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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

14:59 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

19:25 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

32:26 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.

AOPA Live This Week - October 22, 2015

17:38 min

Federal government wants to register all drones, even small hobbyist machines. A special report from the Red Bull Air Races in Las Vegas. How to customize a Cirrus just for you.

AOPA Live This Week - October 15, 2015

13:34 min

LA cops going after drone pilots. Rain didn’t wash out the fun in Tullahoma, Tennessee where more than 2,500 gathered for the final AOPA Fly-In of 2015. Ride along as AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne puts the new Citation Latitude through its paces.

AOPA Live This Week - October 8, 2015

28:09 min

A kinder FAA? A big change in the agency's "compliance philosophy." FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said aircraft operators should be trusted to cooperate, comply, and be partners in safety. When it comes to drones, on the other hand, the agency opted for a different approach: announcing a $1.9 million civil penalty against a photography company for droning in the New York Class B. Also this week, Redbird Flight Simulators rises to a unique challenge, and take a look at what’s in store for you in Tullahoma, Tennessee, at the final AOPA Fly-In of the year.

AOPA Live This Week - October 1, 2015

22:31 min

See first hand what happens during a NORAD intercept. All the sights and sounds from the AOPA Colorado Springs Fly-In. AOPA President Mark Baker is optimistic about third class medical reform. Experience spin training with instructor Catherine Cavagnaro. Ride along with Rob Holland on his winning flight for a unique perspective on freestyle gold.

AOPA Live This Week - September 24, 2015

14:54 min

The Pope is in the United States. We take a network TV news crew flying to explain TFR's. A B-29 Superfortress named Doc has all four engines running. A look at the National WWII Aviation Museum in Colorado Springs. Putting VG's to the test, head to head.

AOPA Live This Week - September 17, 2015

21:17 min

We fly the Nextant 400 XTI, a BeechJet on steroids. The Pope is coming, and so are the TFRs...no drones allowed, either. A look at the cutting edge of technology to keep drones and aircraft apart. A tour of the Air Force Academy, and a tribute to retiring AOPA Board of Trustees member Paul Heintz.

AOPA Live This Week - September 10, 2015

19:33 min

General aviation pilots use acts of kindness to honor thousands of lives lost and to remember the day aviation stood still. AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker reveals the latest developments from Virgin Galactic’s Mojave Desert outpost where composite space ships are readied for launch. And not far away, an airport rises from the Nevada desert each year to celebrate the annual Burning Man festival with its exuberant partying and gifting, before disappearing into the night.

AOPA Live This Week - September 3, 2015

14:59 min

The FAA and the military get crossways over a NOTAM. Flying wild Alaska for real; this is better than a reality show. A bucket list trip FROM Alaska to Wisconsin! And the FAA grants a drone exemption to a paper airplane.

AOPA Live This Week- August 27, 2015

16:51 min

One of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, whose contributions to the war effort are honored by the National WASP World War II Museum in Texas, was on hand in Minnesota to see for herself the restoration of a Vultee BT-13 Valiant that will become the first aircraft in the museum’s collection flown by WASPs. Also this week, AOPA’s National Aviation Community Center drew a different kind of crowd, about 100 fitness fanatics, for a workout with an “air-obic” twist, and Tom Haines reports from Alaska.

AOPA Live this Week - August 20, 2015

16:15 min

Splash in to the land of 10,000 lakes for the AOPA Minneapolis Fly-In at Anoka County-Blaine Airport. Find out who won the Red Bull Air Races in Ascot. Ride along with pilots who race smaller aircraft in a budding sport that’s drawing sponsors and investors. In light of the recent collision of a Cessna 172 and a Sabreliner jet, the Air Safety Institute has issued a new Safety Alert and a renewed call for vigilance.

AOPA Live This Week - August 13, 2015

17:06 min

A tour of the Golden Wings Flying Museum in Anoka County, MN. Flying the Tecnam P2010. Learning to fly warbirds. Flying in FiFi, the only currently-flying B-29 Superfortress.

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