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The drone pro

Article | Nov 04, 2015

A pilot who long ago built a general aviation business in New Jersey was also among the first unmanned aircraft operators approved for commercial work.


Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

Buffing out the rust in pilots

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Nov 03, 2015

The ‘standard’ minimums

Oregon's Aurora State unveils new tower, Class D airspace

Article | Oct 14, 2015

Pilots flying near Oregon’s Aurora State Airport should be vigilant about aviating, communicating, and navigating in the new Class D airspace after the debut of their air traffic control tower Oct. 15.

Training Tip: Overhauling 'see and avoid'

Article | Oct 13, 2015

With the proliferation of drones flying in all classes of airspace, general aviation pilots face a new collision-avoidance challenge as soon as they become airborne.

Drone action urged

Article | Oct 08, 2015

Members of a House panel heard testimony from pilots, the FAA, and other stakeholders Oct. 7 in a hearing focused on drone dangers and benefits.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

The FAA has rescinded a sweeping notam regarding the reliability of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance.

Oregon pilots celebrate good news on Salem Class D airspace

Advocacy | Sep 22, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport are celebrating after protests caused the FAA to think twice about doubling the Class D airspace for neighboring McNary Field Airport.

AOPA helps Oregon pilots seek Class D relief

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport should soon get some airspace relief after AOPA communicated numerous concerns to the FAA's Western Service Center to mitigate the Class D airspace expansion at neighboring McNary Field Airport.

Pilot Counsel: The hemispheric rule

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

The FAA flight rule that specifies VFR cruising altitudes is an important part of a collection of rules that is intended to help pilots to see and avoid other traffic.

Oregon's McNary Field airspace changes cause confusion

Article | Aug 31, 2015

Pilots flying near Salem, Oregon, should be vigilant about McNary Field's recent Class D airspace expansion; a small notch has been cut out of the airspace for operations at nearby Independence State Airport.

Deaf pilots connect at Colorado Springs

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Neil Anthony Thomas said he earned his pilot certificate without having met another deaf pilot. In the year or so since he met Todd Barker at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, he's connected to a community.

Member input sought on SoCal Metroplex study

Advocacy | Aug 04, 2015

AOPA is encouraging pilots who fly in southern California's congested airspace to review the Southern California Metroplex Project Draft Environmental Assessment and submit comments.

Approach gone wrong

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Controllers alerted a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot to the presence of nearby traffic seconds before the fighter collided with a Cessna 150, killing two.

Pilot Briefing: Chart Challenge

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Flying under visual flight rules (VFR) through busy airspace can be daunting without the benefit of an extra pair of eyes.

FAA plans to discontinue printed WACs

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2015

An FAA notice of policy to discontinue World Aeronautical Charts without a public comment period concerns AOPA because charting changes could affect flight safety.

Training Tip: 'Tower, how are we doing?'

Article | Jun 22, 2015

Confusing the inbound heading with the aircraft's position relative to the airport is one example controllers cite to illustrate why pilots should sharpen their situational awareness.

TFRs impact Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs

Advocacy | Jun 16, 2015

Pilots flying in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs areas June 18 to 21 need to be extra vigilant. The FAA has issued notams for multiple temporary flight restrictions over the metropolitan areas for President Barack Obama's visit.


Pilot Magazine | Jun 10, 2015

Today, however, there’s a lot of uncertainty about ADS-B, and many aircraft owners and pilots are understandably confused. We’re going to do our best to change that.

P&E: Dogfight

Pilot Magazine | Jun 10, 2015

Senior Editors Jill W. Tallman and Dave Hirschman are making the trek to Oshkosh for the really big show—should they fly over Lake Michigan or not?<

Meetings scheduled on Houston Executive control tower plan

Advocacy | Jun 04, 2015

The FAA will hold two informal meetings in June on a proposal to amend the airspace around Texas Houston Executive Airport.

Proficient Pilot: Rules, rules, rules

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

I never thought that I would write a column favoring regulation, but just think where we would be without the legal guidelines that help to protect us from ourselves and each other.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

IFR or VFR? I got a powerful reminder to choose one set of rules or the other when I came close to flying into a skyscraper.


Article | Apr 19, 2015

AOPA’s Rusty Pilot courses are designed to reignite the passion of pilots who have let their currency lapse. Several flying clubs have hosted these seminars recently as a way to gain recognition in the aviation community, recruit new members, and to strengthen General Aviation as a whole. And there’s an added benefit for current pilots – the course serves as the ground portion of the biennial flight review, making it a great club activity for your current members as well.

Club Spotlight

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth—and it looks even better by air. With 14 public use airports on the eight islands, there are plenty of opportunities for general aviation pilots. Moore Air is a for-profit company that offers aircraft rental, but also has a flying club to help keep rates low for frequent flyers and visitors to the islands. Moore Air owner and president Mark Jones shares how it all works and what it’s like to fly in Hawaii.

Virtual flights, real communications

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network can now practice their communications skills in a virtual environment.

High schoolers earn college credit exploring aviation careers

Article | Mar 11, 2015

Twenty-seven students from nine high schools are enrolled for the initial, winter 2015 semester of the Aviation Academy at Community College of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

Droning on

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

From search-and-rescue missions to crop surveying; from capturing movie action sequences to starring in them—unmanned aircraft systems have progressed from a niche hobby to a booming industry.

ATC angels

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

Let’s face it, pilots sometimes find themselves in real “aw, shucks” situations. Despite superior skill, judgment, ingenuity, good looks, or enthusiasm, things just aren’t working out.


News release | Mar 05, 2015


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.

Test pilot

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

What well-known U.S. manufacturer of general aviation aircraft was founded by three brothers?

Colorado airport designated Emily Warner Field

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

A Colorado county airport will bear the name of a history-making pilot after local officials voted to honor her pioneering aviation career.

Control tower to open at Hammond Northshore airport

Advocacy | Dec 10, 2014

AOPA is notifying pilots that a new control tower will begin operations at Louisiana's Hammond Northshore Regional Airport.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

If it weren’t for the roar of the 230-horsepower Continental engine, you could have heard a pin drop. We would have preferred to hear the gear drop.

Living with the love of your life

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

Ask someone who lives in an airpark how long they have been there and more often than not, you’ll hear 10 years, 15 years, or even 30.

Kitsap Aviation Squadron offers 'great people, great airport'

Article | Nov 20, 2014

Bremerton National Airport in Bremerton, Washington, is home to the Kitsap Aviation Squadron.

IFR Fix: 'Only localizer minimums authorized'

IFR Fix | Oct 10, 2014

Some weather, a self-inflicted communications glitch, and the distraction of diverting had forged the error chain.

Pilots urged to note Washington, D.C., airspace amendment

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

AOPA is urging pilots who transit the Washington, D.C., area Class B airspace to note an amendment pertaining to restricted area R-4001C.

Houston Executive gets new tower

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

A new air traffic control tower is slated to open at Houston Executive Airport Oct. 1.

Training Tip: Aircraft speed limits

Article | Sep 22, 2014

Reviewing this regulation will make you a more effective plane spotter when ATC calls out fast traffic in busy (and haze-laden) airspace.

Training Tip: 'Detailed rules and requirements'

Article | Sep 17, 2014

When examining details for VFR operations in and around major terminal areas, a must-have resource is the current local terminal area chart.

Pilot Getaways: The town time forgot

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Santa Paula, California, airport evokes an old-time airfield, complete with antique airplanes dating back almost a century. Consider visiting the field when you attend the AOPA Fly-In at Chino, California, on Sept. 20.