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AOPA awards two student pilot scholarships at WAI conference

Article | Mar 21, 2013

Scholarship winner Melanie Rivera was present at the International Women in Aviation conference in Nashville, Tenn., to accept her award.AOPA and the AOPA Foundation awarded two scholarships each worth $3,000 to student pilots March 16 during the annual International Women in Aviation conference in Nashville, Tenn. Melanie Leigh Rivera and Angela “Bambi” Shorey were chosen out of 24 applicants to receive the scholarships that will be used toward future flight training.

2013 General Aviation Award recipients named

Article | Mar 13, 2013

This year's 2013 National General Aviation Award winners include a three-time Master CFI; two aviation professionals from Alaska, and another from Hawaii.

Nominations open for Crossfield Aerospace Education award

Article | Mar 12, 2013

Know an outstanding teacher who takes an innovative approach to aerospace education? Nominate him or her for the twenty-seventh annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year competition.

Air Safety Institute recognizes controllers for service

Article | Mar 08, 2013

Five air traffic controllers have been awarded "Flight Assist Commendations" by the Air Safety Institute of the AOPA Foundation for service they rendered to pilots who were facing troubles while aloft during 2012.

'We got a rogue vehicle': ATC honored for assists

Article | Mar 07, 2013

The airliner was on short final, descending from a 600-foot overcast, when Philadelphia Tower controller Dave Giberson shifted his attention from the airborne radar to ground radar and saw a blip. He ordered the airliner to abort, and saved lives. Giberson was one of many controllers honored with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Find out what caused the blip.

Colorado's 'progressive' aviation funding keeps delivering

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

State airport improvement grants totaling almost $20 .7 million were awarded to 44 Colorado airports, funded by aviation fuel tax collections under a program AOPA considers a model of progressive state support for aviation.

News from HQ

Article | Feb 13, 2013

East Hill members have access to a Piper Seminole for multi-engine training.

Producer, Aspen chief among 'Living Legends' honorees

Article | Jan 24, 2013

Hollywood stars and aviation greats gathered Jan. 18 in Beverly Hills, Calif., for the tenth Living Legends of Aviation gala.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2012

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

AOPA honors Sen. John Thune with Hartranft award

Advocacy | Oct 12, 2012

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee's aviation subcommittee, was tapped as the 2012 recipient of AOPA's Joseph B. "Doc" Hartranft Jr. Award Oct. 12 for his tireless work on behalf of general aviation in Congress.

AOPA Foundation names 'Hat in the Ring' award winners

Article | Oct 11, 2012

The AOPA Foundation has recognized four members of the general aviation community for their efforts to promote and grow GA. The Hat in the Ring Society awards were announced at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Pilot, city commissioner honored with Let’s Go Flying Award

Article | Oct 11, 2012

Jamie Beckett of Winter Haven, Fla., is the recipient of AOPA's 2012 Let's Go Flying Award for his efforts in promoting and defending general aviation. The award was presented Oct. 11 during AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif.

Top flight schools, CFIs honored

Article | Oct 10, 2012

Creative approaches to cross countries like fun fly-outs and tours of the Chicago skyline, professional training environments, and a program to reduce training time in airplanes are strategies among the top flight training providers in the country.

NAA honors aviation careers of service

Article | Sep 26, 2012

The National Aeronautic Association has announced that it will honor well-known aviation educators Martha and John King of King Schools for significant contributions to pilot training at a ceremony Nov. 13.

Aviation groups, volunteers receive public benefit awards

Article | Sep 17, 2012

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has been honored in Washington, D.C., for its work to promote growth of the pilot population and advance aviation education.

Tips to survive life-or-death situations

Article | Aug 28, 2012

Learning how to manage risks, mitigate in-flight emergencies, prepare for an emergency landing, and exit the aircraft safely can mean the difference between life and death in emergency situations.

Roadmap for SAFE outlined

Article | Jul 31, 2012

"We've gone from our infancy to adolescence." That was the message from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators Director Doug Stewart at the group's annual dinner on July 26 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

Volunteer pilots, organizations honored for service

Article | Jul 11, 2012

Pilots who fly in service of others, and the organizations that support work on disaster relief, helping sick children, animal rescue, and many other causes will be honored at a special ceremony in September. The National Aeronautic Association and Air Care Alliance have named the recipients of this year's National Public Benefit Flying Awards.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2012

Some months ago at AOPA, we asked ourselves one of those "what if" questions. It went something like this: What if we could find a meaningful way to share everything we know about what makes a successful flight training experience?