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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.

FAA allows airline, charter, corporate pilots to update data

Article | Jan 30, 2013

As of Jan. 28, pilots operating under Parts 121, 129, and 135 are allowed to update on-board navigation data, a change that will save thousands for operators large and small.

Flight data apps

Article | Jan 29, 2013

Keeping track of flight data is one of those key functions every pilot has to do. There are apps that handle everything from managing flight plans to viewing charts. This week, AOPA members recommend five apps that help make those processes and others easier.

Argus TRAQPak: Flight activity flat in 2012

Article | Jan 17, 2013

Data compiled by Argus TRAQPak shows that flight activity in December 2012 was down and activity for the year was relatively flat.

Logbook apps

Article | Dec 18, 2012

Members of the AOPA Flying Club Network Facebook group offered recommendations for logbook apps.

Airlines, FAA share safety data with NTSB

Article | Nov 13, 2012

Airlines and the FAA are sharing summarized safety data with the NTSB, in hope of identifying and preventing recurring issues.

Online tool estimates airports' economic clout

Advocacy | Nov 02, 2012

You can look up facts and figures to estimate an airport's economic impact, but what does the future hold? One state has a tool to help find answers.

NASA report: Your 'get out of jail free' card?

Article | Oct 16, 2012

The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), known to many as the "NASA report," is designed to get valuable information about what is going on in the system from those who are actually using the system. But the best part is you may possibly 'get out of jail free' by sharing the information.

IFR Fix: 'Do not mistake'

IFR Fix | Oct 15, 2012

Nothing beats touching down on a long runway that appears dead ahead at the end of a close instrument approach ... unless it's the wrong airport.

GAO calls for more GA reporting in interest of safety

Article | Oct 11, 2012

The Government Accountability Office, following its most recent study of general aviation accident trends, has called on the FAA to collect more data on aircraft hours flown and pilot training.

Surveys seen as source of safety facts

Article | Oct 10, 2012

Aircraft owners still have time to participate in a general aviation activity survey used by the FAA to develop policies, allocate resources and make decisions about safety.

New Nall Report sheds light on 2010 accident data

Article | Oct 05, 2012

By FAA estimates, in 2010 flight activity in all four segments of general aviation increased from 2009 levels, according to the report, while GA accident rates in 2010 showed little change from recent years.

Airliner crash airs on Discovery Channel

Article | Oct 03, 2012

When a veteran test pilot and scientists get together, a Boeing 727 is sacrificed in the Mexican desert in the name of science and entertainment.

Is your aircraft transmitting outdated data?

Advocacy | Sep 28, 2012

The FAA is observing several instances of incorrect registration data loaded onto Mode S transponder units; and statistics indicate a potential increase in lapsed aircraft registrations.

Groups urge aircraft owners to participate in FAA survey

Advocacy | Sep 13, 2012

The thirty-fourth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey is up and running, and aviation groups have joined the FAA urging aircraft owners to participate.

Survey seeks input on making FAA rules consistent

Advocacy | Aug 30, 2012

An aviation rulemaking committee is working on recommendations to make regulatory interpretation more consistent and is seeking feedback from the aviation community.

FAA setting up data access for pilots

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

The Pilot's Bill of Rights, recently signed into law, gives airmen subject to certificate action (including suspension, revocation, approval, and denial) the right to access air traffic and other data used by the FAA in making determinations. Some of that data is collected by third-party contractors, and pilots may need to act quickly to gain access to that data before it is destroyed.