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Club Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

Despite its name, the FAA Flying Club is not what you think. Originally formed by FAA employees more than 50 years ago, it has no formal ties to the agency anymore. The club operates a Piper Warrior and is open to anyone—FAA staff, other government employees, or the general public. FAA Flying Club President Mike Hilton talks about getting his club back on a solid financial footing and demystifies flying in the DC SFRA.

Expanded Alaska complex could squeeze GA access, safety

Advocacy | May 13, 2015

AOPA has submitted formal comments noting concerns about the proposed expansion of military operations areas in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

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.

Homecoming Fly-In, Frederick, Maryland

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Come to your airport—the national headquarters of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association—for the association’s annual Homecoming Fly-In June 6.

FAA makes UAS moves

Article | May 06, 2015

The FAA announced May 6 new industry partnerships and a new app to help keep unmanned aircraft flying safely.

Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR adds audio warnings

Article | Apr 23, 2015

A new feature of Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR electronic flight bag gives pilots aural airspace and waypoint warnings through Sennheiser’s S1 Digital headset.

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.

Event

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.

Man’s violation of DC airspace ‘unacceptable,’ AOPA says

Article | Apr 16, 2015

After Doug Hughes flew what he called a “gyroplane” into the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone and landed on the Capitol lawn April 15, AOPA quickly stated that the man’s actions were “unacceptable” and that they “should in no way be associated with the law-abiding professional and recreational pilots who every day follow the rules and regulations of the National Airspace System.”

AOPA STATEMENT ON GYROCOPTER AIRSPACE VIOLATION AT THE U.S. CAPITOL

News release | Apr 15, 2015

AOPA STATEMENT ON GYROCOPTER AIRSPACE VIOLATION AT THE U.S. CAPITOL

Topics Airspace

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.

Training Tip: Aware in the air

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Instructors caution student pilots to check notams carefully during flight planning, and to check again during the final weather update before takeoff. Are you aware of the different reasons notams are issued and how to find the information?

FAA approves Powder River Training Complex

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2015

The Powder River Military Training Complex, a 28,000-square-mile block of airspace over South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana, will go into effect Sept. 17.

Pilots should note upcoming TFR over Florida

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2015

The FAA has issued a flight advisory and notam to alert pilots of an upcoming presidential temporary flight restriction over the Palm City, Florida, area on March 28 and 29.

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.

Alaska airspace complex comments sought

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

AOPA has expressed concerns over aspects of a proposed expansion of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Pilots are encouraged to comment by April 10.

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.

FAA warns of SoCal TFRs March 12, 13

Advocacy | Mar 09, 2015

Multiple temporary flight restrictions will be active in the Los Angeles, California, region March 12 and 13, the FAA announced.

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.

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RECOGNIZES 10 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

News release | Mar 05, 2015

AOPA AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RECOGNIZES 10 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

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.

Pilots urged to review update on Twentynine Palms airspace plan

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2015

AOPA is urging members to study the Marine Corps' special-use airspace proposal at Twentynine Palms, California, and address its impact on general aviation.