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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.


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.