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Graphical drone briefing developed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

Lockheed Martin has developed a graphical briefing tool that will help keep manned and unmanned aircraft safely separated.

Midwest LSA Expo set for September

Article | Aug 27, 2015

The seventh annual Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo will take place Sept. 10 through 12 at Mount Vernon Airport in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Drone reports detailed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

A detailed list of unmanned aircraft encounters reported by pilots reveals just over half of all such encounters were reported in five states.

Cirrus jet takes ‘significant’ step toward certification

Article | Aug 26, 2015

Cirrus Aircraft's Vision SF50 jet has achieved a "significant milestone" toward certification with FAA issuance of type inspection authorization for the aircraft.

'Little guy at the fence'

Article | Aug 26, 2015

A boy who had waved at airplanes from outside the fence meets an airline pilot, and flies in a Piper Archer with AOPA’s Yasmina Platt.

Fish spotter says goodbye to his Hawk

Article | Aug 24, 2015

Retired fish spotter Bill Corbett of Poquoson, Virginia, will watch his airplane be destroyed for science by NASA Aug. 26. It was his home for 26,000 hours.

Big jets fall behind in sales

Article | Aug 24, 2015

The generally accepted wisdom that big jets are selling best while small jets wither is no longer true. Now the big jet sales are fading but smaller ones continue sales growth.

Tecnam P2010 approved in Europe for Garmin G500

Article | Aug 24, 2015

The four-seat Tecnam P2010 featured in the September Pilot has won approval at least in Europe for the Garmin G500. It comes standard in the United States with the Garmin G1000.

Deaf pilots connect at Colorado Springs

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Neil Anthony Thomas said he earned his pilot certificate without having met another deaf pilot. In the year or so since he met Todd Barker at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, he's connected to a community.

AMA issues drone challenge

Article | Aug 20, 2015

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is offering kits and education for student teams to compete in a search-and-rescue challenge with drones.

Racing ‘like Superman’

Article | Aug 19, 2015

Measured in inches and ounces, camera-toting drones raced like hummingbirds around a track, taking their pilots along for the ride.

AME urges his senators to back medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

An aviation medical examiner and pilot who leads the Minnesota Pilots Association has called on his state's two U.S. senators to support third-class medical reform.

Zenith Aircraft to host Open Hangar Day

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Zenith Aircraft Co. will host its twenty-fourth annual Open Hangar Day on Sept. 18 and 19 at its factory at Mexico Memorial Airport (MYJ) in Mexico, Missouri.

News From Headquarters

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Last month, many flying club members made the journey to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for EAA’s AirVenture. AOPA’s Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda was one of those pilots who flew up the Chicago coastline to rock his wings over Fisk en route to a week of camping under the wing of his Cessna 182 in the North 40. Amidst all the aerial demonstrations, new technology and cool gadgets vendors had for sale, it was the little things that made this year memorable – the weather, the sites and sounds, and most of all the flying club members that participated in AOPA’s events.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Aug 16, 2015

if your club is looking to diversify its fleet and offer something a little different, the Citabria could fit the bill. It’s a design that harkens back to the earlier, simple days of aviation, yet it has modern touches. It’s a reliable taildragger for those that want a tailwheel endorsement, it’s economical to operate, and the tandem seating and stick provide pilots quite a different experience from flying a Cessna or Piper. East Hill Flying Club President David St. George shares his club’s experience with the Citabria.

Question of the Month

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Insurance premiums are often the largest single expense item in a flying club’s annual budget. Understanding what an insurer looks at and how it may affect your club’s rates is a good to know when shopping for a policy. Here’s a list of 10 different factors that influence how rates are calculated.

Tecnam P2010

Video | Aug 14, 2015

Tecnam's P2010 has arrived in style, and AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Al Marsh puts the four-seater through its paces.

Just Aircraft explains accident

Article | Aug 13, 2015

ust Aircraft issued a statement Aug. 8 attributing co-founder Troy Woodland’s Aug. 2 crash landing to engine failure caused by water in the fuel.

Drone encounters surge

Article | Aug 13, 2015

Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft sightings, some flying as high as 10,000 feet, continue to rapidly increase in number.

Fly Mechanic a resource for aircraft service

Article | Aug 11, 2015

Fly Mechanic thinks it has the answer to the frustrating search for a great maintenance technician.

Loose part downed Ford

Article | Aug 11, 2015

Harrison Ford lost power and landed short of the runway on March 5 because of a failure within the vintage airplane’s carburetor, the NTSB found.

Humble pie

Article | Aug 10, 2015

Turning the wrong way in the aerobatic box makes competition, in the sense of being competitive, difficult. A sense of humor and resilient ego come in handy.

Super Cub: 'The airplane that started it all'

Article | Aug 10, 2015

The aviation world owes much to an easy-to-overlook Piper Super Cub that will be on display at the AOPA Fly-In at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Blaine, Minnesota, on Aug. 22. The airplane painstakingly restored to its original 1950 condition is the first PA-18 ever built, N5410H.

'Sportsman Pilot' back issues available online

Article | Aug 10, 2015

A popular aviation magazine that ceased publication after its founder died in 2011 is now available online, thanks to the efforts of an Illinois pilot.