Like it or not, there's no avoiding airspace. Whether you're planning a quick hop to a nearby strip or an epic cross-country voyage, the regulations and common sense both require you to be well versed on any type of airspace that lies in your path.
Check out these resources before your next flight.
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). Take the course >>>
Review the key points of navigating special use airspace and learn how military lights-out training could affect you (approx. 45-60 minutes). Take the course >>>
Note: Before operating withing 60 nm of the Washington D.C. SFRA (formerly the Washington D.C. ADIZ), pilots must complete FAA's online training course. For more information about the D.C. SFRA, see ASI's "Know Before You Go" online course.
Effective May 18, 2009, all pilots who fly internationally into or out of the U.S. must submit passenger and crew manifests electronically at least 60 minutes before departure. This course will guide pilots through the process of using the new electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS). (Approx. 20-30 minutes).
Take the minicourse >>>
Do you know how Flight Service has changed? Find out how to navigate the FS21 system and get the most from your preflight and in-flight briefings. (Approx. 20-25 minutes). Take the minicourse >>>
With datalink, knowing the weather ahead has never been easier--but smart pilots still proceed with caution. In this course, we'll take a practical look at cockpit weather products and how they fit into your decision making process. (approx. 60-90 minutes). Take the course >>>
This publication examines the airspace structure and how pilots are expected(and required)to operate within it. Can you define all six airspace categories? Do you know the differences between controlled and uncontrolled airspace? You'll find the answers to these and many other airspace questions. (PDF file—3MB) Download it now >>>
Picture in your mind several military jets, possibly flying near-supersonic speeds at night, with their exterior lights off. Now picture a general aviation (GA) aircraft flying on the same night. Finally, picture the two aircraft types together in the same airspace in the dark. Truth is, you are already familiar with the flight planning needed to safely share the sky with these aircraft, including the recommended procedures for operating in special use airspace. This Safety Advisor will help you apply that knowledge for the new and specific purpose of safely transiting the new world of Lights-out designated MOAs.(PDF file—483KB) Download it now >>>
The Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) outline how we become pilots, how our aircraft are certified and built, how we should fly, and much more. This Safety Advisor describes the structure of the FARs, discusses how they are created and modified, and points out other regulation-related documents all pilots should know about.(PDF file—380KB) Download it now >>>
GPS has been a revolutionary force in the GA cockpit, and it's becoming a bigger part of everyday flying all the time. As with any technology, though, it carries certain challenges. In this Safety Advisor, you'll get tips on using GPS to the fullest without sacrificing situational awareness, or your focus on flying the airplane.(PDF file—391KB) Download it now >>>
ASI Safety Quizzes
Whether you're taking a short hop or flying cross country, it's important to understand any type of airspace that lies in your path.
Planning a cross-country flight can be challenging. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc
Whether you’re new to flying or need a refresher, be sure you’re getting the most from your Flight Service briefings. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc
Use pilotage to your advantage. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc
Don't get lost in the soup! Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc
Busting special use airspace has special consequences. Underwritten by the AOPA Insurance Agency, Inc.