News and Video

Featured News

Advocacy

FAA deputy administrator a new pilot

Many student pilots are nervous come checkride day. When you’re a top official at the agency responsible for the safe operation of the largest airspace system in the world, it can add to the pressure.

Dec 18, 2014 | comments

Article

Hartzell among inductees in National Aviation Hall of Fame

Propeller pioneer Robert Hartzell is among four people who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015.

Dec 18, 2014 | comments

Article

Dassault rolls out Falcon 8X

Dassault Aviation on Dec. 17 rolled out the first of its new line of ultra-long-range business jets—the Falcon 8X.

Dec 17, 2014 | comments

Technique

Article

Safety

In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?

Dec 21, 2014

Article

Aircraft Spotlight

The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.

Dec 21, 2014
Read more on Technique

Technology

Article

Daher-Socata spearheads E-Fan project

Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.

Dec 15, 2014

Article

Hoover wins aviation's top prize

After 70 years of achievements in aviation, the industry honored Robert A. “Bob” Hoover with its top award, the NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

Dec 15, 2014 | comments
Read more on Technology

Opinion

It’s not about the nail! Well maybe it is.

  This month’s blog is a bit eclectic I will admit. Perhaps it is because the holidays are right around the corner, or the New Year is about to begin. As I reflect on the past couple of months in our aviation world I keep getting drawn back to a beautiful and historic airport, KSMO […] Read More

December 13, 2014

Flight’s Universal Appeal

Richard L. Collins, possibly the most prolific and insightful of all General Aviation journalists, observed that our community spent inordinate attention on business uses of private aircraft when in fact flying was good fun and personally rewarding. While I would not be so bold as to speak for him, I suspect he would advocate that […] Read More

December 11, 2014

Rulemaking Adjusts Training Device Credit for Pilot Certification

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the FAA issued a direct to final rule that will increase the allowed use of aviation training devices (ATDs) for instrument training. The rule will double the allowances under 14 CFR section 61.65(i) to 20 hours for credit in an ATD and allows flight schools operating under part 141 Appendix […] Read More

December 9, 2014

Featured Videos

AOPA Live This Week - December 18, 2014 18:15 min

Dec 18, 2014

Honors for the greatest stick and rudder pilot ever. Rudolf the red-nosed MU-2; Santa arrives by turboprop to a remote Chesapeake Bay island. A top FAA official becomes a pilot. Looking back at the AOPA fly-ins.

Advocacy

Advocacy

Objections renewed to new Islip landing fees

AOPA continues to urge the town of Islip, New York, to rescind a revised landing fee schedule.

Dec 18, 2014

Advocacy

FAA deputy administrator a new pilot

Many student pilots are nervous come checkride day. When you’re a top official at the agency responsible for the safe operation of the largest airspace system in the world, it can add to the pressure.

Dec 18, 2014 | comments

Advocacy

Colorado airport designated Emily Warner Field

A Colorado county airport will bear the name of a history-making pilot after local officials voted to honor her pioneering aviation career.

Dec 18, 2014
Read more on Advocacy

Gear and Products

Article

Hartzell among inductees in National Aviation Hall of Fame

Propeller pioneer Robert Hartzell is among four people who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015.

Dec 18, 2014 | comments

Article

Garmin updates GDL 69

Garmin has updated the GDL 69 datalink receiver to take advantage of the SiriusXM G4 network, providing pilots with weather data and music.

Dec 15, 2014

Aircraft Maintenance

Breaking up is hard to do: Switching maintenance shops

You should stick with someone you trust for the long-term maintenance of your aircraft assuming he or she is skilled and thorough. That said, there is significant value to getting a fresh pair of eyes on your airplane every so often.

Dec 11, 2014 | comments
Read more on Gear & Products

Health and Medical

Article

No barriers to the sky

A Wisconsin pilot with a congenital heart defect is able to solo thanks to the sport pilot regulations.

Dec 19, 2014 | comments

Article

Answers for Pilots: Diabetes

Diabetes treated with oral medications and under good control can still obtain a special issuance medical under the current guidelines.

Dec 10, 2014
Read more on Health and Medical

Travel

Article

Aircraft Spotlight

The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.

Dec 21, 2014

Article

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association president to retire

The world’s second-largest general aviation aircraft owner and pilot organization will soon have new leadership for the first time in nearly two decades.

Dec 11, 2014
Read more on Travel

Financial

Article

Fractional operators exit

The quiet exit of two companies from the fractional aircraft market provides further evidence that this is an uncertain path to profit.

Dec 18, 2014 | comments

Article

Congress passes tax incentives

A tax incentive long used to stimulate investment in equipment, including aircraft, awaits the president’s signature.

Dec 17, 2014
Read more on Financial