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Welcome to the AOPA member training portal provided by PilotWorkshops. We’re proud to support the AOPA as a Premier Partner and pleased to provide you with a selection of our training materials. Bookmark this page—you can log in any time.

This website contains sample programs from selected PilotWorkshops online courses. They are taught by our nationally-known instructors (see their bios) and contain tips and techniques you can use on your next flight.

Video and audio lessons can be played on any computer or mobile device with internet connection.

Pilot’s Tip of the Week: Each tip is under 2 minutes long and contains valuable nuggets of wisdom.

VFR Scenario: Getting Down in the Up

You made a series of reasonable decisions in the name of comfort and safety, only to create a situation where you’re tight on both fuel and options. Will you wager your last hour of fuel on making just one landing at the airport beneath you or take the chance on making it to an alternate?

Tasks/Resources for VFR Scenario: Getting Down in the Up

Non-Towered Airport Communications

The Quick Reference Guide to Non-Towered Airport Communications provides clear guidance on what to say and when to say it as you maneuver for takeoffs, landings or pattern work. Great for new students or as a refresher for Rusty Pilots. From Pilot-Friendly Manual for VFR Communications.

Tasks/Resources for Non-Towered Airport Communications

Go/No-Go and Continue/Stop

Go/no-go decisions are hard. The decision to continue a challenging flight or end it is even harder because the pilot is already committed. There are ways for pilots to make better decisions when the balance between risk and reward isn’t obvious.

Tasks/Resources for Go/No-Go and Continue/Stop

Landings — Expand Your Crosswind Envelope

It’s no secret that many private pilots are uncomfortable with crosswinds. What seems like an issue with physical coordination comes from an incorrect or incomplete understanding of the concepts. We’ll cover common mistakes and practical fixes in this video.

Tasks/Resources for Landings — Expand Your Crosswind Envelope

Think Like an IFR Pilot - Even if You're Not

Thinking like an IFR pilot offers advantages, even on a short VFR flight in great weather. We’ll show you how to reduce your workload–and avoid surprises–by incorporating some simple techniques into your routine.

Tasks/Resources for Think Like an IFR Pilot - Even if You're Not

How to Fly by WIRE on Any Approach

The WIRE briefing method gets the most import parts of the approach dialed in right away, followed by all the details you need and none of the fluff. It includes, however, often overlooked items such as creating real-world missed approach points given actual conditions versus the published minimums. The technique gets demonstrated on an old-school VOR approach with no GPS or moving map available—which is a great way to keep your mental map sharp. From IFR: The Missing Lessons.

Tasks/Resources for How to Fly by WIRE on Any Approach

Fly a Standard Instrument Departure (SID)

Tasks/Resources for Fly a Standard Instrument Departure (SID)

Build Your Own Performance Profile

Instrument pilots must have a solid understanding of their aircraft’s performance profile. Countless pilots have wasted valuable training hours—and struggle to this day—because their instructor skipped this first critical step. Here’s the step-by-step process for creating the essential performance profiles for each airplane you fly. It will help you fly IFR with more precision, and reduce your workload in every phase of flight. From IFR: The Missing Lessons

Tasks/Resources for Build Your Own Performance Profile

IFR Scenario

Watch this IFR scenario from IFR Mastery….

Tasks/Resources for IFR Scenario

Logging Time

Tasks/Resources for Logging Time

Interpret EGT/CHT Readings

Airplane Engines Sample

Tasks/Resources for Interpret EGT/CHT Readings

Non-Powerplant Systems Failure

Emergency Strategies

Tasks/Resources for Non-Powerplant Systems Failure