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Volunteer pilots sought for Ecuador relief effort

Advocacy | Apr 18, 2016

In the wake of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador April 16, the nonprofit organization Aerobridge, which helps coordinate disaster relief flights, is seeking volunteer pilots and their airplanes in the country who can provide aerial support.

Air assault helped quell Kansas, Oklahoma fires

Article | Apr 12, 2016

When wildfires broke out in Kansas and Oklahoma after a warm, dry winter, aviation helped quell hundreds of square miles of flaming brush.

A flying gig in Guyana

Article | Mar 24, 2016

Pilots wanted: Remote Area Medical brings vital health services to remote places in Guyana flying a single-engine Cessna U206 into a network of unimproved airstrips.

CAP seeks anti-discrimination law for emergency volunteers

Advocacy | Mar 21, 2016

Disciplining, discharging, or discriminating against an employee who responds to a “declared emergency” would be prohibited under legislation making its way through the Michigan legislature.

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.

Congressional keeps flying club fun

Article | Dec 29, 2015

There are flying clubs and then there are flying clubs. For Congressional Flying Club's aviation aficionados, the social scene and the journey, rather than the destination, are paramount.

Perlan 2 glider begins test flights

Article | Dec 16, 2015

The Airbus Perlan Mission II team recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Nevada to open flight testing in preparation to fly the glider to an unprecedented 90,000 feet next summer.

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.

AOPA announces 2015 AV8RS scholarship recipients

AV8RS | Nov 09, 2015

Four young people who are working toward goals in aviation have been named the 2015 scholarship recipients of the AOPA AV8RS Scholarship Program.

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.

South Carolina floods documented by air

Article | Oct 08, 2015

After two feet of rainfall flooded South Carolina, general aviation aircraft documented the disaster and assisted in recovery efforts.

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.

AOPA convenes first High School Aviation Symposium

Article | Oct 06, 2015

AOPA is inviting school administrators, guidance counselors, and aviation program directors to attend the first symposium of the AOPA Aviation Education Leadership Alliance.

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.

2,600 miles to Oshkosh

Article | Aug 03, 2015

Lee Griffin of North Pole, Alaska, realized a longtime dream when he flew 2,600 nautical miles to EAA AirVenture in his North American T-28 Trojan.

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.

Safety

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.

CAP National Flight Academy solos cadets across the country

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Civil Air Patrol cadet Josh Thompson, 16, could barely contain his pride and enthusiasm after soloing a Cessna 172 during a National Flight Academy solo camp in July at Fort Pickett Army National Guard Base in Blackstone, Virginia.

NASA tests ELTs

Article | Jul 07, 2015

A Cessna Skyhawk was very much the worse for wear after NASA finished testing four off-the-shelf ELTs.

Pilot Briefing: Events

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

Public benefit flying feted at Endeavor Awards

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.

Air Force grant helps Civil Air Patrol cadet campers

Article | Jun 29, 2015

A new Air Force grant opens the financial door for Civil Air Patrol cadets struggling to attend this summer’s weeklong camps highlighting leadership, physical fitness, character development, and aviation-themed educational experiences.

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.

A crossing gone wrong

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

It’s become widely accepted in aviation that nearly every accident can be traced not to one single cause, but rather a chain of threats and errors that all contribute to the final outcome.

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.

New pilot wins Sporty’s RV-12 Sweeps airplane

Article | May 16, 2015

A new airplane for a new private pilot: Sporty’s surprised Rick Okikawa of California May 16 with the news that he had won the Sporty’s 2015 RV-12 Sweepstakes airplane.

Cessna halts orders for diesel Cessna 182

Article | May 14, 2015

Cessna Aircraft has confirmed no new purchase agreements are being accepted for the Cessna 182 JT-A diesel-engine Skylane, and numerous dealers have confirmed the project is on hold indefinitely.

Civil Air Patrol buys gas engine Cessna 182s

Article | May 11, 2015

The Civil Air Patrol ordered 17 gasoline-powered Cessna Skylane 182s in April as the diesel Skylane JT-A waits for certification.

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.