Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Most aviation enthusiasts like myself will have come across the well-known Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, or AOPA for ease of reference. This US based website began life as a non-profit organisation established in 1939 and dedicated itself to general aviation as a whole. They have been the forerunners in the aviation world for pushing significant legislation through US Congress through to introducing new standards for private pilot training schemes, which is a huge achievement given their beginnings. They claim to have a membership base of more than 410,000 people, or as they also put it – “two thirds of all pilots in the United States”. You got to love those figurative comparisons! They are correct however in calling themselves the ‘largest, most influential aviation association in the World’. Although most pilots will have browsed and possibly used this site in the past, I would like to call attention to the abundant & free online exercises for budding pilots and enthusiast alike. Please note that you will have to create an account if you want to take any course. You will find all the courses are extremely well thought out and prepared. The interactive menus, friendly voices which accompany the courses and the superb graphics make this site an excellent learning tool, whether it's for refresher reasons, trainees or simply out of interest.

Given the size of this site in general and the numerous online courses on offer, I will attempt to make this a weekly entry (which is unfortunately the most I can promise due to my work schedule). This week therefore, I will begin with GPS for VFR Operations.

This course will offer you a clearer explanation of how GPS works and how you can use it to make your next VFR flight more efficient (and safe). The course will take you approximately 45-60 minutes. However, this would be an extremely lengthy post if I was to reveal the ins & outs of each course, so here's the link to part 1 of my post, and I hope you all enjoy;


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