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Tecnam touts transport duty for P2006T twin

A light twin introduced to the flight school and rental fleets by Italian aircraft maker Tecnam has gained certification in Russia as a commercial passenger-carrying aircraft.

Jan 26, 2015

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Cirrus chute deployment taped near Hawaii

A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.

Jan 27, 2015

Article

Balloonists over Pacific in bid for distance record

Two veteran balloonists were aloft above the Pacific Ocean in a bid to break the world’s distance record for a gas balloon flight.

Jan 26, 2015

Technique

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Cirrus chute deployment taped near Hawaii

A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.

Jan 27, 2015

Article

Training Tip: Landing at Vs

Have no-flap landings been part of your practice routine as you work to sharpen your skills?

Jan 26, 2015
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Technology

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GA groups urge FAA to lower barriers to ADS-B

Fourteen aviation organizations have banded together to urge the FAA to take immediate steps to lower barriers to ADS-B equipage.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

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Testing of Diamond turboprop in progress

A seven-passenger single-engine turboprop aircraft has taken its first flight in Austria with a certification goal of late 2016.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments
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Opinion

Data, Data … Who Has the Data … and What Will They Do With It?

Whether an airplane slides off the side of the runway during takeoff or disappears behind some tall trees on final approach, the reaction is pretty universal. People want to know, “what happened?” In the heavy metal airplanes like Boeings, Airbus’ or Gulfstreams, the investigation of what went wrong begins by retrieving the flight data and cockpit […] Read More

January 26, 2015

Flying When the Big Game is On, with a Twist this Year

Super Bowl Sunday is but two weekends away, now, and with that in mind pilots planning to fly in the southwestern United States (and even a touch of northern Mexico) need to take note. A high profile TFR encompassing the bulk of the Phoenix, Arizona, area will be in effect the day of the Super Bowl. Plus, […] Read More

January 23, 2015

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Not long ago, I had a fascinating exchange with my friend and colleague Paul New. Paul is an A&P/IA and a truly extraordinary aircraft mechanic who was honored by the FAA as the National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year in 2007 (the year before I was so honored). But that’s where the historical similarity between […] Read More

January 21, 2015

Featured Videos

AOPA Live This Week - January 22, 2015 18:46 min

Jan 22, 2015

Repo man Nick Popovich and his team specialize in the kind of aircraft that come with overhead bins and drink carts. Also this week, AOPA President Mark Baker is honored by Harrison Ford in Hollywood, and balloons in numbers over Lake Havasu City.

Advocacy

Advocacy

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

AOPA, NBAA file amicus brief in Santa Monica appeal

AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments
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Gear and Products

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FltPlan, Angel Flight West partner to match pilots with flight needs

Commercial flight planning service FltPlan and Angel Flight West are integrating so that the nonprofit organization can match passenger needs with volunteer pilots’ existing flight schedules.

Jan 27, 2015

Article

GA groups urge FAA to lower barriers to ADS-B

Fourteen aviation organizations have banded together to urge the FAA to take immediate steps to lower barriers to ADS-B equipage.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

Article

Rod Machado releases 'Aviation Learning Center' app

Aviation writer, humorist, and CFI Rod Machado has released a free app that serves as a clearinghouse for his instructional resources.

Jan 23, 2015
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Health and Medical

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Fly Well- Vulnerable in the Weather

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about allergies.

Jan 26, 2015

News release

NEW SLEEP APNEA POLICY RESPONDS TO AOPA CONCERNS

NEW SLEEP APNEA POLICY RESPONDS TO AOPA CONCERNS

Jan 24, 2015
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Travel

Article

Balloonists over Pacific in bid for distance record

Two veteran balloonists were aloft above the Pacific Ocean in a bid to break the world’s distance record for a gas balloon flight.

Jan 26, 2015

Video

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival

Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.

Jan 23, 2015
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Financial

Advocacy

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments
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