, kicked off the show season with a few unusual arrivals.
Get a look at one very capable light sport aircraft.
The history of AFOne and how it ended up as part of the Reagan Presidential Library.
Walt and Debbie Kuemmerle fly a T-28 Trojan to airports and events around the south, and their vintage military trainer gets plenty of attention.
Its a famous Gooney Bird! Learn about this C-47 turned DC-3 and where it has been.
For venturing out where 100LL is hard to find, Glasair now has the option of a Diesel engine in the Sportsman. Tom Haines files this pilot report.
For the first time in decades, Mooney has two new models in the works.
Check out the latest and greatest airplanes at the 2014 NBAA Convention and Exhibition.
AOPA surprises the lucking winner of the Debonair Sweepstakes in the air!
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.
Warbirds to depart Edwards Ranch
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.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.
There is no more scenic way to see the Bahamas than by touring in a seaplane.
Learn the ins and outs of flying to the Bahamas.
See the top attractions around St. Simons Island in preparation for the Fly In.
Pilot Barrington Irvin is flying around the world to get students interested in aviation careers.
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.
History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.
The challenge of landing at an "altiport" high in the French Alps.
An epic flight the length of the Mississippi in an open cockpit Aircam.
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.
Learning to fly a CJ business jet in a simulator alone at ProFlight in Carlsbad, CA.
Blackhawk rotor wash entangles a student pilot in a Cirrus
Tom Haines talks with NORAD Commander Adm. Bill Gortney about TFRs, fighter intercepts, and general aviation and Navy flying.
General Aviation is on the NTSB Top Ten Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements for 2015.
With 50 years between logbook entries a rusty pilot returns to the cockpit.
Actor and comedian Dave Coulier talks about his Bonanza and his contribution to the AOPA Foundation's silent auction.
A look at Redbird Migration, and the technology at the leading edge of flight training.
See how AOPA staffers react to hypoxia at a simulated 30,000 feet.
Spencer Watson of Aviation Adventures in Manassas, Va. has been voted Best Flight Instructor of 2014.
Paragon Flight Training at Pace Field in Ft. Myers, Florida, wins the award as Flight Trainings Best Flight School in 2014.
By bringing up-to-the-minute weather into the cockpit, datalink has increased the utility of our aircraft while making weather flying safer and easier. In this video, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the “datalink revolution” as told by the people who made it happen. Approx. 27 minutes
Don't let convective turbulence bring you down.
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.
Harrison Ford presented his legacy award to AOPA President Mark Baker at the Twelfth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.
AOPA President Mark Baker looks forward to a new year of AOPA Fly-Ins as the association aims to build on the success of 2014 events that drew thousands.
Preview of the 2015 AOPA Fly-Ins.
A look back at our seven successful regional fly-ins of 2014.
See a group of general aviation pilots fly in holiday cheer. Pilots joined Santa to bring greens, school supplies and gifts to the residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village in Virginia.
Founding pilots of the Civil Air Patrol played a vital role protecting America when wolf packs of German submarines were at the door. They gathered in Washington this week to accept one of the nation’s highest honors.
Meet the husband and wife team responsible for safely bringing in hundreds of airplanes to the St. Simons regional fly-in.
See a preview of the future, controlling the airplane with the sound of your voice.
We go behind the scenes to show you whats involved in surprising the winner of the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair.
There was a little bit of everything at AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In including a variety of aircraft, an aerial performance by Michael Goulian and a chance to be a part of the GA community.
An incredible mix of unique aircraft at the AOPA Fly-in to Spokane, Washington.
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 San Marcos, Texas, fly-in a huge success, with nearly 3,000 attendees.
AOPA's regional fly-ins aren't just for pilots. It was a family affair at San Marcos, Texas.
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.
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