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Applications open for AOPA scholarships

Article | May 22, 2015

Applications are now open for almost $120,000 worth of scholarships that will help student pilots and teens achieve their aviation goals.

Aircraft maintenance: 10 tips to protect aircraft tires

Aircraft Maintenance | May 21, 2015

Aircraft tires are extremely resilient and reliable, but they're also critically important to safe takeoffs and landings. Here are 10 tips that can help you get the most from your tires, fly as safely as possible, and take good care of those round rubber friends.

Question of the Month

Article | May 17, 2015

This is a question that pops up often in conversation with developing flying clubs. Most clubs fall into two primary categories, equity and non-equity. Equity, meaning the club is the sole owner of the aircraft as represented on the aircraft registration. Non-equity, implying the club leases its aircraft from the owner/owners. Clubs can also be a hybrid of equity and non-equity, where the club owns one aircraft and leases another; generally clubs falling into this category are still considered an equity club because of the stake in the one equity aircraft. Both equity and non-equity clubs have various benefits and shortcomings.

Bombardier cuts deeper

Article | May 15, 2015

Bombardier Inc. has taken another bite out of its bizjet production, announcing 1,750 layoffs and blaming soft demand for the Global series.

LSA-Engines ready to enter light sport market

Article | May 15, 2015

LSA-Engines is a small German firm, at the moment, basing its light sport aircraft engine on a design from a big company.

Cape Air gets creative with pilot recruitment

Article | May 13, 2015

With a dwindling number of pilot job applications in the past two years, regional carrier Cape Air has had to get creative—not only with how it secures new pilots, but also with how it plans to hire them in the future.

Home schooled

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2015

What’s most unusual about the ProFlight course is not what happens in Carlsbad. It’s what happens at your home or office in the weeks leading up to the training.

Aircraft market slips

Article | May 11, 2015

First-quarter aircraft shipments slipped, and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association is urging U.S. lawmakers to alleviate some of the drag.

Pilot Briefing: They did it!

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, One Week Ready to Solo participants Sherry Rosenkranz, Chris Graves, and Nik Oekerman demonstrated their newfound skills with unassisted flights April 25 in Lakeland, Florida.

20 students awarded Duncan Aviation scholarships

Article | May 05, 2015

Duncan Aviation, a Lincoln, Nebraska-based aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul company, has announced annual scholarship awards to 20 students.

Continental Motors enters experimental engine market

Article | May 04, 2015

Continental Motors is a player in the experimental market with its purchase of Danbury Aerospace that includes Titan Aircraft Engines.

Bell to lay off 1,100 employees

Article | May 01, 2015

Low oil prices, the V-22 Osprey, and U.S. Army surplus sales likely all play a role in job cuts at Bell Helicopter, an analyst said.

Grant put to good work

Article | Apr 29, 2015

A California pilot group demonstrated the power of general aviation to respond in times of need, putting an AOPA Foundation grant to good use.

State legislators to learn benefits of GA in webinar

Advocacy | Apr 28, 2015

Members of the National Conference of State Legislatures will learn about the economic impact general aviation has on jobs and the economy at the local, state, and national levels during a webinar May 1.

‘An airport to watch’

Article | Apr 23, 2015

The Rotary Aviation Zone, a wheelchair-accessible observation tower and picnic shelter with picnic tables, is taking shape near the control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Welcome to America, P2010

Article | Apr 23, 2015

Tecnam is still viewed by many as a light sport aircraft company, despite having certified a twin-engine airplane (the P2006T) for the U.S. market. The single-engine P2010 should change that.

Superior introduces diesel

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Superior Aviation joined the diesel engine fray with its acquisition of the Powerplant Developments engine now called Gemini. Superior plans to bring the 100-horsepower engine to market in early 2016.

Hilton Software demos WingX Pro7 for Android

Article | Apr 21, 2015

Pilots in the market for an electronic flight bag for their Android device can check out a new product at Sun 'n Fun. Hilton Software will be providing demos of WingX Pro7 for Android during the show.

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.