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Online airspace tool receives engineering award

Advocacy | Apr 23, 2012

Software used by Kansas transportation officials to analyze potential hazards to aviation from proposed structures has been recognized with an engineering excellence award. In a news release, the Kansas Department of Transportation noted the participation in the project of AOPA Airport Support Network volunteers and Eudora High School students, who helped beta test the program and suggested modifications.

SpaceX's proposed Texas launch site to be studied

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2012

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a commercial group that develops rockets and spacecraft, is proposing to build vertical launch and control areas in Cameron County, Texas, to conduct up to 12 commercial launches a year.

Alaska military airspace plan presented to public

Advocacy | Apr 04, 2012

The document detailing proposed changes to a vast complex of special-use airspace in Alaska has been released for public inspection, with a series of hearings set for May, and comments solicited by June 7.

Navy revises expanded training plan in Oregon

Advocacy | Feb 16, 2012

The Navy should return unused airspace to the National Airspace System and provide 60-day comment periods on any special-use airspace expansion planned near Oregon's Boardman Airport, AOPA said.

Topics Airspace, SUA

ADS-B traffic, weather now available in 51 terminal areas

Advocacy | Feb 08, 2012

Real time weather and traffic information is now available for free in dozens of terminal service areas around the country.

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.

Topics SUA, Airspace

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.