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Rans readies Raven for light sport approval

Rans Designs is taking its kitplane, the tailwheel S-20 Raven, into the light sport market by the end of the year.

Apr 23, 2015

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‘You have your own path’

Ask questions, work hard, keep learning, and be yourself: These were among the pieces of advice offered by a panel of prominent women in general aviation at a Women in Aviation, International luncheon April 24.

Apr 25, 2015

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The big day

Their instructors were silent, hands off the yoke. With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, the One Week Ready to Solo participants put their skills to the test.

Apr 25, 2015 | comments

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‘We’ll be right on the money’

With one day left before their culminating flights, the One Week Ready to Solo participants were feeling the pressure April 24.

Apr 25, 2015 | comments

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If you don’t like the weather…

Storms to the west of Lakeland, Florida, threatened students' progress in One Week Ready to Solo. If any of the flights got scrubbed, would the students be able to refine their landings in preparation for the big day?

Apr 24, 2015 | comments

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AOPA Foundation thanks pilots for giving back

Dozens of AOPA Foundation supporters gathered April 24 at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. They were joined by foundation staff who had a simple message: Thank you.

Apr 24, 2015

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Airplane dreams in action

Friends of AOPA old and new had plenty to see and do at Sun 'n Fun, and plenty to marvel at and dream about.

Apr 24, 2015

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Lightspeed announces Pilots Choice Awards finalists

Twelve charities are hoping their story resonates with you this year as part of the sixth annual Lightspeed Aviation Pilots Choice Awards.

Apr 24, 2015

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Reversible prop approved for Husky

A newly approved reversible propeller for the Aviat Husky will give floatplane pilots greater control during water operations, Aviat Aircraft announced at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

Apr 24, 2015

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Hartzell launches backcountry, seaplane sweepstakes

If you're up for an adventure that will improve your piloting skills, Hartzell Propeller's "Trailblazer Sweepstakes" could take your flying to the next level.

Apr 23, 2015
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Technique

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The big day

Their instructors were silent, hands off the yoke. With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, the One Week Ready to Solo participants put their skills to the test.

Apr 25, 2015 | comments

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‘We’ll be right on the money’

With one day left before their culminating flights, the One Week Ready to Solo participants were feeling the pressure April 24.

Apr 25, 2015 | comments
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Opinion

A Tale of Two Air Shows: Aero Friedrichshafen and Sun ‘n Fun

Springtime after the longest winters are often times the most special, and spring 2015 is no different. Both the flowers and the dormant fliers, particularly of light aircraft, bloom anew. Two April-based air show / fly-ins fire up what may prove to be a most interesting season: Aero Friedrichshafen, in Germany, and Sun ‘n Fun, […] Read More

April 24, 2015

Instructors to Remember … and Forget

After 40 years in both the flying and communicating side of the aviation business, it’s almost impossible for me to remember that I almost allowed my first flight instructor to drive me completely away from the business many years ago. Although he’s long gone – I hope – the lessons still seem significant enough to pass […] Read More

April 21, 2015

The Weakest Link

If one particular component of an aircraft was determined to be the root cause of 90% of all accidents, wouldn’t we have an Airworthiness Directive out on it? Wouldn’t it be replaced completely? Well we do have such a component: the pilot. We’re at the point where this isn’t just an academic exercise. A pilot-free […] Read More

April 16, 2015

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Apr 23, 2015

A look at the one week ready to solo program. An airplane that is like a dirt bike with wings. Letting pilots get hands-on with a drone.

Advocacy

Advocacy

GA recognizes need to educate ADS-B consumers

AOPA, equipment manufacturers, and aviation associations will work together to educate aircraft owners about their options when it comes to equipping Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast products, the groups agreed during a meeting hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker at Sun 'n Fun.

Apr 22, 2015 | comments

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Concerns raised about Cessna 120, 140 seat belt brackets

A special airworthiness information bulletin raises airworthiness concerns about aluminum seat belt mounting brackets installed in Cessna model 120 and 140 aircraft.

Apr 21, 2015

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Town enacts noise rules

The town of East Hampton, New York, voted April 16 to approve local limitations on aircraft operations, with fines and other penalties.

Apr 17, 2015 | comments
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Technology

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Avilution: Avionics from scratch

An individual with relatively basic knowledge of computers can build a computer, and that’s exactly what Avilution has in mind for the instrument panel.

Apr 23, 2015 | comments

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Yuneec drones makes Sun 'n Fun debut

Knowing pilots have reservations about sharing airspace with unmanned aircraft, drone manufacturer Yuneec came to Sun ‘n Fun to showcase its latest products and give attendees a chance to try them out.

Apr 22, 2015
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Gear and Products

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Reversible prop approved for Husky

A newly approved reversible propeller for the Aviat Husky will give floatplane pilots greater control during water operations, Aviat Aircraft announced at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

Apr 24, 2015

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Avilution: Avionics from scratch

An individual with relatively basic knowledge of computers can build a computer, and that’s exactly what Avilution has in mind for the instrument panel.

Apr 23, 2015 | comments

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Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR adds audio warnings

A new feature of Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR electronic flight bag gives pilots aural airspace and waypoint warnings through Sennheiser’s S1 Digital headset.

Apr 23, 2015
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Health and Medical

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Minnesota pilots gather for second annual event

A large crowd of aviation enthusiasts turned out at Minnesota’s Anoka County-Blaine Airport for the second annual Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering.

Apr 16, 2015
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Travel

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Airplane dreams in action

Friends of AOPA old and new had plenty to see and do at Sun 'n Fun, and plenty to marvel at and dream about.

Apr 24, 2015

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Sharpen your skills

AOPA offers pilots attending the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo a full lineup of fun, informative seminars.

Apr 16, 2015
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Financial

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‘An airport to watch’

The Rotary Aviation Zone, a wheelchair-accessible observation tower and picnic shelter with picnic tables, is taking shape near the control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Apr 23, 2015

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Welcome to America, P2010

Tecnam is still viewed by many as a light sport aircraft company, despite having certified a twin-engine airplane (the P2006T) for the U.S. market. The single-engine P2010 should change that.

Apr 23, 2015 | comments
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