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AOPA asks FAA to restore sim time

Advocacy | Jul 17, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to expedite a final rule to increase the number of sim hours allowed in instrument training.

IFR Fix: What's the window?

IFR Fix | Jul 15, 2015

A pilot planning a day trip to the coast in the FBO’s new IFR-equipped aircraft has more than just weather to consider.

Proposed rule would restore sim time credits

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

The FAA has issued an NPRM that would allow pilots to count more sim time toward earning an instrument rating.

IFR Fix: Two loud bangs

IFR Fix | Jun 12, 2015

One stricken aircraft was in cruise; the other, near landing. Were these emergencies? Dramatic to ponder, but secondary to problem solving.

IFR Fix: Unknown problem, imperfect solution

IFR Fix | Jun 01, 2015

There was a bang, the instructor says, followed by a vibration in the control column. Did something on the cowling let go, striking the tail?

IFR Fix: Red flag warning

IFR Fix | May 12, 2015

From one 56-day cycle to the next, a U.S. en route low altitude chart contains an average of 1,361 changes.

Checkride redux

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.

IFR Fix: Aircraft for rent, maybe

IFR Fix | Apr 28, 2015

A flight school/aircraft rental business had a double scare recently when two of its aircraft didn’t show up at two different destinations on separate days.

IFR Fix: Situational awareness a last defense in CFIT scenario

IFR Fix | Apr 13, 2015

As you prepare to level off from the descent in instrument conditions, a ground proximity warning goes off. What's the correct response?

Virtual flights, real communications

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network can now practice their communications skills in a virtual environment.