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On a special mission

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Genesys Aerosystems, owned and operated by the former managers of S-Tec and Chelton Flight Systems since April, is focusing development efforts on special missions.

AOPA tests new ways to open doors to aviation

Article | Jul 25, 2014

AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”

AOPA ANNOUNCES EXIT FROM EFB MARKET

News release | Jul 25, 2014

Over the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) developed its digital flight planning tools into a suite of products that put flight planning capability, airport directory information and aviation weather in pilots’ hands. AOPA partnered with Seattle Avionics to create FlyQ EFB, an electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad application, and FlyQ Pocket, a smartphone application.

AOPA exits EFB market

Article | Jul 25, 2014

AOPA is exiting the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, and the association’s existing products will transition to Seattle Avionics.

Under fire

Article | Jul 23, 2014

A small corps of pilots patrols protected land in Kenya, facing an increasing threat from poachers as inclined to shoot aircraft as elephants.

The Flying Neutrons: Safety, friendship, affordable flying

Article | Jul 21, 2014

The Flying Neutrons club was originally formed by GE engineers.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 18, 2014

Octopus Flying Club expands from Maryland to Florida.

Big city seaplanes

Article | Jul 15, 2014

A seaplane base on the East River turns an hours-long drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons into a brief flight.

‘Sunset’ provision stripped from Missouri tax exemption

Advocacy | Jul 10, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that will keep the state’s sales tax exemption on aircraft parts and materials in effect.

Colorado kicks off GA airport sustainability study

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

The Colorado Division of Aeronautics is conducting a general aviation airport sustainability study in an effort to create a set of tools and guidance that will help airports across the state become self-sustaining.

A busy session

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

AOPA logged many hours advocating for pilots in Louisiana in the recent legislative session, working with lawmakers on a series of bills.

Pilot offers $12,000 scholarship through AOPA program

Article | Jul 01, 2014

A student pilot with a demonstrated financial need could earn $12,000 to complete his or her private pilot certificate and use any remaining funds for more advanced flight training or to put that new certificate to use.

Airport upgrades needed in Washington

Advocacy | Jun 19, 2014

Washington's State Department of Transportation is weighing an estimated $3.6 billion in airport upgrades needed in the coming 20 years.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jun 18, 2014

Club President Marc Epner and Cirrus owner Mike Barbarone share their experience operating the Cirrus SR22 in a club environment.

Flying club's foundation promotes GA

Article | Jun 16, 2014

The East Hill Flying Club has created a foundation to help fund youth flight training scholarships and provide financial support for aviation projects that benefit the public.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 16, 2014

Nicholas Coyle shares his experience getting a club off the ground with rates his fellow college students can afford.

Colorado petition seeks aviation license plate

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

Colorado aviation associations are seeking support for an initiative that would let residents showcase their passion for aviation in a new way: a “Support Aviation” license plate.

Ownership: The Part 135 option

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2014

Owning an airplane will change your life. Just try a few trips on the airlines after you purchase an airplane and you’ll understand that pretty quickly.

Economic impact report touts Wyoming airports

Advocacy | Jun 05, 2014

Wyoming’s airports make “a notable contribution” to the state’s economy, enhancing residents’ quality of life, according to an economic impact report.

Washington state celebrates aviation

Article | Jun 05, 2014

General aviation enhances the lives of Washington state residents, said Gov. Jay Inslee in proclaiming June "General Aviation Appreciation Month."

'A tough act to beat'

Article | Jun 03, 2014

Camaraderie and continuing education opportunities are two aspects of why pilots join flying clubs. But, pilots told AOPA they also join because it makes sense financially: They get access to familiar aircraft at a lower cost.

Time running out to pass NY aircraft sales, use tax exemption

Advocacy | Jun 03, 2014

AOPA is asking members in New York to ask their state legislators to support a bill to lower the cost of flying in the state.

LSA maker positioned to meet demand in China

Article | May 28, 2014

Quicksilver Aeronautics, a manufacturer of kit and ready-to-fly light sport aircraft, has entered an agreement to distribute its aircraft in China.

Op-Ed: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

The third class medical is an example of an old, well-intended rule that needs to be updated. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita explains how the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act aims to do just that.

Museum offers inside look at Rolls-Royce, Allison engines

Article | May 21, 2014

Experience throttling up the Allison J35 turbojet engine, igniting the afterburner to produce a fuel flow that would empty a car's gas tank in 22 seconds, or debate the merits of the early Allison V1710 and Rolls-Royce Merlin engines at the interactive Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch museum in Indianapolis.

Supersonic jet concept supersized

Article | May 21, 2014

Aerion Corp., a Nevada firm working to bring a supersonic business jet to market, announced a shift to a larger prototype based on market research.

Gulfstream stretches G650 legs

Article | May 20, 2014

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced the G650ER, an extended-range version of the G650 that vaulted the company into the market lead.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft Purchasing

Article | May 16, 2014

AOPA has an assortment of helpful resources for those looking to purchase an aircraft, including the help of insurance experts in AOPA Insurance Services and help with financing through AOPA Financing Company, LLC.

Santa Monica council considers competing amendment

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

The Santa Monica City Council is considering putting its own charter amendment regarding the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport on the ballot in November.

Blackhawk boost

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

It seems that no matter how optimized an airplane design may be, there’s always room for improvement.

Women find their wings

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

Mary Latimer has declared 2014 “The Year of the Woman Pilot.”

License to Learn: The four C-note lesson

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

A friend recently took his first flight lesson at a Midwest flight school and paid $400 for 1.2 hours of dual instruction. Shocked?

Club Spotlight

Article | May 12, 2014

In the 1980s, the Wingfoot Fliers reformed as the Aero Fliers.

New website gathers support for Santa Monica

Advocacy | May 08, 2014

A new website is making it easier to support an amendment that would put decisions about Santa Monica Municipal Airport land in the hands of voters.

Second launch: Swearingen design gets update

Article | May 07, 2014

The Utah firm that purchased the SJ30 type certificate in 2011 has broken ground on the first phase of a planned factory.

Washington state study warns of airport funding gaps

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Washington state’s 134 public-use airports will need nearly $4 billion in funding, according to a new report.

AOPA Foundcation Giving Back Awards

Video | May 05, 2014

Recreational Aviation Foundation a recipient of an AOPA Foundation Giving Back Award.

Aircraft shipments up

Article | May 02, 2014

Aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2014 showed signs of continued recovery, with increases in both piston and business jet sales.

Webinar touts importance of New York jobs bill

Advocacy | Apr 29, 2014

AOPA and the New York Aviation Management Association are hosting a webinar on the Aviation Jobs Act that could boost GA in the state and increase economic activity.

Jury sides with small developer in chart suit

Article | Apr 29, 2014

A Massachusetts software firm has been awarded $43.1 million in damages by a federal jury in Denver, which found Jeppesen Sanderson violated a 2009 contract.

Massachusetts governor signs bill funding airports

Advocacy | Apr 23, 2014

AOPA and the Massachusetts Airport Management Association defeat an effort to cut $34 million from the Massachusetts transportation bond bill.

Braden Airpark closure bid voted down

Advocacy | Apr 23, 2014

A Pennsylvania airpark with an uncertain future will have six more months for its supporters to sell officials on a plan for its continued operation.

Managers buy Chelton, S-Tec

Article | Apr 22, 2014

The management team running Chelton Flight Systems and S-Tec Corp. in Mineral Wells, Texas, for parent Cobham Avionics saw an opportunity and bought in.

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.