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FAA restores sim time for instrument rating

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2016

Beginning May 12, pilots will again be able to count up to 20 hours in an approved aviation training device toward the instrument rating.

Touchdown autorotations removed from helicopter CFI test

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2016

The FAA no longer requires demonstrations of straight-in or 180-degree autorotations to touchdown on helicopter instructor practical tests.

Student pilot certificate rules change April 1

Advocacy | Mar 31, 2016

AOPA is reminding student pilots and their flight instructors that significant changes in the process of applying for and issuing student pilot certificates take effect April 1.

Student Pilot Application Requirements Frequently Asked Questions

Advocacy | Mar 31, 2016

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Student Pilot Application Requirements Final Rule.

Allow solos on 16th birthday, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 24, 2016

AOPA is asking the FAA to revise new procedures for issuing student pilot certificates that preclude student pilots from soloing on their sixteenth birthday.

Changes to pilot testing and certification set for June

Advocacy | Feb 23, 2016

The FAA is on track to meet a June 2016 goal of transitioning to an updated system for those seeking an airplane private pilot certificate or instrument rating.

New certification standards for mechanics in the works

Advocacy | Feb 04, 2016

A group chaired by AOPA has been tasked with developing new certification standards, handbooks, and test development guidance for aircraft mechanics.

FAA finalizes rule on student certificates

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

The FAA has published a final rule changing the way student pilot certificates will be issued and withdrawing plans to require photos on all pilot certificates.

Next steps for medical reform

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

With Congress back in session, the question on the minds of many pilots is, “What’s next for third class medical reform?”

Military aviatrices honored

Article | Nov 30, 2015

Women in Aviation International has chosen a slate of military aviators for its 2016 International Pioneer Hall of Fame.