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Flying with fire

As performers crisscrossed the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, night sky with sparks streaming from their wings, the crowd was treated to a tradition with surprisingly deep roots.

Jul 30, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

Member help still needed on medical reform

Although Congress is about to break for its August recess, AOPA members should keep calling their elected officials and asking them to co-sponsor the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2), said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Coon.

Jul 30, 2015

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A landmark delivery

July may well prove to be a seminal month in the development of unmanned aircraft.

Jul 30, 2015

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Mental gymnastics

Mastering the mental discipline required to score well in aerobatic competition is arguably both the greatest challenge, and the greatest reward.

Jul 30, 2015 | comments

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‘Floatplane Odyssey’ recounts earthrounding flight

A tale of flying adventure, severe injuries, international political maneuvering, and an emergency at sea comes to life in "Floatplane Odyssey," a book that commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tom Casey’s 1990 around-the-world flight in a Cessna 206 on floats.

Jul 30, 2015

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PS Engineering celebrates its 30th birthday

Mark Scheuer was tired of yelling at his wife across the noisy cockpit of their Grumman Yankee, and he thought there had to be a better way of communicating. PS Engineering Inc. was born out of that necessity and is now celebrating its third decade of forging new ground in cockpit communication technology.

Jul 30, 2015

Advocacy

Aviation caucus growing in California legislature

The California legislature's new aviation caucus is growing, with four members having recently joined the original 17 lawmakers who came together to found the organization in January.

Jul 30, 2015 | comments

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Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship celebrates flight

Sarah Wilson, the former corporate pilot turned open-cockpit barnstormer, initiated the $5,000 Jimmie Allen Flying Club Scholarship to encourage future pilots who also are looking for something different from their flying. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is Aug. 9.

Jul 29, 2015

Advocacy

Tax fight renewed

AOPA and other industry groups are sounding familiar refrains in opposition to the return of a proposed repeal of aviation tax exemptions.

Jul 29, 2015

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Textron acting on 2012 idea for turboprop

First announced by the former Hawker Beechcraft in 2012 as part of a new family of piston and turboprop aircraft, Textron Aviation is planning a 280-knot turboprop.

Jul 28, 2015
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Opinion

Talk of the town

EAA’s AirVenture air show is one of my favorites, because it provides the attendee a chance to intersect and study the broadest cross-section of the aviation industry that I know. What can one see? There are ultralights and sailplanes, balloonists and blimps, military and commercial jets, and helicopters to fixed wing general aviation aircraft. My […] Read More

July 27, 2015

Is Your Aircraft Okay to Fly?

Who decides whether or not your aircraft is airworthy? Earlier this year, I wrote an article titled “Fix It Now…Or Fix It Later” that was published in a major general aviation magazine. The article discussed how to deal with aircraft mechanical problems that arise during trips away from home base. It offered specific advice about […] Read More

July 23, 2015

Can a Mentor Really Help?

Where better to think about mentors – people willing to share their industry expertise with newbies – than as I unpack my car at AirVenture 2015. This place is crawling with mentors. One of the secrets to success, of course, is connecting capable mentors with the people who need a little mentoring … maybe even […] Read More

July 20, 2015

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AOPA Live This Week - July 30, 2015 14:17 min

Jul 30, 2015

AOPA continues to push hard for medical reform, working through some unexpected roadblocks. The advocacy team provides a briefing on the latest developments from Washington. Also this week, the painstaking creation of a vintage Junkers F-13, considered the world’s first airliner, along with a crowd-pleasing demonstration of a much more modern airliner as we wrap up our coverage of EAA AirVenture from Oshkosh, Wisconsin.