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Groups ask EPA to reconsider position on avgas

Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.

Apr 24, 2014 | comments

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Racing to a safer cockpit

Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.

Apr 24, 2014 | comments

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GA stops and searches continue

A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.

Apr 24, 2014 | comments
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Medical Petition

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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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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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Michigan group seeks support for medical exemption bill

The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is asking the FAA and the state’s congressional delegation to support legislation that would let more pilots fly without medical certification.

Apr 10, 2014 | comments
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Avgas

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Groups ask EPA to reconsider position on avgas

Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.

Apr 24, 2014 | comments

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FBOs in a bind: No more freebies?

With the traditional FBO business model being squeezed on two fronts, industry consultants recently pitched an overhaul that could prove a tough sell.

Jan 30, 2014 | comments

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Waypoints: Toward an unleaded fuel

Shell Aviation’s December announcement that it is entering an unleaded avgas for FAA testing was perhaps the biggest general aviation news of 2013.

Jan 17, 2014
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Part 23

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Racing to a safer cockpit

Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.

Apr 24, 2014 | comments

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Managers buy Chelton, S-Tec

The management team running Chelton Flight Systems and S-Tec Corp. in Mineral Wells, Texas, for parent Cobham Avionics saw an opportunity and bought in.

Apr 22, 2014 | comments

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EASA moves to ease GA regs

The European Aviation Safety Agency is making moves to reduce what the agency has called an "excessive" regulatory burden on general aviation.

Apr 18, 2014 | comments
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Capitol Hill

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Michigan group seeks support for medical exemption bill

The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is asking the FAA and the state’s congressional delegation to support legislation that would let more pilots fly without medical certification.

Apr 10, 2014 | comments

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Washington governor signs tower bill

Meteorological evaluation towers (METs) are proliferating, and hard to spot. Washington has joined a growing list of states protecting pilots.

Apr 09, 2014

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Rep. Graves gives House GA Caucus update at Sun ‘n Fun

The co-chairman of the House GA Caucus used remarks at Sun ‘n Fun to address industry issues.

Apr 07, 2014
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Airport Advocacy

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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 | comments

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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

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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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State Legislation

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Colorado considers tower marking

Colorado is poised to join a growing list of states taking action to protect pilots from a hard-to-see hazard: unmarked meteorological towers.

Apr 23, 2014

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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

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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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NextGen

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FreeFlight cuts ADS-B prices

To encourage more aircraft owners to invest in ADS-B technology sooner, FreeFlight Systems is cutting the price of its universal access transceiver kit through the end of the year.

Apr 02, 2014

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Cessna offers CJ3+, CJ2+ upgrades

Cessna has upgraded the CJ2+ with Garmin avionics, also using the same avionics system in a new model, the CJ3+.

Mar 24, 2014

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FreeFlight ADS-B installation list grows

FreeFlight Systems announced several ADS-B installations and approvals during the Aircraft Electronics Association convention, held in Nashville March 12 through 15.

Mar 18, 2014
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Security

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No joy for some pilots flying into JYO

The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.

Apr 24, 2014

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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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FBOs report new inquiries from CBP

FBOs nationwide report a sudden increase in the number of calls from law enforcement asking for information about general aviation flights and pilots.

Mar 20, 2014 | comments
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