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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.

Is that an F-16 off your wing? Beware TFRs near DC, Chicago

Advocacy | May 16, 2012

If you are flying near Chicago or the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area between May 18 and 21 and spy an F-16 or a Black Hawk off your wing, you're in big trouble. The FAA has issued notams restricting flight in both areas for the G8 and NATO Summits.

G-8 Summit to add extra TFR to DC area

Advocacy | Apr 27, 2012

While world leaders and President Barack Obama gather at Camp David in Thurmont, Md., for the G-8 Summit May 18 and 19, a temporary flight restriction will shut down a large swath of airspace in the already restrictive Washington, D.C., area.

Long-term FAA bill clears Congress, heads to president

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2012

The Senate, following up on House action last week, has passed a four-year, $63.4 billion FAA reauthorization bill with no user fees or fuel-tax increases. The bill, now headed to the desk of President Barack Obama for signing, would give the FAA its first long-term operating authority since 2007.

Things you never want to see in D.C.

Article | Feb 02, 2012

The F-16 suddenly appeared off the left wing of the GippsAero G-8 Airvan. It wagged its wings, and its engine, in afterburner, shook the sky like an aerial earthquake.

No user fees, tax hikes in long-term FAA bill

Advocacy | Feb 01, 2012

No user fees. No increase in avgas or jet fuel taxes. General aviation pilots can celebrate what wasn't included in the long-term FAA reauthorization bill. The House and Senate ironed out details on a four-year FAA reauthorization bill Jan. 31, paving the way for a full vote in both houses before the latest short-term funding extension expires Feb. 17. Highlights of the bill indicate that GA fared well.

FAA updates Washington, D.C., flight rules course

Advocacy | Dec 01, 2011

After changing ingress and egress operations at Virginia's Leesburg Executive Airport inside the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), the FAA has updated its online training course that is required for pilots operating within a 60-nautical-mile radius of the DCA VOR/DME.