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Apple Watch takes flight

Article | Apr 16, 2015

The first thing aviation software developers had to figure out about the Apple Watch was just how much data to deliver.

AOPA Insurance offers new hangar coverage

Article | Apr 15, 2015

The new AOPA Hangar Insurance program protects individuals who own or lease hangars in cases of hangar damage, personal injury, fire or wind damage, or theft starting at $42 per month.

NY tax exemption saves aircraft owners thousands

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2015

New Yorkers who are considering buying an aircraft that will be based in the state can save at least 4 percent starting Sept. 1 since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption as part of the new state budget.

Eclipse, Kestrel merge to form ONE

Article | Apr 15, 2015

Two relative newcomers to aviation have come together to form ONE—ONE Aviation, that is. Eclipse Aerospace and Kestrel Aircraft are merging to create the new company, to be led by aviation innovator Alan Klapmeier.

Avidyne adds to ADS-B offerings

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Avidyne added three ADS-B Out solutions to its product line that are designed to work with the company’s existing navigators and displays.

Avionics sales up 4 percent

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales of more than $2.5 billion during 2014 were 4 percent higher than in 2013, the Aircraft Electronics Association said.

California pilot first ‘Learn & Earn Safety Challenge’ winner

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Michael Campolo got back into the cockpit after 20 years with the help of the Air Safety Institute’s free online courses and multimedia programs, and his participation earned him a Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver through the institute’s “Learn & Earn Safety Challenge.”

Virtual flights, real communications

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Pilots at Internet-connected Redbird simulators in the National Capital Area Flight Simulation Network can now practice their communications skills in a virtual environment.

Test pilot leads Textron pistons

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Doug May, named Textron Aviation's piston airplane chief April 3, said, “I consider myself one of those passionate aviation enthusiasts.” May spoke to AOPA about his plans for the future.

Bad bills beaten back in New Mexico

Advocacy | Apr 08, 2015

New Mexico will not increase taxes on aviation fuels and divert the fresh funds to other parts of the state budget, thanks in part to AOPA's protests of proposed legislation.

Commercial test prep, FAR/AIM apps released

Article | Apr 08, 2015

New apps for iOS and Android help prepare pilots for the commercial pilot knowledge test and give users access to the federal aviation regulations and Aeronautical Information Manual.

States value aviation

Advocacy | Apr 07, 2015

States across the country are again declaring the value of aviation, including jobs and other economic benefits that aviation creates or makes possible.

One pumped-up C90B

Pilot Magazine | Apr 07, 2015

Jeff Gorman just bought a King Air—his sixth consecutive King Air, to be precise.

Missing money, absent aircraft

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Aviation Access Project customers across the country paid thousands for a painful lesson.

Aircraft ownership carries tax benefits

Article | Apr 06, 2015

There are sound financial reasons for aircraft ownership. Beyond the money saved on overnight trips, delays caused by airlines, and other miscellaneous expenses, owning an airplane has definite tax advantages.

Kentucky to study aviation sector growth

Advocacy | Apr 03, 2015

The state of Kentucky has commissioned a study to analyze the aviation industry’s overall economic impact and foster its growth.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

For a relatively small group of aircraft owners, especially those who routinely fly in places like the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska—where the benefits of ADS-B are evident—the decision to equip for the FAA’s January 1, 2020, ADS-B Out mandate was a simple one.

Bill would impose escalating tax on leaded fuel

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2015

AOPA is urging members in Oregon to speak out against a proposed “punitive, non-specific and unreasonable increase” in the tax on avgas before a legislative committee considers the bill April 6.

Aviation tax cut included in NY budget

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2015

After more than a decade of advocacy, a hard-won aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption has passed the New York legislature as part of a new budget.

North Dakota’s aviation growth presents challenges

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

A growing general aviation sector has an annual $1.5 billion impact in North Dakota, making support of the state’s 89 public-use airports a priority, AOPA said.

NY event focuses on aviation funding, competitiveness

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

More aviation jobs, a competitive tax structure, and a fully funded airport improvement program were objectives pressed at an Aviation Advocacy Day event in Albany, New York.

Tax exemption, liability protection bills backed in Missouri

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

Missouri aircraft dealers would sell more aircraft to out-of-state purchasers if lawmakers pass a bill exempting the sales from state sales-and-use taxes, AOPA said.

