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AOPA Live This Week - April 28, 2016

14:45 min

Is flying "On the Step" faster or is it a myth? We interview Red Bull Air Race Challenger Cup Pilot Kevin Coleman. Explore what flying G-A in Europe really looks like. Flying across the Pacific on solar power alone. Learn more about the next AOPA Sweepstakes airplane.

AOPA Live This Week - April 21, 2016

25:09 min

The latest from Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany. Flying a Float Beaver and other seaplanes. Win a ride in a P-51 Mustang.

AOPA Live This Week - April 14, 2016

13:45 min

Photographs and videos captured by those who fly the AirCam, a unique open-cockpit twin, have helped build the aircraft's following. Ride along with Red Bull Air Race World Championship pilot Hannes Arch as he puts his precision-flying skills to the test turning a wind farm into a slalom course. A father, a daughter, and a seaplane rating for two prove to be just the sort of fun that builds an aviation family's bond.

AOPA Live This Week - April 7, 2016

21:57 min

Announced at Sun 'n Fun, AOPA is giving away another airplane, one of many ways the association is supporting new flying clubs with tools, expertise, and assets. A breakthrough that opens the door for cheaper, innovative avionics for your aircraft. And some innovative avionics options rolled out at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Those who put their lives on the line to fight for our freedom received a special honor at Sun 'n Fun: A veteran who flew the Flying Fortress during World War II returned to the sky aboard a B-17, along with a Tuskegee Airmen pilot who flew cover (and later, the B-29). A turboprop arrived from across the Atlantic cloaked in mystery. AOPA Editor at Large Tom Horne got a peek behind the curtain ahead of the unveiling of the TBM 930.

AOPA Live This Week - March 31, 2016

16:27 min

FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker flies with AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines to see Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast traffic and weather information displayed inside the cockpit of a Bonanza, and explains why pilots should equip with the technology. Go behind the scenes of JAARS, a Christian missionary organization based in North Carolina that uses general aviation to reach remote areas of the world. Find out which two unleaded aviation fuels passed rigorous material compatibility and rig testing and will move forward to Phase 2 testing in aircraft and engines. AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs David Oord explains.

AOPA Live This Week - March 24, 2016

15:57 min

The AOPA You Can Fly 152 Reimagined Sweepstakes airplane has a new owner. A new world record for inverted flat spins. Ike's Super Connie flys again.

AOPA Live This Week - March 17, 2016

16:27 min

Aviation for Millennials! A report from the first Modaero. A small step for legislation, a step forward for medical certificate reform. A roaring start for the Yanks in Abu Dhabi. Rod Machado on how to tame the glideslope needle.

AOPA Live This Week - March 10, 2016

17:24 min

Big movement in Washington as the Senate moves on FAA Reauthorization and the FAA moves on the Part 23 rewrite. A Cirrus parachute rescue caught on tape. We fly the Diamond DA62. A Guinness World Record attempt for a good cause.

AOPA Live This Week - March 3, 2016

16:14 min

AOPA fights for WASP's to be allowed once again to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. We talk with Florence Shutsy Reynolds about the battle. Coverage from Heli Expo. Flying with a cold? Its a no-go.

AOPA Live This Week- February 25, 2016

12:58 min

FAA Reauthorization is sitting still. Upset recovery training in a corporate jet. We spend a weekend with the grandson of aviation legend Igor Sikorsky. See the new Virgin Galactic spaceship.

AOPA Live This Week- February 18, 2016

19:25 min

The left and the right are coming together against privatized ATC as AOPA stands firm against user fees. Hear the incredible story of Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles McGee during his visit to the National Aviation Community Center. AOPA's online flight planner has some powerful new features that will change your flight planning forever.

AOPA Live This Week - February 11, 2016

14:02 min

AIRR Hearing takes the spotlight in DC. Taking the pulse of the GA industry - the GAMA 2015 numbers are in. Cold weather restricted airports. Blue Angels over Super Bowl 50.

AOPA Live This Week - February 4, 2016

12:23 min

Medical certificate reform, user fees for some, and a privatized air traffic control system, all in the just introduced Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act. A grass strip to dream about. Turning nature against rogue drones.

AOPA Live This Week - January 28, 2016

16:02 min

AOPA’s home in Frederick, Maryland, was squarely in the path of a massive winter storm that dumped snow by the foot and left local pilots and airport crews digging out for days. This brings to mind a little news you can use this week about an easy way to find out if airports along your route are closed, and winter flying tips from the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Even Sebring, Florida was on the chilly side, though near-freezing temperatures, Friday rain and gusty wind on Saturday didn’t douse all the fun at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, which hosted drones for the first time this year. That attraction appealed to many, including visitors who arrived with parents in tow. And dancing with the Northern Lights in a para-glider.

