Federal officials search for operator of drone that crashed into St. Louis skyscraper. AOPA renews call for timely regulations on small unmanned aerial systems.
More progress on avgas. An incredible cache of iconic warbirds hidden away in Texas is sold. A California FBO that's straight out of another era.
A visit to the Antique Airplane Association Fly-In at Blakesburg, Iowa. More action on medical certificate reform. A hangar full of goodies in southern California. A headset just for you.
The fight for Santa Monica Airport is looking promising. The latest on third class medical reform. Teaching missionaries to fly. An ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that you have to see.
AOPA demands swift action on medical certificate reform. Some incredible aircraft at the AOPA fly-in to Spokane, Washington. Low and slow from Alaska to Oshkosh to support wounded warriors.
We check out the One Week Wonder - a homebuilt, built in a week. Flying the Boeing that started it all - the Boeing 40. We remember Robin Williams' AOPA moment.
NTSB doesn't like medical certificate reform. Go flying with Sean D. Tucker over Oshkosh. Paul Poberezny and the Baby Ace - the plane that started a movement, and inside aircraft modifier Rocket Engineering.
A wearable head-up display for general aviation. Mooney is back. A chat with the designer of the Midget Mustang, and the end of an Oshkosh institution. AOPA Live This Week from AirVenture 2014.
The FAA reports on medical certificate reform. A seaplane adventure in Lake Winnebago. Helping women soar, and an inspiring flight. AOPA Live This Week from AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh.
AOPA details it programs for affordable flying. A jet-fuel Skyhawk. A first-timer tries to take in all of Oshkosh. AOPA Live This Week from AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visits AOPA and is speaking out about third class medical reform. We fly with Patty Wagstaff in Kenya, and we fly the PBY-5A Catalina. Its an unsung hero of WWII.
New midget personal jet from Sonex flies, even does aerobatics on its first flight. Time is getting close to award the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair; see how your airplane looks over the Big Apple. We have an update on the search for a replacement for 100LL, and it’s good news. And we take a look at the army of green shirts that help make the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins possible.
A runway incursion in Barcelona, Spain, got plenty of media attention, though it may not have been quite as hairy as some would have you think. We’ll chat with AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg about the lessons, including “look both ways.” Plus, we’ll take you to Plymouth, Massachusetts for a look at what makes it a perfect place for an AOPA Fly-In, and return to San Marcos, Texas, for some unconventional taxi lessons.
Fly along with us as Snoopy 2 tucks in “tight” on Snoopy 1. Find out what it’s like to fly a blimp. We visit a New England airport restaurant with chowder worth the flight. Updates on the avgas and medical certificate issues, and a tribute to your freedom to fly.
We fly the Howard 500. The breakfast bunch flies a C-45 named Chow Hound. The USA Today debacle continues. The National Park Service clamps down on drones.
AOPA answers egregious USA Today series on GA safety. The Sweepstakes Debonair is done! A look at what might be your airplane. Dog fighting over Cape Cod, and the Special Olympics airlift.
The battle has been ongoing for more than five decades, but things are looking up in our fight to keep Santa Monica Airport. Find out what you can do to help.
They're on a mission, and Spokane Turbine Center helps them get there. Find out how missionaries are using Quest Kodiaks to get in and out of some of the most remote places on Earth.
Congress is working to speed up the rule making process for third class medical reform. Members of the GA Caucus sent a letter to DOT telling them to hurry it up.
We have all seen plenty of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, but - as first reported by AIN - airshow, air race and time to climb pilot Bruce Bohannon has a new take on it.
We check with industry leaders to see what they think the future of AvGas looks like, in the middle of research to replace 100LL
EAA and Zenith Aircraft team up to empower volunteers to build a CH-750 Cruzer in one week.
If it weren't for this Boeing, none would be going. The Boeing Model 40 bridged the gap between the barnstorming/airmail era and modern air travel.
The world lost a quicksilver mind with the passing of Robin Williams. After his death, we remember some fun he had with the AOPA wings. Video courtesy James Lipton with Inside the Actors Studio.
AOPA President Mark Baker talks with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) about his Pilots Bill of Rights II, and medical certificate reform, at EAA's AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh.
AOPA tests new ways to open door to aviation with "Reimagined Aircraft" such as a Cessna 152 that can be co-owned and operated for as little as $65/hour, including fuel.
Check out the Red Bull Aces wing suit team.
A small corps of pilots in Kenya put their lives on the line to protect wildlife, and their nation’s future. American pilots have once again stepped up to help, making another journey to this equatorial nation to help Kenya Wildlife Service pilots hone flying skills that are often the difference between life and death.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visits AOPA headquarters and talks with AOPA President Mark Baker about medical certificate reform, replacing 100LL, the FAA budget and other issues of interest to general aviation pilots.
One month after AOPA President Mark Baker met with Customs and Border Protection officials, the agency tells national news media it is changing its program so it won't needlessly affront law-abiding pilots.
Long overdue, Congress approves honors for the Doolittle Raiders.
By bringing up-to-the-minute weather into the cockpit, datalink has increased the utility of our aircraft while making weather flying safer and easier. In this video, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the “datalink revolution” as told by the people who made it happen. Approx. 27 minutes
Don't let convective turbulence bring you down.
AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg discuss some of the strategies they used to navigate around thunderstorms during a recent flight.
The AOPA Foundation is offering 11 scholarships to help support outstanding student pilots.
Learning how to instinctively recover from extreme unusual attitudes might save your life some day.
New benefit for AOPA members from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops - free access to a selection of audio and video training programs.
Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous.
Learn about the new AOPA Rusty Pilots Initiative. We want to help you get back in the air!
This new $1600 device from Bendix King is designed to save your life. Its a lift reserve indicator / AOA.
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.
