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Guardian Avionics wireless bridge saves engine data in cloud

Article | Jul 22, 2014

Guardian Avionics has created a wireless bridge that displays engine and flight data on up to six iPads at a time

Global weather data available

Article | Jul 21, 2014

Baron Services, which provides the digital weather data delivered to many avionics systems and portable devices, is offering new data for world travelers.

Members asked to participate in FAA’s annual GA survey

Advocacy | Jul 15, 2014

The FAA is asking AOPA members to participate in its thirty-sixth annual General Aviation Survey.

IFR Fix: What color is your SA?

IFR Fix | Jul 08, 2014

Raw-data aviation remains relevant in one respect: No one ever said that pilots flying raw-data approaches had sacrificed their airmanship on the altar of technology.

Wisconsin members asked to take online tax survey

Advocacy | Jul 08, 2014

AOPA members in Wisconsin are asked to take a survey showing the benefits of a new maintenance tax exemption.

Savvy Analysis: Early warning of valve trouble

Article | Jul 08, 2014

Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has developed an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

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.

Economic impact report touts Wyoming airports

Advocacy | Jun 05, 2014

Wyoming’s airports make “a notable contribution” to the state’s economy, enhancing residents’ quality of life, according to an economic impact report.

FAA seeks help for annual GA survey

Advocacy | Apr 28, 2014

FAA is asking for help from members on its thirty-sixth annual General Aviation Survey.

What portable ADS-B receivers don’t tell you

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Portable, receive-only ADS-B devices may not provide a complete picture of traffic near your aircraft.

FAA predicts continued GA decline

Article | Mar 13, 2014

The FAA's annual forecast of air travel demand predicts steady growth in airline and cargo demand, and a steady decline in general aviation piston aircraft.

Gulfstream to Barbados (for science)

Article | Dec 17, 2013

A Gulfstream business jet outfitted for science is probing Atlantic clouds between Germany and Barbados.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted unadvised unaware

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

The loss of a TBM 700 turboprop over New Jersey two years ago surprised many pilots. The Pratt & Whitney-powered single-engine turboprop is certificated for flight into known icing (FIKI).

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.

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.