Technique

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. Need survival gear? Get discounted products and a chance to win a $50 Aircraft Spruce gift card by using promo code AOPAWPS. One winner will be announced each month!

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.

Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches
Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches
5:08 min

A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground.

Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings
Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings
9:42 min

Every pilot learns the technique for a proper crosswind landing, but this skill requires more than knowing the proper control inputs.

CFI Success
CFI Success
18:07 min

Successful Strategies to Land and Retain New Students (1995) - Ralph Hood offers tips to CFIs on how to give a prospective student the best experience to increase the likelihood the prospect will sign up for lessons and continue training.

Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs
Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs
4:51 min

A normal takeoff is what pilots use the for the majority of their departures. But it often doesn't get the attention it deserves.

Takeoffs and Landings: Short Field Landings
Takeoffs and Landings: Short Field Landings
3:15 min

While the checklist is important for determining how to perform a short field landing, sometimes it helps to think about why we do what we do.

Takeoffs and Landings: Determining an Abort Point
Takeoffs and Landings: Determining an Abort Point
3:00 min

Learn how to choose an abort point if your takeoff roll isn't going as planned.

License to Learn-Prevent Spin with Rudder
License to Learn-Prevent Spin with Rudder
5:01 min

Rod Machado shows you techniques to prevent a spin entry.

License to Learn - CDI Bracketing
License to Learn - CDI Bracketing
5:31 min

An easier way to keep the needle centered when tracking a VOR , ILS or GPS course.

Stabilized approach
Stabilized approach
4:44 min

The airlines learned it a long time ago. A stabilized approach is the key to an uneventful landing. Fly along with Bruce Landsberg of the AOPA Air Safety Institute.

Aircraft Types

Alan Klapmeier - ONE Aviation
Alan Klapmeier - ONE Aviation
10:31 min

Kestrel Aviation and Eclipse Aerospace merge to form ONE Aviation. Cirrus co-founder, Kestrel founder, and now ONE Aviation CEO Alan Klapmeier explains the benefits to the new company.

Piper Aircraft M Series
Piper Aircraft M Series
4:18 min

Piper Aircraft unveiled the new M Series, introducing a piston and two new turboprops that climb straight to the top of the Piper lineup.

Flight Design C4 First Flight
Flight Design C4 First Flight
0:25 min

Watch the first flight of the new Flight Design C4.

Cessna Caravan
Cessna Caravan
1:16 min

The Cessna Caravan is great for taking a load of gear and friends wherever you want to go.

HondaJet Provisional Type Certificate
HondaJet Provisional Type Certificate
0:23 min

Honda Aircraft says the FAA has granted a provisional type certificate to the HondaJet.

Flying the B-52
Flying the B-52
5:19 min

Barry Schiff goes for a ride in a nuclear-capable bomber, affectionately known as a BUFF.

Flying the Embraer Legacy 500
Flying the Embraer Legacy 500
3:56 min

The new Brazilian mid sized jet has the features of a large jet, and the handling of a small one. With fly-by-wire control, this turbine Goldilocks is just right.

Training helicopters
Training helicopters
3:33 min

New light single engine helicopters suited to flight training from Enstrom, Giumbal, and Bell.

Airbus Helicotpers H160
Airbus Helicotpers H160
0:32 min

Airbus Helicopters announces the H160 with unique curved main rotor blades.

AW609 Tilt-rotor
AW609 Tilt-rotor
1:55 min

Augusta Westland AW 609 tilt-rotor prototype flies into HAI Heli-Expo 2015. Test pilot says fly-by-wire design makes this helicopter-airplane hybrid easy to fly.

Light Sport Aircraft Prices
Light Sport Aircraft Prices
3:02 min

There's a wide variety of airplanes that fall under LSA rules, one for almost any need or budget.

Flying the One Week Wonder
Flying the One Week Wonder
1:55 min

We test fly EAA's One Week Wonder, a Zenith built by thousands at Oshkosh.

Enstrom is back
Enstrom is back
2:32 min

Enstrom helicopter is enjoying a resurgence.

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.

The Ultimate King Air -- King Air 350 ER
The Ultimate King Air -- King Air 350 ER
5:01 min

The biggest King Air does it all, and from the most primitive strips.

Bristell TDO
Bristell TDO
0:48 min

See the Bristell Taidragger at the 2015 US Sport Aviation expo in Sebring, FL.

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
1:09 min

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, kicked off the show season with a few unusual arrivals.

TL Ultralight Sirius LSA
TL Ultralight Sirius LSA
3:46 min

Get a look at one very capable light sport aircraft.

SAM 27000
SAM 27000
4:24 min

The history of AFOne and how it ended up as part of the Reagan Presidential Library.

