Flight Watch frequency end date changed to Sept. 24
The FAA will discontinue the use of the dedicated Flight Watch radio frequency 122.0 MHz on Sept.24, a week earlier than previously announced.
Training Tip: Controlling crosswind takeoffs
Crosswind landings get all the glory when student pilots, pilots, and instructors share ideas about training techniques. But crosswind takeoffs are no less demanding.
August 28, 2015, AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition
August 28, 2015 ePilot Training Tip: Spotting 'hangar rash'
August 28, 2015, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
August 28, 2015 5 states dominate drone reports; New AOPA flight planning tools
High altitude, thin margins
Flying west from Colorado Springs, pilots can explore the breathtaking scenery of the Front Range while learning valuable lessons in density altitude, weather, and flight planning.
Embraer's Legacy 450 Jet Now FAA-certified
The Legacy 450 business jet, an all-new mid-light design featuring fly-by-wire technology and sidestick controls, is now FAA-certified, the company announced on Monday. The jet was first certified in Brazil, a few weeks ago. Deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of this year, the company said. The jet has a top speed of Mach 0.83 and a range of up to 2,575 nm, and seats up to nine in the cabin. "The digital controls [in the cockpit] produce a smoother flight, improve performance, and reduce pilot workload," said Marco Tulio Pellegrini, CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, in a news release.
Back when I was a student pilot in Navy Flight School, I was flying solo along the beach, conducting precision aerobatics practice. As I finished a barrel roll and set up for a loop, I heard a student-and-instructor aircraft check in to the area, and the exchange went like this. ... Instructor: "Solo aircraft 123, was that you that just did the barrel roll and loop?" ... Me (half-expecting an observed critique from the instructor): "Solo 123. Affirmative." ... Instructor: "Solo 123, I have a FAM-1 [new student] here that wants to be just like you when he grows up!" ... Me: "Roger that." ... as I pulled a victorious aileron roll! -- Greg Cole
Champagne Cork Grounds easyJet Flight
The champagne was flowing but so was the oxygen and that meant an easyJet flight from Gatwick to Turkey spent seven hours on the ground in Milan.
Cat Dispute Scrambles Fighters, Forces Airliner Diversion
While two F-16s waited outside, it was actually a cat-deprived "European model" that managed to bring down a Boeing 767 for an emergency landing in Denver on Friday.
Airshow Plane Comes Apart, Pilot Killed
An airshow pilot was killed during practice for the New York Air Show on Friday after the tail separated from the aircraft. The aircraft, a Giles 202 owned by airshow performer Andrew Wright, crashed in a wooded area.