The average general aviation aircraft is more than 30 years old. However, a number of factors contribute to an aircraft’s true age, which may not be the same as its age in calendar years, according to officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute. Learn how to recognize the signs of aircraft aging, understand its effects, and mitigate the risks by taking the Air Safety Institute’s Aging Aircraft online course.
Thunderstorms can pack a powerful punch, and flying anywhere in the vicinity of one can be deadly. But, how do you recognize and deal with convective weather? The Air Safety Institute has put a new webcast online, “Preempting a Thunderstorm’s Fury: Cockpit Weather, ATC, and You.” In the webcast, AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg and expert panelists discuss practical weather strategies beyond the basics: How are ASR and WARP different? What does the dBz scale mean to you? How do you interpret steep precipitation gradients?
Air Safety Institute’s interactive accident map shows that pilots keep getting caught by the same snags that have trapped others before them. The map reveals year-by-year patterns in accidents related to takeoff, landing, fuel management, VFR-into-IMC, and stall/spin accidents. Check it out here.