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IFR Fix: 11 degrees of separation

IFR Fix | 2014, 07 28

The arcing dashed arrow that ushers in the missed approach lends it a deceptively simple appearance, but there’s more here than greets the eye.

10 things to do in Spokane

Article | 2014, 07 28

Spokane’s Felts Field has a little bit of everything for the aviation enthusiast. The historic airstrip features beautifully renovated terminal and hangar buildings, a 4,500-foot-long runway, 6,000-foot seaplane landing area, delightful diner serving breakfast and lunch, and is home to renovators and collectors of historic aircraft.

Training Tip: Monitoring mountain obscuration

Article | 2014, 07 28

Whether you will cross numerous ridgelines, or climb to altitudes close to your aircraft’s limits, mountain obscuration is a potential hazard for VFR operations.

IFR Fix: Where there's smoke

IFR Fix | 2014, 07 22

Spot quiz: What is the METAR/TAF code for smoke?

Washington state aviation resources fight wildfires

Article | 2014, 07 18

Wildfires were burning homes and triggering evacuations in eastern and central Washington state as officials responded with firefighting efforts staged from three state-run airports.

A river runs through it

Article | 2014, 07 11

Spokane, Washington's Felts Field began in 1910, welcomed Charles Lindbergh in 1927, once served as the city’s municipal airport, and is now home to an active general aviation community that is anxious to welcome visitors to AOPA’s fourth 2014 fly-in on Aug. 16.

Engine-out spin

Article | 2014, 07 09

Veteran CFI Rich Stowell paid tribute to Harry Hawker with a power-off spin, creating a video that is part salute, part message to pilots.

Chief Joseph Flyers offers affordable flight training, aircraft

Article | 2014, 07 07

Oregon’s Chief Joseph Flyers offers members access to affordable flight training and hourly flying.

Collaboration, teamwork, face time

Article | 2014, 07 03

AOPA Northwest Regional Manager David Ulane traveled to the capital of the state where he is based on July 1 to build on successful collaborations.

Colorado kicks off GA airport sustainability study

Advocacy | 2014, 07 02

The Colorado Division of Aeronautics is conducting a general aviation airport sustainability study in an effort to create a set of tools and guidance that will help airports across the state become self-sustaining.

Pilots feel the love at Colorado’s Loveland Fly-In

Advocacy | 2014, 06 24

While pancakes were frying on the griddle early June 21, pilots were flying in to Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport in Loveland, Colo., for the Colorado Pilots Association’s annual Aviation Expo and Fly-In.

Airport upgrades needed in Washington

Advocacy | 2014, 06 19

Washington's State Department of Transportation is weighing an estimated $3.6 billion in airport upgrades needed in the coming 20 years.

AOPA heads to Colorado

Advocacy | 2014, 06 19

AOPA President Mark Baker will lead a large contingent of staff attending the Rocky Mountain Aviation Expo June 21.

Colorado pilot earns spot in French air race

Article | 2014, 06 18

A trilingual pilot from Colorado who recently became a flight instructor will soon travel to France to fly in the Tour Aérien Des Jeunes Pilotes.

Colorado petition seeks aviation license plate

Advocacy | 2014, 06 11

Colorado aviation associations are seeking support for an initiative that would let residents showcase their passion for aviation in a new way: a “Support Aviation” license plate.

Student to instructor in 11 months

Article | 2014, 06 10

Keaton Meltvedt-Snow, winner of the AOPA Foundation 2013 Richard Santori Memorial Scholarship, went from barely being able to hover a helicopter to training others how to fly them in less than a year.

Economic impact report touts Wyoming airports

Advocacy | 2014, 06 05

Wyoming’s airports make “a notable contribution” to the state’s economy, enhancing residents’ quality of life, according to an economic impact report.

Washington state celebrates aviation

Article | 2014, 06 05

General aviation enhances the lives of Washington state residents, said Gov. Jay Inslee in proclaiming June "General Aviation Appreciation Month."

Colorado recognizes GA for fourth straight year

Advocacy | 2014, 06 04

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has recognized the value of general aviation to his state by declaring June 2014 Colorado General Aviation Appreciation Month, the fourth consecutive year Hickenlooper has designated a month for GA.

Colorado mandates tower marking

Advocacy | 2014, 05 22

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed on May 17 legislation that will require marking of towers less than 200 feet tall.

Donated flights advance delta restoration effort

Article | 2014, 05 20

Volunteer pilots from conservation nonprofit LightHawk have flown more than 100 missions that were “critical in energizing the push” to revitalize a western ecosystem.

FAA sets deadline for Cheyenne MOA comments

Advocacy | 2014, 05 15

The FAA is accepting comments for the U.S. Air Force's Cheyenne Low and High military operations areas after a modification to the southwest corner of the proposed special-use airspace was made.

Washington pilots support AOPA third class medical bill

Advocacy | 2014, 05 13

The Washington Pilots Association donated $1,000 toward AOPA's efforts to pass the third class medical bill.

Valdez fly-in celebrates Alaska GA

Article | 2014, 05 07

The fun of an Alaska fly-in awaits those who turn out for the Valdez Fly In and Air Show, scheduled May 9 to 11.

Second launch: Swearingen design gets update

Article | 2014, 05 07

The Utah firm that purchased the SJ30 type certificate in 2011 has broken ground on the first phase of a planned factory.