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‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

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Route set for Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world flight

Twelve years of study, research, design, and testing will culminate in late February or early March when Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) launches on a solar-powered attempt to circumnavigate the world.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

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Graves and Veasey to lead House GA Caucus

The House General Aviation Caucus will be led by co-chairs Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas).

Jan 23, 2015

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FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

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Upwind private pilot scholarship open to teens

The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.

Jan 23, 2015
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GA groups urge FAA to lower barriers to ADS-B

Fourteen aviation organizations have banded together to urge the FAA to take immediate steps to lower barriers to ADS-B equipage.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

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Certification of Diamond turboprop in progress

A seven-passenger single-engine turboprop aircraft has taken its first flight in Austria with a certification goal of late 2016.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments
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Flying When the Big Game is On, with a Twist this Year

Super Bowl Sunday is but two weekends away, now, and with that in mind pilots planning to fly in the southwestern United States (and even a touch of northern Mexico) are in for a double whammy. Not only is there to be a high profile TFR encompassing the bulk of the Phoenix, Arizona, area, but […] Read More

January 23, 2015

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Not long ago, I had a fascinating exchange with my friend and colleague Paul New. Paul is an A&P/IA and a truly extraordinary aircraft mechanic who was honored by the FAA as the National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year in 2007 (the year before I was so honored). But that’s where the historical similarity between […] Read More

January 21, 2015

AOPA’s Regional Fly-Ins Connect Us All

I was so happy to see the release of the dates and locations of AOPAs regional fly-ins last week. It reminds me of how big and small our world of aviation is. These free community events bring us together as lovers of all things aviation. A secondary benefit is to the communities that host the […] Read More

January 12, 2015

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AOPA Live This Week - January 22, 2015 18:46 min

Jan 22, 2015

Repo man Nick Popovich and his team specialize in the kind of aircraft that come with overhead bins and drink carts. Also this week, AOPA President Mark Baker is honored by Harrison Ford in Hollywood, and balloons in numbers over Lake Havasu City.

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Advocacy

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

AOPA, NBAA file amicus brief in Santa Monica appeal

AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments
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Rod Machado releases 'Aviation Learning Center' app

Aviation writer, humorist, and CFI Rod Machado has released a free app that serves as a clearinghouse for his instructional resources.

Jan 23, 2015

Article

GA groups urge FAA to lower barriers to ADS-B

Fourteen aviation organizations have banded together to urge the FAA to take immediate steps to lower barriers to ADS-B equipage.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments

Article

Vision training

Seven years of scientific research has produced a mobile application that significantly improved the vision of pilots, among other test subjects.

Jan 21, 2015 | comments
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New sleep apnea policy to take effect

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments
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Lake Havasu Balloon Festival

Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.

Jan 23, 2015

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‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments
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FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Jan 23, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

Jan 22, 2015 | comments
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