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Pennsylvania working to grow its aviation economy

Advocacy | Nov 19, 2014

Pennsylvania is showing its aviation community that there is no need to fly out of state for aircraft maintenance or repairs.

22 years of retrospective

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

After more than 45,000 hours in the left seat of the AOPA Foundation, the Air Safety Institute (ASI), and its predecessor—the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF)—it’s time to move to the jump seat and let a new crew pick up the flight.

GA accident decline headlines NTSB statistics

Article | Sep 16, 2014

General aviation accident reductions in 2013 could be “a positive sign” about how pilots are approaching training, education, and proficiency.

FAA urges members to participate in GA survey

Article | Aug 19, 2014

The clock is ticking to participate in the FAA’s 36th annual General Aviation Survey.

P&E/A&P: Early warning of valve trouble

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2014

In a development that could improve the safety and reliability of piston aircraft engines, Savvy Analysis founder Mike Busch has created an automated warning system for impending exhaust valve failures.

New options lower Jeppesen data costs

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Jeppesen at EAA AirVenture introduced simplified data subscriptions for general aviation customers, dramatically lowering costs for many IFR pilots.

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 sets record straight in 'USA Today'

Article | Jun 24, 2014

USA Today published AOPA President Mark Baker’s letter to the editor June 24, calling out errors in Thomas Frank’s “Unfit for flight” article. AOPA was limited to 175 words and was denied the opportunity to submit a longer piece in the newspaper’s Op-Ed section. AOPA is requesting that the publication run a lengthy correction.

AOPA Live This Week - June 19, 2014

Video | Jun 19, 2014

AOPA answers egregious USA Today series on GA safety. The Sweepstakes Debonair is done! A look at what might be your airplane. Dog fighting over Cape Cod, and the Special Olympics airlift.

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.

AOPA repeats call to withdraw ECi cylinder AD

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

AOPA is once again asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

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.