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‘Does that even make any sense?’: Media eye tower cuts

Article | Mar 22, 2013

Editor’s note: The FAA on March 22 named the 149 federal contract towers that will begin closing April 7. Close to 200 control towers could soon go dark, and members of the news media are asking why—and what the impending closures could mean for pilots.

Upgraded M*A*S*H helo to enter production

Article | Mar 06, 2013

The distinctive Bell 47 helicopter will return to production with a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine, Scott's – Bell 47 Inc. announced March 5 at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Student pilot who hit SUV earns his ticket

Article | Feb 21, 2013

In early November 2012, then-student pilot Will Davis's first solo cross-country went viral around the world after his wife’s video showed him clipping an SUV as he landed at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas.

In the News

Article | Feb 13, 2013

Send Us Your News Each month we will share a roundup of stories about flying clubs, whether they are published in aviation media or local papers, and you can help. If your club has received some media coverage—newspaper, TV, radio, or online—let us know so we can share your accomplishments with the flying club community.

Film festival to reopen Air Force Museum theater

Article | Feb 11, 2013

A first-of-its-kind aviation film festival will mark the grand reopening of the giant-screen theater of the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, from April 11 through 14.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2013

It’s already reached 30,300 feet—a world record for a solar-powered airplane (and beyond expectations)—and stayed aloft 26 hours and 10 minutes for another solar-powered record. Sun power Solar Impulse prepares for U.S.

Remembering aviation great Fred Cabanas

Article | Jan 16, 2013

A mischievous smile, boundless enthusiasm, and a “type-A-plus character” made Fred Cabanas the kind of person those who met him never forget. Cabanas died Jan. 15 in Cozumel, Mexico, when the aircraft he was flying while giving a ride to a TV personality crashed. The passenger also was killed in the accident.

In the News

Article | Jan 11, 2013

Send Us Your NewsEach month we will share a roundup of stories about flying clubs, whether they are published in aviation media or local papers, and you can help. If your club has received some media coverage—newspaper, TV, radio, or online—let us know so we can share your accomplishments with the flying club community.

In the News

Article | Dec 15, 2012

A monthly collection of articles about flying clubs from around the Web.

Event spotlight: Starting from the ground up

Article | Dec 02, 2012

Flying over Manhattan en route to Nantucket for the event. Nantucket Flying Association President Chris McLaughlin introduces the documentary "Shady Lady" before a packed audience at the Dreamland Theater.

Diabetes mellitus on oral medications

Article | Oct 26, 2012

Diet-controlled diabetes mellitus is one of the five medical conditions that your aviation medical examiner may grant issuance if you come to your examination with the proper documentation.

Heard at Summit

Article | Oct 15, 2012

Find out what people had to say at AOPA Aviation Summit in this highlight of some of the notable quotes heard during the show.

Tips and secrets from 'Flying Wild Alaska' pilots

Article | Oct 13, 2012

The Discovery Channel's "Flying Wild Alaska" pilots - John Ponts, Doug Stewart, and Luke Hickerson - traveled south to Palm Springs, Calif., for AOPA Aviation Summit to share flying tips with pilots and encourage future aviators. AOPA asked the pilots-turned-celebrities what it’s like flying for a TV show in Alaska, their pet peeves, and more. As you’ll see, their newfound fame hasn't gone to their heads. These serious (but comical) aviators put safety first and provide advice on communication, backcountry flying, and more.

10 questions for Dave Coulier

Article | Oct 12, 2012

Comedian and pilot Dave Coulier, best known as the loveable Uncle Joey on the 1990s sitcom "Full House", reveals how he earned his instrument rating in the busy Los Angeles airspace and how his knack for cracking jokes plays out in the air.

Missing men, a mythic triangle made for television

Article | Oct 11, 2012

On April 20, 1980, a Greensboro, N.C., pharmacist called home from the Bahamas and reported he had one more stop to make before flying home in a Cessna 310. He was never heard from again.

Resources at risk

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Flight, film, and education inspire conservation action

Go ballistic: Bid on ususual attitude course

Article | Sep 27, 2012

Watch the world spin in your windscreen in a ballistic roll, and become familiar with an upside-down view. Bid for the experience in the AOPA Foundation's A Night For Flight online auction.

90-day old airport hosts first fly-in in China

Advocacy | Aug 30, 2012

It's not Oshkosh, but the first ever fly-in by AOPA-China in Faku in the Shenyang province had all the passion and enthusiasm for general aviation characteristic of airshows worldwide.

Hollywood's precision pilot shares tips at Summit

Article | Jul 19, 2012

If you've seen a movie with aerial footage or an aircraft in flight, chances are Craig Hosking was involved. One of Hollywood's most experienced precision pilots, Hosking has served as a pilot or aerial coordinator in more than 100 titles.

Cheers, join the family of aviators at Summit

Article | Jun 21, 2012

Expand your network of aviation friends at AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., Oct. 11 through 13.

SpaceX capsule delivers cargo to space station

Article | May 30, 2012

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) made history May 25 as the first private company to dock a spacecraft with the International Space Station.

Boeing 727 crashed on purpose for science, television

Article | May 03, 2012

The pilot set the jetliner on a crash course and hit the silk, leaving a Boeing 727 packed with cameras, instruments, and crash test dummies to make a final plunge to the Sonoran Desert in the name of science and entertainment.