MEMBER ALERT: AOPA is closed today, March 5, due to inclement weather. We will reopen March 6 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.
Airbus Group flies the all-composite, battery powered E-Fan for the first time.
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.
Controller David Bricker of Albuquerque Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot that encountered moderate precipitation, icing, and turbulence in mountainous terrain.
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.
Controller Laura Kuhn of Minneapolis Center guided a disoriented and distressed Cirrus SR-22 pilot who had encountered severe icing in instrument meteorological conditions.
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.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.
A well-seasoned team of pilots, the Mavericks perform precision aerobatics to keep their skills sharp, and in the process prove that age alone is no obstacle.
The AOPA National Aviation Community Center hosted Paws and Planes, an event that showed kids flying for others – including our four-footed friends – can be rewarding and fun.
AOPA partners with ShareAviation.com to help spread interest in flying.
There's a wide variety of airplanes that fall under LSA rules, one for almost any need or budget.
Learning to fly a CJ business jet in a simulator alone at ProFlight in Carlsbad, CA.
FAA proposes rules to regulate commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) weighing less than 55 pounds.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reports on new aircraft shipments for 2014.
General aviation provides more the one million jobs and $219 billion in economic impact to the US economy.
A look inside NASA's giant icing wind tunnel.
We test fly EAA's One Week Wonder, a Zenith built by thousands at Oshkosh.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) vows that medical certificate reform will happen in 2015.
Bill Harrelson has a right to brag, having just returned from a pole-to-pole circumnavigation in a Lancair IV and staking a claim on a world record. Harrelson talks about how he did it, and the biggest challenges. Enstrom Helicopter Corp. is reborn out of Chinese investment to flex its American manufacturing might. For the first time in years, the President’s proposed budget does not include user fees on General Aviation aircraft operations.
Tips for owner pilots on helping the airplane make it through the winter.
The biggest King Air does it all, and from the most primitive strips.
Some tips on cold weather flying. An exclusive interview with the NORAD commander about busting TFRs. A pilot report on the heaviest of the King Airs. More on the Cirrus ditching.
AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump explains the new FAA policy on sleep apnea and pilot medical certification.
Tom Haines talks with NORAD Commander Adm. Bill Gortney about TFRs, fighter intercepts, and general aviation and Navy flying.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.
Airplane repossession is a specialized field, and Nick Popovich is a specialist within it. These days he'll pass on general aviation aircraft in favor of bigger game.
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