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AOPA Launches Rusty Pilots Initiative To Help Lapsed Pilots Get Back In The Air

News release | 2014, 03 27

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today launched an easy and fun new way for pilots who have gotten away from flying to get back in the cockpit.

Wisconsin State Assembly Passes Aviation Tax Breaks

News release | 2014, 03 20

The Wisconsin Assembly today passed AOPA-supported legislation that will save aircraft owners and operators millions of dollars on maintenance and repairs while keeping vital aviation jobs in the state.

Wagstaff To Serve As AOPA Ambassador

News release | 2014, 03 19

Patty Wagstaff brings excitement about flying everywhere she goes, and as an AOPA Ambassador her mission is to share that energy with pilots and aviation enthusiasts at AOPA events across the country.

AOPA Unveils New Guide To Start Flying Clubs

News release | 2014, 03 12

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) released on Wednesday a helpful new tool that will steer members through the critical steps of starting a flying club. “AOPA’s Guide to Starting a Flying Club” identifies the most important aspects to consider when bringing a club from inception to full operation.

AOPA APPLAUDS SENATE BILL TO EXPAND THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL EXEMPTION TO MORE PILOTS

News release | 2014, 03 11

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would expand the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) third-class medical exemption, reserved for sport pilots for the past decade, to a larger pilot population and more types of aircraft.

AOPA THANKS HERSMAN FOR SERVICE AT NTSB

News release | 2014, 03 11

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association extended its thanks to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman for her nearly 10 years of service. Hersman announced March 11 that she would be stepping down at NTSB for a position as president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

AOPA PROMISES STRONG OPPOSITION TO NEWEST USER FEE PLAN

News release | 2014, 03 04

AOPA said Tuesday it would continue to reject aviation user fees after the White House released its 2015 budget proposal, which calls for a $100-per-flight “surcharge” to pay for air traffic control services.

AOPA AV8RS PROGRAM AWARDS FOUR FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

News release | 2014, 02 25

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) AV8RS youth membership program has awarded four scholarships totaling $20,000 to teens who are pursuing flight training in high school and college.

COURT DISMISSES LAWSUIT OVER SANTA MONICA AIRPORT

News release | 2014, 02 14

In a landmark decision yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge sided with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

UPDATED VERSION OF AOPAS FLYQ EFB OFFERS INCREASED SAFETY AND IFR FEATURES

News release | 2014, 02 12

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and partner Seattle Avionics have released Version 1.3 of the popular iPad application, FlyQ EFB, with new functions that include ADS-B traffic display, night mode, instrument procedure overlays and more.