Technique

Putting "On the Step" to the Test
Putting "On the Step" to the Test
3:12 min

A lot of pilots claim they can get a bit of extra speed at cruise by flying "On the Step." Is there really something for free in aerodynamics? We put flying on the step to the test.

License to Learn - Bracketing the Glideslope
License to Learn - Bracketing the Glideslope
5:29 min

Rod Machado on how to tame the glideslope needle.

Weather Wise: Beyond Go/No-Go
Weather Wise: Beyond Go/No-Go
9:22 min

We’re usually able to make fairly solid go/no-go decisions well in advance of a planned flight. But when conditions are marginal, the decision to launch, postpone, or cancel can be tricky. In this installment of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Weather Wise video series, we look at factors to consider when the weather complicates your plans.

Sweeps Spin
Sweeps Spin
2:03 min

AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and AOPA Pilot Managing Editor Sarah Deener wanted to know just how well your AOPA Sweepstakes You Can Fly Cessna 152 can spin. Only one way to find out, and you can ride along.

Mastering wheel landings
Mastering wheel landings
1:54 min

Don't think of landing when doing a wheel landing in a tail dragger.

Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls
Margins of Safety: Avoiding Power-On Stalls
8:14 min

Year after year, unintended stalls are among the leading causes of fatal aviation accidents. The "departure" or "power-on" stall is practiced during flight training, but in a controlled, coordinated scenario at a high altitude. Unexpected stalls during takeoffs or go-arounds are sudden, sharp, and frightening. At low altitude, even a brief loss of aircraft control may be unrecoverable. This video explains the differences in power-on stall training versus real-world scenarios, the aerodynamics of how stalls occur during takeoffs and go-arounds, and techniques pilots can use to prevent them.

This video brought to you by BendixKing by Honeywell.

Accident Case Study: Final Approach
Accident Case Study: Final Approach
16:49 min

On January 13, 2013, a Piper Arrow collided with trees during an emergency approach to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base. Come along as we re-create the pilot's final flight, and seek to understand the circumstances that led him down a path to disaster.

Water ditching caught on tape
Water ditching caught on tape
2:15 min

Two airplanes collide in Italy, one pilot is able to ditch into the water in front of a crowded beach. Its all caught on tape. We digest the lessons to be learned from this viral video.

Upset Recovery Training
Upset Recovery Training
3:44 min

See Prevailance Aerospace upset recovery training in an Extra 330LX.

Accident Case Study: Emergency Management
Accident Case Study: Emergency Management
13:18 min

On December 16, 2012, a Piper Cherokee impacted terrain during an instrument approach to Fayetteville, North Carolina. In this case study, we use ATC audio and radar data to reconstruct the tragic flight and find out what went wrong.

Approx. 13 minutes

Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing
Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing
12:58 min

Not every forced landing results in fatalities or even injuries, but a little knowledge on what to do in a survival situation can go a long way. In this video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, we discuss survival kit essentials and what actions you can take to help reduce the time it takes to get found. For more information, be sure to also download the Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing Safety Advisor.

FAA NOTAM Search Site
FAA NOTAM Search Site
1:20 min

The FAA has just opened a new website making it easier to track down just the NOTAM information you need.

White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important
White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important
1:30 min

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman shows us why tracking that white stripe is a good idea.

Dogfighting over Cape Cod
Dogfighting over Cape Cod
6:56 min

Join AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim "Buffet" Moore as he goes head-to-head in a dogfight over Cape Cod Bay. See what it's like to be a fighter pilot.

Flying the Weather: T-storm Toolbox
Flying the Weather: T-storm Toolbox
4:39 min

AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg discuss some of the strategies they used to navigate around thunderstorms during a recent flight.

AOPA flight training scholarships
AOPA flight training scholarships
1:13 min

The AOPA Foundation is offering scholarships to help support outstanding student pilots.

Upset training in L39
Upset training in L39
6:16 min

Learning how to instinctively recover from extreme unusual attitudes might save your life some day.

