The ride of a lifetime in the Blue Angels' Fat Albert. A father and son team build the most beautiful Waco biplanes you've ever seen. GAO thinks the FAA's medical certification process could be better.
A step closer to a driver's license medical. News from Sun 'n Fun 2014. New helicopter training device from Redbird. A turbine-powered RV-10. A sleek new speedster from Tecnam.
Learn about the AOPA Rusty Pilots program - its geared at getting you back into the left seat. Fly the new engine in the Sweepstakes Debonair. Paul Harrop goes on a fantasy shopping trip for in flight entertainment options.
A wrap up of news from AEA in Nashville. Hot new avionics including the Sandia SAI 340 Quattro, the Aspen Evolution VFR PFD and the Bendix King KLR-10. Plus we take a look at ADS-B questions. A world record 81 inverted flat spins.
We're in Nashville for the Aircraft Electronics Association 2014 conference. There's a big step towards a DL medical. Check out an accident between a Cessna and a skydiver. AOPA launches a guide to starting a flying club. The Sweepstakes Debonair gets a new engine.
They're back - user fees on general aviation, thanks to the White House.
A safer way to make an approach to an oil rig on stormy seas. Women fly it forward to encourage more to become pilots.
From Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California. A special tribute to aviation legend Bob Hoover. AOPA President Mark Baker says "we aren't going to take it anymore" about CBP stops of law-abiding pilots. A modern Jet Ranger is announced, and Enstrom has a new training helicopter.
An update on the Cirrus Vision jet, the state of the general aviation industry according to GAMA, an historic 20 year anniversary.
AOPA teams up to fight the good fight over Santa Monica airport. Mooney is back, but the Cessna Skycatcher is gone. And what's a pig got to do with aviation?
Senator gets angry over Customs and Border Protection's stonewalling. A nifty little light sport aircraft with Italian flair. An aviation high school where it's cool to be smart.
GA could be safer if the FAA changed the rules. An app to help you make the go/no go decision. The iceway is open, again, and the most famous airplane you've never heard of.
AOPA Live This Week® showcases the strangest looking amphibious aircraft you've ever seen. Plus, take a look at the state of the light sport aircraft industry. Get details about an order a judge issued on Santa Monica Municipal Airport in southern California.
General aviation on NTSB's list again. Flying the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair. Progress towards a driver's license medical. Controlling an airplane with brain waves alone. A preview of the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring.
AOPA President Mark Baker announces new regional Fly-Ins and the return of the AOPA Headquarters Fly-In. A look at rare craftsmanship in restoring classic aircraft. Big changes at the world's oldest airport.
Its the best of best, a look back at the stories that stood out in 2013. Join the show's producers for the insider scoop on the stories that got you talking. Plus, we take a look back at the top news headlines in the GA world this year.
A father/son team restore and build the most beautiful Waco biplanes in a small shop in rural Pennsylvania.
Government Accountability Office says FAA needs to improve its medical certification systems.
The Blue Angel's support C130 is a wild ride itself. Come along for a maximum performance flight in Fat Albert.
Learn about the new AOPA Rusty Pilots Initiative. We want to help you get back in the air!
Check out this beauty of a new engine! Remember this could be YOUR 1963 Debonair.
AOPA Live's Paul Harrop comes up with a mid-six-figure wish list for gadgets and electronics he suggests to Tom Haines for his A-36 Bonanza.
Cessna's parent company completes the purchase of Beechcraft and Hawker. Find out what it means to you.
The SAI 340 Quattro from Sandia Aerospace is impressive, and so is the price point.
Still have questions about the 2020 ADS-B mandate? Don't worry, so do avionics professionals. AOPA Pilot Technical Editor Mike Collins explains from the AEA conference.
This new $1600 device from Bendix King is designed to save your life. Its a lift reserve indicator / AOA.
A certified glass panel for under $5,000.00. Learn about the newest product from Aspen Avionics.
Biggest update to the AOPA FlyQ EFB app ever. Seattle Avionics CEO Steve Podradchick explains what's new.
AOPA urges states to adopt laws requiring that meteorological evaluation towers by hazard marked so they can be seen by pilots in low-flying aircraft.
AOPA and others urge FAA to quickly adopt regulations governing unmanned aerial systems (drones) to protect all airspace users.
Heads of the aviation associations with ideas on how to grow the pilot population.
How precisely can you fly? Redbird launches a challenge that you can complete at many flight schools.
Santa Monica citizens launch ballot initiative to let the voters, instead of the city council, determine the future of SMO.
FAA announces rule making to let private pilots fly some aircraft with a driver's license in place of a third class medical certificate.
Textron Aviation says its Cessna and Beechcraft piston products are going to be produced for the long term.
Redbird unveils a new helicopter trainer with motion.
Pilot and photographer Arnie Izkowitz has created a revolution in gyro-stabilized aerial video with his inventions. The results are simply stunning.
Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous.
A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground.
Every pilot learns the technique for a proper crosswind landing, but this skill requires more than knowing the proper control inputs.
