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Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Is light-sport industry signaling a turnaround? Record-setting days took place at the eight-year-old Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo national showcase for Light Sport aircraft in January.

Vermont CFI, DPE is National CFI of the Year

Article | Mar 01, 2012

Hobart Caleb "Hobie" Tomlinson of Huntington, Vt., has been named the 2012 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year.

Innovative GA concepts earn award nominations

Article | Feb 09, 2012

Two pioneering general aviation aircraft designs, and two advances at the other end of the aircraft spectrum, have been nominated for the National Aeronautic Association's 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

Living Legends of Aviation awards conferred

Article | Jan 27, 2012

On Jan. 24, a star-studded group of the industry's luminaries, visionaries, and lifelong devotees received recognition from the Living Legends of Aviation organization at a Beverly Hills, Calif. A Living Legend of Aviation Award was presented to Jeppesen CEO and President Mark Van Tine in recognition of his leadership role in the industry, and "AOPA Pilot" columnist Barry Schiff joined eight other inductees as 2012 Living Legends.

Fuller unveils effort to boost flight training excellence

Article | Jan 26, 2012

In a speech delivered Jan. 26 on AOPA Live, AOPA President Craig Fuller unveiled a new initiative designed to encourage best practices and recognize flight training providers who put those practices to work every day.

Helicopter group honors members' achievements

Article | Jan 10, 2012

Helicopter Association International has announced the winners of its 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards, honoring those who uphold the helicopter industry's highest traditions.

April 1, 2011, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' newsletter

Article | Apr 01, 2011

Training Tips: Practical pattern politics; FLIGHT TRAINING NEWS: California instructor named CFI of the Year; AOPA News: Spread out your premium payments; Trainning Products: Zuluboard Mini Economy kneeboard; Final Exam question: Question: What does LAHSO mean and can a student pilot accept one?

Fly-Outs: Wings over the vines

Article | Mar 01, 2011

Prepare to be transported. Land at the friendliest little airport in Virginia—Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (JGG)—travel just one mile to Wedmore Place at the Williamsburg Winery and take a step back in time.


Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

By the time I leveled off at 11,000 feet, a quick glance at the Garmin 530 showed that I was only 20 minutes from Freeport, Bahamas—20 more minutes of deep blue Caribbean below me. My Bonanza is a headwind magnet, but today we were tooling along with about 20 knots on the tail, so the miles to dry land were ticking by quickly.

AOPA’s Haines to receive Bahamas travel writer honors

Article | Dec 01, 2010

AOPA Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has been named Bahamas Travel Writer of the Year by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.

The place to be

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

It’s hard to imagine the balmy sea breezes of Southern California sitting here in my Frederick, Maryland, office on a day so hot and humid that eggs could fry on sidewalks and even the most fanatic flier can’t fathom stepping into his or her trusty Cessna 172. All the opening of the windows and/or doors and starting up the engine will do is move the oppressive air around, but provide no relief.

Fly-Outs: September

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

RIR Flabob AirportRiverside, California Glasair Aviation and Flabob Airport will co-host the Glasair Fly-In, marking the thirtieth anniversary of the debut of the Glasair design, September 10 through 13. Officials at Glasair are anticipating at least 50 Glasairs and 30 Glastars and Sportsmen at the airport for the weekend.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

FAA plan charts modernization through 2018 The FAA recently released its updated implementation plan for the transition to a modernized air transportation system. The plan outlines how the agency will act on recommendations from the industry and continue to expand satellite-based navigation and surveillance.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

There is a relatively little known federal law called the Equal Access To Justice Act (EAJA) that benefits, and should continue to benefit, aircraft owners and pilots. It was enacted in 1980 to help persons who fight the government to recover attorneys’ fees and other costs if the government was not justified in taking action against them in the first place.

The Lucky Ones

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

In the 51 years since AOPA gave away its first prize airplanes on national TV, winners have received brand-new aircraft and painstakingly restored antiques. The fortunate few have won singles and twins, fixed gear and retractable models, fabric-covered and metal airplanes.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

FAA awards ADS-B contract Mark your calendar for 2020. The FAA recently awarded an ITT Corporation team the $1.8 billion contract to build and operate the automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) ground infrastructure.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

First VLJ show draws nearly all manufacturers Seven airframe manufacturers and a cadre of curious buyers and potential buyers attended the VLJ Exhibition and Trade Show at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina on March 4. Produced and promoted by JetPool, the first-ever event was held in one of Wilson Air Center's hangars.

California Flying

Article | Feb 01, 2007

"Heaven ain't Las Vegas, but I can think of somewhere worse." — U-Haul by Reneé Austin"For the first time last year, shows, restaurants, and motels brought in more than gambling." — Doug McNeeley, North Las Vegas Airport manager These quotes say a lot about Las Vegas. Some see it as the planet's primary party place; recent homebuyers regard their rapidly growing city of 545,147 residents as a sunny place to live, with a thriving economy.

Proficient Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Barry Schiff has logged more than 26,000 hours in 300 types of aircraft. The 155 passengers aboard an All Nippon Airways Flight last January probably had no concept of the jeopardy in which they had been placed by the fickle finger of fate while en route from Miyazaki to Itami, Japan.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

New CRS Report Will Help AOPA's Efforts to Protect GA in Security Debate A new Congressional Research Service report, "Securing General Aviation," adds considerable ammunition to AOPA's lobbying efforts to make sure GA is treated fairly and rationally in any new security legislation. "This report from Congress' highly respected research agency provides an unbiased, realistic view of both the minimal threat that light GA aircraft represent and the significant social and economic impacts of ill-considered security regulations," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Mineta Discusses ADIZ, User Fees at AOPA Expo Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced on November 3 that he directed the FAA to extend the comment period to February 6 and hold an AOPA-requested public meeting on its plan to make the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) permanent. Mineta's announcement, made during the opening general session of AOPA Expo 2005 in Tampa, came one day after the close of the original comment period.

AOPA Expo 2005

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Members say Expo is everything they expected...and more "This is by far the best convention I have ever been to," exclaimed Wes Kilgore, of Gadsden, Alabama, as he enjoyed the balmy breezes off Tampa Bay and listened to Calypso music at Friday night's "Pirate's Party." AOPA Expo 2005 landed in Tampa in November, and general aviation celebrated the good life with sunny skies, a waterfront location, and perfect 75-degree Fahrenheit weather. Bill Young, program manager of Platinum Sponsor DTC DUAT, jokingly took credit for the spectacular weather.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

When longtime pilot and author Richard Axelrod went to a warbird owners awards dinner, he was struck by the diversity of the people present. He decided to find out what, if anything, they had in common.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

AOPA Input Helps Shape Radically Updated Flight Service The requirements for the flight service station contract won by Lockheed Martin on February 1 are the direct result of AOPA's involvement to protect the interests of general aviation pilots in the outsourcing study (see "President's Position: FS21," March Pilot). AOPA asked for — and received — a role in the so-called "A-76" study, named for the government publication that outlines how outsourcing studies are to be done.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Firms ready for Light-Sport Aircraft initiative Imagine you were getting ready to run in a glorious footrace that had been talked about for a decade. The stands are starting to fill with people, but the judges haven't told you when it will start.