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FAA urges members to participate in GA survey

Article | Aug 19, 2014

The clock is ticking to participate in the FAA’s 36th annual General Aviation Survey.

AOPA LEADS INDUSTRY EFFORT TO SPEED MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Aug 18, 2014

In an effort led by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), seven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation and the Administration to expedite a review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

Shameless Sauages, oh my!

Article | Aug 13, 2014

There are lots of reasons to attend the AOPA Fly-In Aug. 16 at Spokane's Felts Field, and a clever little food truck called Shameless Sausages is just one of them.

Briefing: Dusty flies again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 06, 2014

The action may be animated, but the production team behind Disney’s new film Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, sequel to the 2013 animated feature Planes, strove to keep every detail as realistic as possible.

Pup redux

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Pilot Glenn Burt has the rakish grin, twinkling eye, and handlebar mustache to match his vintage Royal Flying Corps uniform with full effect.

'One heck of a week'

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman Jack Pelton said Aug. 3 that AirVenture 2014 was one of the best in years, and previewed coming attractions for 2015.

TALL TALE [ that’s true ]

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Hang around aircraft restorers and you’ll inevitably hear tales of priceless historical relics hidden in barns, buried in shrink wrap, or otherwise stuck in time awaiting discovery.

Light Sport Aircraft: Soul-stirring airplane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Like a duck that switches from sitting placidly atop the water to a furiously splashing, flapping, quacking master of flight, the Amphibious Carbon Cub leaps into air with a burst of raw energy.<

Fatal accident at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 31, 2014

The pilot of a custom-built Breezy died from his injuries after a landing accident at Wittman Regional Airport on July 31, the Experimental Aircraft Association said.

MEDICAL REFORM MOVES AHEAD, AOPA PROMISES VIGILANCE

News release | Jul 31, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third-class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation for review, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced Thursday.

Ice protection, gross weight increase for Lancair Evolution turboprop

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.

WomenVenture participants swarm Boeing Plaza at AirVenture

Article | Jul 30, 2014

A throng of women in purple T-shirts arrived at Boeing Plaza on Thursday, July 30, ready to proclaim to everyone at EAA AirVenture that they love aviation.

Airbus Group joins Perlan Project to soar to 90,000 feet

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The Perlan Project announced Airbus Group as a partner in Perlan Mission II, an effort to soar to 90,000 feet and explore the edges of space.

Pelton hits FAA delays on third class medical

Article | Jul 28, 2014

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton called FAA delays on third class pilot medical reform “deeply frustrating.”

In-flight Charger

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Chip Yates, who set five electric aircraft world records in 2012, now aims to cross the Atlantic on battery power.

'One Week Wonder' project gets underway at AirVenture

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Visitors to EAA AirVenture 2014 can help to build an experimental aircraft in seven days.

MVP Aero developing light sport amphib

Article | Jul 27, 2014

MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.

Dynon adds video to glass cockpit

Article | Jul 25, 2014

Dynon Avionics, the pioneering company that provides fully featured glass cockpits for light sport and experimental aircraft at half the cost of fully certified displays, adds more sophistication with video input, upgraded weather, and wide-angle synthetic vision.

Garmin G3X Touch gets smaller

Article | Jul 23, 2014

Garmin is offering a downsized version of its popular G3X Touch designed for tight experimental and light sport panels.

AOPA moves to a new, central location for AirVenture 2014

Article | Jul 23, 2014

AOPA has a new, expanded location at EAA AirVenture this year, across from the historic brown arch that serves as the gateway to the airshow and fly-by action at Wittman Regional Airport.

AOPA MOVES TO A NEW, CENTRAL LOCATION FOR AIRVENTURE 2014

News release | Jul 22, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has a new, expanded location at AirVenture this year, across from the historic brown arch that serves as the gateway to the airshow and fly-by action at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH).

WomenVenture to celebrate seventh year at EAA AirVenture

Article | Jul 22, 2014

Women attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, can participate in a slate of events focused on excitement and career possibilities within the aviation community.

Garmin Connext links tablet computers with Garmin avionics

Article | Jul 19, 2014

Garmin has created a wireless bridge to connect tablet computers running the Garmin Pilot app with panel-mount avionics.

AOPA Live This Week - July 17, 2014

Video | Jul 18, 2014

New midget personal jet from Sonex flies, even does aerobatics on its first flight. Time is getting close to award the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair; see how your airplane looks over the Big Apple. We have an update on the search for a replacement for 100LL, and it’s good news. And we take a look at the army of green shirts that help make the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins possible.

Initial tests completed on 'personal jet' kitplane

Article | Jul 16, 2014

Experimental kit aircraft maker Sonex announced completing “a very successful series of initial flight tests” of the SubSonex JSX-2 personal jet.

Members asked to participate in FAA’s annual GA survey

Advocacy | Jul 15, 2014

The FAA is asking AOPA members to participate in its thirty-sixth annual General Aviation Survey.

FAA TO BEGIN EVALUATION OF UNLEADED FUEL CANDIDATES

News release | Jul 10, 2014

The search for viable replacements to leaded avgas is moving to the next stage as the FAA prepares to begin evaluating fuels submitted for testing through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). July 1 marked the deadline for candidate fuels to be submitted into this program.

Nine fuels vie to replace leaded avgas

Advocacy | Jul 10, 2014

The FAA has accepted nine fuels to be evaluated as potential replacements to avgas, marking a milestone in the search for an unleaded GA fuel.

AirVenture attraction a draw for IFR pilots

Article | Jul 07, 2014

Pilots can now add improving their instrument proficiency to the long list of reasons to attend EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis.

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.