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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.

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.

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.

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.

Demystifying the aircraft loan process

Article | Nov 07, 2014

You've decided to buy an airplane. How will you pay for it? That’s where AOPA Aviation Finance can step in and make the process as painless as possible.

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.

Lightspeed 2014 Pilots Choice grant recipients named

Article | Nov 06, 2014

Eight aviation charities, selected through online voting, will receive grants from $2,000 to $10,000.

Rep. Wilson meets with pilots in AOPA-sponsored meeting

Article | Nov 05, 2014

South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson met with pilots recently at the Aiken Municipal Airport to discuss general aviation issues.

City-supported initiative passes in Santa Monica

Article | Nov 05, 2014

Santa Monica's city-sponsored Measure LC passes, while AOPA's backed initiative to give control of the Santa Monica Municipal Airport's future to voters is rejected. But AOPA isn't giving up the fight to protect the airprot.

100 scholarships now available through Women in Aviation

Article | Nov 04, 2014

Women in Aviation, International members who apply by Nov. 17 can have a shot at 100 scholarships totaling $570,940 for 2015.

Glider, youth, bizav scholarships available

Article | Nov 03, 2014

Need money to help you pursue your aviation dream? Scholarships are available for young adults, aspiring glider pilots, and business aviation professionals.

Huge biplane airliner to fly again

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Promotion begins in 2015 for a fundraising campaign to build what was considered the Concorde of its time, the Handley Page HP42 25-passenger biplane.

GAMA releases upbeat manufacturing report

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Increased aircraft shipments and billings in the third quarter of 2014 support optimism that the industry continues its emergence from recession, said the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Advocacy a key theme at Massachusetts airports conference

Advocacy | Oct 29, 2014

Getting the job done on the local and national levels requires long-term planning, a hands-on approach, and keeping the effort moving, said Sean Collins, AOPA’s Eastern regional manager.

In Michigan, STEM education flies

Advocacy | Oct 22, 2014

On Oct. 18, STEM education moved from classrooms to cockpits in Lansing, Michigan, and made a lasting impression.

Honeywell forecasts increased jet deliveries

Article | Oct 19, 2014

Honeywell's annual forecast of jet deliveries based on interviews with operators shows signs of improvement for the jet industry.

Quest Aircraft signs China Kodiak dealer

Article | Oct 19, 2014

Quest Aircraft Co. has signed a China dealer for its Kodiak and eventually will do limited assembly and manufacturing there.

Voters Decide campaign plans election push for Santa Monica

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2014

The Voters Decide campaign is making a pre-election push for a ballot measure to put the future of SMO into the hands of voters.

Closure threat ends for Lost Nation Airport

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2014

A cloud of closure has been lifted from an Ohio airport after supporters made the case to local officials that the airport contributes value to the local economy.

Club Spotlight

Article | Oct 16, 2014

The Flying Educators Flying Club has one club aircraft.

One-of-a-kind packages to highlight AOPA Foundation

Article | Oct 14, 2014

As the AOPA Foundation prepares to launch its annual online auction in November, it is arranging one-of-a-kind packages and flight experiences that will thrill any aviator, including a package for aviation experiences in Switzerland.

Airport stories: It’s a good day

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

Any day at the Alexandria, Indiana, airport is a good day for members of the Central Indiana Soaring Society.

AOPA Flight Training Scholarships awarded

Article | Oct 02, 2014

Competitive shooter and raiser of champion livestock Anna Weilbacher is working to add another title to her résumé: private pilot. Weilbacher is one of 10 recipients of AOPA Flight Training Scholarships.

Record-setting aviatrix Jerrie Mock dies

Article | Oct 02, 2014

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, who in 1964 became the first woman to fly solo around the world, died Sept. 30 at her home in Quincy, Florida, according to news reports. She was 88.

Boom times

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Sloulin Field International Airport was never designed for explosive growth. But that’s what it has. Sloulin Field is the airport right in the middle of the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the United States.

Craftsmanship: Old-style restoration

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics. But who makes this stuff and, in some cases, keeps it beautiful for decades?

Supersonic bizjet project hits 'high gear'

Article | Sep 25, 2014

Aerion, the Reno, Nevada, company formed in 2002 to reintroduce supersonic flight to commercial aviation, has found a collaborator for its work.

OpenAirplane gains traction

Article | Sep 25, 2014

Just over a year after launch, OpenAirplane has 71 aircraft rental locations and counting, with a new location joining each week.

Islip, NY, urged to reconsider landing restriction, fees

Advocacy | Sep 17, 2014

AOPA is urging the town of Islip, N.Y., to reconsider a recently enacted fee schedule that sets higher rates for night landings.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Silver City Flying Club in central Connecticut rotates two aircraft between two airports.

Question of the Month

Article | Sep 16, 2014

What do flying clubs think of Planesharing companies?

Racing Aces announce $5,000 scholarship

Article | Sep 10, 2014

The air racing team known as the Racing Aces has created a $5,000 scholarship for women seeking flight training or other kinds of aviation training or education.

Triple Tree magic

Article | Sep 09, 2014

A cannon fires after Pat Derrick makes a low pass over the grass strip in a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. Derrick is the unofficial alarm clock for hundreds of pilots, their family and friends, camping under the wings of their aircraft at the 400-plus acre Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina.

Sweepstakes 2015: GA Aircraft Reimagined

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

Among the many exotic aircraft at the world’s largest airshow, a once-common Cessna 152 trainer at the AOPA tent at AirVenture drew more than its share of curiosity.

A lot of love—and money: Over-the-top restorations

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

A Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 182, and Cessna 310 today are better than the factories ever imagined—thanks to owners who wanted their aircraft to be, as the U.S. Army says, all they can be. They succeeded.

Briefing: Savings in the states

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

Over the past two years, AOPA has been able to actively save members who own their own aircraft an average of $179.22 per year.

Wings over Asia

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

Want to fly your own airplane around the world? Me, too. Since 2008, Air Journey has been specializing in escorted air tours that make that fantasy come true.

Waypoints: New again

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

By the time you read this, some lucky pilot will be contemplating a future flying our Debonair Sweepstakes airplane, the twentieth such sweepstakes airplane we have delivered to a member since 1993.

Avionics sales climb

Article | Sep 03, 2014

The Aircraft Electronics Association reports worldwide avionics sales for the first six months of 2014 increased 6.8 percent over the same period in 2013.