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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.

AOPA Live This Week - August 6, 2015

16:17 min

We check out the Ghost Drone. An Interview with teen superstar Ross Lynch of the band R5, he's a student pilot. We also preview the AOPA Minneapolis Regional Fly In. The Bugatti 100p is set to fly for the first time.

AOPA Live This Week - July 30, 2015

14:17 min

AOPA continues to push hard for medical reform, working through some unexpected roadblocks. The advocacy team provides a briefing on the latest developments from Washington. Also this week, the painstaking creation of a vintage Junkers F-13, considered the world’s first airliner, along with a crowd-pleasing demonstration of a much more modern airliner as we wrap up our coverage of EAA AirVenture from Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

AOPA Live This Week - July 25, 2015 - AirVenture 2015

12:58 min

The Airline Pilots Association tries to throttle medical certificate reform. A veritable hive of Republic Seabees touchdown at AirVenture on Lake Winnebago. How a flying club can make flying affordable. The ride of a lifetime for a woman who helps kids get into flying.

AOPA Live This Week - July 24, 2015 - AirVenture 2015

15:55 min

AOPA Live at AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh. A possible breakthrough for medical certificate reform. The FAA boss speaks. A warbird partnership. Pirates of the north forty.

AOPA Live This Week - July 23, 2015 - AirVenture 2015

21:23 min

The sights and sounds of AirVenture 2015 at Oshkosh! A sudden opportunity for Third Class Medical reform. There will be lots of jobs in aviation. A WWII paratrooper meets up with the aircraft that lead him into battle. And putting a Piper in a Bonanza.

AOPA Live This Week - July 16, 2015

16:25 min

AOPA renews call for the FAA to not withhold traffic data from aircraft not yet equipped with ADS-B out. AOPA Live takes a sneak peek at what's in store at EAA AirVenture 2015. Plus, Civil Air Patrol instructors can only sit back and watch as their cadets fly solo during a nine-day total-immersion summer flight camp. And take a ride in the Ercoupe, a fun, affordable airplane that has been around for 75 years.

AOPA Live This Week - July 9, 2015

13:22 min

Trouble in the electric airplane world as Siemens blocks Pipistrel from flying the Alpha Electro over the English Channel. Was it at the behest of Airbus who hoped to be first to accomplish the feat? Flying with Red Bull over Budapest. Man takes flight in lawnchair, lands in jail.

AOPA Live This Week - July 2, 2015

13:34 min

A preview of Airventure 2015. Flying with the most patriotic performer on the airshow circuit, Julie Clark. Cub Scouts get a first taste of aviation at AOPA.

AOPA Live This Week - June 25, 2015

16:11 min

We fly the ICON A5 light sport amphib. We could see progress on Third Class Medical soon, and find out why the progress has been so slow. A cat goes for an accidental airplane ride.

AOPA Live This Week - June 18, 2015

14:48 min

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) unveils his proposal to create a not-for-profit, federally chartered corporation to operate and modernize ATC; AOPA weighs in. Magnificent waterfalls and other scenic vistas reward a group of GA pilots touring South America. A 4-year-old girl named Lea laughs with pure delight as her father gives her a first aerobatic ride.

AOPA Live This Week - June 11, 2015

19:08 min

AOPA President Mark Baker said it is time to equip with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out, and Air Safety Institute Vice President George Perry gives a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot’s perspective on the value of angle of attack indicators for general aviation. Also this week, Adam Smith of the Commemorative Air Force on a wildly successful fundraising campaign to save the C-47 that led the D-Day invasion.

AOPA Live This Week - June 4, 2015

15:15 min

The lessons from viral video of a water ditching in Italy. A theatrical first look at the Dassault Falcon 5X business jet. Ken Griffey Jr. teams up with AOPA. A party under the space shuttle. Remembering Sonex CEO Jeremy Monnett and Mechanic Mike Clark.

AOPA Live This Week - May 28, 2015

14:55 min

Fly with the Breitling Jet Team. Learn upset recovery in an Extra 300. See a perfectly executed emergency landing from the pilot of a TBM Avenger.

