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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.

ASRS reports sought for safety studies

Article | Jul 31, 2012

NASA has asked general aviation pilots to participate in two special studies it is conducting with the FAA based on data collected through the Aviation Safety Reporting System.

Jeppesen to offer new, flexible digital subscriptions

Article | Jul 26, 2012

Jeppesen announced a new digital JeppView navigation data subscription pricing structure July 25 at EAA AirVenture. Pricing will be based on the number of devices powered by the Jeppesen data, in relation to four U.S.-based coverage options. Customers can choose between two or four "installs" - the number of devices on which digital JeppView subscription data is installed.

Instrument flight procedure data at your fingertips

Advocacy | Jul 03, 2012

The FAA has launched a new portal, Instrument Flight Procedures Information Gateway, that lets you search for instrument flight procedures, production schedules, and coordination information in one location.

Survey: Santa Monica airport not ‘key’ issue

Advocacy | May 17, 2012

For 30 years, AOPA and airport advocates in Santa Monica, Calif., have worked to defend the city airport from attacks by opponents whose vocal campaigns obscured a lack of voter support for their efforts. Now, a study commissioned by AOPA has shown that most of those voters prefer that the city turn its attention elsewhere.

FAA revises flight-data blocking rules

Advocacy | May 14, 2012

After a mandate from Congress last year, the FAA had to reverse a policy of publicly disseminating private aircraft flight data; now it is going a step further by publishing new procedures that would give owners and operators broader control over their flight information's disclosure. The agency will accept comments on its notice of proposed process until June 8.

Alaska pilot survey seeks improved flight safety

Advocacy | Apr 20, 2012

AOPA and the Alaska Airmen's Association, working to reduce aircraft collision risk in the Mat Su Valley, have launched an online pilot survey about flight operations in the region located north of Anchorage.

G1000 data now available from AvConnect

Article | Jul 28, 2011

Although G1000 data has always been available to analyze, getting to it has been difficult. Now AvConnect has a service to help.