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ACR Electronics offers new 406 MHz ELT

Article | Jul 28, 2014

A new single-output ELT from ACR Electronics features GPS integration that doesn’t require aircraft power.

Letters: AOPA 75 Years

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Our May 2014 issue was dedicated to the anniversary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, encouraging members to comment, reflect—and correct.

Civil Air Patrol highlights stories of WWII volunteers

Article | May 20, 2014

The Civil Air Patrol has released a website highlighting the work done by cadets during World War II.

Eye on sports

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

You say you’re a big sports fan; would like to see major sporting events from a different perspective; and like the idea of flying a rare, classic general aviation airplane?

Letters: A Tipping Point for 406 MHz

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

Dave Hirschman’s update on the installation of ELTs struck home for many readers at an interesting time in aviation history.

Question of the Month

Article | Mar 15, 2014

What is a realistic per-hour cost of flying as a member of a club?

Congressional Flying Club: Rising from the DC SFRA ashes

Article | Feb 21, 2014

The Congressional Flying Club, hurt by the implementation of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, has managed to be revitalized.

Frugal Flier: A tipping point for 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

A pair of events last year changed my mind about ELTs and spurred me to take a long-delayed action.

AOPA opposes recommendation to phase out 121.5 MHz ELTs

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2014

Rather than being forced to junk working emergency locator transmitters, pilots should be free to choose the best technology for their missions, AOPA is telling the Federal Communications Commission.

Civil Air Patrol expertise sped Nevada rescue

Article | Dec 11, 2013

For pilots, the 60,000-plus-member Civil Air Patrol readily comes to mind when an aerial role in a rescue is launched.

Yacht in the air

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

There’s a good chance you’ve used Row 44’s satellite-based, in-flight Wi-Fi system as an airline passenger.

Young flight instructor credits CAP with his success

Article | Nov 25, 2013

A 21-year-old flight instructor says the Civil Air Patrol ignited his interest in aviation and helped him achieve his goals.

Pilot's Choice grants fund mission work, new-pilot outreach

Article | Nov 20, 2013

An organization dedicated to transporting rescue, shelter, and foster animals was selected as the top charity in Lightspeed Aviation Foundation's 2013 Pilot's Choice Awards.

Spreading aviation

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It’s a bright, breezy day at the seaplane base in Lakeland, Florida, the second day of the 2013 annual Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. The winds are a little strong—gusting to 20 mph—but the crowds are gathering for the events.

DOT opposes FCC's bid to ban 121.5 MHz ELTs

Article | Aug 20, 2013

The Department of Transportation says that 121.5 MHz ELTs continue to provide a beneficial means of locating missing aircraft and should not be banned.

Event

Article | Jul 12, 2013

A Fly-out to the Biggest Fly-In in the World: Oshkosh

A grief-stricken father’s mission

Article | Jun 25, 2013

A Wyoming father whose daughter died in the Utah mountains after surviving a crash wants every pilot to prepare for the worst.

Staying alive: Survival training for after a ditching

Article | Jun 20, 2013

In the chilly ocean off the Southern California coast, GA pilots learned what it feels like to hit the water in a ditching.

CAP wings help with post-tornado efforts

Article | May 30, 2013

Civil Air Patrol wings from four states recently completed a mission to provide assistance to Moore, Okla., still recovering from a tornado that hit May 20.

Massive tornado devastates Oklahoma

Article | May 21, 2013

After a massive tornado ripped through Oklahoma City and its suburbs on May 20, the FAA implemented a temporary flight restriction at the request of local police.

Senators to FCC: Drop 121.5 MHz ELT ban proposal

Article | May 03, 2013

General aviation aircraft owners would spend an aggregate $500 million on dated technology under a revived Federal Communications Commission proposal to eliminate emergency locator transmitters that operate on 121.5 MHz, said five U.S. senators.

The cold truth

Article | Apr 16, 2013

In rugged, remote country, harsh weather can be more life-threatening than an aircraft crash itself. In 2012, AOPA Online Managing Editor Alyssa Miller reported on what she’d learned in a weekend-long winter survival course held in the woods of northwest Montana.

AOPA opposes FCC proposal to ban 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters

News release | Apr 05, 2013

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has told the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that it vigorously opposes the commission’s plan to prohibit the future use of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) that use a 121.5 MHz signal.

Industry innovator leads charmed aviation life

Article | Apr 04, 2013

Ronald Alexander’s charmed aviation life—which includes flying for the U.S. Air Force and Delta Air Lines, creating several aviation-related companies, collecting and restoring antique aircraft, and founding the Candler Field Museum—are among the reasons he will be one of three inductees into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame on April 27.

ELT ban threatens ‘substantial costs, fleeting benefits’

Article | Apr 02, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission should “immediately abandon” its bid to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5-MHz ELTs, AOPA said in a regulatory filing. From its technological shortcomings to its costs—estimated by the FAA as $500 million—the proposal initiated by the FCC in January should be dropped, and the FCC should defer to the FAA on this and any future regulatory actions where aviation is concerned, AOPA said in extensive formal comments submitted April 1.