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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.

Bristell TDO

Video | Jan 23, 2015

See the Bristell Taidragger at the 2015 US Sport Aviation expo in Sebring, FL.

Certification of Diamond turboprop in progress

Article | Jan 22, 2015

A seven-passenger single-engine turboprop aircraft has taken its first flight in Austria with a certification goal of late 2016.

‘Seattle II’ to retrace 1924 epic flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

It has an engine from the Golden Age of Aviation, an open cockpit, and a long-range cruise speed of about 90 mph. For the Seattle II, a Douglas World Cruiser reproduction, a brief first flight in December started a new chapter in a Seattle couple’s quest to fly it around the world in 2016.

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.

Around the world, over the poles

Article | Jan 22, 2015

During a 24-day pole-to-pole adventure filled with dynamic weather conditions and unanticipated routing changes of thousands of miles in a modified Lancair IV single-engine airplane capable of carrying 361 gallons of fuel in nine tanks, 68-year-old Bill Harrelson landed in North Carolina Jan. 21 unofficially shattering the pole-to-pole speed record.

Air Shepherd targets poachers

Article | Jan 21, 2015

Air Shepherd is a nonprofit organization created by the Lindbergh Foundation to support the same approach to fighting poachers that proved successful against insurgents and terrorists who plant roadside bombs.

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival mixes (hot) air and water

Slideshow | Jan 21, 2015

The fifth Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair brought 78 balloons to an Arizona island that can be accessed only by driving over the London Bridge (Yes, the one from England that since 1971 has connected Lake Havasu City with an island resort.); by boat; or by hot air balloon.

Bob Hoover documentary in digital release

Article | Jan 20, 2015

A documentary on the life of aviation legend Bob Hoover that premiered last August has arrived on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

AOPA'S MARK BAKER RECEIVES LEGACY AWARD AT LIVING LEGENDS OF AVIATION CEREMONY

News release | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA’S MARK BAKER RECEIVES LEGACY AWARD AT LIVING LEGENDS OF AVIATION CEREMONY

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

Nextant turboprop has successful test flight

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Nextant Aerospace said its G90XT turboprop project was “on schedule for certification” in 2015 after a successful first test flight of the aircraft.

Spartan College makes solar electric trainer deal

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed an agreement for 20 delivery positions of a new solar-electric two-seat trainer, the Sun Flyer.

Crash at Sebring show kills two

Article | Jan 20, 2015

An amphibious ultralight crashed near the runway at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida during the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Jan. 16, killing the two men aboard.

Baker receives Legacy Award at Living Legends of Aviation

Article | Jan 20, 2015

On a night when Hollywood stars and aviation luminaries came together to celebrate the wonder of flight, AOPA President Mark Baker was honored with the Harrison Ford Legacy in Aviation Award at the Twelfth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

California flight school to host Silver Eagles day

Article | Jan 16, 2015

San Carlos Flight Center will host a Silver Eagles Celebration on Feb. 7 at San Carlos Airport in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

Learjet 85 program stalls

Article | Jan 16, 2015

Bombardier Inc. shares tumbled following an announcement that the company would ‘pause’ the Learjet 85 program, lay off 1,000 workers, and write off $1.4 billion.

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Video | Jan 16, 2015

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, kicked off the show season with a few unusual arrivals.

Sky Commuter prototype reappears, in an auction

Article | Jan 14, 2015

A prototype of a 1990 flying car called the Sky Commuter has reappeared in an auction in Arizona.

AOPA pushes DOT to end medical reform delay

Article | Jan 13, 2015

AOPA members and the general aviation community are frustrated by the DOT’s long delay in reviewing medical reforms proposed by the FAA.

TL Ultralight Sirius LSA

Video | Jan 09, 2015

Get a look at one very capable light sport aircraft.