Flying NYC
Flying NYC
5:19 min

Learn how to fly the Hudson River Class B Exclusion in New York City. It is some of the most scenic and crowded airspace in the United States.

PilotWorkshops
PilotWorkshops
8:28 min

New benefit for AOPA members from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops - free access to a selection of audio and video training programs.

Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn
Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn
5:41 min

Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous.

Aircraft Types

Electric Aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen
Electric Aircraft at Aero Friedrichshafen
3:15 min

Several manufacturers at Aero Friedrichshafen focus on electric aircraft.

TBM930
TBM930
3:34 min

Daher Sonata adds some impressive new capabilities to the TBM930.

We Fly the Diamond DA62
We Fly the Diamond DA62
4:13 min

Editor-at-Large Tom Horne flies Diamond's Jet-A sipping, seven-seat, 190-knot, 1,500-nm bid for the light twin of the future.

HAI Heli-Expo 2016
HAI Heli-Expo 2016
4:49 min

All the top helicopter news from the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo convention in Louisville, KY.

Commuter Craft Innovator
Commuter Craft Innovator
0:35 min

The Commuter Craft Innovator is making a splash at the Sport Aviation Expo 2016.

Light Sport Aircraft: Tale of two Rans
Light Sport Aircraft: Tale of two Rans
4:19 min

Go behind the scenes and see what it’s like to fly the light sport Rans S–20 Raven and Rans S–19LS Venterra.

Restored de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk
Restored de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk
2:02 min

The de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk has a storied history as a trainer, aerobat, crop duster, and award-winner. Ride along as AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman probes the secrets of the Super Chipmunk's success.

Pipistrel Panthera
Pipistrel Panthera
2:35 min

The Panthera is a super-sleek, carbon-fiber four-seater that will be offered in three variants.

Hondajet Certification
Hondajet Certification
1:57 min

Decades in the making and conceived on a clean sheet with revolutionary ideas, the HondaJet received FAA type certification Dec. 9.

Flying the Hamilton H-47 Metalplane
Flying the Hamilton H-47 Metalplane
5:37 min

Howard Wright, the current owner of the Hamilton H-47 Metalplane had it converted to a floatplane.

New and upcoming business jets at NBAA 2015
New and upcoming business jets at NBAA 2015
6:24 min

AOPA Pilot Editor-at-Large Tom Horne looks at the airplanes on display at NBAA 2015

Flying the Griffon Lionheart
Flying the Griffon Lionheart
3:50 min

In the 1990's, aircraft designer Larry French envisioned a composite version of a classic staggerwing biplane. The Griffion Lionheart is the result. It was sold as a kit, and six were built. One remains flying. AOPA Live's Paul Harrop had a chance to fly this rare beast.

B-25 Panchito at AOPA
B-25 Panchito at AOPA
2:29 min

B-25 bomber Panchito and the last surviving Doolittle Raider visit AOPA.

Checking out in a B-25
Checking out in a B-25
6:21 min

AOPA's Tom Haines gets his Second-in-Command rating in a B-25 bomber.

Custom Cirrus
Custom Cirrus
2:36 min

The Cirrus customization program takes a page from high-end cars.

Citation Latitude Performance
Citation Latitude Performance
2:28 min

Ride along as AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne puts the new Citation Latitude through its paces.

Citation Latitude Production
Citation Latitude Production
5:09 min

Textron goes big-cabin with its newest Citation. We get an inside look at the assembly line.

Nextant 400XTi
Nextant 400XTi
4:14 min

At the top of the G-A market Nextant Aerospace leads the re-manufacturing boom with the 400XTi.

Pipistrel Alpha Electro
Pipistrel Alpha Electro
3:05 min

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne gets to fly the Pipistrel Alpha Electro - an electric trainer.

Tecnam P2010
Tecnam P2010
4:14 min

Tecnam's P2010 has arrived in style, and AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh puts the four-seater through its paces.

Travel

Flying G-A in Europe
Flying G-A in Europe
2:06 min

Pilot and Photographer Garrett Fisher talks about the challenges and rewards of flying in Europe.

