November 11, 2009
Dec. 4 ï¿½ Rare Aircraft officials said AOPA's membership sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 flew for the first time December 3 at Owatonna, Minnesota. The 1940 open-cockpit biplane, used to train World War II pilots on Long Island, New York, in the Civilian Pilot Training program, was restored by Rare Aircraft. It was considered an advanced trainer when used in the government's Civilian Pilot Training program and was used to teach aerobatics. Test pilot Ben Redman said the aircraft maintained hands-off level flight. A winter cover was installed in the cowling to keep the engine warm during the flight. The engine break-in will require about 15 hours of additional flying and must be done in reasonable temperatures. The aircraft will be awarded in early 2004.
AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.
Mavericks aerobatic team members are a highly seasoned group of pilots who prove age is no obstacle to flying with the utmost precision. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, legislation that would expand medical reform to include IFR. Also this week, join us for an AOPA-hosted event that teaches kids about aviation and animal rescue.
The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.
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