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Google acquiring unmanned aircraft developer Titan Aerospace

Article | Apr 16, 2014

Internet giant Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, the New Mexico-based developer of high-altitude unmanned aircraft systems.

Mooney to sell first new airplane in online auction

Article | Apr 10, 2014

Mooney, back in the business of producing high-performance aircraft in Kerrville, Texas, since February, will sell its first completed airplane in an online auction.

How we'll fly in 2089

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

General aviation’s future depends on dealing with higher costs and on making do with less, says industry analyst Richard Aboulafia.

Letters: A Tipping Point for 406 MHz

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Dave Hirschman’s update on the installation of ELTs struck home for many readers at an interesting time in aviation history.

Pilot Counsel: It was 1965...

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

My editors, otherwise great people, twisted my arm to write something about my long and happy relationship with AOPA Pilot magazine as being appropriate to this seventy-fifth anniversary of AOPA.

Sherpa Aircraft deal with Chinese investor fails

Article | Apr 03, 2014

A deal announced in January 2013 for an infusion of cash from a Chinese investor to certify the Sherpa 650T utility tailwheel aircraft has failed.

Fly for $300 a month, Baker says

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.

AOPA prepares for second California Aviation Day

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2014

Aviation organizations are preparing to attend the second annual California Aviation Day in Sacramento under an effort to show legislators the importance of general aviation in the state.

Treasure hunt, rebates among Sun 'n Fun deals

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Bonus gifts with headsets, rebates for GPS units, and an on-site treasure hunt are among the special offers from sellers during the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo.

Common myths surrounding aircraft financing

Article | Mar 28, 2014

Myth #1- It is always cheaper to pay cash. Whether pilots empty their checking/savings account or the stash under their mattress to buy their dream aircraft, they ignore the age-old axiom: “Cash is king.”

Residents seek control of Santa Monica's future

Advocacy | Mar 27, 2014

A group of Santa Monica residents is seeking an amendment to the city charter that would put key decisions about airport property to voters.

First TBM 900s delivered

Article | Mar 25, 2014

The first two TBM 900s were delivered to their owners in a ceremony held March 24 at the Fantasy of Flight Park in Polk City, Fla.

Sporty’s pays first rebates to flying clubs

Article | Mar 24, 2014

The first checks from the Sporty’s Flying Club Rebate Program have been sent.

Agreement assures ATC services at AirVenture through 2022

Article | Mar 21, 2014

The Experimental Aircraft Association has entered into an agreement with the FAA that will assure the availability of air traffic control services for EAA AirVenture.

AOPA seeks broader benefits from Michigan reforms

Article | Mar 20, 2014

AOPA is asking Michigan lawmakers to expand proposed tax cuts to include avgas and create a reliable funding stream to support the state’s aviation infrastructure.

Financing an aircraft? Six reasons to call a broker

Article | Mar 20, 2014

Find out the six benefits of using an aircraft finance broker to help you find the right financing for your aircraft purchase.

Second chance sought for Chicago-area strip

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2014

When a privately owned, public-use airport came up for sale in Hobart, Ind., the real estate broker working to sell it set himself a goal: find an aviation-minded buyer who would keep the welcome mat out for pilots.

AOPA works for Texas pilots

Article | Mar 19, 2014

Texas is certainly an aviation-minded state, though AOPA has still worked hard in recent years to keep the Lone Star skies friendly to general aviation.

Missouri mulls aviation tax measure

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2014

The Missouri legislature is considering removing the expiration date on the aircraft parts tax exemption.

Textron completes Beech buy

Article | Mar 17, 2014

Cessna Aircraft parent Textron has closed a $1.4 billion deal to buy Beechcraft Corp., including Beechcraft's Hawker jet brand.

Club Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2014

Wings Over Missouri will be an equity-based flying club registered as a 501(c)(7) nonprofit corporation.

Guide to starting a flying club

Video | Mar 14, 2014

AOPA hopes to help more flying clubs get started.

Growth spurs avionics industry

Article | Mar 13, 2014

The general aviation avionics business generates some $2.4 billion in sales, spurring economic activity at hundreds of airports across the nation, according to a new report from the Aircraft Electronics Association.