G-A Reaches Remote Regions
G-A Reaches Remote Regions
2:31 min

Go behind the scenes of JAARS, a Christian missionary organization based in North Carolina that uses general aviation to reach remote areas of the world.

AirCam Video Production
AirCam Video Production
3:29 min

The story behind AirCam's stunning videos.

Minnesota Seaplane Tour
Minnesota Seaplane Tour
2:16 min

Go beyond the rating on a seaplane tour in Northern Minnesota.

Sikorsky Weekend
Sikorsky Weekend
2:10 min

Igor Sikorsky's grandson shows visitors a look at his iconic grandfather's life and times during a special summer weekend at a fishing camp in Maine.

Tangier Island Holly Run 2015
Tangier Island Holly Run 2015
2:28 min

Santa Claus can stuff a lot into a sleigh, and even into a Van's Aircraft RV-10, for that matter. This latter vehicle was his aircraft of choice for a visit that has become a heartwarming tradition on Tangier Island, a remote community in the Chesapeake Bay.

Beechcraft Museum
Beechcraft Museum
2:54 min

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum celebrates the roots of general aviation with rare artifacts and unique aircraft, and is among many great reasons to attend the AOPA Fly-In Oct. 10 in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Burning Man Festival
Burning Man Festival
4:06 min

An airport rises from the Nevada desert each year to celebrate the annual Burning Man festival with its exuberant partying and gifting, before disappearing into the night.

G-A in Alaska
G-A in Alaska
3:06 min

See the beautiful Copper River Basin in Alaska and hear how important G-A is to every day life.

Surfside Seaplane Base
Surfside Seaplane Base
2:34 min

Experience the freedom of flying in a seaplane at Surfside Seaplane base near Minneapolis.

Golden Wings Flying Museum
Golden Wings Flying Museum
3:19 min

Greg Herrick has amassed one of the largest private collections of vintage aircraft in the country, including some beautiful, rare, and airworthy models from aviation's Golden Age. Check out the Golden Wings Flying Museum during AOPA's Minneapolis Fly-In Aug. 22.

Flying Clubs
Flying Clubs
2:00 min

Flying clubs have a number of advantages including affordability, the option to choose from a variety of planes, and camaraderie.

Think Global Flight Launches
Think Global Flight Launches
0:54 min

Captain Judy Rice and team launch on a round the world flight to raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics (STEM) education.

South America, by way of GA
South America, by way of GA
3:37 min

See what it's like to take a trip with Air Journey to South America.

AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
2:32 min

Find out the great sights to see and things to do around the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In.

Marshfield Airport
Marshfield Airport
3:25 min

Just south of Boston along the Massachusetts shoreline, an airport with a rich history and strong ties to its community completed an overhaul last year.

G-A Helps in Haiti
G-A Helps in Haiti
3:32 min

Pilot and Doctor Randy Rizor delivers medical supplies and volunteers providing medical care to the people of Cap-Haitian, Haiti.

Pole to Pole flight
Pole to Pole flight
4:05 min

Exclusive interview with Bill Harrellson, who flew a single-engine LanceAir IV over both poles.

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival
Lake Havasu Balloon Festival
2:07 min

Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.

Bahamas Sea Planes
Bahamas Sea Planes
2:28 min

There is no more scenic way to see the Bahamas than by touring in a seaplane.

Safety and Education

AOPA Fly-In Procedures: Beaufort, NC
AOPA Fly-In Procedures: Beaufort, NC
4:46 min

Procedures for the AOPA Fly-In event at Beaufort, NC. To download the Pilot Information Packet, go to: http://www.aopa.org/mrh-pip

Weather Wise: The Future of Weather
Weather Wise: The Future of Weather
6:18 min

You may not realize it, but we’re living in the golden age of weather flying—and things are only going to get better. So what can we expect in the years to come? In this final installment of our Weather Wise video series, we take a look at how technology will change the experience of weather planning and flying.

