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Details of long-awaited FAA reauthorization bill revealed

An FAA reauthorization bill that includes medical reform, user fees, and plans to separate air traffic control functions from the FAA has been announced.

Feb 03, 2016 | comments

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Collier nominees named

Aircraft, spacecraft, and the teams that flew them to unprecedented heights and historic achievements are among nine nominees for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

Feb 03, 2016 | comments

Advocacy

New certification standards for mechanics in the works

A group chaired by AOPA has been tasked with developing new certification standards, handbooks, and test development guidance for aircraft mechanics.

Feb 04, 2016 | comments

Advocacy

FAA releases Super Bowl 50 flight advisory

The FAA has issued a flight advisory to notify pilots about temporary flight restrictions that will be in effect Feb. 7 for Super Bowl 50.

Jan 26, 2016

Article

Flight Design reduces lead time

Flight Design USA, producer of popular light sport aircraft, has inked a deal with AeroJones Aviation of Taiwan to produce aircraft for the U.S. market.

Feb 02, 2016

Article

EPS diesel advances

Engineered Propulsion Systems reports no major issues with its clean-sheet, refined, pre-production Graflight V-8 diesel engine after 100-hours of ground testing. The engine is expected to surpass the 360 horsepower it has already produced in testing.

Feb 03, 2016

Advocacy

AOPA endorses draft FAA policy on safety equipment

AOPA is endorsing a draft FAA policy that would make it easier to install non-required safety enhancing equipment in existing general aviation aircraft.

Feb 04, 2016 | comments

Article

‘Flying to my heart’s content’

Less than one year after attending the Rusty Pilots seminar and receiving 34 hours of instruction, William Buchanan is an aircraft owner and active pilot with a new tailwheel endorsement and fresh flight review: "And now I'm flying to my heart's content."

Feb 03, 2016
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Opinion

Born in to the Golden Age of Aviation

The Golden Age of aviation started when Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic 1927, and continued to 1939. According to Norm Baker, aviation was on everyone’s mind in the country, with air races, speed records, Lindbergh and Earhart. As child he built model airplanes and looked skyward. His was a family of modest means, yet his […] Read More

January 26, 2016

Misfueled!

On March 2, 2008, a turbonormalized Cirrus SR22 was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, killing all four people aboard. Shortly after the aircraft departed from runway 20, the airplane’s engine lost power, and the aircraft hit a building and exploded. Further investigation revealed that the aircraft had been […] Read More

January 11, 2016

A Signpost Up Ahead

What a blast I’ve had the past year here on the Opinion Leaders blog. But if we’re opinion leaders, you our audience, deserve a pat on the back for being Reader Leaders. I’ve been truly encouraged and inspired by how many of you took the time to offer words of support to some of my […] Read More

December 22, 2015