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2014 budget could favor FAA

Advocacy | Dec 23, 2013

The budget deal is good news for the FAA, but it’s too soon to say exactly how much money will go to the agency.

Can airshows come back?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Airshows in the United States have endured many setbacks in their long history, but no single season has brought as much adversity as 2013.

Compensation: The FAA knows it when they see it

Members only | Dec 02, 2013

The difference between a private pilot flight operation and a commercial pilot flight operation depends on whether there has been any compensation exchanged for the flight. If money passes from the passengers or the person responsible for the cargo on board, that would be considered compensation. But, could compensation mean more than money? You bet.

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.

Aviation Legends: Walter Extra

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

For 25 years, German aircraft designer and former aerobatic competitor Walter Extra has created a unique combination of unmatched style, performance, refinement, and reliability.

New law gives GA reason to be thankful

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Just as many were headed out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Thanksgiving holiday, the general aviation community found one more reason to be thankful as the long-awaited Small Airplane Revitalization Act became law.

CAF members vote to move HQ

Article | Nov 26, 2013

The Commemorative Air Force will announce a new headquarters location.

Aviation market recovering: Time to buy an aircraft?

Article | Nov 25, 2013

Many aircraft owners were shocked by economic events of 2008 and 2009. Fortunately, the market is recovering and banks are loosening up requirements on aircraft loans and reintroducing financing products.

Business flying 'fuels' Missouri aviation growth

Article | Nov 20, 2013

Economic activity generated by Missouri’s airports grew 17.1 percent in the last decade, fueled by business aviation.

From lawn mower to powered parachute

Article | Nov 19, 2013

The high cost of flying didn’t stop Landon Clipp from reaching to the skies. But it did make him look into another type of flying that most don’t consider — powered parachutes. At 7, Landon started flying remote-control airplanes. But a one-day visit with his Boy Scout troop to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2008 made the then 12-year-old realize he could be the one in the sky. “Once I came to the ultralights area and saw how relatively cheap powered parachutes were, I know I could do that.”

Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 11, 2013

The Sparrow Flying Club is a for-profit club that provides aircraft owners an opportunity to defray the costs of ownership by leasing their planes to the club.

New aviation playground designed to spark interest in GA

Article | Nov 07, 2013

Volunteers based at New Bedford Regional Airport hope a new aviation-themed playground will inspire children.

Terrafugia turns to crowdfunding site Wefunder

Article | Nov 07, 2013

In its quest to bring a roadable aircraft to production, Terrafugia turns to crowdsource funding website Wefunder.

AOPA works with Wisconsin lawmakers to cut taxes on GA

Advocacy | Nov 07, 2013

Successful GA tax cuts in Indiana prompt Wisconsin lawmakers to consider exemptions of their own.

News and notes: Lower taxes equal more jobs

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

The evidence is clear: Lower taxes on general aviation really do create jobs, as business and political leaders in Indiana are finding out.

Aircraft shipments mixed

Article | Nov 01, 2013

The latest data on aircraft shipments released Oct. 31 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association show a softening demand for business jets.

Cert. reform hearing highlights frustrations, work ahead

Article | Oct 31, 2013

Congress continues to focus on certification reforms, but much work remains before a more efficient, cost-effective system is in place.

Automatic traffic

Article | Oct 28, 2013

An automated system being developed in West Virginia shows potential for traffic advisories at airports not served by towers.

Blue Angels, Thunderbirds return

Article | Oct 24, 2013

Military demonstration teams will return to the airshow circuit in 2014, budget uncertainty notwithstanding.

Colorado growing return on aviation investments

Article | Oct 24, 2013

General aviation airports in Colorado will pump $2.4 billion into the state’s economy in 2013, an annual increase of $500 million compared to 2008.

Beechcraft spools up for first Wheels Up deliveries

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Touting strong numbers and an energized staff, Beechcraft executives told reporters Oct. 21 that the company is ready to compete, including in the single-engine turboprop market when the market is right.

SJ30 still going strong after all these years

Article | Oct 21, 2013

Ed Swearingen's idea for a business jet in the 1980s may finally reach market.

HondaJet is in the market to stay

Article | Oct 21, 2013

HondaJet is ramping up all resources as it simultaneously builds a workforce and its dealer network.

Jet deliveries down in Honeywell forecast

Article | Oct 20, 2013

Honeywell's latest jet industry forecast shows deliveries down, but value holding due to a trend toward larger, more expensive jets.