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Smith Field: Airport of dreams

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2014

Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.

FAA announces rulemaking on third-class medical

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2014

The FAA has announced plans to go through a rulemaking process that could result in thousands more pilots being allowed to fly without a third class medical.

Tri-Motor offers vintage flying experience

Article | Apr 02, 2014

The Ford Tri-Motor passenger briefing covers the usual items, with a few twists—like the fact that one emergency exit is through the roof, or that you’ll need to climb uphill through the aisle to get to your seat.

Fly for $300 a month, Baker says

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.

Experimental avionics in Flight Design C4

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Flight Design and Garmin will pioneer the use of experimental avionics with its four-seat, composite C4 aircraft.

Garmin G3X Touch an all-in-one avionics suite

Article | Mar 25, 2014

Garmin’s new G3X Touch for Experimental and light sport aircraft includes synthetic vision with highway-in-the-sky guidance, a color moving map with terrain warnings, weather and traffic, a digital autopilot, a graphic engine monitor, communications radio, and transponder with ADS-B Out.

Minnesota aviation gathering attracts over 800 attendees

Advocacy | Mar 24, 2014

The first Minnesota Pilots Association Great Aviation Gathering welcomed more than 800 attendees who had access to aviation seminars, exhibits, and opportunities for pilots and nonpilots.

Agreement assures ATC services at AirVenture through 2022

Article | Mar 21, 2014

The Experimental Aircraft Association has entered into an agreement with the FAA that will assure the availability of air traffic control services for EAA AirVenture.

Kansas advances tax relief

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2014

Tax relief legislation backed by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association is advancing in Kansas.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

'Gather on!'

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.

San Diego finalizes rule to vet flight schools

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a rule imposing local certification requirements for flight schools training foreign students despite community opposition.

Homebuilt-aircraft tax credit passes in SD

Advocacy | Feb 20, 2014

The South Dakota Legislature has passed and forwarded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for signing a bill providing relief from double taxation for aircraft homebuilders.

Wisconsin protects private airfields

Advocacy | Feb 20, 2014

A bill that would protect private airfield owners from liability, similar to measures adopted in growing number across the country, has won final legislative approval in Wisconsin.

Calif. county orders security checks

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

San Diego County in California is moving forward an ordinance that creates a significant new burden for flight schools.

Rans to offer new light sport by mid-summer

Article | Jan 24, 2014

Rans Designs has combined the best features of two models to come up with the S-20 Raven kitplane that is soon to be a factory-built light sport aircraft.

Henry Ogrodzinski, lifetime aviation advocate, has died

Article | Jan 23, 2014

The aviation community is mourning the loss of one of its most devoted advocates with the death of Henry M. Ogrodzinski.