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FAA seeks to update DA40 main-spar AD

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2014

The FAA proposes to supersede an airworthiness directive requiring modification of the aft main spar of some Diamond Aircraft DA40 and DA40F airplanes.

California can't regulate overflight of parks, AOPA says

Advocacy | Apr 08, 2014

AOPA urges California’s Department of Parks and Recreation to withdraw a proposal that would impose minimum aircraft flying altitudes over California state parks.

Policy change riles LSA industry

Article | Mar 26, 2014

A draft FAA policy would prevent some light sport aircraft from carrying passengers, flying over densely populated areas, or flying at night. AOPA and the light sport aircraft industry oppose the changes.

Analysis shows FAA underestimated ECi cylinder AD impact

Advocacy | Mar 24, 2014

New analysis published by the FAA shows that the agency underestimated the impact of a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

Five apps for maintenance tracking, reference

Apps of the week | Feb 21, 2014

Owners, fleet operators, and mechanics may want to try out these five apps that handle tasks from tracking fasteners to tracking maintenance schedules.

FAA streamlines AOA approval

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

The FAA announced Feb. 5 a policy change that could help put angle of attack indicators in thousands of cockpits.

AD proposed for some turboprop engines

Article | Jan 08, 2014

The FAA has proposed an airworthiness directive for some Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. turboprop engines.

2013 advocacy lays groundwork for a busy New Year

Advocacy | Dec 30, 2013

Many of the advocacy efforts begun and sustained throughout 2013 are laying the groundwork for even bigger battles in 2014, and AOPA is ready.

AOPA formally opposes ECi cylinder AD

Article | Dec 11, 2013

AOPA is asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

Shell reveals unleaded avgas

Article | Dec 03, 2013

Shell announced Dec. 3 the development of an unleaded aviation fuel that will be submitted for certification as a "performance drop-in" avgas replacement.

New law gives GA reason to be thankful

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Just as many were headed out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Thanksgiving holiday, the general aviation community found one more reason to be thankful as the long-awaited Small Airplane Revitalization Act became law.

Super Legend wins light sport certification

Article | Nov 17, 2013

Another aircraft has entered the crowded light sport aircraft pool, this time a more powerful Super Legend from American Legend Aircraft in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Aircraft certification bill to reduce cost of flying

Article | Nov 14, 2013

Congress on Nov. 14 gave final approval to a bill that requires the FAA to streamline the certification methods for smaller general aviation aircraft, advancing an initiative that should reduce the cost of upgrading existing aircraft and bringing new aircraft to market.

NTSB supports practical approach to ECi cylinder AD

Article | Nov 14, 2013

In an unusual move the NTSB tells the FAA it supports a more conservative approach to addressing problems with thousands of ECi cylinders.

Swift Fuels gains ASTM approval

Article | Nov 11, 2013

An Indiana company has secured ASTM approval for a high-octane and unleaded formula that could replace 100 LL.

Just say ‘no’ to your mechanic

Article | Oct 11, 2013

Saying 'no' to useless maintenance on certain squawk items could save aircraft owners thousands of dollars a year.

At AOPA request, FAA seeks more comments on proposed ECi AD

Article | Sep 26, 2013

The FAA has responded to an AOPA request with new information and an extended comment period on a proposed AD affecting thousands of ECi cylinders.