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FAA issues emergency AD on Avidyne flight displays

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

The FAA is notifying owners and operators of aircraft equipped with Avidyne integrated flight displays (IFDs) of an emergency airworthiness directive.

FAA makes UAS moves

Article | May 06, 2015

The FAA announced May 6 new industry partnerships and a new app to help keep unmanned aircraft flying safely.

Baker talks GA issues over ice cream

Article | Apr 27, 2015

Protecting airports, growing the pilot community, and making aircraft accessible were among the topics AOPA President Mark Baker emphasized in a Pilot Town Hall and ice cream social at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 25.

Concerns raised about Cessna 120, 140 seat belt brackets

Advocacy | Apr 21, 2015

A special airworthiness information bulletin raises airworthiness concerns about aluminum seat belt mounting brackets installed in Cessna model 120 and 140 aircraft.

Town enacts noise rules

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2015

The town of East Hampton, New York, voted April 16 to approve local limitations on aircraft operations, with fines and other penalties.

Helicopter solution still sought

Advocacy | Apr 10, 2015

Local officials in East Hampton, New York, appear to be backing off imposing the most restrictive of helicopter rules, though concern remains.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Several days after his sixty-second surgery for life-threatening wounds suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, Sgt. Jesse Murphree became the 10,000th passenger flown by volunteer pilots of the Veteran’s Airlift Command.

European proposal could signal Part 23 changes

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2015

A new proposal from the European Aviation Safety Agency is likely to signal the direction of upcoming Part 23 reforms from the FAA.

FAA urges light sport makers to move on ADS-B, angle of attack

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

The FAA is urging the manufacturers of special light sport aircraft (SLSAs) to establish pathways for the installation of ADS-B Out equipment and angle of attack indicators in their aircraft.

FAA recommends replacing Velcro-style ELT fasteners

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

The FAA on March 10 encouraged aircraft owners and operators with emergency locator transmitters secured by hook-and-loop fasteners to switch voluntarily to a metal strap type restraint.

Try to comply

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

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

Rotor crack prompts alert

Article | Feb 27, 2015

The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.

AOPA says ECi rule is not justified

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2015

The FAA’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on ECi cylinders is not justified and doesn’t account for economic and safety issues, AOPA said in formal comments.

FAA issues emergency Enstrom AD

Article | Feb 14, 2015

An FAA emergency airworthiness directive calls for inspections of certain Enstrom helicopter models after a main rotor separation killed two.

No cable mandate coming

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The FAA has determined that an existing special airworthiness information bulletin is sufficient, and will not echo Australia’s new limits on certain control cable aseemblies.

GA safety improving as NTSB targets loss of control

Article | Jan 13, 2015

The NTSB on Jan. 13 named general aviation loss-of-control accidents to its Most Wanted list of safety concerns, even as GA accident rates have declined.

Revised proposal still calls for early ECi cylinder retirement

Advocacy | Jan 12, 2015

The FAA has released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking affecting ECi cylinders, but AOPA says the new proposal doesn't do enough to mitigate the impact on aircraft owners.

Proposed AD would require more wing lift strut inspections

Advocacy | Jan 05, 2015

A proposed airworthiness directive would expand an existing AD by adding about 200 aircraft to those required to be inspected for wing lift strut corrosion.

Bellanca AD extends fuselage crack inspections

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2014

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive to require continued repetitive inspections of aft fuselage structures for cracks on some models of Bellanca airplanes.

Comments support heater AD inspection provisions

Advocacy | Oct 08, 2014

AOPA has submitted formal comments to the FAA on a proposed airworthiness directive to update the inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) Inc. combustion heaters.

Mandate by other method?

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.

Fire risk prompts AD

Advocacy | Aug 25, 2014

Citing one known fatal accident, the FAA has proposed stricter inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) combustion heaters.

Airworthiness bulletin issued on Piper air inlet hoses

Advocacy | Aug 11, 2014

The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin urging inspections of air inlet hoses used on some models of Piper single- and multiengine aircraft.

Certification reform will be delayed, FAA tells Congress

Article | Jul 25, 2014

The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.

Piper engine mounts may crack

Article | Jul 23, 2014

Owners of certain Piper Mirage, Meridian, and Matrix models should be aware of possible engine mount cracks.

FAA issues SAIB for some Piper Aircraft models

Article | Jul 21, 2014

The FAA has released a special airworthiness information bulletin for certain Piper Aircraft models covering the fuel selector valve.

Proposed expansion of PA-28 fuel selector AD withdrawn

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

The FAA on June 27 withdrew a proposal to expand an airworthiness directive that requires replacing the fuel selector valve cover on certain Piper PA-28-series aircraft.

Superior AMOC gets grounded aircraft flying

Advocacy | May 20, 2014

Aircraft that have been grounded by an airworthiness directive affecting some Superior Air Parts replacement cylinder assemblies can get back in the air thanks to an alternative means of compliance approved by the FAA on May 19.

AOPA repeats call to withdraw ECi cylinder AD

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

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

AOPA, Superior, FAA work to minimize aircraft downtime

Advocacy | Apr 25, 2014

AOPA, Superior Air Parts, and the FAA are continuing to work toward a solution for aircraft affected by the Superior Air Parts cylinder airworthiness directive.

Calif. officials educated on proposed park overflights reg

Advocacy | Apr 22, 2014

AOPA met with key California legislative staffers to educate them on a proposed overflight of parks regulation.

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.