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Training Tip: What affects ground effect?

Article | Feb 29, 2016

Ground effect "can be detected and measured up to an altitude equal to one wingspan above the surface," but effects vary with height and speed.

Training Tip: When go becomes no

Article | Feb 22, 2016

Have you ever tried to find the single-engine-airplane equivalent of a value known to multiengine pilots as the accelerate-stop distance?

Pilot Getaways: Earn a floatplane rating vintage style

Article | Nov 09, 2015

If you’ve never flown a Piper J-3 Cub (or if it’s just been a while), you can try your hand at the stick while earning your seaplane rating at Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base in quiet central Florida.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA 2015 You Can Fly Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

A fly off between two bantamweight trainers is no clash of titans.

Idaho's Big Creek Lodge taking shape

Article | Oct 21, 2015

Seven years after a fire leveled Idaho’s historic Big Creek Lodge, the structure is rising from ashes with the help of pilots, donations, and the U.S. Forest Service.

License to Learn: Slow town

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

“After aligning the airplane with the runway centerline, the final flap setting should be completed; in the absence of the manufacturer’s recommended airspeed, a speed equal to 1.3 VS0 should be used.”

Burning Man airport appears, disappears without a trace

Article | Sep 10, 2015

Black Rock City Municipal Airport springs from a dry Nevada lake bed each year for a week of exuberant partying that culminates in the fiery destruction of massive wooden art structures.