Operations at Airports
Are you worried about ATC communications at a towered airport? Or perhaps you don’t know what to expect when entering the traffic pattern at a non-towered facility? Be prepared with courses, safety advisors, and quizzes. Check out the resources.
With many air traffic control towers closing across the country, AOPA and the Air Safety Institute teamed up to present a webinar on Nontowered Airport Operations. It's a great refresher on traffic pattern procedures and communications at airports with no tower. View recorded presentation >>
Conflicts at the Crossroads: Avoiding Runway Incursions Webinar
Join AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg and a panel of runway safety experts as they discuss the hazard of runway incursions and how to avoid them. Improve your piloting skills as you learn to recognize and avoid Conflicts at the Crossroads. Sponsored by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc. View recorded presentation >>>
Some of aviation's worst accidents have happened on the ground. Find out why—and learn how to avoid runway incursions—by taking this course (approx. 45-60 minutes). Take the course >>>
Radio communication is one of a pilot's core skills — and a cornerstone of safe flying. This course covers both VFR and IFR radio operations and will help you communicate properly, efficiently, and effectively from the cockpit (approx. 45-60 minutes). Take the Course >>>
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It’s critical to be well versed on any type of airspace that lies in your path. This comprehensive course covers everything you need to know to keep your pilot certificate (and yourself) safe (approx. 60-90 minutes).
What's the most common mistake pilots make while taxiing?
Being distracted while taxiing can have devastating consequences. Check it out >>>
It's a shorthand way to refer to airports not served by operating air traffic control towers, and that includes most of the airports in the United States. Millions of safe operations in all types of aircraft are conducted at nontowered airports in a variety of weather conditions. It works because pilots put safety first and use commonly known procedures. (PDF file—792KB) Download it now >>>
Runway incursions are occurring more frequently each year. This includes collisions on the ground and between aircraft and ground vehicles. This Safety Advisor gives pilots the information to operate safely at busy towered airports. (PDF file—1,072KB) Download it now >>>
Collision avoidance, in the air and on the ground, is one of the most basic responsibilities of a pilot operating an aircraft in VFR conditions. During primary training, pilots are taught to keep their eyes outside the cockpit and look for conflicting traffic. But little formal instruction is given on the best ways to visually identify potential collision threats—or in procedures that can lessen their risk of occurring. Make the strategies and tactics in this Safety Advisor part of your standard procedures to keep the skies safer for you, and for those you share it with. (PDF file—427KB) Download it now >>>
The Airspace Flash Cards help pilots keep the different types of airspace straight. Each card includes a color depiction of the airspace, a description of its characteristics, and a discussion question.
ASI Safety Quizzes
No tower? No problem. Safe operations at nontowered airports rely on procedure. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc.
Flying into, out of, or near towered airports present unique challenges. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc.
Pilot must maintain vigilance and situational awareness while operating in the airport environment. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc.
Whether in the air or on the ground, collision avoidance is one of a pilot's most basic responsibilities.
When ceilings are low and visibility is poor, approach lighting can guide you in safely. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc.
Airport can become a bewildering array of lights after the sun goes down. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc.
Feeling a little rusty on the radio? Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc.
The Pilot/Controller Glossary was developed to help promote a common understanding of the terms used in the Air Traffic Control system. Are you and ATC on the same page? Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc.