November 11, 2009
Feb. 21 - AOPA's Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes Waco UPF-7 biplane will be on display at this year's Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-in at Lakeland, Florida, April 2 through April 8. It will mark the aircraft's first cross-country flight since restoration. The $250,000 open-cockpit biplane has spent the winter in a hangar at Rare Aircraft in Owatonna, Minnesota, because it has been too cold to continue the required engine break-in flights. Take a look if visiting Sun 'n Fun - it could be yours. AOPA members are automatically entered to win when they join or renew. Since the Waco is a two-year contest, that means you have at least two chances to win. After Sun 'n Fun the aircraft will go to Frederick, Maryland, headquarters of AOPA. AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh will be aboard to write an article for a future issue of Pilot.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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