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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.

Pilot Briefing Flying to Japan

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

The mitsubishi MU–2—the stocky, futuristic-looking high-wing twin turboprop—marks a significant milestone this month: The model first flew in Nagoya, Japan, 50 years ago on September 14.

The right man for the times

Pilot Magazine | Aug 19, 2013

Craig Fuller’s first bit of advice to the new AOPA president: Get to know the members.

Air Safety Institute receives public-benefit flying award

Article | Aug 15, 2013

The AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute has been awarded the “Champion of Public Benefit Flying” Award by the National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations.

#Oshbash a social media sensation

Article | Aug 01, 2013

If ever there were an exception to the etiquette rulebook on use of smartphones in public, it would probably be for tweeting , texting, videoing, or photographing a social media tweetup. But before the July 31 Airplanista 2013 #Oshbash Awards and Meetup at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., attendees chatted in person.

Fuller given EAA Chairman's Award

Article | Jul 31, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller was presented with the EAA Chairman’s Award July 30 for his significant contributions to general aviation.

AOPA opens online applications for flight training scholarships

Article | Jul 24, 2013

AOPA will award eight $5,000 flight training scholarships at this year’s Aviation Summit Oct. 10 through 12.

Deadline approaching for 'Flight Training' awards poll

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Members are being asked to share their thoughts about their flight training experience via poll.

AOPA wins EXCEL association publishing awards

Article | Jun 27, 2013

The media and outreach departments of AOPA were recognized at the thirty-third annual Association Media and Publishing EXCEL Awards Gala on June 10 in Washington, D.C.

Teams finish Air Race Classic despite weather challenges

Article | Jun 26, 2013

The 2013 Air Race Classic lost a stop due to the weather, but 42 teams still completed the course.

AOPA Wins Excel Association Publishing Awards

News release | Jun 13, 2013

The media and outreach departments of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) were recognized at the 33rd annual Association Media and Publishing EXCEL Awards Gala on June 10 in Washington, D.C.

Stewart wins 2013 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

Article | Jun 04, 2013

Skip Stewart has been named the 2013 recipient of World Airshow News’ Bill Barber Award for Showmanship.

AOPA AV8RS in the News

Article | Jun 01, 2013

AOPA AV8R Tayler Evans of Middletown, MD was part of a seven-member team that won the prestigious Design Viability National Merit Award as part of the National Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) recently held in Washington, D.C.

Lightspeed Foundation announces grant finalists

Article | Apr 11, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller and Lightspeed Aviation President Allan Schrader announce the finalists for the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot’s Choice Awards. To applause and laughter, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the finalists for its annual Pilot’s Choice Awards grants program on April 11 at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.

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.