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Disruptive technology keeps Redbird on the move

Article | Oct 29, 2014

Redbird Flight Simulations demonstrated four new technologies and proposed a new way to organize flight schools at its annual Migration Oct. 27 through 29 at the Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas.

Let's book some time

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Tony Seton found a way to turn a fuzzy goal—recapturing his long-lost instrument proficiency—into a focused project.

Training Tip: It's your ride

Article | Oct 17, 2014

Does your flight school or instructor have a standardized or typical method of sending trainees along for checkrides? Does that method work for you?

Question of the Month

Article | Oct 15, 2014

Many clubs limit the number of reservations a member can have booked at one time, while others are less structured.

Proficiency: Get your head in the game

Article | Oct 07, 2014

“Nobody likesto take the instrument proficiency check,” said the woman at the front desk of a local flight school. But there are ways to make it almost fun, and that’s by taking a quick review course before presenting yourself to the instructor.

‘Great day to be at an airport’

Article | Oct 04, 2014

Rain the night before may have dampened the grass at Frederick Municipal Airport, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of about 3,000 attendees who turned out for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Maryland Oct. 4.

AOPA recognizes training excellence

Article | Oct 02, 2014

A Florida flight school and a Virginia CFI were ranked best in the nation by thousands of students polled online by AOPA.

AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

News release | Oct 01, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.

Companies offer upgrades on remote electrical boxes

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Remote electrical outlet makers SwitchBox and Regal have introduced new models in time for winter's chill.

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.

Air Force flying club expands membership to civilians

Article | Sep 22, 2014

The Robins Aero Club has opened membership to civilians in the Georgia area as a way to survive.

Catholic Aviation Association combines GA, faith

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Catholic Aviation Association wants to use faith, flying, and fellowship to promote general aviation.

Question of the Month

Article | Sep 16, 2014

What do flying clubs think of Planesharing companies?

Santa Barbara Business College offers aviation degree

Article | Sep 10, 2014

Santa Barbara Business College is offering a new accredited associate of science degree in aviation through its Ventura, California, campus.

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.

Training Tip: A destination in detail

Article | Sep 09, 2014

As your destination airports grow in size and complexity, the ground phase of your arrival will benefit from careful advance research.

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.

In Kenya, GA is helping to save wildlife

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

“It is a heritage that we have to conserve for the whole of humanity,” said Robert Muasya, acting deputy director of security for the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Briefing: Spokane Fly-In

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

“I want to spend every day here!” cried a small boy as the fourth 2014 regional AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, came to a close at Felts Field (SFF) on Saturday, August 16.

P&E Technique: D.C.’s special flight rules

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

It was a surprise when a colleague admitted he had stopped flying. The problem was that he had just moved to Frederick, Maryland, from a part of the country with fewer restrictions.

Letters: Tall Tale (That’s True)

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

The rare warbirds Senior Editor Dave Hirschman found on a Texas ranch—and the story of their owner—elicited many comments from our members.

Taildraggers to jet fighters, return to GA roots

Article | Sep 03, 2014

School was out, and he hadn’t made the cut for the Pony League baseball team. So in the summer of 1954, Dean Stickell started riding his bicycle to Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

DeSoto heliport hangs the welcome sign

Article | Aug 28, 2014

The DeSoto Heliport is officially open for business. But don’t look for it in your GPS. The Texas facility is so new that it doesn’t yet have an identifier.

Flying Tigers rebirth

Article | Aug 25, 2014

“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.

Beechcraft, Cessna flying clubs merge

Article | Aug 20, 2014

Two venerable flying clubs have merged to form the new Textron Aviation Employees' Flying Club.

‘152Reimagined’ intrigues pilots at AirVenture

Article | Aug 07, 2014

AOPA’s ‘152Reimagined,’ a yellow-and-black refurbished Cessna 152, caused a flurry of excitement at the association’s exhibit during EAA AirVenture.

Rev. White’s Air Force

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2014

While the Rev. Russell White works on his latest model—a balsa wood F4U Corsair with a 30-inch wingspan—he launches into his well-practiced version of Eagle Flight Squadron’s birth.

Superior plans first aviation town in China

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Superior Aviation is building a town and executive airport near Beijing to accommodate the needs of companies wanting to do business in China.

Boeing introduces solution to stem global pilot shortage

Article | Aug 01, 2014

Boeing’s Flight Services division is offering a pipeline from zero flight time to airline qualified in two years, the company announced this week at EAA Airventure.

Baker: Medical reform is AOPA's top priority

Article | Jul 30, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker reiterated his position that the FAA must respond to the association’s request for action on the long-dormant third class medical reform petition.

AOPA tests new ways to open doors to aviation

Article | Jul 25, 2014

AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”

AOPA TESTING NEW WAYS TO OPEN DOORS TO AVIATION

News release | Jul 25, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) wants to open new doors to aviation by exploring the concept that aircraft ownership can be made more accessible and affordable through the development of “Reimagined Aircraft,” the Association announced Friday.

Not your average summer job

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Most teens are spending the summer working, whether it is at the pool, a retail store, or even at the airport or FBO. But 500 students from around the United States are spending their summer interning at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on projects that are on the cutting edge of science and technology.

Under fire

Article | Jul 23, 2014

A small corps of pilots patrols protected land in Kenya, facing an increasing threat from poachers as inclined to shoot aircraft as elephants.

ATP Flight School buys majority share of Higher Power Aviation

Article | Jul 22, 2014

ATP Flight School has purchased a majority share of Higher Power Aviation, enabling the training provider to offer the FAA's new ATP CTP course.

Bowling Green State outsources flight training program

Article | Jul 09, 2014

Bowling Green State University has partnered with North Star Aviation to handle student flight training.

'Real GA'

Article | Jul 01, 2014

With as active and diverse a mix of aircraft and pilots as just about any general aviation airport, Plymouth, Mass., welcomes one and all to the AOPA Regional Fly-In July 12.

Flight Challenge: 'Still anybody's game'

Article | Jun 25, 2014

It’s getting down to the wire for pilots and would-be aviators to pit their skills against the competition in the Flying Challenge Cup.

IFR Fix: 'Look out for Bud'

IFR Fix | Jun 24, 2014

“Look out for Bud,” was all an instructor had to say to a trainee. Bud had unknowingly become a see-and-avoid metaphor for countless aviators.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jun 18, 2014

Club President Marc Epner and Cirrus owner Mike Barbarone share their experience operating the Cirrus SR22 in a club environment.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 16, 2014

Nicholas Coyle shares his experience getting a club off the ground with rates his fellow college students can afford.

AOPA LAUNCHES FLIGHT TRAINING POLL

News release | Jun 13, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today announced that it has opened its popular flight training poll, a survey that allows student pilots to offer feedback on their flight training experiences.

Share your training experience in AOPA poll

Article | Jun 12, 2014

AOPA is asking pilots to share feedback about their flight training experiences to recognize outstanding schools and instructors and help identify areas for improvement in training.

AOPA celebrates 75 years at Wings Field

Article | Jun 12, 2014

A small group of guests of Fly Advanced, the FBO and flight school at Wings Field near Philadelphia, celebrated AOPA’s seventy-fifth anniversary on June 11.

Unusual attitudes

Article | Jun 11, 2014

Plymouth Municipal Airport in Plymouth, Mass., home of the AOPA Fly-In July 12, has a long history of unusual attitudes.