Air Safety Institute Mobile Risk Evaluator helps you make the go/no go decision.
National Transportation Safety Board wants better weather information in the cockpit, better forecasting, and better pilot weather education to reduce general aviation accidents.
AOPA responds to FAA simulator policy
On February 29, 2012, a Cirrus SR22 plunged to the ground just seconds before what would have been a normal landing at Melbourne, Florida. In this case study, we reconnect the links of the accident chain, and search for lessons in the tragedy.
AOPA Pilot editor Tom Horne discusses the progression of clues to help you determine if you're starting to pick up ice.
A normal takeoff is what pilots use the for the majority of their departures. But it often doesn't get the attention it deserves.
The FAA announced the UAS roadmap.
On December 20, 2011, a TBM-700 crashed onto a freeway near Morristown, New Jersey. In this case study, we piece together the events that led to the tragedy, and discuss what we as pilots can learn from them.
While the checklist is important for determining how to perform a short field landing, sometimes it helps to think about why we do what we do.
AOPA Pilot editor Tom Horne talks about the effects ice has on an airplane's handling and performance.
Learn how to choose an abort point if your takeoff roll isn't going as planned.
Rod Machado shows you techniques to prevent a spin entry.
App for iPhone, iPad or Android device helps you come up with a go/no go decision for your next flight.
The Air Safety Institute’s Accident Case Study: Everyone’s Problem, takes a look at a flight training accident in Texas that killed a flight instructor and two students on November 15, 2007. The video was originally developed for ASI’s new online Flight Instructor Refresher Course, and holds lessons for all of us - not only as pilots and CFIs, but as friends, peers, and co-workers.
Venture beyond Bernoulli and Newton when you join AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg and panelists Rich Stowell (Master Aerobatic Instructor and 2006 National CFI of the Year) and Brian E. Smith (NASA Ames Research Center) in an energetic review of aerodynamic principles beyond the four forces of flight. As Landsberg leads a high-paced discussion with amazing video clips you’ll discover the true meaning of power and pitch and what flying angle of attack is all about. Grab this chance to come away a precise aviator in all flight regimes.
Successful Strategies to Land and Retain New Students (1995) - Ralph Hood offers tips to CFIs on how to give a prospective student the best experience to increase the likelihood the prospect will sign up for lessons and continue training.
An easier way to keep the needle centered when tracking a VOR , ILS or GPS course.
The airlines learned it a long time ago. A stabilized approach is the key to an uneventful landing. Fly along with Bruce Landsberg of the AOPA Air Safety Institute.
Hey CFI's, we made keeping your certificate current A LOT easier. Check out the new online FIRC.
Rpd Machado tells us what to do if you suddenly lose part or all of your prop. It happens.
Learn how to survive an open water ditching.
Rod Machado tells us about control surface flutter - how your can avoid it, how to recover if you encounter it.
Rod Machado on what you can do to increase the chances you'll survive an off-airport landing.
Four screens to display whatever you want, where you want.
Safer IFR approaches to oil rigs on stormy seas.
Specialized high school focuses on STEM and aviation technologies.
New policy makes it easier and cheaper to retrofit angle of attack indicators on certificated aircraft.
Mid-Continent Instruments SAM MD302 standby attitude module gets Part 23 approved model list STC from FAA.
This new powerplant is more powerful and efficient.
Customers like the new bird.
Dan Johnson of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association talks about Cessna's decision to stop building the Skycatcher.
A racy little Italian job.
What's it like to be a passenger on a Ford TriMotor?
An epic flight the length of the Mississippi in an open cockpit Aircam.
Kit-built amphibian now available as factory build light sport aircraft.
A Cessna 172 pilot straps on a cold war fighter.
Helio Courier is the eye the sky for many major sporting events.
How does the Debonair handle?
A look at the craftsmanship that goes into restoring classic aircraft at Rare Aircraft.
Al Marsh checks out an amazing therapy tool that happens to have a stick and rudders.
The NOAA Hurricane Hunters' P3 Orion may get all the glory, but the Twin Otter fleet is a whole lot more fun to fly.
Find out why this could make airplanes twice as safe and half as expensive.
Want to find the headset that's right for you? Take the headset challenge!
Fly a 500HP turboprop Bonanza. Picking the right headset. Highlighting the best in flight training.
Garmin has entered the action cam market with the new VIRB.
Some of the wild and wacky medical cures on display at AirVenture 2013.
A full demonstration of the features and tools in AOPA FlyQ EFB for the iPad.
David Clark's new DC Pro-X noise cancelling headset is a lot more comfortable than previous models.
In-ear headsets are an alternative to bulky aviation headsets.
FAA backs off on sleep apnea policy. New guidelines reasonable.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier offers tips for preventing the flu.
One expert says the FAA is wrong on how it wants to determine who might be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
Keeping your blood pressure in check is critical to maintaining your health and your medical certificate, says Dr. Jonathan Sackier.
