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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.

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.

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.

Pennsylvania touts aviation sector

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2015

Pennsylvania economic development officials have taken another step in their effort to promote the competitive edge of the state’s $23.6 billion aviation sector.

Indiana bill would ensure sustainable aviation funding

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2015

An AOPA-backed bill in Indiana would require that state revenue from aviation fuel and sales-and-use taxes be deposited in the state airport development grant fund.

Acquisitions position Continental Motors in turbine sector

Article | Feb 09, 2015

Engine maintenance and repair company Continental Motors Services announced two related acquisitions that will expand its operations into the worldwide turbine-engine sales and service sector.

Made in Michigan

Pilot Magazine | Feb 06, 2015

After years of toiling at the bottom, Enstrom Helicopter is making a comeback.

Fresh Skyhawks for CAP

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Search and rescue remains a core function of the Civil Air Patrol, although the 21 new Cessna 172s recently purchased have a different mission.

Fuel sales expected to climb

Article | Feb 05, 2015

A majority of the nation's fixed-base operators surveyed by analysts expect to post an increase in fuel sales for 2015.

P&E Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

By even the most optimistic estimates, it will take at least two more decades before Jet A becomes a dominant fuel in the U.S. piston aircraft fleet.

Pilot Briefing: Saving airports

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

A little more than six years ago—on November 24, 2008—22 pilots at Sky Manor Airport invested enough deposit money to buy the privately owned Pittstown, New Jersey, facility.

No user fees in White House budget plan

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2015

For the first time in years, President Barack Obama's new budget proposal does not include any new user fees for general aviation.

The front lines

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Effectively addressing the challenges that GA faces today requires an army of missionaries to help AOPA advance the faith.

Aviation tax abatement sought in Nevada

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

An AOPA-backed bill would create a partial abatement of property or sales and use taxes for Nevada businesses that repair aircraft or components.

Aircraft taxes should go into aviation fund, AOPA says

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

Vision training

Article | Jan 21, 2015

Seven years of scientific research has produced a mobile application that significantly improved the vision of pilots, among other test subjects.

Florida tax exemption not being uniformly applied

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is working to make sure that members are not taxed for tax-exempt aircraft parts and services in Florida.

Event

Article | Jan 18, 2015

When most people look to the sky during Christmas time, it’s in hopes of seeing Santa’s sleigh. For the people in Thomaston, Georgia, December is a time to take to the skies while helping less fortunate members of the community.

Learjet 85 program stalls

Article | Jan 16, 2015

Bombardier Inc. shares tumbled following an announcement that the company would ‘pause’ the Learjet 85 program, lay off 1,000 workers, and write off $1.4 billion.

Fuel starts to tumble

Article | Jan 14, 2015

Analysts say the price of avgas may be cut by nearly half in the coming months; the decline has already begun.

Sky Commuter prototype reappears, in an auction

Article | Jan 14, 2015

A prototype of a 1990 flying car called the Sky Commuter has reappeared in an auction in Arizona.

AOPA Insurance announces new hangar insurance program

Article | Jan 12, 2015

AOPA Insurance Services has created an exclusive hangar insurance program for general aviation pilots, the company announced.

Repo man

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

He’s been called the “super repo man” and once starred in the first season of a Discovery Channel reality show called Airplane Repo.

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.

Five reasons to get pre-approved for an aircraft loan

Article | Dec 22, 2014

When you are pre-approved for an aircraft loan, the lender will provide a specific dollar limit they are willing to lend you based on your unique financial situation. Here are some factors to consider when determining whether a pre-approval makes sense for you.

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.