Engine Out! From Trouble to Touchdown
Engine Out! From Trouble to Touchdown
9:19 min

Responding to a simulated engine-out during training is one thing. Responding to a real engine-out is another, and as pilots we should know how to respond to ensure our chances of a safe landing. In this video, we discuss best practices for responding to an engine failure in cruise and on takeoff, as well as ways to help prevent an engine failure from happening in the first place.

Cirrus Parachute Rescue Caught on Tape
Cirrus Parachute Rescue Caught on Tape
0:30 min

A New York pilot was flying his Cirrus SR22 home to Republic Airport in Farmingdale when the engine quit. A security camera captured the amazing touchdown.

Flight Research Upset Training
Flight Research Upset Training
3:48 min

The Aermacchi MB-326 Impala is among few jets that can tailslide in safety. The Impala, a military trainer, and a Sabreliner bizjet are flown by former astronauts in California who teach pilots how to recover from very unusual attitudes.

Weather Wise: Awareness Aloft
Weather Wise: Awareness Aloft
7:24 min

In-flight weather monitoring is a critical component of good decision making. In this video, we look at how to maintain strong situational awareness with respect to weather, and using that awareness to make good decisions should things not go as planned.

Cold weather airports
Cold weather airports
2:40 min

Frigid temperatures require special attention, and that goes beyond preheating at some airports. We'll look at airports where altitude corrections are required for safe instrument approaches.

Weather Wise: Beyond Go/No-Go
Weather Wise: Beyond Go/No-Go
9:22 min

We’re usually able to make fairly solid go/no-go decisions well in advance of a planned flight. But when conditions are marginal, the decision to launch, postpone, or cancel can be tricky. In this installment of the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Weather Wise video series, we look at factors to consider when the weather complicates your plans.

NTSB Top Ten List 2016
NTSB Top Ten List 2016
2:47 min

The annual NTSB list of most wanted safety improvements again includes general aviation this year, and again focuses on loss of control. Much progress has been made improving safety and reducing accidents in recent years.

The Joy of First Solo
The Joy of First Solo
3:24 min

The most significant milestone for an aviator is their first solo. AOPA Live's Paul Harrop shows us it's a team effort to get there.

How to Launch Aviation Education into your Curriculum
How to Launch Aviation Education into your Curriculum
38:54 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Interactive Discussion
Interactive Discussion
22:50 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Launching an Aviation Education Program
Launching an Aviation Education Program
36:26 min

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

2015 Best Flight School of the Year
2015 Best Flight School of the Year
2:42 min

AeroVenture Institute won AOPA's Flight Training Excellence Award for best flight school 2015.

2015 Best Flight Instructor of the Year
2015 Best Flight Instructor of the Year
2:05 min

Todd Shellnutt won AOPA's Flight Training Excellence Award for best flight instructor 2015.

Flying Again: Movie follows Rusty Pilots through learning to fly again
Flying Again: Movie follows Rusty Pilots through learning to fly again
11:31 min

Paul Harrop talks with MzeroA's Jason Schappert about his new film Flying Again.

High School Student Aviation Success stories
High School Student Aviation Success stories
12:50 min
Barrington Irving
Barrington Irving
39:41 min

Barrington Irving explains his Flying Classroom and how it's being used in schools across the nation. Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Weather Wise: IFR Flight Planning
Weather Wise: IFR Flight Planning
9:22 min

Flying IFR simplifies weather planning in some ways--but it also increases our exposure to potentially dangerous conditions. In this video, we look at how to anticipate and avoid such conditions during the days and hours leading up to a flight.

Aviation Education & Career Readiness
Aviation Education & Career Readiness
44:35 min

Panel discussion, Colleen Conklin, Director, Gaetz Aerospace Institute, ERAU; terry Aunchman, Cirector of Career and Technical Education, Pasco County, FL; Dr. Ken Burns, Chairman, Flight Department, ERAU; Josh Olds, Director, Flight Operations, Waypoint Global Strategies UAS Program

Events

AOPA Fly-In Procedures: Beaufort, NC
AOPA Fly-In Procedures: Beaufort, NC
4:46 min

Procedures for the AOPA Fly-In event at Beaufort, NC. To download the Pilot Information Packet, go to: http://www.aopa.org/mrh-pip

Veterans Fly on B-17 at Sun 'n Fun
Veterans Fly on B-17 at Sun 'n Fun
2:41 min

Those who put their lives on the line to fight for our freedom received a special honor at Sun 'n Fun: A veteran who flew the Flying Fortress during World War II returned to the sky aboard a B-17, along with a Tuskegee Airmen pilot who flew cover (and later, the B-29).

