Live the Dream
Sky's no limit for Bulldog
Marine Sgt. Michael "Bulldog" Blair tore through his sport pilot training in AOPA's 2010 Fun to Fly Sweepstakes Remos GX, and now he's set his sights even higher—much higher. The Iraq war veteran started Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's aerospace engineering program in August with a goal of making his imprint on the spacecraft of the future. Blair, who was seriously wounded in an improvised explosive device attack during his second tour in Iraq, considered his options for a career after retiring from the Corps: He had the job skills to start work right away, but lacked one thing—education, he said. So he made a characteristically "Bulldog" decision. Read more >>
2012 Flight Training Aviation College Directory
Flight Training's Aviation College Directory is the largest, most comprehensive database available anywhere. The directory lists the colleges and universities in the United States that offer an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in an aviation field. It shows which type of degree is offered, and in which discipline(s). When searching the directory, don't rule out schools out of state. Many have some form of distance learning education opportunities, an area that will only grow in the future. Read more >>
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Aircraft of the Month
Mooney M20R Ovation
Like all Mooney aircraft, the M20R features the distinct vertical tail that aids immediate recognition as a Mooney airplane. First debuted in 1994, the M20R is a four-seat, low-wing, single-engine airplane with retractable landing gear. The airplane has a 280-hp engine and a max cruise speed of 190 knots. It is the first piston-powered, single-engine airplane to be certified for flight into known icing conditions. The M20R uses anti-icing fluid that seeps out of tiny holes on the wing’s leading edge to prevent ice from adhering. It extracts sizzling performance from a tried-and-true engine and airframe, yet makes life easy for the pilot by embracing sophisticated and modern systems.
Ask a Pilot
Can I still get an aviation medical certificate if I am unable to pass the color vision test with the aviation medical examiner (AME)?
Answer: Yes, you can. If you fail to pass the color plate test during your FAA physical examination, the AME may issue your medical certificate with a limitation that will prohibit you from flying at night. You can opt to have the restriction removed at a later date by taking one of several FAA-approved alternative color plate tests. Contact your local optometrist or ophthalmologist to see if they might have one or more of the alternative tests available.
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In the Blogs
Here is a recent post from our Let's Go Flying blogs.
Airshow Pilot Training: Why It Matters to You
On Sunday, November 6 I rode along with The Hoppers, a four-ship team that flies the Czech-built Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross. It was a one-day practice session that took place at various airports across northern Illinois. I shot the team’s promotional video over the course of two days at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival in July. It was overcast with low visibility both days for the initial shoot. Read more >>
Aviation Calendar of Events
Airports all across the United States offer weekend activities, from pancake breakfasts and barbecues to car and air shows. Find out what's going on in your area. You can search by city, state, or geographic region.
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
This light sport aviation show held Jan. 19 through 22 at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida is the largest in the United States. Exhibitors come from across the country and as far away as Africa, China, Romania, New Zealand, Australia, and the Czech Republic to attend this major aviation event. View the daily schedule and learn more online.
Living Legends of Aviation Awards
Attend the Ninth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Billed as the "Academy Awards of Aviation," the host and Ambassador of Aviation, John Travolta, will be accompanied by legends including Bob Hoover, Harrison Ford, Buzz Aldrin, Kurt Russell, Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise, Joe Clark, Clay Lacy, Cliff Robertson, and many more. Ticket information is available online.
23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference
Join Women in Aviation, International Mar. 8 through 10 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. This is the perfect conference to network, learn about the latest industry trends, hear top-notch speakers, find that perfect job, enjoy an extensive exhibit hall, and so much more. Three thousand women and men from all segments of the aviation industry are expected to attend. Learn more on the WAI website.
Pilots love to take photos, and they love to share them with other pilots. Now you can upload your flying photos to our online gallery, “Air Mail.” Share your special aviation images, or view and rate more than 7,000 photos (and growing). Photos are put into rotation on the AOPA home page!