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Medical reform legislation introduced in House, Senate

New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.

Feb 26, 2015 | comments

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance: Warm panel, cool wallet

Pilots focus on preheating the engine during cold weather, but what about the cockpit? More than 30 percent of an aircraft's value is often tied up in the panel.

Feb 24, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

West Virginia adds liability protection for airfield owners

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 18 signed into law a bill that will add liability protection for land owners who allow aircraft operations at their privately owned airstrips and farms.

Feb 26, 2015

Technique

Article

Rotor crack prompts alert

The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.

Feb 27, 2015

Advocacy

West Virginia adds liability protection for airfield owners

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 18 signed into law a bill that will add liability protection for land owners who allow aircraft operations at their privately owned airstrips and farms.

Feb 26, 2015
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Technology

Article

Command performance

An online video service launched to give enthusiasts an aerobatic ride-along from multiple camera perspectives is expanding into a more interactive experience.

Feb 18, 2015 | comments

Video

Proposed small drone rules

FAA proposes rules to regulate commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) weighing less than 55 pounds.

Feb 17, 2015
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Opinion

Look Ma … No Hands

As a kid, telling your mom you planned to try something without holding on was a tipoff that something dangerous was surely in the offing. But when I tell flying students to try letting go of the control wheel or stick at times when I first get to know them, I’m actually trying to help them […] Read More

February 23, 2015

Owner in command

Every pilot understands the notion of “pilot in command.” That’s because we all had some certificated flight instructor (CFI) who mercilessly pounded this essential concept into our heads throughout our pilot training. Hopefully, it stuck. As pilot-in-command (PIC), we are directly responsible for, and the final authority as to, the operation of our aircraft and […] Read More

February 17, 2015

Flying Backward

“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.” Aviation insurance pioneer A. G. Lamplugh uttered that oft-quoted phrase more than eighty years ago, and it’s as valid today as it was back then. Like Newton’s Laws of […] Read More

February 11, 2015

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AOPA Live This Week - February 26, 2015 12:13 min

Feb 26, 2015

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.

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Aviation groups, East Hampton officials seek noise solution

AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.

Feb 27, 2015

Advocacy

Nevada lawmakers take up tax-abatement bill

AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.

Feb 26, 2015

Advocacy

AMEs get video guidance on new sleep apnea policy

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.

Feb 26, 2015 | comments
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Gear and Products

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance: Warm panel, cool wallet

Pilots focus on preheating the engine during cold weather, but what about the cockpit? More than 30 percent of an aircraft's value is often tied up in the panel.

Feb 24, 2015 | comments

Video

L-3 Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System

L-3 has released a new line of ADS-B products. See the new NGT-9000 transponder replacement.

Feb 20, 2015

Article

2015 Bahamas, Caribbean pilot guides available

The thirty-sixth edition of the Bahamas and Caribbean pilot guides are now available as spiral-bound books or iPad apps.

Feb 19, 2015
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Health and Medical

Video

Sen. Inhofe - Pilots Bill of Rights II

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.

Feb 27, 2015

Advocacy

AMEs get video guidance on new sleep apnea policy

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.

Feb 26, 2015 | comments
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Travel

Article

2015 Bahamas, Caribbean pilot guides available

The thirty-sixth edition of the Bahamas and Caribbean pilot guides are now available as spiral-bound books or iPad apps.

Feb 19, 2015

Article

Aircraft Spotlight

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

Feb 15, 2015
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Financial

Advocacy

Nevada lawmakers take up tax-abatement bill

AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.

Feb 26, 2015

Advocacy

Bill to raise aviation fuel tax opposed

Two bills that would increase aviation fuel taxes and tap some proceeds for nonaviation purposes could place New Mexico in conflict with federal grant guarantees.

Feb 26, 2015
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