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AOPA EXPRESSES SORROW AFTER JIM OBERSTAR'S DEATH

News release | 2014, 05 03

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker issued a statement May 3 after learning of former Rep. Jim Oberstar's death earlier in the day.

AOPA TO SELECT YOUNG PILOT FOR FRENCH AIR RALLY

News release | 2014, 05 02

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, (AOPA), with the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (ICAOPA), AOPA France and the Fédération Française Aéronautique (FFA), will send an American pilot between 18 and 24 years old to France this summer to take part in a nationwide air rally.

AOPA FOUNDATION NOW ACCEPTING 2014 'GIVING BACK' GRANT APPLICATIONS

News release | 2014, 05 01

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation today opened the application period for its annual “Giving Back” Grant program, which awards 10 grants worth $10,000 each to non-profit aviation organizations.

THOUSANDS ATTEND FIRST AOPA REGIONAL FLY-IN

News release | 2014, 04 28

More than 2,500 people took part in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) 2014 regional fly-in held in San Marcos, Texas on Saturday. This was the first of seven fly-ins AOPA will host this year.

AOPA WELCOMES THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL RULEMAKING

News release | 2014, 04 02

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on April 2 said that it welcomed the FAA’s announcement that it will launch a rulemaking process that could result in expanding the number of pilots allowed to fly without obtaining a third-class medical certificate.

FAA RESPONDS TO AOPA CONCERNS IN NEW SLEEP APNEA GUIDELINES

News release | 2014, 04 01

Responding to concerns raised by AOPA and others, the FAA has drafted new guidelines for dealing with potential cases of sleep apnea in the pilot population. Under the draft guidelines announced April 1, pilots will not be disqualified based on body mass index (BMI) alone and pilots will be issued medical certificates even if they are referred for additional evaluation.

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.