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CBP backs down

One month after AOPA President Mark Baker met with Customs and Border Protection officials, the agency tells national news media it is changing its program so it won't needlessly affront law-abiding pilots.

 
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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.

Sen. Inhofe - Pilots Bill of Rights II

15:45 min

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.

New Third Class Medical Reform Legislation Introduced

2:18 min

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, talks about a new Pilots Bill of Rights that would open the door to flying IFR up to 14,000 feet without a third class medical requirement.

Proposed small drone rules

6:00 min

FAA proposes rules to regulate commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) weighing less than 55 pounds.

President proposes $15.8 billion FAA budget.mp4

2:06 min

President's proposed FY 2016 FAA budget does not have user fees. Budget includes money for aviation gasoline research to replace leaded avgas.

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