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.
Congress starts to legislate a driver's license medical. AMEs blast FAA's sleep apnea policy. Flying a seaplane around the Puget Sound. Affordable hydrophobic technology that might delay ice formation on your aircraft. A conversation with aircraft designer Walter Extra. One incredibly expensive aviation watch.
Shell announces an unleaded avgas. What does it mean for aircraft owners? Some U.S. Senators are not too happy with Customs and Border Protection over stops of GA pilots. A fun way to learn slow flight. Drones galore, and Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about flu in our Fly Well segment.
AOPA continues to fight FAA's sleep apnea policy. An expert says FAA is going about it wrong. The 'monster truck' of LSAs and an insanely short landing. China cracks open its air space to general aviation.
Are you too fat to fly? What AOPA is doing to keep the FAA out of your bedroom. We fly the Super Legend Cub. Searching for sea turtles in a NOAA Twin Otter.
An interview with one of the pilots of the skydiving plane midair. Flying cross country in a Beech 18 on straight floats. Swift fuel is closer to certification.
Specialized high school focuses on STEM and aviation technologies.
A racy little Italian job.
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.
Tom Haines interviews Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana on a bill that would direct the FAA to allow many pilots to fly using a driver's license for a medical certificate.
Shell Aviation announces an unleaded avgas that could replace 100LL.
AOPA insists FAA withdraw the new sleep apnea policy. The intrusive policy doesn’t improve safety and actually raises costs.
Al Marsh checks out an amazing therapy tool that happens to have a stick and rudders.
Find out why this could make airplanes twice as safe and half as expensive.
President Obama proposes a $100 per flight "surcharge" for air traffic control.
April 6 last day for public visits to Fantasy of Flight in central Florida.
Cessna twins not certificated for flight into known ice.
Can't fly them for hire. FAA controls all airspace, even below 400 feet agl.
Progress towards being able to fly some aircraft without a 3rd class medical certificate.
New policy makes it easier and cheaper to retrofit angle of attack indicators on certificated aircraft.
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is not happy with the answers he's getting from Customs and Border Protection about unwarranted stops and searches of GA pilots by CBP agents. Tom Haines interviews.
General Aviation Joint Steering Committee meets with FAA Administrator and advocates for more flexibility to install new technology on old airplanes.
Beechcraft sells 11 T6-C turboprop trainers to Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Judge orders mediation on city of Santa Monica suit against the FAA.
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.
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.
This video is a stark reminder of what can happen when pilots lose situational awareness.
Hey CFI's, we made keeping your certificate current A LOT easier. Check out the new online FIRC.
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.
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.
Formation flying school for RV owners.
Four screens to display whatever you want, where you want.
Safer IFR approaches to oil rigs on stormy seas.
Mid-Continent Instruments SAM MD302 standby attitude module gets Part 23 approved model list STC from FAA.
Moving the controls with thoughts alone.
Redbird has a prototype of the rotor type.
A&P IA Adrian Eichorn takes us inside the Debonair's engine with his HD scope.
Want to find the headset that's right for you? Take the headset challenge!
Garmin has entered the action cam market with the new VIRB.
Customers like the new bird.
Dan Johnson of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association talks about Cessna's decision to stop building the Skycatcher.
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.
The NOAA Hurricane Hunters' P3 Orion may get all the glory, but the Twin Otter fleet is a whole lot more fun to fly.
Fly cross country in a Beech 18 on straight floats with AOPA President Mark Baker.
The Sam LS is a new LSA that looks like warbirds of old.
WOW! Check out this 500HP turboprop B36 Bonanza from Turbine Air. Pete Bedell takes it for a flight.
Tom Horne flies the Falcon 7X
Fly a 500HP turboprop Bonanza. Picking the right headset. Highlighting the best in flight training.
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.
Wonder what you'll do if the engine were to quit right NOW? There's an app for that.
We take two similar airplanes flown by two different editors and put them head to head.
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.
Fighting fatigue? Not sleeping well. You might be suffering from sleep apnea, and that could be dangerous to your flying. 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Special edition from AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh. Big order for Beechcraft. A natural gas fueled Husky. Civil Air Patrol cadets.
AOPA President Craig Fuller talks to EAA Chairman Jack Pelton about AirVenture, Oshkosh user fees.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.