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AOPA, EAA brief pilots on medical exemption request

Advocacy | Jul 26, 2012

AOPA and Experimental Aircraft Association staff outlined their efforts to help pilots bypass the "treadmill of bureaucracy" that can accompany the medical certification process in a forum at EAA AirVenture July 24.

Hightower, T-6 kick off EAA Eagle Flights

Article | Jul 25, 2012

Experimental Aircraft Association President Rod Hightower took off from Wittman Regional Airport July 24 carrying the first passenger in a program designed to introduce more adults to aviation.

Head-up display offered to Experimental, LSA pilots

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Heads-up displays were once only for the military, then they made their way into airliners and high-end business jets. Now they are available for light sport, glider, and experimental aircraft thanks to an Italian company that uses American components.

Log support for AOPA/EAA medical petition at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Attendees at EAA AirVenture can stop by the AOPA Tent to express support for a request by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association that would reduce the burden of the third class medical.

More time for medical exemption comments sought

Advocacy | Jul 05, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are seeking a 70-day extension to the comment period for the medical exemption request that would allow pilots to complete an online medical awareness course, do a self-assessment before every flight, and use their driver's license in lieu of a third class medical to fly some of the most popular aircraft on the market during day-VFR conditions. The comment period for the medical exemption petition officially ended July 2, and the FAA has not yet granted the request for addition time to comment.

Safety Pilot: Transitions

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

“Hey, if it’s got wings, I can fly it.” Well, maybe. With the jet age, some airline pilots had to retire early because they couldn’t make the transition.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

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.

Aircraft kit industry forms new association

Article | Jun 29, 2012

Aircraft kit manufacturers have formed a new association that aims to increase flight safety, promote Experimental aircraft, and defend the freedom of individuals to build their own airplanes.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

Editor at Large Tom Horne and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman debated the merits of expensive analog versus cheap digital watches in their last “Dogfight.” “I still have my solid-gold, 12-diamond Rolex, which I wear when I feel the need to impress folks who value style over substance. BTW, I bought it for $12 from a street vendor in Philadelphia.” John Corradi, AOPA 2656039Rixeyville, Virginia I have to agree with Tom Horne: Anything mechanical, or even anything man-made, with parts that fit together and function with elegant synchronicity is inherently beautiful (“Dogfight,” April 2012).

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2012

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.

NTSB issues amateur-built aircraft safety recommendations

Article | May 23, 2012

Experimental amateur-built aircraft account for a disproportionate share of fatal crashes, many of those in the first hours of flight. On May 22, the NTSB issued a set of 16 recommendations to improve flight testing, pilot training, and clarify regulations pertaining to both.

'Naked' airplane plies West Virginia skies

Article | May 14, 2012

The lore goes that the Breezy became known as the "naked airplane" after the pilot unknowingly made an unscheduled landing in a nudist camp. The aircraft drew quite a crowd among the nudists who noted that the homebuilt "...looks like us. It’s got nothing on."

First pilot completes Redbird's experimental training

Article | May 10, 2012

Pilots pursuing advanced training and ratings regularly use full-motion flight simulators; some gain type certificates in sims having never flown the actual aircraft. How would that training format translate to primary instruction? Redbird Flight Simulations is putting an experimental training program to the test at its headquarters in San Marcos, Texas.

National issues, local focus at Maryland event

Advocacy | May 10, 2012

Pilots around the country are affected by efforts to promote flight safety, protect airports, defend against costly proposals, and build aviation communities. On May 4 and 5, AOPA staff discussed national issues and their local implications with an audience close to home.

Medical exemption petition comments pass 1,250

Advocacy | May 09, 2012

The FAA has received more than 1,250 comments on the request by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association to provide pilots who fly recreationally the option of becoming educated on medical self-assessment and using a driver's license as the baseline for their health in lieu of obtaining a third class medical certificate.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

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.

Pilots speak out on medical petition at Sun 'n Fun

Advocacy | Apr 04, 2012

Thousands of pilots who streamed through the AOPA Tent at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., logged support for an effort by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association to reduce the burden of the third class medical.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

Last October I announced an essay contest for young men and women between the ages of 16 and 21 ("Proficient Pilot: It's Payback Time," October 2011 AOPA Pilot).

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

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.

AOPA/EAA medical exemption request strong, steady

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are unwavering in their effort to open more aircraft to pilots using a driver's license and medical self-assessment despite the FAA's recent denial of a pilot's request to expand the driver's license medical to private pilots flying aircraft 6,000 pounds or less.

Pilot-run airport backs medical petition

Advocacy | Feb 23, 2012

The airport in Simsbury, Conn., is home to about 50 pilots who share the cost of maintaining their home field. There is strong support here for the petition about to be filed by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association that will seek to extend to all pilots the ability to fly four-seat aircraft - with single engines up to 180 horsepower - without a third-class medical certificate.

Red Bull race director takes on EAA AirVenture

Article | Feb 16, 2012

Retired Naval aviator and former Red Bull Air Race international race director Jim DiMatteo is taking on one of the world's premier aviation events as vice president of AirVenture features and attractions, the Experimental Aircraft Association announced Feb. 16.