Hearing loss and protection for pilots.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains why you might need more oxygen when flying.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier on the importance of drinking and eating the right stuff when you are flying.
Depression can even strike pilots. But the FAA has changed regulations to allow special issuance certification for pilots using certain anti-depressant medications. Dr. Jonathan Sackier reports.
The conclusion of Dr. Jonathan Sackier's list of things pilots do that can lead to a denial of a medical certificate.
You don't like the TSA poking at you, but your doctor should be a different story.
The FAA won't tell you, but AOPA can. Our exclusive online database of the specific medications that can disqualify you from getting a medical certificate.
Ten stupid things pilots do -- or don't do, that could mess them up in the AME's office. A Fly Well report from Dr. Jonathan Sackier.
You preflight your airplane, but how often do you check yourself to make sure you are safe to fly? Before every flight, ensure that I M SAFE. Dr. Jonathan Sackier explains.
The challenge of landing at an "altiport" high in the French Alps.
Long time manager of the nation's oldest continuously operating airport retires and reflects.
China turns control of some airspace over to civilian authority from the military, making it easier for general aviation flights. "China Airborne" author James Fallows explains what it means in this exclusive AOPA Live interview.
Fly cross country in a Beech 18 on straight floats with AOPA President Mark Baker.
We get and update from the Flying4Conservation team. They are half way through the journey of flying a 1957 Piper Super Cub from Oregon to Kenya.
A unique hideaway in the mountains, 35 minutes from and 7,000 feet above Los Angeles, with an airport!
CBP answers -- NOT! Stabilized approaches - not just for the big guys. Flying into Big Bear, CA. Fly Well on why you need more oxygen.
Take a look at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport from the lens of AOPA Live.
Alyssa Miller shows us a hair-raising approach into a scenic bed & breakfast near Glacier National Park.
AOPA's Jill Tallman takes you to Vernon, Texas, where ladies from all over are learning to fly.
Al Marsh highlights difficult airports.
We all know the Federal Government needs to trim the budget. AOPA President Mark Baker has identified ways to trim the FAA budget - that won't hurt the industry.
Tom Haines interviews AOPA President & CEO - elect Mark Baker.
AOPA President & CEO reflects on his years in the left seat for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Incredible. CBP says it can't find records on a pilot stop and search.
Sen. James Inhofe announces a Pilots' Bill of Rights II at AirVenture 2013.
A special message from AOPA President Craig Fuller.
Is it time to look for another way to fund the FAA, perhaps even consider outsourcing some operations? A discussion during the RTCA symposium in Washington, DC June 6, 2013
EAA Chairman Jack Pelton on the FAA holding AirVenture at Oshkosh hostage to air traffic control user fees.
AOPA President talks about end of the controller furlough, and examining changes in FAA funding.
AOPA President Craig Fuller discusses what we can expect in 2013.
AOPA hopes to help more flying clubs get started.
New resource to help pilots finance aircraft, avionics, and engine purchases.
Tom Haines interviews Adam Meredith and Joe Dini of the new AOPA Aviation Finance Company, LLC.
Annual report on the health of the aviation industry from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
AOPA expert Ray Speciale (CPA, attorney-at-law) explains tax issues aircraft owners need to be aware of before filing federal income tax.
New law provides tax advantages for buying new aircraft or equipment this year.
President Obama proposes a $100 per flight "surcharge" for air traffic control.
Progress towards being able to fly some aircraft without a 3rd class medical certificate.
Judge orders mediation on city of Santa Monica suit against the FAA.
FAA asks judge to dismiss lawsuit by city of Santa Monica
FAA apologizes for delay on answering petition for a driver's license medical.
Women in Aviation Worldwide Week
AOPA schedules weekend fly-ins across the country.
AOPA announces six regional AOPA Fly-Ins for 2014, and the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In at the association's Frederick, MD (FDK) headquaters to mark AOPA's 75th anniversary.
National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener, PhD, talks about programs to improve general aviation safety during the AOPA Aviation Summit.
Lightspeed Foundation receives AOPA Presidential Citation at the AOPA Aviation 2013 Summit. Foundation President Allan Schrader explains the program to AOPA President Mark Baker.
At the NBAA convention. Dassault announces the Falcon 5X with a super-sized cabin. The first production Eclipse 550 is delivered to its new owner. Iron Maiden's lead singer also knows flying. A look inside a Boeing Business Jet.
KSMO airport has been in the news a lot lately. The AOPA Air Safety Institute is taking proactive steps to ensure safety with the "Safe Skies, Good Neighbors" presentation.
2nd day coverage of the AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas.
Incredible. CBP says it can't find records on a pilot stop and search. Milestone Pilatus PC-12 number 1,200 delivered in Portsmouth, NH. Going strong since 1947. A look at Bonanza number 4,000. Oshkosh medical cures, and a Fly Well report on your ticker.
Pilots' Bill of Rights II. The kids are in love with Dusty, and it might lead to more pilots. Pilots from around the world flock to Oshkosh. AirVenture by the numbers, and a unique trip through the Fly Market.
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