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Friday photo: Granddaughter, Paris Jones, first solo

After 40 years at American Airlines I’m excited that so many young adults like Paris are discovering aviation as a career again. For a long time it wasn’t this way, and the efforts of organizations like Sporty’s, AOPA, EAA and others is having a positive effect. No word can describe how happy and proud of her we are.

Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) updated

Updates to the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM), change 3, went into effect on February 28. Among the updates, the AIM advises users of the...
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Quiz: VFR Cross-Country Flight Planning

Winds aloft, true course, heading and groundspeed. Can you put all the puzzle pieces together and plan a successful cross-country flight? Use this quiz to test...

Video: seaplane flying in the Bahamas

Flying seaplanes is a blast no matter where are, but in the islands of the Bahamas it's almost magical. With over 700 islands and that beautiful blue water, the options are endless and the weather usually cooperates. Ride along in this video as one seaplane pilot drops in on a variety of fun island locations.

Outsmart winter with these cold-weather flying tips

The winter flying season is officially here, which means we have a new set of challenges to deal with while flying in sub-freezing temperatures. Flight training doesn't need to stop in the winter though; in fact the colder months provide some great opportunities to expand your knowledge on weather and aircraft operations in less than ideal conditions.

Friday photo: Garrett Gray Private pilot checkride

The memory: It feels great to have passed the Private checkride and be an official pilot. I am excited to share this experience with my friends and family, and I can't wait to see what excitement the next ratings and certificates bring!

Flight Maneuver Spotlight: Traffic pattern entry procedures

Standard traffic patterns are established at nontowered airports to provide a smooth flow of traffic from the arrival phase of flight through approach and landing. Here are the steps to follow to safely and efficiently join the pattern and get established on the final approach leg for landing.

Video: landing on gravel and sand

Sometimes short field and soft field landings are for real; for bush pilot Trent Palmer, it's just another day of fun in his Kitfox. You'll ride along for nearly 20 of them in this fun video, as he and a friend visit a variety of different remote places, from gravel bars in river bends to sandy beaches. It's total freedom.

Webinar: Garmin GFC600 Autopilot

The full-featured GFC 600 autopilot provides thousands of existing fixed-wing general aviation aircraft with a simple, light-weight and cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. Designed as...

Closed for the season: how to navigate the partial government shutdown

While the initial government shutdown has ended and most services restored, another shutdown looms and the following article will help you navigate the affected...