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Swift loses champion

Article | Jul 02, 2014

No one worked harder to keep the Globe Swift flying than Charlie Nelson. The Tennessee aviator died June 30 after a long battle with illness, a loss to both his family and the friends Nelson made around the world.

Garmin G3X Touch takes on the Mountain West

Article | Jul 01, 2014

The Mountain West and a Carbon Cub test the new Garmin G3X Touch avionics system.

Aircraft maintenance: Building an experimental aircraft

Aircraft Maintenance | Jun 17, 2014

The idea of building and flying your own aircraft can be daunting to the average pilot. But many things in aviation are a continuum: student to pilot, pilot to aircraft owner, owner to mechanic or builder.

Indy Fly-In builds dreams, offers second chances

Article | May 31, 2014

Thanks to perfect weather—clear skies, temperatures in the 80s, and a light breeze—more than 2,000 attended AOPA's Indianapolis Fly-In, including 160 volunteers, with 475 aircraft flying in to Indianapolis Regional, and more than 60 to Indianapolis Metropolitan, the designated reliever.

Support for medical reform grows

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

All 50 states recognize importance of aviation

Article | May 28, 2014

All 50 states have issued proclamations or a letter stating the importance of general aviation.

Homebuilders win tax exemption in Kansas

Advocacy | May 22, 2014

Kansas has passed AOPA-backed legislation to exempt amateur-built aircraft from property and ad valorem taxes.

Debonair to debut new paint scheme at Indy

Article | May 21, 2014

AOPA's freshly painted Sweepstakes Debonair, a seven-eighths scale P-51 Mustang, Curtiss JN-4 Jenny replica, and other rare aircraft will be on display for pilots to ogle at the Indianapolis Regional Fly-In May 31. Plus, go for a flight in a B-17 Flying Fortress, Fairchild PT-26 Cornell, Consolidated Vultee BT-13 Valiant, Boeing PT-17 Stearman Kaydet, or Pitts S2C.

Top 10 reasons to attend AOPA’s Indy Fly-In

Article | May 21, 2014

AOPA’s second regional fly-in of the year, Indianapolis on May 31, is shaping up to be a grand event with plenty of fun, flying, and food. Check out these top 10 reasons you won’t want to miss the fly-in.

P&E Never Again: When push comes to shove

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

A few years ago, I became interested in buying a Bearhawk—a homebuilt Experimental aircraft very similar to a Maule.

P&E Avionics: Synthetic Vision for tablets

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

Garmin didn’t invent GPS-derived synthetic vision, but adding it to the G1000 avionics suite legitimized and popularized the technology.

The crush and the rush

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

I pick up Bones’ Yak streaking below me in the opposite direction, 6,000 feet above the Southern California desert.

Medical reform legislation reaches milestone

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Legislation that would exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process has achieved a new milestone with 100 co-sponsors signing on to the House bill.

AOPA FOUNDATION JOINS FAA TO LAUNCH AVIATION WEATHER SAFETY CAMPAIGN

News release | May 05, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has joined with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and over a dozen other general aviation (GA) stakeholders on an eight month safety campaign titled, “Got Weather?” to help GA pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season.

EAA chapters unite to host pancake breakfast

Article | Apr 30, 2014

Indianapolis-area Experimental Aircraft Association chapters have fly-in pancake breakfasts down to a science, and they are bringing that expertise to the AOPA Fly-In May 31.

THOUSANDS ATTEND FIRST AOPA REGIONAL FLY-IN

News release | Apr 28, 2014

More than 2,500 people took part in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) 2014 regional fly-in held in San Marcos, Texas on Saturday. This was the first of seven fly-ins AOPA will host this year.

Ninety-Nines, EAA build new viewport at Camarillo Airport

Article | Apr 23, 2014

Dinners at Waypoint Café at California's Camarillo Airport will have an outside dining option to watch airplanes and helicopters take off and land, and learn more about general aviation in the process.

Wagstaff to headline Teachers' Day at 2014 AirVenture

Article | Apr 21, 2014

Three-time national aerobatic champion Patty Wagstaff will speak July 29 at Build a Plane's 2014 Teachers' Day event during AirVenture.

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.

AOPA Fly-ins: Indianapolis

Pilot Magazine | Apr 10, 2014

The airport’s FBO, Indy Jet; Indianapolis-area EAA chapters; and the Indianapolis Aviation Authority are working with AOPA to make the May 31 fly-in an event to remember.