Technique

Technique

Fly like a fighter

Fly like a fighter: 'Unable'

Even in a T-38 jet trainer, sometimes the appropriate response to a clearance is, "Unable," recalls retired Air Force pilot Larry Brown.

Jul 06, 2015 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: The quick pick

It’s comforting that you can always pick up an IFR clearance if conditions deteriorate. It’s another thing to pull the trigger and manage any complications.

Jun 29, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

FAA plans to discontinue printed WACs

An FAA notice of policy to discontinue World Aeronautical Charts without a public comment period concerns AOPA because charting changes could affect flight safety.

Jun 25, 2015 | comments
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Aerobatics

Article

Pure joy

Raphaël Langumier suspected his 4-year-old daughter Léa would enjoy aerobatics, though her reaction–captured on a video that instantly went viral–exceeded his expectations.

Jun 17, 2015 | comments

Article

Unusual attitudes to the extreme

Loss of control is the No. 1 cause of fatalities in aviation, and the National Transportation Safety Board has named the problem to its Most Wanted list to promote safety education and flight training on that subject.

May 28, 2015

Article

Mini Oshkosh: Full-scale fun for RC pilots

Joe Nall Week at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest remote control fly-in in the world, typically attracting RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries.

May 14, 2015
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IFR

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: The quick pick

It’s comforting that you can always pick up an IFR clearance if conditions deteriorate. It’s another thing to pull the trigger and manage any complications.

Jun 29, 2015 | comments

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Two loud bangs

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

Jun 12, 2015

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Unknown problem, imperfect solution

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?

Jun 01, 2015 | comments
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Takeoffs and Landings

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Cool Stuff

SkyCruiser: New flying car concept can transform into helicopter in mid-air.

Jun 15, 2015

Pilot Magazine

P&E: Technique

Help for your go/no-go decision

Jun 10, 2015

Pilot Magazine

Letters: From Our May 2015 Issue

Looks like the long-running debate among tailwheel pilots on the merits of three-point versus wheel landings is still unresolved.

Jun 08, 2015
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Mountain Flying

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Pilot Getaways: Solitude in the Selway

Few airstrips exude peacefulness like Fish Lake. Within this spruce-shrouded valley, the wildlife is abundant, the sounds are intensified, and visitors are rare.

Jun 10, 2015

News release

FIRST AOPA FLY-IN OF 2015 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

FIRST AOPA FLY-IN OF 2015 A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

May 19, 2015

Advocacy

Event launches Colorado’s spring flying season

Colorado aviators came together to strengthen ties, enhance safety of flight, and enjoy each other’s company in an annual meet-and-greet event at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.

Apr 17, 2015
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