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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.

General aviation giants

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

General aviation has always attracted larger-than-life personalities.

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.

Aspen introduces new VFR glass cockpit

Article | Mar 13, 2014

Aspen Avionics introduced a new VFR primary flight display at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention this. The new Evolution 1000 VFR PFD is a stripped-down version of the company’s popular Evolution 1000 Pro PFD.

AOPA APPLAUDS SENATE BILL TO EXPAND THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL EXEMPTION TO MORE PILOTS

News release | Mar 11, 2014

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would expand the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) third-class medical exemption, reserved for sport pilots for the past decade, to a larger pilot population and more types of aircraft.

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.