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FAA funding secured through September 2015

Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.

Dec 16, 2014

Article

GA pilots bring cheer to island residents

Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.

Dec 16, 2014

Article

Congress passes tax incentives

A tax incentive long used to stimulate investment in equipment, including aircraft, awaits the president’s signature.

Dec 17, 2014

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Article

GA pilots bring cheer to island residents

Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.

Dec 16, 2014

IFR Fix

IFR Fix: Timing the handoff

No one likes to blow a radio exchange with ATC, but it's not possible to know exactly when a handoff from one center sector to another, or from a center to approach, is going to happen.

Dec 12, 2014 | comments
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Technology

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Daher-Socata spearheads E-Fan project

Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.

Dec 15, 2014

Article

Hoover wins aviation's top prize

After 70 years of achievements in aviation, the industry honored Robert A. “Bob” Hoover with its top award, the NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

Dec 15, 2014 | comments
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Opinion

It’s not about the nail! Well maybe it is.

  This month’s blog is a bit eclectic I will admit. Perhaps it is because the holidays are right around the corner, or the New Year is about to begin. As I reflect on the past couple of months in our aviation world I keep getting drawn back to a beautiful and historic airport, KSMO […] Read More

December 13, 2014

Flight’s Universal Appeal

Richard L. Collins, possibly the most prolific and insightful of all General Aviation journalists, observed that our community spent inordinate attention on business uses of private aircraft when in fact flying was good fun and personally rewarding. While I would not be so bold as to speak for him, I suspect he would advocate that […] Read More

December 11, 2014

Rulemaking Adjusts Training Device Credit for Pilot Certification

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the FAA issued a direct to final rule that will increase the allowed use of aviation training devices (ATDs) for instrument training. The rule will double the allowances under 14 CFR section 61.65(i) to 20 hours for credit in an ATD and allows flight schools operating under part 141 Appendix […] Read More

December 9, 2014

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AOPA Live This Week - December 11, 2014 14:23 min

Dec 11, 2014

With near misses with drones in the news there is growing concern among pilots over this new source of flying FOD, and AOPA weighed in during a House subcommittee hearing on the topic.Weighing in at all of 20 pounds, Turbo is the real-life dog at the heart of a new children’s book that aims to help inspire the next generation of aviators. Founding pilots of the Civil Air Patrol played a vital role protecting America when wolf packs of German submarines were at the door. They gathered in Washington this week to accept one of the nation’s highest honors.

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New Hampshire airports seek 'dependable' funding

Members of New Hampshire’s airports community exchanged ideas on how to secure dependable funding at the annual meeting of the Granite State Airport Management Association.

Dec 17, 2014

Advocacy

FAA funding secured through September 2015

Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.

Dec 16, 2014

Advocacy

More pilots to join Transportation Committee

The GA community hopes to have new allies on the powerful House Transportation Committee as two new pilots, including one AOPA member, join the group.

Dec 11, 2014
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Gear and Products

Article

Garmin updates GDL 69

Garmin has updated the GDL 69 datalink receiver to take advantage of the SiriusXM G4 network, providing pilots with weather data and music.

Dec 15, 2014

Aircraft Maintenance

Breaking up is hard to do: Switching maintenance shops

You should stick with someone you trust for the long-term maintenance of your aircraft assuming he or she is skilled and thorough. That said, there is significant value to getting a fresh pair of eyes on your airplane every so often.

Dec 11, 2014 | comments

Article

ForeFlight notifies

ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 includes two new capabilities that aim to close a situational awareness gap: automated display of notams and flight condition changes.

Dec 03, 2014
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Health and Medical

Article

Answers for Pilots: Diabetes

Diabetes treated with oral medications and under good control can still obtain a special issuance medical under the current guidelines.

Dec 10, 2014
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Travel

Article

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association president to retire

The world’s second-largest general aviation aircraft owner and pilot organization will soon have new leadership for the first time in nearly two decades.

Dec 11, 2014

Advocacy

Technology needed to navigate a changing Arctic

General aviation provides vital service to the isolated communities of the Arctic within Alaska, despite a critical lack of supporting infrastructure.

Dec 10, 2014
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Financial

Article

Congress passes tax incentives

A tax incentive long used to stimulate investment in equipment, including aircraft, awaits the president’s signature.

Dec 17, 2014

Advocacy

New Hampshire airports seek 'dependable' funding

Members of New Hampshire’s airports community exchanged ideas on how to secure dependable funding at the annual meeting of the Granite State Airport Management Association.

Dec 17, 2014
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