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Fly for MS returns triumphant

Article | Feb 10, 2016

A dead alternator, a nonfunctioning autopilot, and lack of magnetic course information didn’t dampen the spirits or slow the journey for two pilots bringing multiple sclerosis awareness to South and Central America.

Arizona Aviation Day a success

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2016

Pilots attending the Arizona Aviation Day at the state Capitol Jan. 28 shared their love of flying with lawmakers and talked about the benefits and economic impact general aviation has in the state.

Students propel Marion to best Indiana airport

Article | Jan 20, 2016

A pair of Purdue University aviation students performing their internship duties helped Indiana’s Marion Municipal Airport bring home a coveted 2015 “Airport of the Year” award.

AOPA donates to Veterans Airlift Command

Article | Jan 19, 2016

As part of an effort around Veteran's Day last year, AOPA announced it would contribute 10 percent of new memberships and renewals it received between Nov. 11 and 22 to the Veterans Airlift Command. The effort enabled AOPA to donate $1,380 to the organization.

FlyforMS pilots check in from Uruguay

Article | Jan 12, 2016

A pair of New York pilots circumnavigating South America for multiple sclerosis awareness has battled unexpected challenges, equipment issues, and weather delays while spreading their message of hope.

Colorado VFW holiday food, toy drive 'gratifying'

Article | Dec 09, 2015

Pilots delivered more than two tons of food and toys to Veterans of Foreign Wars members during the Colorado Aviation Business Association’s fifth annual holiday charity drive and airlift.

PlaneSense stuffs Pilatus PC-12 with food

Article | Nov 05, 2015

PlaneSense says the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based fractional aircraft company will fill a Pilatus PC-12 turboprop aircraft with nearly 1,000 pounds of nonperishable food and deliver it to the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester.

Multiple sclerosis flight to tour South America

Article | Oct 28, 2015

Two New York pilots plan to circumnavigate South America in a Cirrus SR22 for multiple sclerosis awareness. The Fly for MS charity flight, scheduled to lift off Nov. 14, will offer flights at stops along the route to those who have multiple sclerosis.

Pilot sends free patches to new fliers

Article | Oct 26, 2015

Jim Johnson of Reidsville, North Carolina, sends free embroidered pilot patches to new private pilots to celebrate their achievements.

Big hearts, big help

Article | Oct 20, 2015

After flash floods unleashed mudslides that stranded motorists just north of Los Angeles, California pilots at nearby Tehachapi Airport scrambled to provide help.

Lightspeed announces 2015 Pilots Choice winners

Article | Oct 19, 2015

Pets topped people after pilots voted online for their favorite aviation-based charity to select the top five 2015 Lightspeed Aviation Foundation cash grant winners.

Disaster relief continues after Hurricane Joaquin

Article | Oct 14, 2015

General aviation pilots are still needed to help deliver relief supplies in South Carolina after severe flooding, caused in part by Hurricane Joaquin, devastated the area.

Aerobridge seeks pilots, aircraft for disaster relief

Article | Oct 06, 2015

Aerobridge is calling on pilots to donate time in their aircraft or to volunteer for ground support in South Carolina after the recent devastating floods.

President's Position: Acts of service

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

As a group, pilots are some of the most generous people I know. And because we tend to feel passionately about GA, we want to share it with others.

AOPA Foundation announces 2015 Giving Back grant recipients

Article | Sep 22, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has awarded $10,000 grants to Build A Plane, Hope Flight Foundation, and Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth to promote the groups’ charitable work being done through general aviation.

Cool Stuff

Article | Sep 18, 2015

Higgins becomes first female to fly with Blue Angels

A day to serve

Article | Sep 09, 2015

Sept. 11 has become a National Day of Service and Remembrance, and general aviation pilots have abundant opportunities to contribute in unique ways.

Turbo the Flying Dog takes off on new adventure

Article | Sep 01, 2015

The next installment of the children's book series chronicling the adventures of Turbo the Flying Dog has landed on bookshelves.

Celebrate 2015 National Aviation Day

Article | Aug 18, 2015

Aviators can help celebrate National Aviation Day Aug. 19 by flying to favorite destinations, introducing friends to flying, or attending discounted U.S. aviation events.

Samaritan Aviation: Serving Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River basin

Article | Aug 05, 2015

Mark Palm’s sights were set on becoming a commercial or military pilot before a college trip to Papua New Guinea set him on a course to serve 500,000 Oceania islanders using floatplanes to deliver medical assistance.

Pilots N Paws plans national rescue flyout Oct. 3

Article | Aug 03, 2015

Pilots N Paws wants pilots from all 50 states to take part in its fall flyout of shelter dogs, scheduled for Oct. 3.

'All about doing the impossible'

Article | Jul 23, 2015

Pilots who are passionate about aviation can change lives, said Ben Walton, founder of the Summit Aviation Cancer Camp in Bozeman, Montana.