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AOPA Live This Week - August 15, 2013

The FAA has proposed a sweeping airworthiness directive (AD) requiring the removal and inspection of thousands of after-market cylinders installed in Continental aircraft engines. AOPA is fighting the proposal, noting enormous cost and compromised safety. AOPA Live This Week® used the Freedom of Information Act to gain an exclusive inside look at a recent general aviation aircraft search ordered by federal officials for reasons that remain mysterious. Also this week, Rod Machado gets back into spins, and how to stop them before they start, in his License to Learn segment, and producer Paul Harrop scopes out glasses that can protect the eyesight of pilots targeted by lasers, an increasingly common event.

 
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Close Call Between TV Helicopter and Drone

2:13 min

Two news helicopters in Seattle were covering a fire when suddenly a drone was spotted flying near them at 1,500 feet.

P-51 Mustang Dream Flight

2:49 min

See rusty pilot Tom Faath experience his lifelong dream of flying a P-51 Mustang.

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.

Veterans Airlift Command celebrates 10,000th passenger

3:06 min

When America's wounded warriors need transportation, business aircraft operators rise to the occasion through the Veteran's Airlift Command. The VAC is celebrating their 10,000th passenger, SGT Jesse Murphree, USA.

Harrison Ford's forced landing

4:11 min

We take a look at the thespian aviator's skillful emergency landing, and also talk about the Ryan PT-22 Recruit he was in, with the pilot who checked him out in it.

Pilots Bill of Rights 2 - Call to action a success

1:41 min

We asked, you listened. Now Members of Congress are up to their ailerons in letters that support third class medical reform legislation.

Flying the Embraer Legacy 500

3:56 min

The new Brazilian mid sized jet has the features of a large jet, and the handling of a small one. With fly-by-wire control, this turbine Goldilocks is just right.

Bizav & You

0:45 min

Want to fly around in a Pilatus PC-12NG? AOPA and Pilatus Aircraft are working together to give you a chance to fly the aircraft of missions for which it is well suited.

TRACON Controller honored for save

3:46 min

Hugh McFarland used his skills as an instrument pilot to talk a VFR pilot down through nearly 9000' of IMC. Now the Houston TRACON controller is one of several honored with the Archie Award.

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.

Helicopter sales prediction

0:21 min

Honeywell queries flight departments to figure out how many helicopters will be sold in the next five years.

Unions concerned about drones

0:31 min

A group of transportation unions say that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, UAV, or drones) aren't ready for commercial use because they could pose a safety threat to manned aircraft.

Robinson Turbine Order

0:14 min

Robinson Helicopters places an order for more than 1,000 Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engines for the R-44.

AOPA Flight Training Loans

1:05 min

The AOPA Finance Company is making flight training loans available at very reasonable rates. Loans can be used for all flying purposes, and are exclusive to AOPA members.

Know Before You Fly

0:59 min

AOPA joins with industry group to educate small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, UAV or drones) how to operate safely in the national air space system.

Training helicopters

3:33 min

New light single engine helicopters suited to flight training from Enstrom, Giumbal, and Bell.

Airbus Helicotpers H160

0:32 min

Airbus Helicopters announces the H160 with unique curved main rotor blades.

AW609 Tilt-rotor

1:55 min

Augusta Westland AW 609 tilt-rotor prototype flies into HAI Heli-Expo 2015. Test pilot says fly-by-wire design makes this helicopter-airplane hybrid easy to fly.

Helicopter simulator

2:03 min

New Frasca helicopter simulator faithfully replicates the Robinson R-44 with accurate control loading and stunning visuals.

Pilot's Bill of Rights - Medical Certificate Reform

0:52 min

AOPA is calling all pilots to action to urge Congress to support the Pilot's Bill of Rights II, which includes Third Class Medical reform. The bill would allow pilots to fly noncommercially in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds carrying five passengers below 14,000 feet in VFR and IFR conditions without the need for a medical certificate.

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.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Southwest Region

5:42 min

Controller David Bricker of Albuquerque Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot that encountered moderate precipitation, icing, and turbulence in mountainous terrain.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Western Pacific Region

2:47 min

Controller James Hansmann of Los Angeles Center guides the pilot of a Cessna 182 with inoperative radios who had become disoriented in mountainous terrain, near restricted airspace and an international border.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Great Lakes Region

5:43 min

Controller Laura Kuhn of Minneapolis Center guided a disoriented and distressed Cirrus SR-22 pilot who had encountered severe icing in instrument meteorological conditions.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - NW Mountain Region

7:20 min

Controller Andy Olson of Seattle Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot who had encountered icing in instrument meteorological conditions by guiding them into the clear.

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