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IFR Fix: Green, on paper

IFR Fix | Dec 27, 2013

When it comes to determining who has the most experience, it can depend on the the flight operation and the experiences the pilot has encountered in the past, no matter the number of hours on paper.

Instrument Insights: Special PIC certifications

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

Anyone with an instrument rating—especially pilots who first spent hours sneaking around beneath low clouds or in poor visibilities—appreciates their new ability to fly anywhere in any kind weather.

Avionics: L-3 Trilogy - Quietly capable

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The weak link in most glass cockpits—whether new from the factory or aftermarket—is system redundancy.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted unadvised unaware

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The loss of a TBM 700 turboprop over New Jersey two years ago surprised many pilots. The Pratt & Whitney-powered single-engine turboprop is certificated for flight into known icing (FIKI).

Safety

Article | Nov 13, 2013

The Air Safety Institute’s Weather Wise online course: VFR into IMC, points out the dangers of low ceilings and visibility.

Developers offer training apps for pilots, mechanics

Apps of the week | Oct 22, 2013

Developers are bringing training apps to the market regularly for all aspects of aviation. This week, AOPA highlights apps for pilots learning King Air systems, mechanics, student pilots, and pilots in instrument training.

Developers present five aviation apps

Apps of the week | Oct 14, 2013

Five aviation developers pitch their apps covering aircraft performance, weather, flight training, radio navigation, and video training.

Five aviation apps seen in the AOPA Summit exhibit hall

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Five app developers made their pitches to attendees at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Texas-based partnership perfect fit for pilot

Article | Oct 09, 2013

Buying into a partnership can be risky, but for John Field, the decision to become part of Addison Flyers LLC fit his mission and his personality.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

True or False? The bar-tailed godwit, a shorebird, migrates from its breeding grounds in Alaska to its winter grounds in New Zealand by flying nonstop and diagonally across the Pacific Ocean, a distance of more than 7,000 miles.

Question of the week: Precision instrument approach

Article | Sep 30, 2013

Question: During an instrument rating practical test, the applicant must demonstrate at least one precision instrument approach. Can any WAAS GPS approaches be used to meet the precision approach requirement?

IFR Fix: 'Awfully close to the houses'

IFR Fix | Sep 23, 2013

Two retired airline pilots were shooting instrument approaches and taking turns acting as safety pilot. On the day’s last approach, something didn’t look right.

Daniel Boone Flying Club: Helping people experience joy of flight

Article | Sep 23, 2013

The Daniel Boone Flying Club's goal is to encourage and enable the most people to experience the unique joy of flight.

Tecnam LSA donated to AOPA Foundation

Article | Sep 12, 2013

Retired Air Force reserve officer James Miles has donated his Tecnam light sport aircraft to the AOPA Foundation’s new Give Wings program.

Safety Pilot: Yogi wisdom

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Yogi Berra, star baseball player and manager for the hated (or beloved) New York Yankees, always had a way with words. Here are some quotes of Berra in the context of general aviation safety.

AOPA launches 72nd IMC Club chapter

Article | Aug 29, 2013

AOPA headquarters has formed to become the 72nd IMC Club chapter.

Public comments closing on airman training standards

Article | Aug 20, 2013

An Aug. 23 deadline is approaching for the pilot community to submit comments on draft airman certification standards.