AOPA responds to FAA simulator policy
National Transportation Safety Board wants better weather information in the cockpit, better forecasting, and better pilot weather education to reduce general aviation accidents.
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.
Join AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim "Buffet" Moore as he goes head-to-head in a dogfight over Cape Cod Bay. See what it's like to be a fighter pilot.
Learn how to fly the Hudson River Class B Exclusion in New York City. It is some of the most scenic and crowded airspace in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
An easier way to keep the needle centered when tracking a VOR , ILS or GPS course.
Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum in Indianapolis honors a premier name in aircraft propulsion.
Get behind the controls of an Eclipse 550 with AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines. The 550 has evolved into the aircraft it was always intended to be.
Federal officials search for operator of drone that crashed into St. Louis skyscraper. AOPA renews call for timely regulations on small unmanned aerial systems.
First flight of the EPS Graflight V8 diesel engine for general aviation.
Super situational awareness with a helmet mounted display that lets the pilot "see" through the aircraft in all directions.
The FAA announces completion of the ADS-B ground radio network, but AOPA says there's a lot more to do before there are significant benefits for general aviation pilots.
Google buys Titan Aerospace, builder of high altitude solar-powered unmanned aerial systems.
AOPA and others urge FAA to quickly adopt regulations governing unmanned aerial systems (drones) to protect all airspace users.
How precisely can you fly? Redbird launches a challenge that you can complete at many flight schools.
Redbird unveils a new helicopter trainer with motion.
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.
Pilot and photographer Arnie Izkowitz has created a revolution in gyro-stabilized aerial video with his inventions. The results are simply stunning.
The SAI 340 Quattro from Sandia Aerospace is impressive, and so is the price point.
An incredible mix of unique aircraft at the AOPA Fly-in to Spokane, Washington.
Warbirds to depart Edwards Ranch
Only 3 are left flying, the PV-2 Harpoon was developed from the Lockheed Lodestar.
Aerion ups the size of its supersonic business jet, HondaJet unveils first production aircraft, Dassault announces the Falcon 8X, Gulfstream extends the range of the G650.
Airbus Group flies the all-composite, battery powered E-Fan for the first time.
How do you take off on straight floats when there's no water?
How do you take off in a straight float seaplane when there's no water to be found?
History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.
The Blue Angel's support C130 is a wild ride itself. Come along for a maximum performance flight in Fat Albert.
A father/son team restore and build the most beautiful Waco biplanes in a small shop in rural Pennsylvania.
Textron Aviation says its Cessna and Beechcraft piston products are going to be produced for the long term.
Check out this beauty of a new engine! Remember this could be YOUR 1963 Debonair.
Cessna's parent company completes the purchase of Beechcraft and Hawker. Find out what it means to you.
This new powerplant is more powerful and efficient.
Customers like the new bird.
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.
A certified glass panel for under $5,000.00. Learn about the newest product from Aspen Avionics.
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.
Another major newspaper reveals Customs and Border Patrol's stops of innocent pilots.
Alternative means of compliance provides way for grounded aircraft to get back in the air.
AOPA Board of Trustees member R. Anderson Pew and AOPA President Mark Baker talk about AOPA's past and future.
AOPA opposes proposed airworthiness directive on ECi cylinders as unnecessary and overly expensive.
Santa Monica city council considers yet another ploy to close the airport.
Month of May is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's 75th anniversary.
Recreational Aviation Foundation a recipient of an AOPA Foundation Giving Back Award.
Customs and Border Protection continues to direct unwarranted stops of innocent pilots. AOPA President Baker gets promise from CBP Commissioner that there will be fewer stops in the future.
Environmentalists file petition with EPA to declare aircraft emissions hazardous. AOPA says action puzzling since EPA knows industry well on the way to finding an unleaded fuel.
AOPA's San Marcos, Texas, fly-in a huge success, with nearly 3,000 attendees.
European aviation authority says it went to far in regulating general aviation.
Dr. Brent Blue, a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner, says that his issuing 3rd Class Medical Certificates over 30 years has done nothing to improve general aviation safety.
The Los Angeles Times shines the spotlight on Customs and Border Protection's unwarranted stops of innocent general aviation pilots.
The FAA maps out its timeline for rulemaking on a driver's license medical. Don't hold your breath.
FAA announces rule making to let private pilots fly some aircraft with a driver's license in place of a third class medical certificate.
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.
Pilot-operated Indianapolis St. Elmo's Steakhouse the place to eat when in Indy for the AOPA Regional Fly-In May 31st or any other time.
The challenge of landing at an "altiport" high in the French Alps.
An epic flight the length of the Mississippi in an open cockpit Aircam.
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.
New York Times publishes a good article on general aviation.
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.
Mother, daughter, granddaughter, all pilots, all giving back to get more women in the air.
Three generations of Latimer-women live, breathe and instruct other women in the hope of increasing the number of women pilots.
Bill Bailey is one of only a dozen charter members still on the AOPA rolls. These excerpts are from an interview with him on the occasion of the association’s seventy-fifth anniversary.
Clancy Hess is one of only a dozen charter members still on the AOPA rolls. These excerpts are from an interview with him on the occasion of the association’s seventy-fifth anniversary.
Ed Adams is one of only a dozen charter members still on the AOPA rolls. These excerpts are from an interview with him on the occasion of the association’s seventy-fifth anniversary.
New benefit for AOPA members. Free access to selected PilotWorkshop educational offerings.
You can fly with aerobatic star Billy Werth at the AOPA Indianapolis Regional Fly In. You've got to see this guy's act - his brother chases him down the runway on a motorcycle.
AOPA's regional fly-ins aren't just for pilots. It was a family affair at San Marcos, Texas.
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.
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.
Women in Aviation Worldwide Week
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.
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.
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