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Wanted: Kirby Chambliss?

Kirby Chambliss dodges the Texas Star Ferris wheel, whizzes under a bridge, zigzags between trees, and buzzes police vehicles with sirens blaring in a promotional video for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which comes to Texas Sept. 6 and 7. Can the police #CatchKirby?

Apr 17, 2014 | comments

Article

Reviving Aurora: Friends of wing walker to restore Stearman

Friends of wing walker Jane Wicker want to restore her 450-horsepower Stearman biplane, destroyed in a June 2013 accident that killed Wicker and her pilot.

Apr 16, 2014 | comments

Advocacy

Smith Field: Airport of dreams

Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.

Apr 16, 2014 | comments

Technique

Article

Training Tip: With a capital V

The silence on the approach control frequency is broken as the controller speaks your N number and advises, “Traffic, two o’clock, westbound, type and altitude unknown.”

Apr 18, 2014

Article

Reviving Aurora: Friends of wing walker to restore Stearman

Friends of wing walker Jane Wicker want to restore her 450-horsepower Stearman biplane, destroyed in a June 2013 accident that killed Wicker and her pilot.

Apr 16, 2014 | comments
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Technology

Video

FAA completes ADS-B network

The FAA announces completion of the ADS-B ground radio network, but AOPA says there's a lot more to do before there are significant benefits for general aviation pilots.

Apr 18, 2014

Video

Google drones

Google buys Titan Aerospace, builder of high altitude solar-powered unmanned aerial systems.

Apr 18, 2014
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Opinion

Equipping the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals: GA’s Role

This past week, my department was honored to play host to a member of the United Airlines’ Pilot Development office who spoke at our annual year-end student celebration. He provided an enlightening and interesting perspective to students, faculty and industry members alike on the continuing need for highly trained industry professionals across all segments of […] Read More

April 17, 2014

Contracting: A Great Career Option for the Professional Pilot

As much as one may love flying, it can be a tough career choice. Many pilots struggle through the food chain only to end up discouraged, if not downright hating their job. We’re all aware of the reasons: low pay, long days, little respect, too much time away from home, difficult working conditions, commuting, regulatory […] Read More

April 16, 2014

How Do Piston Aircraft Engines Fail?

Last month, I tried to make the case that piston aircraft engines should be overhauled strictly on-condition, not at some fixed TBO. If we’re going to do that, we need to understand how these engines fail and how we can protect ourselves against such failures. The RCM way of doing that is called Failure Modes […] Read More

April 9, 2014

Question of the week

Question: When reading TAFs in the summer months, you know you’ll see the term “VCTS” more than you’d like. That means thunderstorms in the vicinity. How is “vicinity” defined?

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AOPA Forums thread

Question: Are there digital versions of the primary vacuum flight instruments?

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AOPA Live This Week - April 17, 2014 14:38 min

Apr 17, 2014

The Los Angeles Times shines the light on Customs and Border Protection's actions against innocent pilots. The latest on the driver's license medical. Where warbirds come home to roost, and saving an airport.

Advocacy

Advocacy

GA proves its worth in whirlwind week

AOPA’s Central Southwest regional manager recently put GA’s utility to the test with a whirlwind trip covering four states, seven airports, and nine meetings.

Apr 16, 2014 | comments

Advocacy

Wisconsin governor signs aviation liability bill

Wisconsin’s governor has signed a bill adding aviation to an existing recreational-use statute.

Apr 16, 2014

Advocacy

Smith Field: Airport of dreams

Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.

Apr 16, 2014 | comments
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Gear and Products

Apps of the week

Developers offer aviation app updates

Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR for iPad has been expanded; iFly GPS is now available on Android platforms; and iFlightPlanner 2.0, FltPlanGo, and FlightPro have all been updated.

Apr 14, 2014

Aircraft Maintenance

Eating the elephant: Charting a course to aircraft ownership

For all its regulations and costs, there are options out there to make the dream of aircraft ownership a reality for most pilots.

Apr 10, 2014 | comments

Article

Diesel Archer approved in Europe

Piper and Continental have teamed to produce a diesel-powered Archer designed for the international flight training market. The first Archer DX has been flying in Germany since February.

Apr 09, 2014 | comments
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Health and Medical

Advocacy

Medical reform gains momentum

The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.

Apr 15, 2014 | comments

Advocacy

GAO report finds problems with medical certification

A new report from the Government Accountability Office has revealed problems with the FAA medical certification process, including delays, technological issues, and lack of clarity.

Apr 10, 2014 | comments
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Travel

Video

CAF warbirds at San Marcos

History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.

Apr 18, 2014

Advocacy

Alaska seminar launches float season

Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.

Apr 17, 2014
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Financial

Article

Google acquiring unmanned aircraft developer Titan Aerospace

Internet giant Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, the New Mexico-based developer of high-altitude unmanned aircraft systems.

Apr 16, 2014 | comments

Article

Mooney to sell first new airplane in online auction

Mooney, back in the business of producing high-performance aircraft in Kerrville, Texas, since February, will sell its first completed airplane in an online auction.

Apr 10, 2014 | comments
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