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Chicago fire review released

The FAA is working to automate a contingency plan developed on the fly when Chicago Center was taken out by arson from within Sept. 26.

Nov 25, 2014

Advocacy

AOPA promises to keep working toward overdue medical reform

Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.

Nov 26, 2014 | comments

Article

Bell Sky Pilots mark a milestone

For a flying club in Reedley, California, right-sizing has been the answer for 50 years of affordable flying fun.

Nov 24, 2014

Technique

Video

White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman shows us why tracking that white stripe is a good idea.

Nov 25, 2014

Article

Inspired to serve others

Giving an injured U.S. Marine a taste of the freedom of flight set a Mississippi pilot on a course to do much more.

Nov 24, 2014 | comments
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Technology

Article

Flight made simple

Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that.

Nov 21, 2014 | comments

Article

Airbus crafts 'disruptive' technology

An electric two-seater, a glider made to soar above the stratosphere, and a supersonic business jet all have something in common: backing from Airbus.

Nov 19, 2014 | comments
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Opinion

A Self-Evident Solution

Times are tough for general aviation, and we need a solid partner and advocate in Washington now more than ever. Unfortunately, the FAA is proving to be the exact opposite—a lead weight—and it’s becoming a big problem. Complaining about the FAA has been a popular spectator sport for decades. I feel for those who work […] Read More

November 24, 2014

Are You Overinsured?

I received a plaintive email from Bob, the owner of a Cessna 172RG Cutlass who found himself in an unexpected predicament. Seems he had an unfortunate gear-up landing. The airplane suffered only minimal damage, largely limited to minor belly damage and the outer four inches of the prop tips curled back. The engine had only […] Read More

November 19, 2014

It’s like magic… I am hooked

This past week I was scheduled to fly my first Pilots N Paws flight with a very pregnant doggie  from the Central California Coast to Northern California.  It turns out the little Momma was too close to her whelping date so the mission was scrubbed.  Since I have family in NorCal, I was going anyway […] Read More

November 14, 2014

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AOPA Live This Week - November 27, 2014 15:57 min

Nov 25, 2014

Learn how you can fly with Patty Wagstaff, check out a famous DC-3, find out what developments are expected in medical reform, and learn why tracking the center line is so important.

Advocacy

Advocacy

AOPA promises to keep working toward overdue medical reform

Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.

Nov 26, 2014 | comments

Advocacy

Proposed hotel too tall for site near Maryland airport

AOPA has urged College Park, Maryland, to make approval of a hotel construction project near the city airport conditional on reducing the building’s height.

Nov 25, 2014

Advocacy

Pilot participation sought for North Dakota surveys

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission is seeking the participation of pilots and businesses that rely on general aviation in two separate online surveys.

Nov 25, 2014
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Gear and Products

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your twin

All aircraft heating systems should be inspected prior to seasonal use. Learn considerations specific to the combustion-based heater systems found in most twin-engine aircraft.

Nov 24, 2014

Article

Training Tip: 'Pilots are encouraged'

The FAA encourages pilots to do a number of things in order to increase safety, but does not require them. Check out these three actions that are recommended.

Nov 21, 2014

Article

Stratus now records

A ForeFlight update to version 6.4 also updates a connected Stratus ADS-B receiver, enabling a new flight data recording feature.

Nov 20, 2014
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Health and Medical

Advocacy

AOPA promises to keep working toward overdue medical reform

Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.

Nov 26, 2014 | comments

Video

Progress expected on medical reform, patience still needed

We've heard from members: Yes there's a lot of support for medical reform, why isn't it going anywhere? In short, it is...

Nov 25, 2014
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Travel

Article

Turtle airlift

Pilots and aircraft owners have volunteered to transport hundreds of sea turtles rescued in Massachusetts to facilities equipped to care for them.

Nov 25, 2014

Advocacy

Pilots urged to complete Lake Hood Seaplane Base survey

AOPA is urging pilots who use the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to participate in a master planning survey.

Nov 17, 2014
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Financial

Advocacy

Pilots, community transform two Oregon airports

Two general aviation airports located two miles apart in a remote section of northeast Oregon are coming alive, thanks to pilots and area residents.

Nov 20, 2014

Advocacy

Fuel farm could increase Georgia airport’s economic impact

Installing a fuel farm at Berrien County Airport in Nashville, Georgia, could increase the airport’s economic impact on the local community from its last reported $682,200 to nearly $1 million, according to AOPA.

Nov 20, 2014
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