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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.