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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.