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Drone school opens for business

Article | May 22, 2015

Auburn University has been granted a waiver to operate a commercial drone school that will be open to the public.

AOPA launches 2015 flight training poll, sweepstakes

Article | May 20, 2015

AOPA announced May 20 that it has opened its popular flight training poll, a survey that allows student pilots at all levels to share feedback on their flight training experiences.

Groups ask Congress to protect veterans' flight training

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

Seven general aviation associations, including AOPA, have sent a joint letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans.

News From Headquarters

Article | May 17, 2015

AOPA’s You Can Fly serves as the umbrella for many of our activities designed to get people flying and keep them flying. It includes things like support for flying clubs and flight schools, the Rusty Pilots program to get lapsed pilots back in the air, and our Reimagined Aircraft initiative. It includes a small group of AOPA Ambassadors to bring these programs to life on a very grassroots level. In Florida, AOPA Ambassador Jamie Beckett helped a group of pilots launch a new flying club in just a few weeks. Ambassadors like Jamie are all over the country and are one of many resources available to you.

It’s good to be the King Air

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

Since opening in 2009, Potomac Flight Training has secured a reputation for its ability to offer U.S. Army-compliant training for military contractors that use King Airs in overseas missions.

Aviate, educate

Advocacy | May 11, 2015

Jim Hanson demonstrates the link between aviation and STEM education with four sample aviation lesson plans he designed for age-appropriate presentation to classes.

Fly-Ins: Welcome back

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) will host AOPA’s second 2015 regional fly-in.

P&E: Technique

Pilot Magazine | May 11, 2015

Not done correctly, transitioning to a larger aircraft can and has contributed to accidents.

AOPA at work on Iowa legislation

Advocacy | May 06, 2015

AOPA is hard at work in Iowa where the association is trying to pass legislation to save flight schools money and protect airports from encroachment.

Scholarship puts aviation career in student’s reach

Article | May 06, 2015

A Michigan high school senior whose dream of a piloting career overmatched the reach of his family’s finances got game-changing news on April 30.

Above and Beyond: Filling the gap

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

A looming pilot shortage within the ranks of domestic and international airlines has the ingredients for creating a transportation crisis of global magnitude.

President's Position: Ambassadors for GA

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

Helping flying clubs get started or expand isn’t the only way the AOPA Ambassadors can make a meaningful difference.

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.

Training Tip: The hazardous attitude of impulsivity

Article | May 05, 2015

A student learned that the flight school’s most popular trainer was involved in a loss-of-control-on-landing accident the previous day. The pilot flying the trainer said, "It was a classic case of get-down-itis. All I could think was, 'I have to get this plane on the ground.'"

Faro offers flight schools, clubs 'old for new' headset deal

Article | Apr 29, 2015

Faro Aviation is offering flight schools and flying clubs an "old for new" headset exchange program.

IFR Fix: Aircraft for rent, maybe

IFR Fix | Apr 28, 2015

A flight school/aircraft rental business had a double scare recently when two of its aircraft didn’t show up at two different destinations on separate days.

Pete Weber dubbed oldest active living pilot

Article | Apr 27, 2015

Every time Pete Weber Jr. of Cameron Park, California, takes an aircraft aloft these days, he beats his own record—at least, unofficially.

The big day

Article | Apr 25, 2015

Their instructors were silent, hands off the yoke. With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, the One Week Ready to Solo participants put their skills to the test.

If you don’t like the weather…

Article | Apr 24, 2015

Storms to the west of Lakeland, Florida, threatened students' progress in One Week Ready to Solo. If any of the flights got scrubbed, would the students be able to refine their landings in preparation for the big day?

AOPA Foundation thanks pilots for giving back

Article | Apr 24, 2015

Dozens of AOPA Foundation supporters gathered April 24 at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. They were joined by foundation staff who had a simple message: Thank you.

From good idea to mission

Article | Apr 23, 2015

JetBlue Airways is on a mission to inspire humanity to see aviation's best face: Ask any of the more than 140 participants from more than a dozen JetBlue Foundation educational partners in its third annual Sun 'n Fun airlift.

Big numbers

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo is shaping up to set records for attendance.

Event

Article | Apr 19, 2015

AOPA’s Rusty Pilot courses are designed to reignite the passion of pilots who have let their currency lapse. Several flying clubs have hosted these seminars recently as a way to gain recognition in the aviation community, recruit new members, and to strengthen General Aviation as a whole. And there’s an added benefit for current pilots – the course serves as the ground portion of the biennial flight review, making it a great club activity for your current members as well.