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First Build A Plane Glasair completes taxi test

Article | Jun 28, 2013

The first of two Experimental aircraft built by high school students over the past two weeks in Arlington, Wash., had a successful taxi test on June 27.

AOPA urges members to participate in FAA’s GA survey

Article | Jun 28, 2013

AOPA is encouraging members to participate in the thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey.

Roscoe Morton, pilot, beloved EAA announcer dies

Article | Jun 19, 2013

Roscoe Morton, long the lead voice of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s summer celebrations, honored as the “essence of EAA,” has died.

AOPA Objects to FAA Plan to charge for AirVenture Controllers

News release | May 22, 2013

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today denounced an FAA plan to charge the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for the travel costs, per diem expenses and overtime pay of the air traffic controllers it deploys to staff Air Venture, EAA’s annual aviation fly-in, expo and airshow and the largest gathering of civil aircraft on earth.

FAA’s plan for AirVenture ATC user fees ‘troubling’

Article | May 22, 2013

AOPA on May 22 denounced an FAA plan to charge the Experimental Aircraft Association for the travel costs, per diem expenses, and overtime pay of the air traffic controllers it deploys to staff EAA AirVenture.

Question of the Month

Article | May 03, 2013

Can we operate an experimental aircraft in a flying club environment? This is common question from AOPA members who are thinking about adding an experimental aircraft or an E-LSA to their flying club fleets or starting up a club with one. The answer is yes, and no.

41 ways to save

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Illustration By A.J. Garces Here are some practical ways to lower flying costs gathered from the personal experiences of AOPA staff pilots, and fellow pilots through AOPA Forums and the AOPA Facebook page.

This bird really flies

Article | Apr 28, 2013

Imagine a take-it-out-of-the box-and-plug-it-in device that, within minutes, can transport you into aviation experiences and adventures anywhere in the world. Redbird Flight Simulations founder Jerry Gregoire thought that idea might be a winner, too.

Fly the new Just Aircraft SuperSTOL

Article | Apr 12, 2013

The landing procedure in Just Aircraft's new SuperSTOL seems nothing short of suicidal. On final approach at 500 feet agl, chop engine power to idle and hold the control stick full aft.

New Swamp Creek Flying Club builds own aircraft

Article | Apr 01, 2013

The new Swamp Creek Flyers flying club is forming from the ground up—including building its own aircraft. Seven employees of Arlington, Wash.-based Dynon Avionics recently bought a Glasair Sportsman kit aircraft, with plans for club members and employees to build it under the manufacturer’s Two Weeks to Taxi program.

Safety committee’s report focuses on loss-of-control accidents

Article | Mar 27, 2013

A work group of the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee, an FAA/industry panel dedicated to reducing fatal general aviation accidents, has completed its report on loss-of-control accidents in the approach and landing phase of flight, including recommendations for safety improvements. AOPA’s Air Safety Institute co-chairs the joint steering committee, and AOPA participated in the working group.

Garmin’s “Team X” creates new experimental/LSA avionics

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Garmin GMC 305 A small team of Garmin engineers working apart from the rest of the avionics staff is about to release its first products—seven in all—aimed at the experimental and light sport markets. “These new products are designed by our dedicated experimental engineering team, many of whom are pilots and homebuilders,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

FAA, type club team up for circuit-breaker fix

Article | Mar 19, 2013

The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) affecting some Beechcraft, Cessna, and other aircraft equipped with switch-style circuit breakers that have experienced continued failures despite previous attempts to correct problems. The FAA issued the SAIB, rather than a new airworthiness directive pertaining to W31 series switch style circuit breakers manufactured by Tyco or Potter Brumfield, after evaluating information collected from aircraft owners and operators.

Helos secure spot on Oshkosh flight line

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Helicopters will be at show center for the first time at EAA AirVenture 2013, Helicopter Association International and the Experimental Aircraft Association announced at HAI's Heli-Expo in Las Vegas March 5.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

Many readers related to author Chip Wright’s story on the passing of his father and their final flight together. I read the article “Gone West” by Chip Wright with tears in my eyes.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.