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FAA urges pilots to test headsets

Advocacy | Nov 25, 2015

The FAA is warning pilots that they may be missing important sounds, including cockpit warnings, when wearing noise-canceling headsets.

Texas seeks comments on tower-marking rules

Advocacy | Nov 23, 2015

The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed rules for enforcing a flight-safety law passed this year requiring the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers.

FAA releases drone registration recommendations

Advocacy | Nov 23, 2015

The FAA has released the recommendations of its drone registration task force ahead of anticipated record holiday sales of drones.

Kidney Stones no longer require Special Issuance

Video | Nov 23, 2015

Kidney Stones have been added to the list of conditions an AME can issue... in the office.

User fees on front of mind at NBAA 2015

Video | Nov 20, 2015

Talk was centered on the threat of user fees at the 2015 National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas.

Third Class Medical reform advancing in Senate

Video | Nov 20, 2015

We are seeing movement on Third Class Medical Reform.

Closer than ever

Article | Nov 18, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the coming changes, updated Nov. 18 based on the latest developments.

Committee passes Manchin amendment to Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Nov 18, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has brought third class medical reform one step closer to reality.

Wyoming's Hot Springs County Airport opens

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2015

Aviation safety was enhanced and night operations began when the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis, Wyoming, opened to the public Nov. 7.

AOPA's High School Aviation Initiative

Video | Nov 13, 2015

AOPA launches program to bring aviation into high schools to help teach STEM and spark interest in general aviation.

Medical reform legislation set for markup

Advocacy | Nov 11, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has set Nov. 18 as the date to move the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2.

Many instrument approaches spared elimination

Advocacy | Nov 11, 2015

The FAA has significantly reduced the number of standard instrument approach procedures it proposed eliminating this spring from 736 to 334, citing public comments and the need for further review.

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Record membership for House GA Caucus

Advocacy | Nov 10, 2015

Membership in the House General Aviation Caucus has reached an all-time high, with 274 representatives taking part in the group.

AOPA, FAA work to clear up confusion over ATP knowledge tests

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

AOPA is working with the FAA to end confusion over rules governing the airline transport pilot airplane knowledge test.

Fee lifted at Block Island airport

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

The Rhode Island Airport Corp. has suspended a $20 daily “facility fee” at Block Island State Airport following complaints from pilots and AOPA.

Houston spaceport plan detailed

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

The Houston Airport System has secured FAA approval and will be working with NASA to build a spaceport at Ellington Airport. AOPA is watching closely.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 05, 2015

Barry Schiff quizzes readers.

Flight training providers gather at Redbird's Migration

Article | Nov 04, 2015

Now officially known as Redbird Flight, the simulator and technology company has held its three-day Migration gathering in San Marcos, Texas, for the past five years. And while no two events have been the same, each is a little bit customer meeting, flight training symposium, and creative workshop.

FAA announces plan to replace WACs

Advocacy | Nov 04, 2015

Following extensive discussions with AOPA, the FAA has announced a new plan to ensure that pilots have all the information they need as the agency phases out world aeronautical charts.

FAA updates list of cold temperature restricted airports

Advocacy | Nov 04, 2015

The FAA has updated the list of airports where temperatures can fall so far in cold weather that altimeter error may require approach altitude adjustments.

Obstacle-marking bill clears Michigan House

Advocacy | Nov 03, 2015

A Michigan bill that would require the marking and registration of towers used to gather weather information has passed the state House of Representatives.

FAA copes with storm disruptions in Austin, Texas, area

Advocacy | Nov 02, 2015

Normal control tower operations resumed at Texas’s Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, on Nov. 4 after several days' disruption, but a traffic management program and other service limitations remained effective as central Texas recovered from severe thunderstorms and flooding that struck the area at the end of October.