T-28 Trojan
T-28 Trojan
1:58 min

Walt and Debbie Kuemmerle fly a T-28 Trojan to airports and events around the south, and their vintage military trainer gets plenty of attention.

Travel

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.

Flying to the Bahamas
Flying to the Bahamas
4:48 min

Learn the ins and outs of flying to the Bahamas.

St. Simons Island Attractions
St. Simons Island Attractions
1:19 min

See the top attractions around St. Simons Island in preparation for the Fly In.

Barrington Irving's Flying Classroom
Barrington Irving's Flying Classroom
2:45 min

Pilot Barrington Irvin is flying around the world to get students interested in aviation careers.

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.

Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum
Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum
2:03 min

Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum in Indianapolis honors a premier name in aircraft propulsion.

Famous Indy steakhouse
Famous Indy steakhouse
2:36 min

Pilot-operated Indianapolis St. Elmo's Steakhouse the place to eat when in Indy for the AOPA Regional Fly-In May 31st or any other time.

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.

CAF warbirds at San Marcos
CAF warbirds at San Marcos
2:24 min

History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.

Flying in the Alps
Flying in the Alps
2:44 min

The challenge of landing at an "altiport" high in the French Alps.

River Run - Flying up the Mississippi in an Aircam
River Run - Flying up the Mississippi in an Aircam
11:59 min

An epic flight the length of the Mississippi in an open cockpit Aircam.

College Park Airport
College Park Airport
4:57 min

Long time manager of the nation's oldest continuously operating airport retires and reflects.

Jim Fallows on opening China's airspace.mp4
Jim Fallows on opening China's airspace.mp4
10:28 min

China turns control of some airspace over to civilian authority from the military, making it easier for general aviation flights. "China Airborne" author James Fallows explains what it means in this exclusive AOPA Live interview.

Seaplane Adventure - Beech 18
Seaplane Adventure - Beech 18
2:42 min

Fly cross country in a Beech 18 on straight floats with AOPA President Mark Baker.

Mission to Mars (Canada)
Mission to Mars (Canada)
14:01 min
Super Cub to Kenya: Flying 4 Conservation makes it half way
Super Cub to Kenya: Flying 4 Conservation makes it half way
33:15 min

We get and update from the Flying4Conservation team. They are half way through the journey of flying a 1957 Piper Super Cub from Oregon to Kenya.

Safety and Education

Harrison Ford's forced landing
Harrison Ford's forced landing
4:11 min

We take a look at the thespian aviator's skillful emergency landing, and also talk about the Ryan PT-22 Recruit he was in, with the pilot who checked him out in it.

TRACON Controller honored for save
TRACON Controller honored for save
3:46 min

Hugh McFarland used his skills as an instrument pilot to talk a VFR pilot down through nearly 9000' of IMC. Now the Houston TRACON controller is one of several honored with the Archie Award.

Unions concerned about drones
Unions concerned about drones
0:31 min

A group of transportation unions say that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, UAV, or drones) aren't ready for commercial use because they could pose a safety threat to manned aircraft.

Know Before You Fly
Know Before You Fly
0:59 min

AOPA joins with industry group to educate small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, UAV or drones) how to operate safely in the national air space system.

Helicopter simulator
Helicopter simulator
2:03 min

New Frasca helicopter simulator faithfully replicates the Robinson R-44 with accurate control loading and stunning visuals.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Southwest Region
Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Southwest Region
5:42 min

Controller David Bricker of Albuquerque Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot that encountered moderate precipitation, icing, and turbulence in mountainous terrain.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Western Pacific Region
Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Western Pacific Region
2:47 min

Controller James Hansmann of Los Angeles Center guides the pilot of a Cessna 182 with inoperative radios who had become disoriented in mountainous terrain, near restricted airspace and an international border.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Great Lakes Region
Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Great Lakes Region
5:43 min

Controller Laura Kuhn of Minneapolis Center guided a disoriented and distressed Cirrus SR-22 pilot who had encountered severe icing in instrument meteorological conditions.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - NW Mountain Region
Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - NW Mountain Region
7:20 min

Controller Andy Olson of Seattle Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot who had encountered icing in instrument meteorological conditions by guiding them into the clear.

ProFlight CJ Simulator Training
ProFlight CJ Simulator Training
4:15 min

Learning to fly a CJ business jet in a simulator alone at ProFlight in Carlsbad, CA.

Rotor wash accident
Rotor wash accident
0:36 min

Blackhawk rotor wash entangles a student pilot in a Cirrus

NORAD Commander interview
NORAD Commander interview
13:55 min

Tom Haines talks with NORAD Commander Adm. Bill Gortney about TFRs, fighter intercepts, and general aviation and Navy flying.

