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Article

Rusty pilot shares story of return to the skies

Mark Luetkemeyer talks about getting back into the cockpit after a 25-year break.

Apr 22, 2014

Article

AOPA Foundation helps fund Pilots N Paws fly-aways

Pilots N Paws is using a $10,000 AOPA Foundation grant to rescue more than 200 animals.

Apr 23, 2014

Article

Penn Yan Aero extends engine warranties

Engine overhauler Penn Yan Aero announced that it is extending the warranties on overhauled and experimental aircraft engines, effective immediately.

Apr 23, 2014 | comments

Technique

Article

Safety experts focus on control

The NTSB has organized a safety seminar May 10 to focus on aerodynamic stalls and loss of control, a leading cause of general aviation fatalities.

Apr 23, 2014

Article

Safety

According to the most recent Joseph T. Nall Report, in 2010 there were 43 accidents involving weather, and 28 of them were fatal. In fact, weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents.

Apr 23, 2014
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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

Coming soon to a television near you…

In a land that counts television as the great communicator, is there room for a network devoted to aviation? Maybe, maybe not. The answer is probably largely up to you, the viewer. Or more accurately the combined viewership of that magical box that continues to grow wider, larger, thinner, and higher-resolution, even as the available […] Read More

April 22, 2014

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

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Question of the week

Question: One of my friends is working to raise money for a charity. She wants to offer an airplane ride as a prize to one of the donors and has asked me to be the pilot in command. If am a private pilot, then how many hours of flight time would I need to have logged in order to act as pilot in command on this flight?

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Question: Can you log flight time from the back seat?

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Featured Videos

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

Apr 17, 2014

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Advocacy

Advocacy

Massachusetts governor signs bill funding airports

AOPA and the Massachusetts Airport Management Association defeat an effort to cut $34 million from the Massachusetts transportation bond bill.

Apr 23, 2014

Advocacy

Braden Airpark closure bid voted down

A Pennsylvania airpark with an uncertain future will have six more months for its supporters to sell officials on a plan for its continued operation.

Apr 23, 2014

Advocacy

Calif. officials educated on proposed park overflights reg

AOPA met with key California legislative staffers to educate them on a proposed overflight of parks regulation.

Apr 22, 2014
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Gear and Products

Aircraft Maintenance

Eating the elephant: Become an educated owner

When you set out on a mission to learn about your airplane, it’s amazing how many people step in to help.

Apr 23, 2014 | comments

Apps of the week

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Apr 21, 2014

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
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Health and Medical

Article

Rusty pilot shares story of return to the skies

Mark Luetkemeyer talks about getting back into the cockpit after a 25-year break.

Apr 22, 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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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

Advocacy

Massachusetts governor signs bill funding airports

AOPA and the Massachusetts Airport Management Association defeat an effort to cut $34 million from the Massachusetts transportation bond bill.

Apr 23, 2014

Advocacy

Braden Airpark closure bid voted down

A Pennsylvania airpark with an uncertain future will have six more months for its supporters to sell officials on a plan for its continued operation.

Apr 23, 2014
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