You Can Fly Sweepstakes winner
You Can Fly Sweepstakes winner
3:04 min

Watch as Eric Peterson learns that he is the winner of AOPA's You Can Fly Sweepstakes 152!

MODAERO NextGen Aviation Festival
MODAERO NextGen Aviation Festival
2:35 min

Aviation for Millennials! A report from the first Modaero.

2016_AOPA_Fly-Ins
2016_AOPA_Fly-Ins
0:59 min

Four great locations across the country for AOPA's 2016 Fly-Ins!

HAI Heli-Expo 2016
HAI Heli-Expo 2016
4:49 min

All the top helicopter news from the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo convention in Louisville, KY.

Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen
Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen
3:18 min

Col. Charles McGee shares the incredible story of the Tuskegee Airmen and their fight for equal opportunity in the military.

Col. Charles McGee speaks at the NACC- full talk
Col. Charles McGee speaks at the NACC- full talk
30:58 min

Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee shares his story with the audience at the National Aviation Community Center.

Triple Tree
Triple Tree
3:04 min

Julie Walker shows us Triple Tree Aerodrome, a place where kids are always welcome and aviators never have to grow up.

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016
4:07 min

AOPA Live brings you the latest in the light sport aircraft and drone markets from the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.

Dierks Bentley - I work to fly
Dierks Bentley - I work to fly
21:07 min

Country music songwriter and singer Dierks Bentley talks about what aviation means to him at the NBAA convention.

Inside the Red Bull Air Race Pylons
Inside the Red Bull Air Race Pylons
2:20 min

What happens behind the scenes when a Red Bull Air Race pilot clips one of those giant inflated pylons? A team swings into action with spare parts and a plan to make sure pilots (and the crowd) won’t have long to wait.

Red Bull Air Race in Las Vegas
Red Bull Air Race in Las Vegas
6:39 min

A special report from the Red Bull Air Races in Las Vegas.

Tullahoma Fly-In
Tullahoma Fly-In
5:51 min

Rain didn’t wash out the fun in Tullahoma, Tennessee where more than 2,500 gathered for the final AOPA Fly-In of 2015.

Colorado Springs Fly-In
Colorado Springs Fly-In
1:21 min

All the sights and sounds from the Colorado Springs regional Fly-In.

Restored BT-13 Honors the Women Airforce Service Pilots
Restored BT-13 Honors the Women Airforce Service Pilots
3:39 min

Women Airforce Service Pilots veteran Elizabeth Strohfus was at the Minneapolis Fly-in to appreciate the efforts of those restoring a Vultee BT-13 Valiant to honor Strohfus and her fellow aviatrixes.

Minneapolis Fly-in
Minneapolis Fly-in
0:56 min

All the sights and sounds from the regional fly-in at Anoka County Blaine airport.

Minneapolis Fly-in Preview
Minneapolis Fly-in Preview
2:17 min

AOPA President Mark Baker has a lot of reasons to come to the fly-in at Anoka County Airport near Minneapolis.

AOPA Activities at AirVenture 2015
AOPA Activities at AirVenture 2015
2:59 min

AOPA hosts a variety of activities around the complex at AirVenture 2015.

AOPA Live This Week - July 25, 2015 - AirVenture 2015
AOPA Live This Week - July 25, 2015 - AirVenture 2015
12:58 min

The Airline Pilots Association tries to throttle medical certificate reform. A veritable hive of Republic Seabees touchdown at AirVenture on Lake Winnebago. How a flying club can make flying affordable. The ride of a lifetime for a woman who helps kids get into flying.