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

NTSB Top 10 List
NTSB Top 10 List
2:58 min

General Aviation is on the NTSB Top Ten Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements for 2015.

Rusty Pilot Larry Hill
Rusty Pilot Larry Hill
2:31 min

With 50 years between logbook entries a rusty pilot returns to the cockpit.

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. Need survival gear? Get discounted products and a chance to win a $50 Aircraft Spruce gift card by using promo code AOPAWPS. One winner will be announced each month!

Dave Coulier interview
Dave Coulier interview
3:33 min

Actor and comedian Dave Coulier talks about his Bonanza and his contribution to the AOPA Foundation's silent auction.

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.

Redbird Migration
Redbird Migration
3:46 min

A look at Redbird Migration, and the technology at the leading edge of flight training.

Hypoxia Simulation
Hypoxia Simulation
3:57 min

See how AOPA staffers react to hypoxia at a simulated 30,000 feet.

Events

Paws and Planes Day at the National Aviation Community Center
Paws and Planes Day at the National Aviation Community Center
2:34 min

The AOPA National Aviation Community Center hosted Paws and Planes, an event that showed kids flying for others – including our four-footed friends – can be rewarding and fun.

Mark Baker Honored at Living Legends of Aviation
Mark Baker Honored at Living Legends of Aviation
1:37 min

Harrison Ford presented his legacy award to AOPA President Mark Baker at the Twelfth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

2015 AOPA Fly-In Locations Revealed
2015 AOPA Fly-In Locations Revealed
2:05 min

AOPA President Mark Baker looks forward to a new year of AOPA Fly-Ins as the association aims to build on the success of 2014 events that drew thousands.

2015 AOPA Fly-Ins
2015 AOPA Fly-Ins
0:31 min

Preview of the 2015 AOPA Fly-Ins.

2014 AOPA Fly-in Recap
2014 AOPA Fly-in Recap
4:10 min

A look back at our seven successful regional fly-ins of 2014.

Tangier Island Holly Run
Tangier Island Holly Run
2:57 min

See a group of general aviation pilots fly in holiday cheer. Pilots joined Santa to bring greens, school supplies and gifts to the residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village in Virginia.

Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal
Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal
2:32 min

Founding pilots of the Civil Air Patrol played a vital role protecting America when wolf packs of German submarines were at the door. They gathered in Washington this week to accept one of the nation’s highest honors.

St. Simons Air Boss
St. Simons Air Boss
1:53 min

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for safely bringing in hundreds of airplanes to the St. Simons regional fly-in.

Redbird Migration
Redbird Migration
3:46 min

A look at Redbird Migration, and the technology at the leading edge of flight training.

NBAA Google Glass
NBAA Google Glass
2:37 min

See a preview of the future, controlling the airplane with the sound of your voice.

NBAA 2014 New Airplanes
NBAA 2014 New Airplanes
4:27 min

Check out the latest and greatest airplanes at the 2014 NBAA Convention and Exhibition.

St. Simons Island Attractions
St. Simons Island Attractions
1:19 min

See the top attractions around St. Simons Island in preparation for the Fly In.

Behind the scenes - Debonair giveaway
Behind the scenes - Debonair giveaway
4:01 min

We go behind the scenes to show you whats involved in surprising the winner of the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair.

Frederick Fly-In
Frederick Fly-In
1:06 min

There was a little bit of everything at AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In including a variety of aircraft, an aerial performance by Michael Goulian and a chance to be a part of the GA community.

AOPA Debonair giveaway
AOPA Debonair giveaway
6:20 min

AOPA surprises the lucking winner of the Debonair Sweepstakes in the air!

AOPA Spokane Fly-In
AOPA Spokane Fly-In
3:51 min

An incredible mix of unique aircraft at the AOPA Fly-in to Spokane, Washington.

Take an aerobatic ride in Indy
Take an aerobatic ride in Indy
1:52 min

You can fly with aerobatic star Billy Werth at the AOPA Indianapolis Regional Fly In. You've got to see this guy's act - his brother chases him down the runway on a motorcycle.

San Marcos Fly-in draws thousands
San Marcos Fly-in draws thousands
4:06 min

AOPA's San Marcos, Texas, fly-in a huge success, with nearly 3,000 attendees.

Fly-in a family affair
Fly-in a family affair
2:00 min

AOPA's regional fly-ins aren't just for pilots. It was a family affair at San Marcos, Texas.

AOPA Live This Week - April 3, 2014
AOPA Live This Week - April 3, 2014
16:49 min

A step closer to a driver's license medical. News from Sun 'n Fun 2014. New helicopter training device from Redbird. A turbine-powered RV-10. A sleek new speedster from Tecnam.