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FAA deputy administrator a new pilot

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

Many student pilots are nervous come checkride day. When you’re a top official at the agency responsible for the safe operation of the largest airspace system in the world, it can add to the pressure.

It could happen to you

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

It could happen to you. Flying into notam-established security airspace is one of the most prevalent violations charged against general aviation pilots.

Pilot Getaways: Chesapeake Bay Escape

Article | Oct 01, 2014

For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.

Training Tip: Come on home to AOPA's headquarters

Article | Sep 29, 2014

Are you planning to attend the AOPA Homecoming Fly-in on Oct. 4 at Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport? Here's what you'll need to know.

‘Direct to’ and other gotchas: Flying in to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

Do your homework before you head to AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 in Frederick, Maryland, to ensure you’re safe and legal.

P&E Technique: D.C.’s special flight rules

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

It was a surprise when a colleague admitted he had stopped flying. The problem was that he had just moved to Frederick, Maryland, from a part of the country with fewer restrictions.

Taildraggers to jet fighters, return to GA roots

Article | Sep 03, 2014

School was out, and he hadn’t made the cut for the Pony League baseball team. So in the summer of 1954, Dean Stickell started riding his bicycle to Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

TFR to suspend flights at Maryland’s ‘DC-3’ airports

Advocacy | Jul 31, 2014

Operations at the so-called “DC-3 airports” in Maryland will be suspended Aug. 4 through 7 under a temporary flight restriction.

New notam simplifies ops at Leesburg, Va., airport

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

Flying to or from Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport inside the will be less cumbersome starting in June.

Longtime GA advocate Jim Oberstar dies

Article | May 03, 2014

Longtime general aviation advocate and friend of AOPA former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar died May 3. His work on Capitol Hill to protect GA will leave a lasting impression.

AOPA EXPRESSES SORROW AFTER JIM OBERSTAR'S DEATH

News release | May 03, 2014

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker issued a statement May 3 after learning of former Rep. Jim Oberstar's death earlier in the day.

No joy for some pilots flying into JYO

Advocacy | Apr 24, 2014

The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.

Congressional Flying Club: Rising from the DC SFRA ashes

Article | Feb 21, 2014

The Congressional Flying Club, hurt by the implementation of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, has managed to be revitalized.

TFR advisory issued for State of the Union address

Advocacy | Jan 17, 2014

The FAA has issued a flight advisory about restrictions in connection with the 2014 State of the Union Address on Jan. 28.

Waypoints: Coming to terms

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

It’s a simple Sunday afternoon flight on a very VFR day, and yet I feel anxious and uncertain.

And baby makes three

Article | Oct 29, 2013

Maryland pilots who flew to lower 48 states in 2012 are now charting a new course with an infant daughter.

Quiz Me: Visual warning system

Article | Jul 01, 2013

Question: What is the visual warning system?

Topics SFRA, Airspace

Event Spotlight

Article | Jun 10, 2013

What better way to celebrate Memorial Day and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to provide the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, including the freedom to fly, than a flight down the Hudson River past the new Freedom Tower being built at Ground Zero? Learn how the East Hill Flying Club used this popular sight seeing flight into an SFRA as a teaching tool to build the skills of its newer pilots.

Frugal Flier: A tablet dilemma

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Charlie Becker, AOPA’s director of corporate partnerships and products—and a VFR pilot—was facing a dilemma: He had an iPad 2, but he wasn’t really using it for aviation. Plus, prices were dropping on Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Apple finally released the iPad mini.

Inauguration prompts airspace restrictions

Article | Jan 17, 2013

Part 91 flights must be headed, on IFR flight plans, to or from one of three airports within the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area on Jan. 21, among several requirements imposed by a temporary flight restriction crafted for Inauguration Day.