Central Southwest

States served:

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

Latest Blog Posts

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

Combining Flight Training with Tourism… a Trip to the Big Bend Area in Texas

Joey Colleran, AOPA’s Director of the Airport Support Network (ASN) program, and I recently embarked on a training flight to the Big Bend area in “Far West Texas.” Joey is a private pilot who was looking to get current and … Continue reading Read More

January 12, 2015

Cold Temperature Restricted Airports in Central SW Region

In temperatures below standard, an aircraft’s true altitude is below that is indicated. This is especially critical at high altitude airports where the error is exaggerated and a pilot flying the published altitudes on an instrument approach may be several … Continue reading Read More

December 15, 2014

Aviation Resources for Parents and Students

As I travel around and meet people interested in learning to fly, I always struggle to send them to one web page where they can get all the information they ask for to get started, tailored to their state/city, and without having to dig through several … Continue reading Read More

November 24, 2014

Yasmina Platt, Regional Manager

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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).

Central Southwest region news

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Club Spotlight

Apparently Iowa is the place where dreams come true, whether it’s on a baseball diamond that Kevin Costner built in a cornfield or an airport operated by a flying club. In this month’s Club Spotlight, Green Castle Aero Club Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares how his club operates the Green Castle Airport (IA24) where you must be a club member to be based there. It also maintains a fleet of seven aircraft ranging from an Aeronca Chief to a Piper Arrow, and has events like throwing pumpkins out of airplanes so they can raise scholarship money to teach teenagers to fly

2015, 07 19

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James Bede, noted aircraft designer

James R. Bede, an aircraft designer whose concepts included a micro jet and a single-engine airplane that evolved into the American Aviation Yankee, has died.

2015, 07 10

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New tax law encourages aircraft purchasers to buy in Missouri

An AOPA-backed aircraft tax exemption for out-of-state buyers will help boost Missouri’s economic engine and benefit aircraft mechanics and pilots considering the purchase of Missouri-based aircraft.

2015, 07 09

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Iowa lawmakers back trio of GA bills in overtime session

A trio of measures benefiting Iowa and its pilots passed the General Assembly in June before lawmakers gaveled their 2015 session to a close. Five extra weeks of wrangling produced three AOPA-backed bills clarifying aviation education, land use, and development in the state.

2015, 07 07 | comments

Advocacy

New Texas laws benefit GA

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a number of general-aviation-friendly bills into law after the state legislature adjourned June 1.

2015, 06 25

Slideshow

Storms cut large swath

Powerful storms struck the High Plains and Midwest June 22, destroying homes and other buildings including a hangar at an Iowa airport.

2015, 06 24

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Club Spotlight

Starting a flying club doesn’t have to take a long time. Just ask the Emporia Flying Club in Kansas. In about two months they went from discussing the club as a concept to having 14 members and a Cessna 172 available to fly. In this month’s Club Spotlight, Emporia Flying Club President Rick Vilander shares how the club formed so fast.

2015, 06 21
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