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Baker meets with key legislators on GA issues

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker met with key allies in Congress to seek support on critical issues, including third class medical reform.

FAA names 2015 National General Aviation Award honorees

Article | Mar 20, 2015

The FAA has announced the individuals who are the 2015 National General Aviation Award honorees, recognized for their contributions to GA.

AOPA presents Hartranft Award to Rep. Shuster

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2015

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) received the 2014 Joseph B. Hartranft Award from AOPA President Mark Baker during a March 18 presentation on Capitol Hill.

UAV innovator to receive aero club award

Article | Mar 17, 2015

The Aero Club of New England announced that it will bestow its Godfrey L. Cabot Award on Abraham E. Karem, president of Karem Aircraft.

Gulfstream wins Collier Trophy for G650

Article | Mar 12, 2015

The G650 business jet’s contributions to business aviation “through significant technological advancements in aircraft performance, cabin comfort, and safety” earned Gulfstream Aerospace the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced March 11.

Stuck on top, no gyro in IMC: Top ATC assists

Article | Mar 04, 2015

With solid instrument meteorological conditions extending hundreds of miles in every direction, a VFR-only pilot was stuck on top. The controller who helped him was among those honored March 4 with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award.

Air Safety Institute honors controllers who made a difference

Article | Mar 04, 2015

AOPA’s Air Safety Institute has awarded Flight Assist Commendations to 10 air traffic controllers who guided general aviation pilots to safe landings despite thunder storms, icing, mountainous terrain, and inoperative instruments and radios.

A life in general aviation

Article | Feb 24, 2015

J. Reid Garrison, an airshow performer and formation pilot who has been part of the story line at the major aviation events, including Sun 'n Fun and EAA AirVenture, across the years, was recently inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.

The Ninety-Nines announces spring Fly Now Award

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Student pilots who are members of The International Organization of Women Pilots (The Ninety-Nines) are eligible to apply for the spring 2015 Fly Now Award.

Bob Hoover documentary in digital release

Article | Jan 20, 2015

A documentary on the life of aviation legend Bob Hoover that premiered last August has arrived on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

AOPA'S MARK BAKER RECEIVES LEGACY AWARD AT LIVING LEGENDS OF AVIATION CEREMONY

News release | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA’S MARK BAKER RECEIVES LEGACY AWARD AT LIVING LEGENDS OF AVIATION CEREMONY

Baker receives Legacy Award at Living Legends of Aviation

Article | Jan 20, 2015

On a night when Hollywood stars and aviation luminaries came together to celebrate the wonder of flight, AOPA President Mark Baker was honored with the Harrison Ford Legacy in Aviation Award at the Twelfth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

WAI names 2015 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductees

Article | Jan 13, 2015

Four women who have earned places of honor in the history of aviation will be inducted into Women in Aviation International's Pioneer Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

Safety device pioneers receive Nall award

Article | Nov 14, 2014

Randall Greene and the late Leonard Greene of Safe Flight Instrument Corp. have been awarded the sixth annual Joseph T. Nall Award.

AOPA recognizes training excellence

Article | Oct 02, 2014

A Florida flight school and a Virginia CFI were ranked best in the nation by thousands of students polled online by AOPA.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

News release | Oct 01, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.

Public Benefit Flying Award winners named

Article | Sep 15, 2014

A retired airline pilot and the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program win Public Benefit Flying Awards.

HondaJet creator honored

Article | Aug 25, 2014

HondaJet designer (and Honda Aircraft Co. CEO) Michimasa Fujino is being honored by fellow engineers for his innovation.

Greg Koontz wins airshow performer award

Article | Jul 11, 2014

Greg Koontz, who performs amazing aerobatics in a Super Decathlon available to the average pilot, is the 2014 Bill Barber airshow performer of the year.

Share your training experience in AOPA poll

Article | Jun 12, 2014

AOPA is asking pilots to share feedback about their flight training experiences to recognize outstanding schools and instructors and help identify areas for improvement in training.

