Central Southwest

States served:

Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana

Latest Blog Posts

3rd Annual Backcountry Fly-in at the Beautiful Mystic Bluffs (NM56) Airstrip in New Mexico

The State of New Mexico wants to encourage pilots to consider their state as a destination for backcountry flying. A New Mexico Airstrip Network (NMAN) Steering Committee, of which AOPA is a member of, has been created to increase public … Continue reading Read More

August 27, 2015

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Activity in Central SW Region

In all of 2014, the FAA recorded a total of 238 reports of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) activity near manned aircraft. Through the beginning of August 2015, that number stands at more than 650. This dramatic increase should be a … Continue reading Read More

August 25, 2015

True Flying Vacation: TX, NM, AZ, CA in 12 days

My husband Jared and I had been looking forward to our “flying vacation” to the Bahamas at the end of May, 2015. However, when Staniel Cay (highlighted as a must stop by everybody we talked with) was suddenly closed on … Continue reading Read More

July 29, 2015

What To Do with Your Pilot Certificate

Whether you are young and are looking for a career, whether you are retired and are looking for activities to do on your spare time, or whether you are somewhere in the middle looking for transportation for either business, leisure, … Continue reading Read More

July 1, 2015

Importance of GA to your State and Individual Airport

I often get e-mails from members asking if we can help them find information about general aviation’s importance to their state and/or individual airport. I thought I would share that information with y’all (as they like to say here in the south) via … Continue reading Read More

April 26, 2015

Yasmina Platt, Regional Manager

central southwest
E-mail: yasmina.platt@aopa.org
All airport related issues should be sent to ASN@aopa.org.

Regional Resources

Central Southwest’s Precollege Aviation Education Programs

Download a listing of aviation education programs available to Middle and High School students.

Friendly Airports in the Central Southwest Region

Looking for an airport to grab a $100 hamburger? Want to visit an aviation museum? How about camping by your airplane? Just simply want to visit an airport to watch airplanes take off and land? Here is a list of airports where you can do that at.

Social Media in the Central Southwest Region

List of airports, museums, organizations, etc in the region with social media accounts.

Aviation Resources for Parents and Students

Resources for younger student pilots and their parents (mainly middle and high school students, although some information applies regardless of age).

Importance of GA to your State and Individual Airport

Information about general aviation’s importance (quantitative and qualitative) to your state and/or individual airport.

Central Southwest region news

Article

'Little guy at the fence'

A boy who had waved at airplanes from outside the fence meets an airline pilot, and flies in a Piper Archer with AOPA’s Yasmina Platt.

2015, 08 26 | comments

Article

ATP Flight School airline transport pilot course gets FAA approval

ATP Flight School’s airline transport pilot training program has received FAA approval, the company announced Aug. 21.

2015, 08 24

Article

AOPA Foundation awards grants for training scholarships

The AOPA Foundation has selected two nonprofits to receive the first $5,000 grants from a new program supporting organizations that offer scholarships to their members.

2015, 08 20

Advocacy

Louisiana economic study makes case for aviation

Louisiana's general aviation airports contribute $967 million a year, and generate payrolls of $297 million, distributed among 9,307 jobs, according to an economic study.

2015, 08 19

Article

Zenith Aircraft to host Open Hangar Day

Zenith Aircraft Co. will host its twenty-fourth annual Open Hangar Day on Sept. 18 and 19 at its factory at Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Mexico, Missouri.

2015, 08 18

Article

Samaritan Aviation: Serving Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River basin

Mark Palm’s sights were set on becoming a commercial or military pilot before a college trip to Papua New Guinea set him on a course to serve 500,000 Oceania islanders using floatplanes to deliver medical assistance.

2015, 08 05 | comments

Article

Hidden Genius prize entices color vision cure

Private pilot Trevor McKeeman says many of the world’s record-breaking aviation feats were fueled by visions of winning financial prizes and he hopes his Hidden Genius idea will inspire technology buffs to create tools to combat color vision deficiency for pilots.

2015, 07 28
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