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Simulation from scratch

Article | Dec 30, 2014

Flight instructor Xylon Saltzman wasn’t satisfied with what the general aviation simulation market had to offer, so he created his own.

Diesels on the cusp

Article | Dec 23, 2014

After years of waiting, 2015 may prove to be a very important year in the development of compression-ignition (diesel) aircraft engines.

Fractional operators exit

Article | Dec 18, 2014

The quiet exit of two companies from the fractional aircraft market provides further evidence that this is an uncertain path to profit.

Congress passes tax incentives

Article | Dec 17, 2014

A tax incentive long used to stimulate investment in equipment, including aircraft, awaits the president’s signature.

New Hampshire airports seek 'dependable' funding

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2014

Members of New Hampshire’s airports community exchanged ideas on how to secure dependable funding at the annual meeting of the Granite State Airport Management Association.

Buyer's market

Article | Dec 10, 2014

It is still a tough market for selling used aircraft, but about as good as it gets for those looking to buy.

AOPA Fly-In 2014: From sea to shining sea

Pilot Magazine | Dec 10, 2014

In an effort to increase member engagement, one of AOPA President Mark Baker’s first acts as the association’s new leader was to move away from one annual convention and instead host a series of regional fly-ins to “meet the members where they are.”

P&E: Proficiency

Pilot Magazine | Dec 09, 2014

Looking for an instrument proficiency tool that is quite a few steps removed from shooting approaches under the hood with your pilot buddy?

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

A fundraising campaign is under way to build what was considered the Concorde of its time, the Handley Page H.P.42 25-passenger biplane.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

Headsets are personal. You can easily start an argument on which are the best, and reading online reviews only fans the flames.

Showalter Flying Service sold to national FBO chain

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Showalter Flying Service, the family-run fixed base operation at Florida’s Orlando Executive Airport, has been sold to Texas-based Atlantic Aviation, the nation’s largest FBO chain.

Bob Showalter interview

Video | Dec 03, 2014

Family-owned and operated Showalter Flying Service on Orlando Executive Airport is being sold to Atlantic Aviation after 70 years of business. Bob Showalter talks about the decision.

New England Ninety-Nines offer flight training scholarships

Article | Dec 02, 2014

The New England Section and Eastern New England Chapter of The Ninety-Nines are offering flight training and education scholarships for men and women.

Flight school offers Thanksgiving dinner, supports community

Article | Dec 01, 2014

One flight school in Arizona celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by hosting a huge dinner for its hundreds of international students, and supported a local charity in the process.

Waypoints: Flying versus the Kardashians

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

Recent headlines noting gasoline prices dipping below $3 a gallon have caused many pilots to wonder why avgas prices—which stubbornly remain above $6 a gallon in many locations.

Membership News & Notes: Talking to the FAA

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

AOPA doesn’t just fight issues at individual airports, we also engage with the FAA on policy issues that affect airports—and how we use them—all across the country.

Pilots, community transform two Oregon airports

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Two general aviation airports located two miles apart in a remote section of northeast Oregon are coming alive, thanks to pilots and area residents.

Fuel farm could increase Georgia airport’s economic impact

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Installing a fuel farm at Berrien County Airport in Nashville, Georgia, could increase the airport’s economic impact on the local community from its last reported $682,200 to nearly $1 million, according to AOPA.

Pennsylvania working to grow its aviation economy

Advocacy | Nov 19, 2014

Pennsylvania is showing its aviation community that there is no need to fly out of state for aircraft maintenance or repairs.

Question of the Month

Article | Nov 15, 2014

On October 10, Lou Fausak posted on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page the following question: “How difficult are you folks finding it to get full time flight instructors? We have a terrible time even with the best pay scale (and SALARY) in Texas.” His club is in Dallas and Fort Worth. His question generated a range responses including comments on the need for instructors, whether benefits are included, as well as locations that may be hiring next summer.

Small airplanes bounce back

Article | Nov 13, 2014

An upswing in the long-languishing small aircraft market is among the indications that have one analyst predicting the doldrums may finally be behind us.

BizAv showtime

Pilot Magazine | Nov 11, 2014

Every autumn the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) holds its annual convention, an event that serves as the turbine-powered world’s biggest get-together.

FAA says fuel taxes must fund aviation

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2014

The FAA has clarified its rule regarding the use of state and local fuel tax revenues, saying that the money must be used for aviation purposes.