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It all adds up

Article | Mar 17, 2015

Several days after his sixty-second surgery for wounds suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, Army Sgt. Jesse Murphree became the 10,000th veteran flown by volunteer pilots of the Veterans Airlift Command.

From a Comanche to Corporate Angel Network

Article | Mar 10, 2015

Priscilla Blum, co-founder of the nonprofit Corporate Angel Network, was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame on March 7.

Women in Aviation conference welcomes enthusiastic crowd in Dallas

Article | Mar 09, 2015

The twenty-sixth annual Women in Aviation, International (WAI) conference drew a crowd of more than 4,500 attendees to hear from dynamic leaders in corporate, nonprofit, and military aviation.

Air Safety Institute debuts seaplane, helicopter FIRC electives

Article | Feb 11, 2015

AOPA’s popular electronic flight instructor refresher course (eFIRC) provides a customized way for flight instructors to fulfill their currency requirement by offering 13 pilot-selectable electives – including new seaplane and helicopter elements.

Fresh Skyhawks for CAP

Article | Feb 05, 2015

Search and rescue remains a core function of the Civil Air Patrol, although the 21 new Cessna 172s recently purchased have a different mission.

A flight for Summer

Article | Feb 03, 2015

A Florida pilot helps to coordinate a general aviation flight to carry a young dolphin to its permanent home at a research facility.

Nurturing GA

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Few states match Massachusetts when it comes to supporting airports, and the enthusiasm continues to be nurtured by AOPA and many others.

FltPlan, Angel Flight West partner to match pilots with flight needs

Article | Jan 27, 2015

Commercial flight planning service FltPlan and Angel Flight West are integrating so that the nonprofit organization can match passenger needs with volunteer pilots’ existing flight schedules.

WAI names 2015 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductees

Article | Jan 13, 2015

Four women who have earned places of honor in the history of aviation will be inducted into Women in Aviation International's Pioneer Hall of Fame.

2015 Endeavor Awards nominations open

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Nominations are open until Jan. 31, 2015, for the Endeavor Awards, bestowed to honor the service of individual pilots who participate in public benefit flying.

GA pilots bring cheer to island residents

Article | Dec 16, 2014

Christmas will be a bit more festive for the 460 residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village on a tiny spit of land in the Chesapeake Bay, thanks to a group of general aviation pilots.

Volunteers give ‘Sky Kids’ a taste of flight

Article | Nov 25, 2014

An Arizona airport ramp usually packed with business aircraft was transformed to a venue for fun and joy for 135 special-needs children and family members.

Turtle airlift

Article | Nov 25, 2014

Pilots and aircraft owners have volunteered to transport hundreds of sea turtles rescued in Massachusetts to facilities equipped to care for them.

The inside story of an Ebola evacuation mission

Article | Nov 19, 2014

When Mike Ott’s dad took him up for his first airplane ride in a Piper Cherokee, little could he imagine that his current flying job would attract worldwide attention.

Lightspeed 2014 Pilots Choice grant recipients named

Article | Nov 06, 2014

Eight aviation charities, selected through online voting, will receive grants from $2,000 to $10,000.

Humanitarian pilot Peter VandenBosch has died

Article | Oct 16, 2014

Peter VandenBosch, pilot, author, founder of a charitable aviation organization that has flown thousands of patients to medical care, has died.

AOPA Foundation names 2014 Giving Back grant recipients

Article | Oct 09, 2014

The AOPA Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2014 Giving Back grants that recognize good works done through general aviation by nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Copter’s aviation legacy set in stone

Article | Sep 30, 2014

A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.