AOPA Live This Week - May 21, 2015

16:36 min

Among the many attending the AOPA Fly-In in Salinas, California, a helicopter pilot who is on a mission to inspire young girls to follow in her footsteps. With a special screening at the AOPA homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland on the horizon, we visit with the filmmaker behind Living in the Age of Airplanes. Watch inspiration in action as scaled-down aircraft converge on Triple Tree Aerodrome for the world’s largest RC event.

AOPA Live This Week - May 14, 2015

14:21 min

We show you the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington, D.C. A look at a family business that rebuilds P-51 Mustangs in Salinas, CA. Bobby Breeden wins the Valdez STOL competition with an incredible landing.

AOPA Live This Week - May 7, 2015

17:05 min

Drones might lead to cheaper avionics for you. A report from the Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta; watch a sneak peek of Yuichi Takagi looping and rolling before he makes his aerial demonstration debut at AOPA’s Salinas Fly-In May 16; celebrate the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders for receiving the Congressional Gold Medal; and find out how you can own a still-airworthy Mark 1 Spitfire.

AOPA Live This Week - April 30, 2015

11:43 min

An in-depth look at the One Week Ready to Solo program. A preview of the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In featuring Sean D. Tucker. The world's oldest pilot.

AOPA Live This Week - April 23, 2015 From Sun 'n Fun 2015

16:17 min

A look at the one week ready to solo program. An airplane that is like a dirt bike with wings. Letting pilots get hands-on with a drone.

AOPA Live This Week - April 16, 2015

22:29 min

Piper Aircraft unveiled the new M Series, introducing a piston and two new turboprops that climb straight to the top of the Piper lineup. Watch the first flight of the new Flight Design C4, explore the options for bringing your aircraft into ADS-B compliance, and see how to expand your hangar without rebuilding it.

AOPA Live This Week - April 9, 2015

22:55 min

Finally from Hollywood, a movie that celebrates aviation. A new IMAX film will soon be in a theater near you. A little shy about talking to air traffic control? A new virtual reality lets you fly with other aircraft and communicate with a real controller, all without leaving the ground. There’s one aircraft that stands above all others. We’ll tell you what it is. And refurbishing an airport. Some of the problems are hard to believe.

AOPA Live This Week - April 2, 2015

12:19 min

The lady is loud and she smokes, but she helped win the war. The Commemorative Air Force puts a TBM Avenger back in the air, the same aircraft type President George H.W. Bush flew. Honda Aircraft receives a provisional type certificate for the HondaJet. Amazon has a secret drone site. Solar Impulse Two flies backwards on its way to China. An update on Harrison Ford, and pilots prove they have big hearts as they help with 10,000 airplanes for a little boy.

AOPA Live This Week - March 26, 2015

18:13 min

General aviation helping out in Haiti. We travel to the island nation to see how a doctor and a Bonanza make all the difference in many lives. B-29 getting ready to fly again. Doc, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, is rolled out to crowds in Wichita. Flying the B-52. Barry Schiff goes for a ride in a nuclear-capable bomber, affectionately known as a BUFF.

AOPA Live This Week- March 19, 2015

21:14 min

A milestone for the Veteran's Airlift Command as they transport their 10,000th passenger. A drone and a news helicopter get too close for comfort. Freeflight announces a sub $2,000 ADS-B Out solution. A pilot who shakes off the rust to live out his decades-long dream of flying a P-51 Mustang.

AOPA Live This Week - March 12, 2015

19:13 min

Fighting media falsehoods about the Harrison Ford PT-22 off-airport emergency landing. Flying the Embrarer Legacy 500. An interview with a TRACON controller who saved a VFR pilot's life when he was trapped on top.

AOPA Live This Week - March 5, 2015

22:12 min

From HAI Heli-Expo 2015. A look at the AW609 tilt-rotor, the new Airbus Helicopters H160, training helicopters from Enstrom and Guimbal. A new simulator from Fasca faithfully replicates a Robinson 44 with stunning visuals and realistic control loading. A call for action on Third Class Medical reform. Using helicopters for mosquito control and news gathering. A look at the Bell 505.

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