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GA Survey depends on pilot responses

Article | Sep 03, 2013

The final outreach effort of the thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) has begun.

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny dies

Article | Aug 22, 2013

Paul Poberezny, the energetic, charismatic, and personable founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, died Aug. 22 at the age of 91.

Participation urged in annual GA survey

Article | Aug 02, 2013

The thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is under way, and members who have received an invitation are urged to participate.

eSpyders hit the market

Article | Aug 02, 2013

GreenWing International, an arm of Chinese electric airplane design firm Yuneec International, is now offering its eSpyder 280 for sale as an experimental-category, amateur-built kit in the United States.

AOPA Insurance offers guidance to pilots, owners

Article | Aug 01, 2013

AOPA Insurance Services representatives have played instrumental roles in EAA AirVenture 2013 panels, offering advice on insurance protection for pilots and aircraft owners and covering topics that include the right level of aircraft coverage and risk management for aircraft.

Hartzell to sponsor Team AeroDynamix

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Hartzell Propeller has installed its newest composite props on Team AeroDynamix aircraft and will sponsor the 12-airplane formation group for the next five years.

Glasair highlights diesel project, teen builders

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Kitplane company Glasair Aviation said at EAA AirVenture that it is moving forward with DeltaHawk Diesel Engines on a diesel engine installation for the Sportsman.

Avionics: ADS-B strategies emerge

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Not long after the FAA took a giant step toward Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) implementation in late May 2010, when it issued a final rule requiring many aircraft to equip with ADS-B Out capability by 2020, we said the smart move was to do nothing right away (“Next Step Toward NextGen,” August 2010 AOPA Pilot).

Efficiency: Perfect pitch

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Unmanned aircraft and airboats would seem to have little to offer general aviation, but growth in the two industries is spurring advancements in propeller design and other technologies—with positive implications for aircraft owners and pilots.

All-electric eSpyder ready for market

Article | Jul 31, 2013

GreenWing International, a company formed by Chinese electric aviation firm Yuneec, showed off its new eSpyder E280 for the first time at EAA AirVenture.

Pelton: EAA president search on hold

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Nine months after then-president Rod Hightower departed the Experimental Aircraft Association and former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton stepped into the role of chairman, Pelton told media at EAA AirVenture that the board was in no rush to find a new president.

Sonex accepting deposits for personal jet

Article | Jul 28, 2013

For the price of a new light sport aircraft, you could build your own single-seat jet, and Sonex Aircraft is ready to take your deposit on a kit.

Experimental avionics maker Dynon buys Advanced Flight Systems

Article | Jul 25, 2013

The expiremental avionics market has experienced some consolidation in recent years, and this week Dynon added to that trend when it acquired Advanced Flight Systems.

Lindbergh flies, praises eSpyder electric ultralight

Article | Jul 24, 2013

GreenWing International has landed a high-profile, post-flight endorsement from Erik Lindbergh for its single-seat, all-electric eSpyder.

PS Engineering announces new audio options

Article | Jul 24, 2013

PS Engineering has certified an audio panel with integrated com radio, and is also offering a space-saving solution for homebuilt panels.

EAA, CAF to hold heavy bomber weekend

Article | Jul 16, 2013

The Experimental Aircraft Association and Commemorative Air Force are holding a “Heavy Bomber Weekend,” a rare gathering of historic World War II aircraft.

Propulsion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

While general aviation faces numerous challenges, arguably none is bigger than the future of our powerplants. Today, most of us fly behind, next to, or in front of engines designed 70 or more years ago.

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.