Aviation growing despite ‘muted recovery'

Article | Mar 17, 2015

The FAA sees a 'favorable' outlook for general aviation in its annual report, but fewer student and private pilots.

Question of the Month

Article | Mar 15, 2015

The Pittsburgh Flying Club is looking to get a new aircraft and Frank Beresnyak asked for help on the AOPA Facebook Flying Club page. He detailed the club’s current cost structure and what it would be for each aircraft and asked, “If given the choice between the 172 and 182, which would you choose? Would an increase in dues cause you to go elsewhere to rent/fly?” Several club members provided useful ideas on how to best make the decision.

Case closed

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A New York pilot got more than he bargained for when he made a fuel stop in Pennsylvania on a flight to Chicago: a bill from the commonwealth demanding payment of a tax equal to 6 percent of the value of his Cessna 210N single-engine airplane.

Oregon aviation groups back fuel-tax increase

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Influential members of Oregon’s aviation community have thrown their support behind proposed tax legislation that would provide about $8.5 million in additional revenue for airports.

Illinois bill would lower aviation taxes, support airports

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate Feb. 18 would expand an aircraft maintenance sales tax exemption, lower taxes on aviation fuel, and dedicate fuel tax revenue to fund airport improvements.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

For both buyers and sellers, there are things to know about hiring a broker that can make or break a deal.

Pilot Briefing: Saving Airports

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Fort Worth Alliance Airport opened on December 14, 1989, and celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last December.

Call me an optimist

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

It seems appropriate, this spring, to talk about just how optimistic I am about getting third class medical reform. And I do believe we can get this done.

Sporty’s Foundation reports grants of $148,500

Article | Mar 06, 2015

Nonprofit aviation philanthropy The Sporty’s Foundation released an annual report for 2014 listing grants totaling $148,500.

AOPA Flight Training Loans

Video | Mar 06, 2015

The AOPA Finance Company is making flight training loans available at very reasonable rates. Loans can be used for all flying purposes, and are exclusive to AOPA members.

Robinson Helicopter betting on future growth

Article | Mar 04, 2015

Prolific helicopter manufacturer Robinson saw lower sales in 2014 on weak global demand, but a new engine deal and some aircraft options indicate a strong future.

‘Dominatrix of helicopters’ charges on

Article | Mar 04, 2015

Declaring this “a time for disruptors,” flamboyant MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton vowed to keep her storied company moving forward into her second decade of ownership.

Honeywell projects steady helicopter sales

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Despite a dramatic decline in 2014 helicopter deliveries, forecasters at Honeywell Aerospace project a steady stream of deliveries over the next five years.

Nevada lawmakers take up tax-abatement bill

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.

Bill to raise aviation fuel tax opposed

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

Two bills that would increase aviation fuel taxes and tap some proceeds for nonaviation purposes could place New Mexico in conflict with federal grant guarantees.

Event promotes aviation in New Mexico

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

From celebration to legislation, aviation was in the spotlight at the state Capitol of New Mexico in Santa Fe on Feb. 20.

New medical insurance policy targets career risk for pilots

Article | Feb 26, 2015

AOPA has crafted a new insurance policy that takes the risk of losing your medical certificate out of a flying career.

Bills would lower tax on auto fuel used in aircraft

Advocacy | Feb 24, 2015

Legislation introduced in both houses of the Minnesota Legislature would tax automobile fuel used in approved aircraft at the same rate as aviation fuel.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

Club Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

When someone is willing to travel 90 miles to become a member of your club and take flight lessons, you must be doing something right. The Pocono Mountains Flying Club in northeast Pennsylvania is doing a lot right, and has a model worth replicating if you are interested in starting a club with low rates and a focus on flight training.

The big decision: Buy new or used?

Article | Feb 13, 2015

Is it better to buy new or used aircraft? It depends on the needs and budget of each individual pilot.

Montana funds airport improvements

Advocacy | Feb 12, 2015

Montana awarded more than $700,000 in grants and loans to airports across the state Jan. 22, reinvesting general aviation fuel taxes into the aviation system.

Drop in chopper shipments a concern, analyst says

Article | Feb 11, 2015

Analyst Brian Foley says a drop in shipments for helicopters as shown in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association report represents a concern for the future.

Ohio to consider fuel tax changes

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2015

An Ohio bill would require that some of the revenue from fuel taxes be reinvested in airport improvements.