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Forest Service planning rule recognizes aviation access

Advocacy | 2015, 02 11

New U.S. Forest Service directives that interpret a 2012 Planning Rule designate aviation as a “legitimate mode of access” to the backcountry.

Colorado's Thibodeau honored for aviation leadership

Advocacy | 2015, 02 05

AOPA honored member Joe Thibodeau with an AOPA Presidential Recognition Jan. 27 for his commitment to general aviation in Colorado.

Cirrus accident highlights rotor wash risk

Article | 2015, 02 04

A rare but potentially deadly convergence of a landing Cirrus and the wake of a departing helicopter in Colorado was caught on video.

New group seeks to protect, promote GA in Washington

Advocacy | 2015, 01 28

Pilots in Washington State have another voice advocating for them on airport, economic, legislative, and public perception issues: the Washington State Aviation Alliance.

Aircraft taxes should go into aviation fund, AOPA says

Advocacy | 2015, 01 28

Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.

Cirrus chute deployment taped near Hawaii

Article | 2015, 01 27

A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

Article | 2015, 01 22

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

Sky Commuter prototype reappears, in an auction

Article | 2015, 01 14

A prototype of a 1990 flying car called the Sky Commuter has reappeared in an auction in Arizona.

Lightspeed adds stylish touch to annual promotion

Article | 2015, 01 09

Lightspeed Aviation has added a new twist to its popular promotion for a $500 getaway package. In addition to gift cards for avgas, a rental car, dining, and lodging, the company will give away its Markham leather flight bag.

AOPA announces five new fly-in locations for 2015

Article | 2015, 01 08

AOPA has announced plans for five new fly-ins in 2015 following the success of last year's inaugural events. Events will be held in California, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee.