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Fly Well

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2015

Top 10 reasons pilots lose flying privileges

AOPA APPLAUDS MOVE TO INCLUDE MEDICAL REFORM IN HIGHWAY BILL

News release | Jul 22, 2015

An amendment to the Senate highway bill now under consideration that includes third-class medical reform language will receive the strong support of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

The ‘see and avoid’ rules

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Faithful readers of this column recognize that over many years I have reviewed for pilots and aircraft owners the general operating and flight rules of the federal aviation regulations.

Fly Well: Eyes on the prize

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

The eye is elegant, delicate, and complex—but, like sophisticated airplanes, stuff fails and preventative maintenance is key.

Pilot Counsel: Some miscellaneous rules

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

Here are a few miscellaneous rules about which you might enjoy being reminded.

Pilot Counsel: IFR to a VFR airport

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

The bottom line is, an alternate airport must be included in every case if the destination airport does not have an instrument approach procedure.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

A recent legal decision reminds us that a pilot (or any other operator) is personally responsible to ensure that an aircraft on which any maintenance has been performed is appropriately signed off for return to service before the aircraft is operated.

Try to comply

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

FAR 91.213 is a rule that has troubled general aviation pilots and owners for years.

Canada seeks eAPIS-style border-crossing requirement

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2015

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and AOPA are working together to try to make any new Canadian requirements similar to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Electronic Advance Passenger Information Service as seamless as possible.

Prostate cancer

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Prostate cancer afflicts 220,000 men each year, killing 27,000.

Unmanned aircraft systems

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

The legal status of unmanned aircraft systems (also called UAVs—unmanned aerial vehicles—and more colloquially, “drones”) has now been confirmed to technically be “aircraft” subject to relevant FAR Part 91 general operating and flight rules.

AOPA APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF PILOTS TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

News release | Dec 11, 2014

AOPA APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF PILOTS TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Pilot Counsel: Defining airworthiness

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

A recent opinion of the NTSB in an FAA enforcement case illustrates the sometimes convoluted concept of aircraft “airworthiness.”

Membership News & Notes: Talking to the FAA

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

AOPA doesn’t just fight issues at individual airports, we also engage with the FAA on policy issues that affect airports—and how we use them—all across the country.

It could happen to you

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

It could happen to you. Flying into notam-established security airspace is one of the most prevalent violations charged against general aviation pilots.

Hypoxia: Insidious emergency

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Many in-flight emergencies arrive with fanfare: annunciator lights, engine sputtering, smoke. Hypoxia may insinuate itself into the cockpit quietly, without the pilot even knowing. In its subtlety lies danger.

TOP DOWN CBP REVIEW PROMISES BETTER TRAINING PROCEDURES

News release | Oct 08, 2014

A promised top-down review of general aviation (GA) enforcement practices by Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Office of Air and Marine shows that the agency has heard GA concerns, but the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will remain vigilant to ensure the rights and freedoms of pilots are respected, the association said Wednesday.

What’s in your hangar?

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

For more than 25 years, the FAA has taken the position that hangars at federally funded airports should be reserved for aeronautical use.

Hangar storage

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

One of the many benefits offered to participants in the AOPA Legal Services Plan is a one-time annual review and critique of certain aviation documents—in this case, a hangar lease agreement that a LSP participant has been asked to execute.

10-step program

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Regular piston engine oil changes are a waste of money—why not just top it off occasionally? And adding all the way to the fill line is crazy, right?

Briefing: Spokane Fly-In

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

“I want to spend every day here!” cried a small boy as the fourth 2014 regional AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, came to a close at Felts Field (SFF) on Saturday, August 16.

SENATORS URGE QUICK ACTION ON THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 04, 2014

Eleven U.S. senators, all co-sponsors of a bill to reform the third-class medical process, are asking the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed medical reform rule.

Pilot Counsel: Revisiting shared expenses

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

Two recent legal interpretations by the FAA’s chief counsel deal with the time-honored privilege of a private pilot—and a commercial and ATP pilot while exercising only private pilot privileges—to conduct a shared-expense flight.

KEY LAWMAKERS WORK TO EXPEDITE MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Aug 20, 2014

– Key lawmakers are asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Administration to expedite a review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

AOPA LEADS INDUSTRY EFFORT TO SPEED MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Aug 18, 2014

In an effort led by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), seven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation and the Administration to expedite a review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

Member News & Notes: NextGen mandate ‘inadequate’ and ‘unclear’

Pilot Magazine | Aug 08, 2014

The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Department of Transportation Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton says.

Fly Well: Is your wiring firing correctly?

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Don’t blow a fuse from overload; let’s explore a few common and interesting human wiring issues.

MEDICAL REFORM MOVES AHEAD, AOPA PROMISES VIGILANCE

News release | Jul 31, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third-class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation for review, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced Thursday.

AOPA moves to a new, central location for AirVenture 2014

Article | Jul 23, 2014

AOPA has a new, expanded location at EAA AirVenture this year, across from the historic brown arch that serves as the gateway to the airshow and fly-by action at Wittman Regional Airport.

AOPA MOVES TO A NEW, CENTRAL LOCATION FOR AIRVENTURE 2014

News release | Jul 22, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has a new, expanded location at AirVenture this year, across from the historic brown arch that serves as the gateway to the airshow and fly-by action at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH).

AOPA moves to the flight line at AirVenture

Article | Jul 17, 2014

AOPA members can get a prime view of the action during the afternoon airshows at EAA AirVenture from the association’s new location on the flight line.

Registration opens for AOPA Homecoming Fly-In

Article | Jul 10, 2014

Registration is now open for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4, so sign up now for your free lunch and a day of educational seminars, meeting with fellow pilots, and more at AOPA’s home base.

AOPA WELCOMES MOVEMENT TOWARDS PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS 2

News release | Jun 30, 2014

A draft outline for a new Pilot’s Bill of Rights unveiled today calls for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to act on third class medical reform within 180 days of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act becoming law and would also limit Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) authority to stop and search general aviation (GA) aircraft unless there is reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.