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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.

Cessna 206 ready to serve Papua New Guinea

Article | Jul 20, 2015

Samaritan Aviation has refurbished a Cessna 206 on floats for service in Papua New Guinea.


Article | Jul 19, 2015

The Air Safety Institute created a short and clever video just in time for summer. It provides tips and advice to make sure your vacation flight doesn’t become a bummer. Take a minute or two to watch this video, it’s a clever and fun way to do a brief flight review.

Buried in a boneyard

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

'That’s All, Brother' navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord.

Pilot Briefing: Events

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Public benefit flying feted at Endeavor Awards

Befriending neighbors

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

After noise complaints raised tension in recent years, a Cape Cod airport has bonded with the community through airplanes, classic cars, fire engines, and ice cream.

Perry joins CAP Board of Governors

Article | Jun 11, 2015

Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President and former Naval aviator George Perry has joined the Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors, CAP announced June 10.

Party under the space shuttle

Article | Jun 01, 2015

The good that pilots are doing to help others was given a Hollywood bash May 30 at the Los Angeles Science Center.

Humanitarian aviation group helping in Nepal

Article | May 11, 2015

Nampa, Idaho-based Mission Aviation Fellowship is providing flight services with two helicopters, and logistical support for relief efforts in Nepal.

2015 Giving Back grant applications open

Article | May 07, 2015

The AOPA Foundation has announced that it will once again award 10 Giving Back grants to charities that are doing good work through general aviation.

'Celebrate a life with flight'

Article | Apr 29, 2015

Michigan pilot Jim Hesseman hopes pilots will offer comfort to grieving families by sponsoring “white feather flights.” He offers resources to help.

Lightspeed announces Pilots Choice Awards finalists

Article | Apr 24, 2015

Twelve charities are hoping their story resonates with you this year as part of the sixth annual Lightspeed Aviation Pilots Choice Awards.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Several days after his sixty-second surgery for life-threatening wounds suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, Sgt. Jesse Murphree became the 10,000th passenger flown by volunteer pilots of the Veteran’s Airlift Command.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 gains support

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2015

Support continues to grow for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of protections for pilots.

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.