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Confronting Ebola

Mission Aviation Fellowship's operations to combat the Ebola outbreak are built on past experience.

Sep 16, 2014

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GA accident decline headlines NTSB statistics

General aviation accident reductions in 2013 could be “a positive sign” about how pilots are approaching training, education, and proficiency.

Sep 16, 2014 | comments

Advocacy

Strong turnout for California airports conference

California’s aviation community reaffirmed the importance of maintaining close ties to achieve mutual goals and educate policy makers.

Sep 16, 2014

Technique

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Safety

Two tragic accidents that occurred within a week of each other, involved pilot incapacitation at high altitudes.

Sep 12, 2014

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Perry has new mission

George Perry recognized the signs quickly: Hypoxia is something he spent 20 years training for as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and instructor.

Sep 11, 2014 | comments
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Technology

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CJ3+ certified

Cessna’s update of the popular Citation CJ3 earned FAA certification less than six months after the company announced the new model.

Sep 11, 2014

Article

10 Tanker adds third jet

10 Tanker Air Carrier has modified a third DC-10 for aerial firefighting. The former airliner can drop 11,000 gallons of retardant on wildfires.

Sep 04, 2014
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Opinion

Combat confusion in the cockpit

Flight instructors know this: the cockpit of an aircraft in flight is a horrible classroom. Conditions are changing by the milisecond, and through it all you are moving, most of the time in three dimensions. With so much to pay attention to, student pilots are easily befuddled, leaving them paralyzed, and unable to decide what […] Read More

September 15, 2014

AirVenture: Ominous Clouds Ahead

Like many thousands of other aviation geeks around the world, a small Wisconsin town holds a special place in my heart. Once a year my friends, former & current colleagues, former classmates, former professors, and favorite airplanes gather in Oshkosh to celebrate all things aviation. Hosted under the wing of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the […] Read More

September 3, 2014

Time is Money

One of the first things people discover about flying is that it requires an abundance of two resources: time and money. The money part is pretty obvious. Anyone who inquires about flight instruction at a local school will figure that one out before they even take their first lesson. The importance of time is a […] Read More

September 2, 2014

Blog Posts

Last year’s RTW, Day 23

September 16, 2014

Last year’s RTW, Day 22

September 15, 2014

The probationary year

September 15, 2014

Last year’s RTW, Day 21

September 14, 2014

Last year’s RTW, Day 19

September 12, 2014

I need your help

September 12, 2014

Last year’s RTW, Day 18

September 11, 2014

Last year’s RTW, Day 17

September 10, 2014

AOPA Forums thread

Question:

 

What are your thoughts about going totally paperless with an EFB for sectional, IFR charts, and approach plates?

Share your thoughts in the AOPA Forums >>

 

 

Featured Videos

AOPA Live This Week - September 11, 2014 22:03 min

Sep 11, 2014

More progress on avgas. An incredible cache of iconic warbirds hidden away in Texas is sold. A California FBO that's straight out of another era.

Advocacy

Advocacy

Flying Physicians support third class medical reform

A survey of flying doctors found that 80 percent favor third class medical reform.

Sep 12, 2014 | comments

Advocacy

Senior AME speaks out in support of medical reform

As the push for third class medical reform continues on Capitol Hill and with the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue is expressing his support for the effort by reaching out to fellow AMEs with compelling reasons of why pilot safety won’t be affected by medical reform.

Sep 11, 2014 | comments

Advocacy

AOPA hosts fuels presentation at NASAO conference

State and local aviation officials recently learned about the latest efforts to transition from 100LL avgas to an unleaded fuel and got an update on the initiative to reform third class medical certification.

Sep 11, 2014
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Gear and Products

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Homebuilder revamps cleco plier

California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.

Sep 15, 2014

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft maintenance: Mystery upgrades and opportunities

What’s legal when it comes to modifying older aircraft? The starting point in any analysis of a potential aircraft modification is to answer the question: Is this a major alteration or a minor alteration?

Sep 11, 2014 | comments

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Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Sep 09, 2014 | comments
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Health and Medical

News release

FLYING PHYSICIANS URGE SWIFT MEDICAL REFORM

The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.

Sep 15, 2014

Advocacy

Flying Physicians support third class medical reform

A survey of flying doctors found that 80 percent favor third class medical reform.

Sep 12, 2014 | comments
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Travel

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Casting begins for 'Air Fare America'

Television show Air Fare America has opened a casting call for a pilot, a chef, and a picker/hangar rat.

Sep 11, 2014

Advocacy

Bettles Airport lighting system crucial for pilots

AOPA is opposing an FAA proposal to decommission Bettles Airport’s approach lighting system because such a move could negatively impact IFR operations at the airport.

Sep 10, 2014
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Financial

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Racing Aces announce $5,000 scholarship

The air racing team known as the Racing Aces has created a $5,000 scholarship for women seeking flight training or other kinds of aviation training or education.

Sep 10, 2014

Article

Triple Tree magic

A cannon fires after Pat Derrick makes a low pass over the grass strip in a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. Derrick is the unofficial alarm clock for hundreds of pilots, their family and friends, camping under the wings of their aircraft at the 400-plus acre Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina.

Sep 09, 2014 | comments
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