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Drones edge into NAS: 'Sense and avoid' tech tested

Article | Jun 24, 2015

NASA continues to test technology giving large drones capability to detect and avoid other aircraft, and invites pilots to join a meeting of minds.

Drones: Where do we go from here?

Article | Jun 16, 2015

Representatives of drone associations, research institutes, and universities; drone enthusiasts; and those curious about the growing drone industry gathered June 14 at the UAS Academy near Warrenton, Virginia, for RoboFest 2015.

No-fly map for drones

Article | Jun 03, 2015

With consumer-grade unmanned aircraft selling like hotcakes, a California firm released a free online tool to help operators steer clear of trouble.

Unmanned aircraft encounters increasing

Article | May 28, 2015

The FAA fielded reports of unmanned aircraft encounters in growing numbers in 2014, and the agency is developing a systematic protocol for reporting future encounters that may reveal more close calls.

Drone school opens for business

Article | May 22, 2015

Auburn University has been granted a waiver to operate a commercial drone school that will be open to the public.

FAA launches DC-area No Drone Zone campaign

Article | May 14, 2015

The FAA is reaching out to residents and tourists in the Washington, D.C., region to emphasize that the area is a “No Drone Zone,” the agency announced May 13.

AOPA asks FAA to close gaps in UAS rule

Article | Apr 23, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to close gaps in the agency's proposed rules governing small commercial unmanned aircraft systems.

Yuneec drones makes Sun 'n Fun debut

Article | Apr 22, 2015

Knowing pilots have reservations about sharing airspace with unmanned aircraft, drone manufacturer Yuneec came to Sun ‘n Fun to showcase its latest products and give attendees a chance to try them out.

UAV innovator to receive aero club award

Article | Mar 17, 2015

The Aero Club of New England announced that it will bestow its Godfrey L. Cabot Award on Abraham E. Karem, president of Karem Aircraft.

AOPA BACKS 'KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY' CAMPAIGN TO ASSURE SAFE USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

News release | Mar 05, 2015

AOPA BACKS ‘KNOW BEFORE YOU FLY’ CAMPAIGN TO ASSURE SAFE USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

AOPA backs ‘Know Before You Fly’ campaign

Advocacy | Mar 05, 2015

AOPA has joined the “Know Before You Fly” campaign that seeks to educate users of unmanned aircraft systems about safe and responsible operations, including where and how high unmanned aircraft may be flown.

Proposed rule sets limits on small UAS

Advocacy | Feb 15, 2015

The FAA has announced a proposed rule governing the use of commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that would address many of AOPA's concerns, including setting certification requirements for operators and requiring see-and-avoid capabilities.

FAA approves eight drone requests

Article | Feb 03, 2015

If your address is Van Nuys and you have anything to do with the movie industry, chances are you can get FAA approval to fly drones.

Air Shepherd targets poachers

Article | Jan 21, 2015

Air Shepherd is a nonprofit organization created by the Lindbergh Foundation to support the same approach to fighting poachers that proved successful against insurgents and terrorists who plant roadside bombs.

Unmanned aircraft systems

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

The legal status of unmanned aircraft systems (also called UAVs—unmanned aerial vehicles—and more colloquially, “drones”) has now been confirmed to technically be “aircraft” subject to relevant FAR Part 91 general operating and flight rules.

NTSB: FAA may enforce regs on unmanned aircraft

Article | Nov 18, 2014

An unmanned aircraft is subject to enforcement of regulations prohibiting reckless operation of aircraft, the NTSB said Nov. 18 in a decision sending the case of photographer Raphael Pirker back to an administrative law judge.

Eyes in the sky

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Here’s a riddle: What job requires a private pilot certificate, but never asks you to leave the ground?

FAA approves six companies for unmanned aircraft filming

Article | Oct 02, 2014

The FAA on Sept. 25 granted requests from six aerial photo and video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for film and television.

Solar aircraft rounds the clock

Article | Aug 12, 2014

A Boston-area startup led by an aeronautical engineer (and private pilot) is working toward an unmanned, solar-powered aircraft capable of staying aloft for two years.

'Smart' quadcopters

Article | Jul 09, 2014

Researchers at the University of Sheffield in England are designing autonomous flying machines that think for themselves, and learn as they go.

Four things to know about unmanned aircraft

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Titans of aerospace and startups alike gathered in Grand Fork, N.D., June 25 and 26 to discuss the future of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. Here’s what a general aviation pilot should know about the emerging industry.

AOPA Live This Week - June 26, 2014

Video | Jun 25, 2014

We fly the Howard 500. The breakfast bunch flies a C-45 named Chow Hound. The USA Today debacle continues. The National Park Service clamps down on drones.

FAA reasserts enforcement authority over model aircraft

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2014

The FAA is warning model aircraft operators not to fly with first-person-view goggles or for hire in new guidance prompted by an uptick in reports of reckless model aircraft use.

FAA approves first commercial unmanned flights over land

Article | Jun 11, 2014

The Puma AE, a hand-launched aircraft with a wingspan of nine feet, will survey Alaskan roads and infrastructure for energy corporation BP.

Companies seek approval for unmanned aerial filming

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Seven aerial photo and video production companies are asking the FAA for permission to use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for television and movie filming, the FAA announced June 2.

New kit uses iPad to track unmanned aircraft

Article | Apr 29, 2014

Sagetech has unveiled a new kit that uses ADS-B and an iPad to track unmanned aerial systems.

Google acquiring unmanned aircraft developer Titan Aerospace

Article | Apr 16, 2014

Internet giant Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, the New Mexico-based developer of high-altitude unmanned aircraft systems.

