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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.

Eclipse Aerospace makes first delivery

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Eclipse Aerospace has made its first customer delivery of the Eclipse 550 twin-engine personal jet.

New guide helps pilots start, run flying clubs

Article | Mar 12, 2014

AOPA has released a comprehensive guide to help members navigate the launch and operation of their own flying clubs.

Craftsmanship: Where Wacos take wing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

There’s nothing about the two-story brick building in the small central Pennsylvania town of Emigsville to suggest that the two master craftsmen inside create some of the world’s finest vintage biplanes.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

Avionics: Paper-less

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

Read that carefully. They aren’t dead, nor will they be for some time—if ever.

Dogfight: Simulators

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The young dog is ready for the future; the old dog, not so much. Senior editors Ian J. Twombly
and Dave Hirschman debate the viability of simulation in training.

Proficiency: To new heights

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA’s recent proposal to decrease the amount of flight simulator experience that students can log toward instrument ratings comes just as computer-based simulation is rapidly becoming more realistic than ever.