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Apps to practice, review your flight

Apps of the week | Nov 04, 2013

With everything that needs to be managed and monitored in a cockpit, pilots need to be at the top of their game. Developers have created apps to help pilots practice on the ground through simulation and record flight information in the air that can be reviewed and shared after a flight.

Automatic traffic

Article | Oct 28, 2013

An automated system being developed in West Virginia shows potential for traffic advisories at airports not served by towers.

Colorado growing return on aviation investments

Article | Oct 24, 2013

General aviation airports in Colorado will pump $2.4 billion into the state’s economy in 2013, an annual increase of $500 million compared to 2008.

Sound off on aviation weather

Article | Oct 16, 2013

Users, developers, and operators of the federal system that supplies aviation weather data will meet Oct. 24 for a discussion that could lead to improvements.

FAA finalizes aircraft privacy policy

Article | Sep 04, 2013

The FAA has finalized an aircraft privacy policy, allowing operators to opt out of public flight tracking.

GA Survey depends on pilot responses

Article | Sep 03, 2013

The final outreach effort of the thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) has begun.

NTSB notes slight decline in GA accident rate

Article | Aug 08, 2013

The general aviation accident rate declined slightly in 2012, based on preliminary data used by federal officials.

More questions than answers in FAA data distribution policy

Article | Aug 06, 2013

The FAA’s proposed policy for disseminating data digitally to the public should be reviewed and improved by a stakeholder committee, AOPA said.

Participation urged in annual GA survey

Article | Aug 02, 2013

The thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is under way, and members who have received an invitation are urged to participate.

Mentor Matters Jet landing distance calculations

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Examining light jet accident statistics, it’s immediately clear that pilots going off the end of the runway are responsible for a lion’s share of bent metal. When considering how manufacturers derive the performance information that tells a pilot how much landing runway is needed, this fact becomes more understandable.

Five flight data apps

Article | Jul 19, 2013

These five flight data apps help pilots with planning and flying.

AOPA seeks more data on pilot detentions, inspections

Article | Jul 02, 2013

AOPA has set up a handy online form for pilots to report their own experiences with Customs and Border Protection, and a handy kneeboard checklist that is available online, and will be published in the August issue of AOPA Pilot.

AOPA seeks more data on pilot detentions, inspections

Article | Jul 02, 2013

AOPA has set up a handy online form for pilots to report their own experiences with Customs and Border Protection, and a handy kneeboard checklist that is available online, and will be published in the August issue of AOPA Pilot.

AOPA urges members to participate in FAA’s GA survey

Article | Jun 28, 2013

AOPA is encouraging members to participate in the thirty-fifth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey.

FAA prepares for annual GA survey

Article | May 30, 2013

The FAA begins work in early June on its annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey for calendar year 2012.

AOPA seeks comment extension on proposed FAA data policy

Article | May 23, 2013

AOPA wants the FAA to extend the comment period on a proposed data distribution policy that could impact the public's access to FAA data.

How do you become a civilian test pilot? Go back to school

Article | Apr 25, 2013

Say "test pilot," and whose name comes to mind? For most people, it's Chuck Yeager, the first test pilot to break the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 in 1947.

NTSB session seeks to better document accident investigations

Article | Apr 17, 2013

When the National Transportation Safety Board invited industry groups and government agencies to discuss areas the NTSB should better document in general aviation accident investigations, AOPA and the AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute responded with suggestions based on years of research and experience producing safety-focused training materials for pilots. After the April 3 NTSB “listening session,” AOPA President Craig Fuller called on NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P.

Pilots urged to take Missouri aviation survey

Article | Apr 17, 2013

The state of Missouri is asking visiting pilots and their passengers to fill out a survey as it begins work on a Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study. The report has been commissioned by the aviation section within the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Multimodal Operations Division.

ASF - Aircraft Deicing/Anti-icing Equipment

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment The resources listed below are provided as additional information to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment Safety Advisor. The links below provide information on icing accident statistics, weather flying strategies, certification of aircraft, and suggestions on how to tell if your aircraft is approved for flight in known icing conditions.

Cockpit smoke solution (still) costly, rarely used

Article | Mar 13, 2013

The Emergency Vision Assurance System is more than 20 years old, the current version more than a decade old, and while it can save lives, price keeps it out of most cockpits to the dismay of many pilots.

Wyoming seeks input for aviation economic study

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2013

Here's a good reason to keep touting the importance of general aviation: Doing so could increase support from policy makers for keeping Wyoming's aviation economy strong.

Buyer confidence a 'shot in the arm' for helo industry

Article | Mar 05, 2013

The next five years will be bright for civil helicopter demand, with strong demand focused on the first three years, according to Honeywell Aerospace's helicopter outlook released March 5.