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Oregon's McNary Field airspace changes cause confusion

Article | 2015, 08 31

Pilots flying near Salem, Oregon, should be vigilant about McNary Field's recent Class D airspace expansion; a small notch has been cut out of the airspace for operations at nearby Independence State Airport.

High altitude, thin margins

Article | 2015, 08 27

Flying west from Colorado Springs, pilots can explore the breathtaking scenery of the Front Range while learning valuable lessons in density altitude, weather, and flight planning.

Historic wildfires spawn rash of TFRs

Article | 2015, 08 26

AOPA urges pilots to update temporary flight restriction information frequently and avoid violating restricted airspace, for safety and to assure the uninterrupted operation of aerial firefighting.

Airport funding makes gains in Washington state

Advocacy | 2015, 08 18

Aircraft excise taxes collected by the State of Washington will exclusively fund airport improvement projects under a transportation appropriations bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

High Hopes program: ‘You can’

Article | 2015, 08 12

Convincing teens and wounded veterans that they can—not only fly but achieve their dreams—is the central purpose behind the High Hopes for Colorado nonprofit at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.

'Home away from home'

Article | 2015, 08 06

The best days for flying are the best days for dining at Flight Deck Grill. Outdoor seating at the mobile café gives patrons a center-field view of skydivers, vintage taildraggers, and a range of amateur-built aircraft at Colorado’s Longmont Vance Brand Municipal Airport against the backdrop of the Flatirons.

Samaritan Aviation: Serving Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River basin

Article | 2015, 08 05

Mark Palm’s sights were set on becoming a commercial or military pilot before a college trip to Papua New Guinea set him on a course to serve 500,000 Oceania islanders using floatplanes to deliver medical assistance.

Oregon airspace initiative could impact GA

Advocacy | 2015, 07 28

AOPA is urging members to review an airspace initiative by the Oregon Air National Guard that could have a major impact on IFR operations.

'All about doing the impossible'

Article | 2015, 07 23

Pilots who are passionate about aviation can change lives, said Ben Walton, founder of the Summit Aviation Cancer Camp in Bozeman, Montana.

Airports to benefit from tax revenue in Washington state

Advocacy | 2015, 07 09

A revenue bill signed by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee contains a provision ensuring that money collected from aviation excise taxes will fund airport grants.

Scholarship winner earns her certificate

Article | 2015, 07 08

AOPA’s 2014 Noe-Singer Flight Training Scholarship winner earned her private certificate just two days before her eighteenth birthday and then shipped off to the Air Force Academy for basic training.

Pilots, business leaders gather in Wyoming

Article | 2015, 06 29

Some 150 members of the Aviation Network of the Young Presidents’ Organization met for the second year in a row at Wyoming’s scenic Alpine Airport for three days of seminars, networking, recreation, and, of course, flying.

CubCrafters launches Carbon Cub FX builder assistance program

Article | 2015, 06 29

CubCrafters now assists amateur builders with a five-day work session to assemble a nearly complete Carbon Cub FX.

IFR Fix: The quick pick

IFR Fix | 2015, 06 29

It’s comforting that you can always pick up an IFR clearance if conditions deteriorate. It’s another thing to pull the trigger and manage any complications.

Oregon private airfield owners get protection with new law

Advocacy | 2015, 06 18

Oregon becomes the twenty-seventh state to protect airstrip owners from liability after an AOPA-backed bill was signed into law, opening doors to recreational opportunities and increased public access.

Colorado recognizes GA for fifth consecutive year

Advocacy | 2015, 06 16

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has declared June 2015 as Colorado General Aviation Appreciation Month.

Climbing higher

Article | 2015, 06 11

A quarter century after Micro AeroDynamics Inc. introduced its vortex generators for general aviation, the list of aircraft kits—and benefits—still grows.

Pilot Getaways: Solitude in the Selway

Article | 2015, 06 10

Few airstrips exude peacefulness like Fish Lake. Within this spruce-shrouded valley, the wildlife is abundant, the sounds are intensified, and visitors are rare.

Washington governor praises GA in proclamation

Advocacy | 2015, 06 02

General aviation is vital to the state of Washington’s economy and transportation system and contributes to the well-being of its citizens, proclaimed Gov. Jay Inslee.

Oregon advances private airfield protection

Article | 2015, 05 28

Oregon lawmakers have moved a bill out of committee that would protect private airfield owners from liability.

Land-use regs protect airports in Snohomish, Washington

Article | 2015, 05 28

Snohomish County in Washington has revised land-use regulations to improve airport compatibility and protections.

Idaho aviators gather for fifth annual expo

Advocacy | 2015, 05 27

General aviation pilots in Idaho gathered in Idaho Falls for the fifth annual Idaho Aviation Expo on May 15 and 16.

Garmin sets two open house events

Article | 2015, 05 20

Garmin will offer customers opportunities to learn about its navigational products with seminars and tours of manufacturing facilities in Olathe, Kansas, and Salem, Oregon.

Connecting pilots

Article | 2015, 05 14

A Facebook group created by a Seattle pilot to build aviation friendships has grown like gangbusters, expanding to include nearly 2,000 people.

'CloudStreet' program captures soaring for PBS

Article | 2015, 05 13

Set in intermountain west soaring country, “CloudStreet: Soaring the American West” tells the story of four glider pilots in New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.