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Helo instrument rating scholarship launched

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Whirly-Girls International announced a new Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship for private helicopter pilots March 1 at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Orlando.

AMEs get video guidance on new sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.

FAA explains deletion of EFAS questions from a knowledge test

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2015

Although questions about the En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS) are being dropped from the private pilot knowledge test, the service remains available, the FAA said.

The Ninety-Nines announces spring Fly Now Award

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Student pilots who are members of The International Organization of Women Pilots (The Ninety-Nines) are eligible to apply for the spring 2015 Fly Now Award.

Goodbye NDB and other outdated test questions

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2015

New draft airman certification standards are available for review on the FAA’s website. In addition to releasing the draft standards, the FAA also announced that it would be deleting questions from the private pilot airplane knowledge test, effective Feb. 9.

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Upwind private pilot scholarship open to teens

Article | Jan 23, 2015

The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.

Ozarka College to offer aviation degree

Article | Jan 16, 2015

Ozarka College in northern Arkansas will offer an Associate of Science degree program in aviation beginning in the fall 2015 semester, the college announced.

FAA withdraws rule to restore simulator time

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2015

The FAA has withdrawn a rule that would have allowed 20 hours of simulator instruction to count toward the instrument rating.

New FAA rule allows more sim time for instrument training

Advocacy | Dec 03, 2014

The FAA has doubled the number of training device hours pilots may count toward an instrument rating following a request from AOPA.

Sporty’s ATP program approved

Article | Sep 24, 2014

Sporty’s has been added to the short list of training providers offering a newly required course for the multiengine airplane airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, the company announced Sept. 24.

FAA lists approved ATP training programs online

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

The FAA is taking steps requested by AOPA to help ATP applicants locate the resources they need to pursue their training.

FAA: Draft certification standards 'moving forward'

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

The FAA expressed optimism that draft airman certifications standards now entering a multi-phase test process will improve the training and testing of future pilots.

NTSB releases study on medication, drug use

Advocacy | Sep 09, 2014

A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Sept. 9 is incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution, AOPA said.

Weigh in on new pilot standards

Advocacy | Aug 13, 2014

A draft revision of airman certification standards remains open for comment through Aug. 25.

New ATP rule clarification offered before Aug. 1 changes

Article | Jul 22, 2014

Pilots pursuing a multiengine airplane airline transport pilot certificate should be clear on the new ATP certificate requirements that will go into effect on Aug. 1.

Pilots: Comment on draft airman standards

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2014

An AOPA-led industry group has made new draft airman certification standards available for public comment.

New ATP written test requirements take effect Aug. 1

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2014

Pilots planning to earn an airline transport pilot certificate should consider taking the knowledge test before Aug. 1 when new rules take effect.

Op-Ed: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

The third class medical is an example of an old, well-intended rule that needs to be updated. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita explains how the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act aims to do just that.

General aviation and the GAO report

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

The GAO released its report “Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots,” and general aviation has a strong interest in its findings.

AOPA to work with FAA, industry to make pilot testing relevant

Advocacy | Feb 12, 2014

AOPA plans to join a new FAA-industry working group that will help make pilot training and testing more relevant.

AOPA asks FAA to rescind new training standards

Advocacy | Jan 13, 2014

AOPA asks the FAA to rescind a new training policy and consider efficiency of simulator time.