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Mooney introduces new Acclaim, Ovation models

Article | Feb 11, 2016

Mooney has upgraded its top-of-the line M20 Acclaim and Ovation models with new features that include a left-side door and keypad flight management system.

Fly for MS returns triumphant

Article | Feb 10, 2016

A dead alternator, a nonfunctioning autopilot, and lack of magnetic course information didn’t dampen the spirits or slow the journey for two pilots bringing multiple sclerosis awareness to South and Central America.

FAA lifts drone restriction

Article | Feb 10, 2016

Model aircraft (including camera-toting drones) can once again operate within the outer ring of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area.

Warbird community mourns two

Article | Feb 08, 2016

Jeff Pino, who led Sikorsky from 2006 to 2012, and Nicholas Tramontano, also a warbird owner and pilot, had departed Stellar Airpark in Chandler, Arizona, for a sightseeing flight Feb. 5 in Pino's vintage P-51 Mustang, which crashed and burned for unknown reasons.

Dornier chooses Diamond

Article | Feb 03, 2016

Dornier Seawings, the modern descendant of an aviation icon, has chosen one of general aviation’s more recognizable names, Diamond Aircraft, to build the Dornier Seastar.

‘Flying to my heart’s content’

Article | Feb 03, 2016

Less than one year after attending the Rusty Pilots seminar and receiving 34 hours of instruction, William Buchanan is an aircraft owner and active pilot with a new tailwheel endorsement and fresh flight review: "And now I'm flying to my heart's content."

Flight Design reduces lead time

Article | Feb 02, 2016

Flight Design USA, producer of popular light sport aircraft, has inked a deal with AeroJones Aviation of Taiwan to produce aircraft for the U.S. market.

Actor Jackie Chan buys Legacy 500

Article | Feb 02, 2016

The next time actor Jackie Chan films a movie or visits one of the dozens of charities he established, chances are good that he will arrive in his new Embraer Legacy 500 business jet.

Intro to drones

Article | Jan 29, 2016

You’ve just purchased your first drone, but if you’re like most people, the first question you ask is, “Where should I go fly this thing?” Here are tips on where and how to safely fly your new drone.

Textron streamlines turbine service

Article | Jan 27, 2016

Textron Aviation has created a call center for owners of Beechcraft, Citation, and Hawker brand jets and turboprops who need unscheduled maintenance.

Droners register in droves

Article | Jan 27, 2016

The FAA reports that nearly 300,000 hobbyists took advantage of the limited-time opportunity to register their drones at no cost.

Commuter Craft Innovator

Video | Jan 22, 2016

The Commuter Craft Innovator is making a splash at the Sport Aviation Expo 2016.

Innovator makes maiden flight

Article | Jan 21, 2016

A small team with a homegrown dream took to the skies over Cartersville, Georgia, having produced an aircraft as striking as it is unusual.

Light Sport Aircraft: Tale of two Rans

Video | Jan 21, 2016

Go behind the scenes and see what it’s like to fly the light sport Rans S–20 Raven and Rans S–19LS Venterra.

Zenith, Zenair buy SAM Aircraft

Article | Jan 19, 2016

Zenith Aircraft and Zenair announced Jan. 18 that the businesses had purchased SAM Aircraft, maker of the experimental SAM LS.

Racing to catch drones

Article | Jan 13, 2016

Airbus made a bit of a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, displaying a system made to capture and control rogue drones.

Restored de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk

Video | Jan 08, 2016

The de Havilland DHC-1 Super Chipmunk has a storied history as a trainer, aerobat, crop duster, and award-winner. Ride along as AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman probes the secrets of the Super Chipmunk's success.

Ohio seaplane pilots want equal access

Advocacy | Jan 07, 2016

Ohio seaplane pilots who are facing a battle for permission to land on waterways brought their concerns to lawmakers to continue a dialogue they hope will benefit pilots, the state, and the aviation community.

Aircraft Maintenance: Addressing control system issues

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 04, 2016

Rigging and control system issues are often discovered during a test flight. Here are some tips to repair or adjust the rigging and control system to get the aircraft back in line with the manufacturer's design.

Top 10 tales of 2015

Article | Dec 28, 2015

From the long-awaited rollout of new airplane designs to the unlikely discovery of a piece of history from D-Day in an aircraft “bone yard,” AOPA in 2015 brought its members the stories of general aviation.

Epic E1000 takes flight

Article | Dec 28, 2015

Epic Aircraft of Bend, Oregon, marked a milestone toward certification of its E1000 turboprop with a Dec. 19 flight.

Astronauts wanted

Article | Dec 24, 2015

NASA is accepting applications through Feb. 18 for the next class of astronauts. Travel is required; possible destinations include the International Space Station and Mars.

Letters for my drone

Article | Dec 24, 2015

Registering a small unmanned aircraft proved pretty easy when the FAA opened the online portal Dec. 21.

Mooney M10T trainer makes first flight

Article | Dec 23, 2015

Mooney International has made the first flight of the M10T proof-of-concept trainer aircraft. Certification is expected in the next few years.

Two kit aircraft moving to market

Article | Dec 22, 2015

While the kitplane Merlin promises to drive new airplane costs as low as they can go, the LoCamp kit promises to make flying as fun as it can be.