AOPA Live This Week - January 21, 2016

14:47 min

AOPA Live brings you the latest in the light sport aircraft and drone markets from the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Go behind the scenes and see what it’s like to fly the light sport Rans S–20 Raven and Rans S–19LS Venterra. Plus, 15 general aviation advocacy groups have banded together to oppose changes to FAA funding and the air traffic control system, and AOPA provides an update on what’s next for third class medical reform.

AOPA Live This Week - January 14, 2016

14:19 min

The annual NTSB list of most wanted safety improvements again includes general aviation this year, and again focuses on loss of control. Much progress has been made improving safety and reducing accidents in recent years. Flying clubs do much more than to rent aircraft at lower cost, though that is often the reason that pilots join in the first place. We visited one club (among many) where the enthusiasm is infectious. How do you catch a rogue drone? Another drone with a net is one way. We’ll also look at a drone large enough to ride in that made a splash in Las Vegas.

AOPA Live This Week - January 7, 2016

14:28 min

A new look for AOPA and an expanding mission. New movie about rusty pilots getting back in the groove. Flying a Super Chipmunk.

AOPA Live This Week - The Directors' Cut 2015

1:11:11 min

This week's breaking news, including the Senate's passage of the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2, a look back at the top stories of 2015, and a directors' cut of the videos you loved most this year. Watch the warbirds, tall tales, and unforgettable moments.

AOPA Live This Week - December 10, 2015

18:55 min

Decades in the making and conceived on a clean sheet with revolutionary ideas, the HondaJet received FAA type certification Dec. 9. A Senate committee has approved the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2, putting third class medical reform over a major hurdle. AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and AOPA Pilot Managing Editor Sarah Deener wanted to know just how well your AOPA Sweepstakes You Can Fly Cessna 152 can spin. Only one way to find out, and you can ride along. Santa Claus can stuff a lot into a sleigh, and even into a Van's Aircraft RV-10, for that matter. This latter vehicle was his aircraft of choice for a visit that has become a heartwarming tradition on Tangier Island, a remote community in the Chesapeake Bay.

AOPA Live This Week - December 3, 2015

17:00 min

AOPA editors pitted a pair of freshly reimagined Cessna two-seaters head-to-head in a fly-off for the bantamweight trainer title. The Cessna 150 and 152 were lined up on the ramp, a coin was flipped, and the drag race began. Flight training excellence is all about the people who make it happen at schools, institutions, and airports across the country. AOPA invited the nation's best to Frederick, Maryland, to honor their achievements with the 2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards, and released a number of new resources for flying clubs, including free, online scheduling software.

AOPA Live This Week - November 26, 2015

15:27 min

Days before the holiday shopping frenzy, a task force suggested that the FAA make the drone registration requirement very broad, applying to unmanned aircraft systems large and small. Dr. Claudius Klimt wanted to expand his aviation horizons, so he found a gyrocopter, and found out what sets them apart from a pilot's perspective. Benjamin Parker served his country until multiple sclerosis ended his military career. It took another battle to make sure it didn't ground him.

AOPA Live This Week - November 19, 2015

35:05 min

AOPA Live from NBAA in Las Vegas. Flying the Griffon Lionheart - a composite, staggerwing biplane from the 1990's. Third Class Medical reform advances in Congress.

AOPA Live This Week - November 12, 2015

23:18 min

An honor for a Doolittle Raider. Learning to fly a B-25. AOPA's High School Aviation Initiative to use flying to teach STEM. Mastering wheel landings in a tail dragger.

AOPA Live This Week - November 5, 2015

31:54 min

User fees can destroy a GA culture. We travel to Australia to see the impact pilots there have suffered. Highlighting the best ideas in flight training at Redbird Migration. Leaf peeping with a drone that costs more than a used 172.

AOPA Live This Week - October 29, 2015

11:43 min

Air traffic control may become a telecommuting task in the not-too-distant future; remote towers equipped with cameras and communication gear are already online in some parts of the world. Watch a demonstration of how this might work at your local airport. Also this week, what happens behind the scenes when a Red Bull Air Race pilot clips one of those giant inflated pylons? A team swings into action with spare parts and a plan to make sure pilots (and the crowd) won’t have long to wait.

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