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Air Force grant helps Civil Air Patrol cadet campers

A new Air Force grant opens the financial door for Civil Air Patrol cadets struggling to attend this summer’s weeklong camps highlighting leadership, physical fitness, character development, and aviation-themed educational experiences.

Jun 29, 2015

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CubCrafters launches Carbon Cub FX builder assistance program

CubCrafters now assists amateur builders with a five-day work session to assemble a nearly complete Carbon Cub FX.

Jun 29, 2015

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Pilots, business leaders gather in Wyoming

Some 150 members of the Aviation Network of the Young Presidents’ Organization met for the second year in a row at Wyoming’s scenic Alpine Airport for three days of seminars, networking, recreation, and, of course, flying.

Jun 29, 2015

Article

Drones edge into NAS: 'Sense and avoid' tech tested

NASA continues to test technology giving large drones capability to detect and avoid other aircraft, and invites pilots to join a meeting of minds.

Jun 24, 2015 | comments

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Cheap chills

Pilots have options (besides suffering and sweating) when the summer sun drives cockpit temperatures north of comfortable. Air conditioning can cost less than you might think.

Jun 25, 2015 | comments

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Aspen buys leading GPS chip distributor

Aspen Avionics solidified its position as a major player in the general aviation avionics world with the acquisition on June 19 of GPS chip distributor Accord Technology, LLC.

Jun 24, 2015

Advocacy

Fight for Santa Monica shifts

AOPA is calling on members to act as the battle over Santa Monica Airport shifts to Congress.

Jun 26, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

FAA plans to discontinue printed WACs

An FAA notice of policy to discontinue World Aeronautical Charts without a public comment period concerns AOPA because charting changes could affect flight safety.

Jun 25, 2015 | comments

Slideshow

Storms cut large swath

Powerful storms struck the High Plains and Midwest June 22, destroying homes and other buildings including a hangar at an Iowa airport.

Jun 24, 2015

Advocacy

New Texas laws benefit GA

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a number of general-aviation-friendly bills into law after the state legislature adjourned June 1.

Jun 25, 2015
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Opinion

Notes from Paris: F-WILE Beguiles and Intrigues

There are a lot of interesting aircraft displayed during the Paris Air Show every two years, but only one LSA caught my eye in 2015: the Airbus E-Fan technology demonstrator, designated experimental F-WILE. You can see it fly at the link here. Take the time to listen to the entire 7.5 minute audio (it’s okay if […] Read More

June 29, 2015

When Aviation Claims a Friend

I’ve struggled all month debating whether or not to write this story. We opinion leaders are supposed to be writing stories to capture the imagination of potential pilots or past aviators who’ve been away from the cockpit too long. Our stories are meant to encourage people. But this tale is not one of those. I’m […] Read More

June 19, 2015

The Back Door is Locked

In my AOPA Opinion Leaders Blog post of September 2014 (“Backdoor Rulemaking?”), I discussed the unprecedented action taken by the Cessna Aircraft Company intended to compel the owners of cantilever-wing Cessna 210s to perform repetitive eddy-current inspections of their wing spars. Finally, I can fill you in on the punch line. By way of background: […] Read More

June 12, 2015

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AOPA Live This Week - June 25, 2015 16:11 min

Jun 25, 2015

We fly the ICON A5 light sport amphib. We could see progress on Third Class Medical soon, and find out why the progress has been so slow. A cat goes for an accidental airplane ride.