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Comment deadline extended on airspace plan

Advocacy | Jan 26, 2012

The Navy, responding to AOPA's request to give pilots more time to review its plans to seek new special-use airspace for training operations at the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility in Boardman, Ore., has agreed to a 32-day extension of the deadline for public comments. Public comments on the proposal will now be accepted until Feb. 27.

Navy reverses course on Oregon airspace

Advocacy | Jan 19, 2012

AOPA, expressing disappointment with the Navy's plan to seek new special-use airspace (SUA) for training operations at the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility in Boardman, Ore.--despite its past assurances to the contrary--is urging pilots to state their views on the issue for the record.

Topics Airspace, SUA

ND airspace plan raises questions, concerns

Advocacy | Jan 10, 2012

A proposal to create new restricted airspace in North Dakota for training of unmanned aircraft systems raises more questions than it answers, undermines safety, and would set a dangerous precedent in creating additional restricted airspace for use solely by UAS, AOPA said.

Pilot Products: Heavy tugs, cool air

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Redline Sidewinder Who: Redline SidewinderWhat: Battery Operated aircraft tugWhere: www.aircraftspruce.comWhy: Because you need one tug, not five that don't workCost: $1,600 Pros: Well-built is an understatement Battery means no more small-engine repair Can be folded and stowed in the baggage compartment Cons: Somewhat difficult to put on Heavy If you are like some aircraft owners, you have a collection of tugs sitting broken, half-forgotten in the corner of your hangar. That's because for some reason the idea of tugs attracts home inventors and quasi entrepreneurs almost as much as aviation flashlights.

Pilots urged to submit comments on Nevada MOA plan

Advocacy | Jun 01, 2011

The Air Force has released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) on its proposal to create the White Elk Military Operations Area (MOA) in eastern Nevada. Pilots are urged to review the FEIS and submit comments by June 20.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Dec 01, 2010

Virgin Galactic ‘Enterprise’ completes glide test The suborbital commercial tourist spaceship VSS (Virgin Spaceship) Enterprise—also known as SpaceShipTwo—owned by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company completed its first unpowered glide test October 10. You can see a video of the flight on the Virgin Galactic website.

Answers for Pilots: Alaska!

Article | Jun 01, 2010

It’s June and flying activity is in full swing in Alaska! For those of us in the lower 48 states, flying there can be the adventure of a lifetime. If a trip of this magnitude is on your radar, here is some practical information to help make that dream a reality.

Technique: Seeking your own level

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

Where do you go—high or low—when picking an altitude for flight? The right altitude may seem obvious at first glance. But you may gather information and find yourself torn between factors that tell you to go high and others that say to fly lower.

Answers for Pilots: Some like it hot

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Two general aviation pilots flying VFR through an active military operations area (MOA) recently experienced close encounters with F-16s in two separate incidents. Conflicts like these encourage us to review the rules for flying in special use airspace.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Oldest Boeing returns to the air Scud running in 1928 was no safer than it is now, but a pilot tried it in a monster biplane called a Boeing 40C that flew passengers in an enclosed cabin and the mail. The pilot sat in the breeze of an open cockpit.