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High altitude, thin margins

Article | Aug 27, 2015

Flying west from Colorado Springs, pilots can explore the breathtaking scenery of the Front Range while learning valuable lessons in density altitude, weather, and flight planning.

Cirrus jet takes ‘significant’ step toward certification

Article | Aug 26, 2015

Cirrus Aircraft's Vision SF50 jet has achieved a "significant milestone" toward certification with FAA issuance of type inspection authorization for the aircraft.

'Little guy at the fence'

Article | Aug 26, 2015

A boy who had waved at airplanes from outside the fence meets an airline pilot, and flies in a Piper Archer with AOPA’s Yasmina Platt.

Filmmakers want to bring 'Flight of Passage' to big screen

Article | Aug 26, 2015

Two filmmakers want to bring Rinker Buck's iconic Flight of Passage to the silver screen, and they are asking for your help to make it happen.

Friends promote aviation on celebratory trip

Article | Aug 25, 2015

Two college friends celebrated a recent graduation by flying the East Coast—and gave back to the aviation community as they traveled.

Big jets fall behind in sales

Article | Aug 24, 2015

The generally accepted wisdom that big jets are selling best while small jets wither is no longer true. Now the big jet sales are fading but smaller ones continue sales growth.

ATP Flight School airline transport pilot course gets FAA approval

Article | Aug 24, 2015

ATP Flight School’s airline transport pilot training program has received FAA approval, the company announced Aug. 21.

'Feathered Edge' delights Aviation Day audience

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Filmmaker Kim Furst received three ovations from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and fellow aviators for her film, Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project, during a National Aviation Day showing of the movie in the U.S. Capitol.

Among friends

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Pilots count on friends and family to make organized aerobatic competition possible, and each contest poses a logistical challenge that requires many volunteers.

Land-use change would encroach on Maryland airport

Advocacy | Aug 20, 2015

AOPA is urging officials in Frederick, Maryland, to oppose a real estate developer's bid to rezone farmland near the city's airport.

AOPA Foundation awards grants for training scholarships

Article | Aug 20, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has selected two nonprofits to receive the first $5,000 grants from a new program supporting organizations that offer scholarships to their members.

Louisiana economic study makes case for aviation

Advocacy | Aug 19, 2015

Louisiana's general aviation airports contribute $967 million a year, and generate payrolls of $297 million, distributed among 9,307 jobs, according to an economic study.

Planning for the future

Article | Aug 19, 2015

It’s back to school time all across the country, and some teenagers are finding something new in their curriculum—aviation.

Overhauling overhauls

Article | Aug 18, 2015

New website Overhaulbids.com aims to help aircraft owners make confident, well-informed decisions about aircraft engine overhauls.

Celebrate 2015 National Aviation Day

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Aviators can help celebrate National Aviation Day Aug. 19 by flying to favorite destinations, introducing friends to flying, or attending discounted U.S. aviation events.

‘Beyond the Powder’ to debut in September

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Beyond the Powder, a new documentary on women air racers, will debut Labor Day weekend on public television stations in northeast Ohio.

News From Headquarters

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Last month, many flying club members made the journey to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for EAA’s AirVenture. AOPA’s Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda was one of those pilots who flew up the Chicago coastline to rock his wings over Fisk en route to a week of camping under the wing of his Cessna 182 in the North 40. Amidst all the aerial demonstrations, new technology and cool gadgets vendors had for sale, it was the little things that made this year memorable – the weather, the sites and sounds, and most of all the flying club members that participated in AOPA’s events.

Safety

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Proper planning and understanding your experience and skill level are something every flying club member should understand. In this Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue, a low-time pilot takes you along on a personal and emotional journey as he reflects how a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turned the four-hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for him and his family.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Aug 16, 2015

if your club is looking to diversify its fleet and offer something a little different, the Citabria could fit the bill. It’s a design that harkens back to the earlier, simple days of aviation, yet it has modern touches. It’s a reliable taildragger for those that want a tailwheel endorsement, it’s economical to operate, and the tandem seating and stick provide pilots quite a different experience from flying a Cessna or Piper. East Hill Flying Club President David St. George shares his club’s experience with the Citabria.

Question of the Month

Article | Aug 16, 2015

Insurance premiums are often the largest single expense item in a flying club’s annual budget. Understanding what an insurer looks at and how it may affect your club’s rates is a good to know when shopping for a policy. Here’s a list of 10 different factors that influence how rates are calculated.

Just Aircraft explains accident

Article | Aug 13, 2015

ust Aircraft issued a statement Aug. 8 attributing co-founder Troy Woodland’s Aug. 2 crash landing to engine failure caused by water in the fuel.

Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs set for October

Article | Aug 12, 2015

The skills, technologies, and products that will be familiar to the next generation of pilots will be in focus at the Flying Aviation Expo.

High Hopes program: ‘You can’

Article | Aug 12, 2015

Convincing teens and wounded veterans that they can—not only fly but achieve their dreams—is the central purpose behind the High Hopes for Colorado nonprofit at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport.

Aviation for a new generation

Article | Aug 11, 2015

“We want kids to learn, but we want them to be passionate, so it has to be fun for them," says flight instructor MayCay Beeler.

Mexico extends ELT exemption

Advocacy | Aug 11, 2015

The Mexican government has extended the deadline for installing 406 MHz ELTs in light aircraft. AOPA requested the extension during a March meeting with the leader of the Mexican Civil Aviation Authority.