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CBP actions draw media attention

The recent warrantless stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.

Apr 15, 2014 | comments

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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

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Collier Trophy awarded for carrier-based unmanned system

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”

Apr 15, 2014

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Able Flight announces 2014 scholarships

Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that works to provide free flight training to individuals with physical disabilities, announced the awards of a record-setting nine scholarships in 2014.

Apr 16, 2014

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Aircraft, hangars damaged in Michigan wind storm

Thousands of Michigan residents remained without power late April 14 after strong winds toppled trees and power lines, peeled back roofs, and destroyed three general aviation aircraft the evening of April 12.

Apr 14, 2014
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Technology

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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

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Collier Trophy awarded for carrier-based unmanned system

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”

Apr 15, 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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Advocacy

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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

FAA seeks to update DA40 main-spar AD

The FAA proposes to supersede an airworthiness directive requiring modification of the aft main spar of some Diamond Aircraft DA40 and DA40F airplanes.

Apr 15, 2014

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
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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

Article

‘Upset’ ties Red Bull races in second round

The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.

Apr 15, 2014

Article

San Marcos Municipal: An airport rich with history welcomes you

The site of AOPA's first regional fly-in is at once modern and rich with history, and ready to welcome pilots.

Apr 14, 2014 | comments
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Financial

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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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