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Groups ask Congress to protect veterans' flight training

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

Seven general aviation associations, including AOPA, have sent a joint letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans.

FAA issues emergency AD on Avidyne flight displays

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

The FAA is notifying owners and operators of aircraft equipped with Avidyne integrated flight displays (IFDs) of an emergency airworthiness directive.

Citation Latitude, King Air get upgrades, enhancements

Article | May 18, 2015

Textron Aviation subsidiaries Cessna and Beechcraft are both upgrading key aircraft in their lineups, with new King Air features and improved Latitude performance.

Question of the Month

Article | May 17, 2015

This is a question that pops up often in conversation with developing flying clubs. Most clubs fall into two primary categories, equity and non-equity. Equity, meaning the club is the sole owner of the aircraft as represented on the aircraft registration. Non-equity, implying the club leases its aircraft from the owner/owners. Clubs can also be a hybrid of equity and non-equity, where the club owns one aircraft and leases another; generally clubs falling into this category are still considered an equity club because of the stake in the one equity aircraft. Both equity and non-equity clubs have various benefits and shortcomings.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

Despite its name, the FAA Flying Club is not what you think. Originally formed by FAA employees more than 50 years ago, it has no formal ties to the agency anymore. The club operates a Piper Warrior and is open to anyone—FAA staff, other government employees, or the general public. FAA Flying Club President Mike Hilton talks about getting his club back on a solid financial footing and demystifies flying in the DC SFRA.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

If your club is looking for a low-cost trainer, the Cessna 150/152 often comes to mind. But don’t overlook the Piper Tomahawk. When Piper was designing its replacement to the aging Cherokee 140 training fleet in the late 1970s, it surveyed flight instructors and incorporated their input. The result was a reliable trainer that is more spinnable than a 150/152. Nearly 2,500 were made in the five years it was produced. Graham Wilson, chief flight instructor for Windsor Flying Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, shares their experience with this T-tail trainer.

News From Headquarters

Article | May 17, 2015

AOPA’s You Can Fly serves as the umbrella for many of our activities designed to get people flying and keep them flying. It includes things like support for flying clubs and flight schools, the Rusty Pilots program to get lapsed pilots back in the air, and our Reimagined Aircraft initiative. It includes a small group of AOPA Ambassadors to bring these programs to life on a very grassroots level. In Florida, AOPA Ambassador Jamie Beckett helped a group of pilots launch a new flying club in just a few weeks. Ambassadors like Jamie are all over the country and are one of many resources available to you.

Safety

Article | May 17, 2015

Trivia nights are a popular mid-week event at many local water holes. Why not make your club’s next Safety Meeting a trivia night by using the Air Safety Institute’s Safety Quizzes? ASI has more than 70 quizzes available online for free. Each has 10 questions and an explanation of the correct answer. This could be a fun way to engage your members and share important information to keep you club safe.