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Cirrus completes fleet

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Cirrus Aircraft celebrated the successful first flight on Dec. 20 of its third conforming SF50 Vision personal jet.

‘The single most important license I got’

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Delta Air Lines Captain Jeffrey Whitesell said flight instruction has been his backstop his whole career, many times opening a door where one otherwise might not have been opened.

2015 Endeavor Awards nominations open

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Nominations are open until Jan. 31, 2015, for the Endeavor Awards, bestowed to honor the service of individual pilots who participate in public benefit flying.

Diesels on the cusp

Article | Dec 23, 2014

After years of waiting, 2015 may prove to be a very important year in the development of compression-ignition (diesel) aircraft engines.

News from Headquarters

Article | Dec 21, 2014

As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.

Safety

Article | Dec 21, 2014

In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Dec 21, 2014

The Aircraft Spotlight feature looks at an airplane type and evaluates it across six areas of particular interest to flying clubs and their members: Operating Cost, Maintenance, Insurability, Training, Cross-Country, and Fun Factor.

IFR Fix: Power, and distraction

IFR Fix | Dec 19, 2014

After a complete electrical failure during an initial climb from the departure airport, the pilot of a Beech King Air 200 learned a valuable lesson from a simple but costly omission.

Challenge benefits AOPA Foundation

Article | Dec 18, 2014

In a friendly challenge between AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow and AOPA President Mark Baker, general aviation will ultimately be the winner.

Time running out to bid on tailwheel package

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Time is running out for potential tailwheel pilots to bid on a package of tailwheel training at Lakeland, Florida-based Tailwheels Etc.—including two hours in a 1940 Stearman Kaydet biplane—in this year’s AOPA Foundation online auction.

Sporty's unveils Cessna 172LITE project

Article | Dec 18, 2014

A refurbished Cessna 172N that will offer more cost-effective flight training is at the heart of the Cessna 172LITE project, announced Dec. 17 by Sporty’s.

Fractional operators exit

Article | Dec 18, 2014

The quiet exit of two companies from the fractional aircraft market provides further evidence that this is an uncertain path to profit.

Colorado airport designated Emily Warner Field

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

A Colorado county airport will bear the name of a history-making pilot after local officials voted to honor her pioneering aviation career.

Congress passes tax incentives

Article | Dec 17, 2014

A tax incentive long used to stimulate investment in equipment, including aircraft, awaits the president’s signature.

New Hampshire airports seek 'dependable' funding

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2014

Members of New Hampshire’s airports community exchanged ideas on how to secure dependable funding at the annual meeting of the Granite State Airport Management Association.

Dassault rolls out Falcon 8X

Article | Dec 17, 2014

Dassault Aviation on Dec. 17 rolled out the first of its new line of ultra-long-range business jets—the Falcon 8X.

GA pilots bring cheer to island residents

Article | Dec 16, 2014

Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.

Daher-Socata spearheads E-Fan project

Article | Dec 15, 2014

Daher-Socata has signed a contract with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary to design, develop, and certify the electrically powered E-Fan 2.0 aircraft.

California Prop 65 avgas lawsuit settled

Article | Dec 15, 2014

The Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit, has settled a 2011 lawsuit it brought against numerous aviation fuel suppliers in the state, the group announced Dec. 12.

Garmin updates GDL 69

Article | Dec 15, 2014

Garmin has updated the GDL 69 datalink receiver to take advantage of the SiriusXM G4 network, providing pilots with weather data and music.

Hoover wins aviation's top prize

Article | Dec 15, 2014

After 70 years of achievements in aviation, the industry honored Robert A. “Bob” Hoover with its top award, the NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

Light sport pylon air racing planned

Article | Dec 11, 2014

A Deland, Florida, light sport aircraft manufacturer is planning the first light sport pylon air race April 1 based on the Red Bull model.

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association president to retire

Article | Dec 11, 2014

The world’s second-largest general aviation aircraft owner and pilot organization will soon have new leadership for the first time in nearly two decades.

Honoring the 'Flying Minute Men'

Article | Dec 10, 2014

The "Flying Minute Men" of World War II gathered for a Dec. 10 ceremony in Washington, D.C., to receive the highest honor conferred by Congress.