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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.

Graphical drone briefing developed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

Lockheed Martin has developed a graphical briefing tool that will help keep manned and unmanned aircraft safely separated.

Drone reports detailed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

A detailed list of unmanned aircraft encounters reported by pilots reveals just over half of all such encounters were reported in five states.

Powder River Complex to go live

Article | Aug 26, 2015

The expanded Powder River Training Complex, a collection of special-use airspace covering approximately 28,000 square miles in the Northwest, will become active Sept. 17.

Historic wildfires spawn rash of TFRs

Article | Aug 26, 2015

AOPA urges pilots to update temporary flight restriction information frequently and avoid violating restricted airspace, for safety and to assure the uninterrupted operation of aerial firefighting.

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.

Drone encounters surge

Article | Aug 13, 2015

Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft sightings, some flying as high as 10,000 feet, continue to rapidly increase in number.

AOPA wins delay in flight plan change

Advocacy | Aug 10, 2015

The FAA has agreed to an AOPA-requested delay in implementing changes to flight plan requirements.

Pilot Briefing: Regulations

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

Tips for GA operators in the national airpace

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.

A landmark delivery

Article | Jul 30, 2015

July may well prove to be a seminal month in the development of unmanned aircraft.

Oregon airspace initiative could impact GA

Advocacy | Jul 28, 2015

AOPA is urging members to review an airspace initiative by the Oregon Air National Guard that could have a major impact on IFR operations.

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.

Mobile FliteDeck VFR 2.1 introduced

Article | Jul 09, 2015

Jeppesen’s new Mobile FliteDeck VFR 2.1 for iOS features audio airspace warnings and automatic flight logging capabilities, in addition to a seamless transition from aerial charts to airport diagrams.

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.

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.

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.

P&E: ADS-B

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.