Special Use Airspace

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Powder River Complex activated

Advocacy | Sep 17, 2015

A 28,000-square-mile area of special-use airspace known as the Powder River Training Complex is now active.

Brief, file, and shop

Article | Sep 02, 2015

An online flight planning service and an aviation real estate specialist have joined forces to put hangar homes and other listings on the planning map.

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.

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.

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.

Expanded Alaska complex could squeeze GA access, safety

Advocacy | May 13, 2015

AOPA has submitted formal comments noting concerns about the proposed expansion of military operations areas in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

Man’s violation of DC airspace ‘unacceptable,’ AOPA says

Article | Apr 16, 2015

After Doug Hughes flew what he called a “gyroplane” into the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone and landed on the Capitol lawn April 15, AOPA quickly stated that the man’s actions were “unacceptable” and that they “should in no way be associated with the law-abiding professional and recreational pilots who every day follow the rules and regulations of the National Airspace System.”

Training Tip: Aware in the air

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Instructors caution student pilots to check notams carefully during flight planning, and to check again during the final weather update before takeoff. Are you aware of the different reasons notams are issued and how to find the information?

FAA approves Powder River Training Complex

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2015

The Powder River Military Training Complex, a 28,000-square-mile block of airspace over South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana, will go into effect Sept. 17.

Pilots urged to review update on Twentynine Palms airspace plan

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2015

AOPA is urging members to study the Marine Corps' special-use airspace proposal at Twentynine Palms, California, and address its impact on general aviation.

Pilot Briefing: Chart Challenge

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Areas with a preponderance of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) activity are typically noted on sectional charts with a small airplane symbol.

Bonanza Society announces free courses for members

Article | Jan 07, 2015

In an effort to remove obstacles to pilot participation in potentially lifesaving training, the American Bonanza Society will make its online Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program available to members free of charge.

Powder River environmental statement finalized

Advocacy | Dec 01, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has released its final environmental impact statement for an enormous military airspace complex, but the statement appears to largely overlook concerns raised by the general aviation community.

IFR Fix: Why 'No SID'?

IFR Fix | Nov 21, 2014

Your CFII usually follows up route-planning drilling with a review of appropriate regulations, and today’s selection is 14 CFR 91.185, "IFR Operations: Two-way radio communications failure."

Training Tip: Special hours, special airspace

Article | Oct 27, 2014

Visibility is good, but the reported ceiling is 900 feet. Can a pilot depart or enter the airspace under VFR?

IFR Fix: Military exercise

IFR Fix | Oct 27, 2014

Few features are more striking on an aeronautical chart than a mass of special-use airspace near a planned destination or astride a proposed route.

Universal Avionics offers new flight deck

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Universal Avionics now offers the Insight Integrated Flight Deck with embedded synthetic vision.

Changes sought for Missouri restricted-area complex

Advocacy | Oct 09, 2014

The Army has requested to raise ceilings in restricted area R-4501B to a uniform 4,300 feet msl.

Pilots urged to note Washington, D.C., airspace amendment

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

AOPA is urging pilots who transit the Washington, D.C., area Class B airspace to note an amendment pertaining to restricted area R-4001C.

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.

Montana’s GA community throws a party

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2014

Montana pilots will have two reasons to celebrate when they fly in to Seeley Lake Airport on Sept. 13.

Training Tip: Information 'upon request'

Article | Aug 11, 2014

It’s a pilot’s responsibility to obtain a complete preflight briefing, so don’t let an unasked question undermine your effort.

Four things to know about unmanned aircraft

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Titans of aerospace and startups alike gathered in Grand Fork, N.D., June 25 and 26 to discuss the future of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. Here’s what a general aviation pilot should know about the emerging industry.