Doolittle Raiders a step closer to Congressional Gold Medal

Article | May 20, 2014

Seventy-two years after successfully bombing Japan, changing the course of World War II in the Pacific, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders are a step closer to being honored with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Aviation shines at Endeavor Awards

Article | May 05, 2014

A star-studded evening at the California Science Center in Los Angeles honored those who volunteer their time and aircraft to helping others.

Longtime GA advocate Jim Oberstar dies

Article | May 03, 2014

Longtime general aviation advocate and friend of AOPA former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar died May 3. His work on Capitol Hill to protect GA will leave a lasting impression.

AOPA EXPRESSES SORROW AFTER JIM OBERSTAR'S DEATH

News release | May 03, 2014

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker issued a statement May 3 after learning of former Rep. Jim Oberstar's death earlier in the day.

Collier Trophy awarded for carrier-based unmanned system

Article | Apr 15, 2014

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”

Nominations sought for aviation safety award

Article | Apr 14, 2014

The memory of a passenger who perished in an April 1945 airline accident continues to drive an effort to recognize notable achievements in aviation safety.

Aviation honors R. A. 'Bob' Hoover

Article | Feb 24, 2014

On Feb. 21, leaders representing every aspect of the U.S. aviation community gathered for a gala at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, Calif., to honor famed aviator and aviation legend R.A. "Bob" Hoover.

FSANA holds yearly conference

Article | Feb 10, 2014

The Flight School Association of North America held its fifth annual conference recently in San Antonio.

Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 24, 2014

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

AOPA AV8RS announces new youth scholarship program

Article | Dec 04, 2013

Youths ages 13 through 18 who are members of the AOPA AV8RS program can now apply for scholarships to help them achieve their aviation dreams.

Membership Highlights: Working for you

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Protecting Your Right to Fly: Taking on regulatory and legislative threats to general aviation has remained the association’s primary focus for more than 70 years.

Meeting Mr. Baker

Pilot Magazine | Nov 19, 2013

They came to Texas to meet the new guy—AOPA’s 2013 Aviation Summit was held for the first time in the center of the country, but the draw wasn’t longhorns and beefsteak.

Pilot Briefing: Tuskegee Airman mentors a young pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

If 15-year-old Kimberly Anyadike had run into any trouble flying the Cessna 172 from Los Angeles to Newport News, Virginia, and back—the youngest African-American pilot to make the trip—she carried along the perfect instructor pilot in the seat behind her.

Celebrated Flight Instructor Greg Brown Receives AOPA's 2013 "Let's Go Flying Award"

News release | Oct 12, 2013

Celebrated Flight Instructor Greg Brown Receives AOPA's 2013 "Let's Go Flying" Award

AOPA Names Best Flight School, Best Instructor and President's Choice Award Winners

News release | Oct 12, 2013

AOPA Names Best Flight School, Best Instructor and President’s Choice Award Winners

Celebrated CFI Greg Brown receives Let's Go Flying Award

Article | Oct 12, 2013

AOPA has named Greg Brown, a noted flight instructor and general aviation advocate, as the 2013 recipient of its Let's Go Flying Award.

The best flight training has to offer

Article | Oct 12, 2013

The San Carlos Flight Center and Conor Dancy won AOPA's top flight training awards.

Two Grand Junction, Colo., Airport Advocates Receive AOPA's Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award

News release | Oct 10, 2013

Two Grand Junction, Colo., Airport Advocates Receive AOPA’s Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award

Flight Training Excellence finalists announced

Article | Sep 25, 2013

AOPA has selected 12 top flight training professionals and 11 flight schools as finalists in its annual Flight Training Awards. A top winner in each category will be named next month at the AOPA Aviation Summit 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2013 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALISTS

News release | Sep 24, 2013

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2013 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALISTS

AOPA, Indiana Leaders Celebrate New Jobs After State Offers Tax Relief On Aviation Fuel, Services

News release | Sep 16, 2013

AOPA, Indiana Leaders Celebrate New Jobs After State Offers Tax Relief On Aviation Fuel, Services

Advancing a cause

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

The economic turmoil that started half a decade ago has not been kind to general aviation.