Collier Trophy awarded for carrier-based unmanned system

Article | Apr 15, 2014

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”

FAA needs to speed unmanned-aircraft rulemaking

Advocacy | Apr 08, 2014

A judge’s recent ruling that cast doubt on the FAA’s power to regulate small unmanned aircraft systems underscores the need for a safety framework.

FAA asks NTSB to review unmanned-aircraft ruling

Article | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.

Report: Small UAV market worth $582.2 million by 2019

Article | Mar 04, 2014

A new report values the small UAV market at $582.2 million, while the FAA clears drone misconceptions.

Drone deliveries can delight

Article | Nov 19, 2013

Drones may be best known for their military use to target militants and perform reconnaissance missions. But civilians are also touting the possibilities that drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, can bring. Some uses aren’t too surprising. For instance, drones can be used by journalists to record aerial video and photos, by law enforcement officers or firefighters to see without putting officers at risk or by farmers to keep an eye on crops. But media reports show that drones can do more than just take pictures or provide a unique view.

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.

AOPA AV8RS in the News

Article | Jun 01, 2013

AOPA AV8R Tayler Evans of Middletown, MD was part of a seven-member team that won the prestigious Design Viability National Merit Award as part of the National Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) recently held in Washington, D.C.

Research UAV probes supercells

Article | Jan 23, 2013

Flying an unmanned aircraft on the fringes of a supercell is not as challenging as navigating the airspace restrictions.

NASA launches five-year hurricane hunt

Article | Sep 12, 2012

What do the Saharan Air Layer and hurricanes have in common? NASA is banking on Global Hawk UAVs overflying the storms to see if a connection lies between the two.

AOPA seeks changes to large military airspace proposal in Alaska

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

AOPA is urging the Department of Defense to work with the aviation community to solve access and routing problems posed for general aviation by a revised special-use airspace plan for the Joint Alaska Pacific Range Complex.

Quest Kodiak: A higher calling

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

After logging thousands of flight hours in iconic Howard DGA–15s beginning as a teenager, California rancher Bruce Dickenson developed his own ideas for making the relatively fast and powerful airplanes from the 1930s and 1940s even better.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

There’s nothing unusual about two pilots enjoying spectacular scenery above a thin cloud layer on a moonlit night, except these pilots both are disabled by spinal injury. Heather Schultz, 26, is a quadriplegic, although she can walk with a cane and electronic devices, while Sean O’Donnell, 32, has lost the use of his legs.

Proficient Pilot

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Since retiring from TWA in 1998, I have made it a point to submit to an instrument proficiency check almost every year. In each case, I have used an airplane equipped with analog gauges.

Waypoints: Will electrons rule your next flight?

Article | Jan 01, 2009

Editor in Chief Tom Haines owns a 1972 Beechcraft Bonanza with panel gear from four different decades. One of the big issues with updating the electronics in our “legacy” airplanes (that’s PR-speak for “old”) with modern systems is the uncertainty of what you’ll find not just behind the panel but throughout the airplane when you start the installation.

AOPA Action: California Edition

Article | Jul 01, 2008

Van Nuys ‘Prop Park’ gains ground AOPA is pleased to report that plans to turn the former Air National Guard ramp area at Van Nuys Airport into a parking area for light general aviation aircraft are gaining both clarity and momentum. A $6-million contract to level existing buildings and remove hazardous materials has been signed, and construction of new facilities is slated to begin in May 2009.

AOPA Action: California Edition

Article | Apr 01, 2008

Reid-Hillview faces renewed closure threat A decade after losing a battle to close Reid-Hillview Airport, Santa Clara County officials are again considering selling off the busy Silicon Valley general aviation field—this time as a means of filling a projected $150-million budget shortfall. In his January 29 “state of the county” address, County Supervisor Peter McHugh said the sale of Reid-Hillview could best realize the area’s economic potential, while eliminating the need to lay off county employees.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

GENERAL From reader John Tiller: A sign indicating the halfway point of the runway is installed next to certain unimproved runways. How is a pilot supposed to utilize this information? From reader Tom Travis: What is the origin of the idiomatic expression, "putting your [backside] in a sling." What is the only U.S.

Letters

Article | Sep 01, 2007

Beyond the border I enjoyed the article on the use of Predator UAVs by Homeland Security ("Beyond the Border," July Pilot), but I couldn't help thinking that the same mission could be performed in a much more cost-effective manner using a FLIR (forward looking infrared camera) equipped general aviation aircraft. The military uses UAVs primarily because they can loiter over "bad guy country" for long periods of time without risking a pilot or requiring the extensive support (suppression of air defenses, armed search and rescue on call, escorts, tankers) that manned aircraft need.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Our report this month on the Turbo Cessna T182T by AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton K. Marsh was part of a three-story trip in February from Denver to Wichita to Orlando (see "Garmin's GFC 700: Meet the Automatic Turbo Skylane," page 64).

Beyond the Border

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

With the sun setting behind the snow-capped mountains west of the airfield at Fort Huachuca near Tucson, Arizona, tonight's mission has been delayed a bit by a wiring harness that just arrived from Phoenix. As the ground crew works on the tarmac in dropping temperatures, pilot Cassandra Hunt sits warm and comfortable at the controls as she fires up the 750-shaft horsepower Honeywell turboprop.

AOPA questions FAA's 'stealthy' UAV TFR on Mexican border

Article | Sep 01, 2006

AOPA questions FAA's 'stealthy' UAV TFR on Mexican border The FAA on Friday suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly established a temporary flight restriction (TFR) area near Nogales, Arizona, along the Mexican border for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights. "While there has been ongoing discussion regarding TFRs for U.S.