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FCC floats new 121.5 MHz ELT ban proposal

Advocacy | Feb 28, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission has revived a plan to ban 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) in a proposal that could cost aircraft owners hundreds of millions of dollars.

Analyst forecast sees bright future for rotorcraft

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Because civil and military rotorcraft markets often run counter-cyclical to one another, it makes for a more stable sales environment for helicopters, with military frequently compensating for any civil slack and vice versa.

GPS tracking to speed Alaska rescues

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

Help for downed aircraft in Alaska could arrive sooner under a new program that will send distress messages including GPS coordinates from participating pilots' satellite tracking devices directly to flight service stations, where they would be matched with active VFR flight plans.

Jan. 11, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Jan 11, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 2 — January 11, 2013 Secret 'no-fly zone'?Life in the airwaysFCC addresses 121.5 MHz ELTsQuiz Me: Radar service terminated Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured Secret no-fly zone? Pilot arrested, fights back A swarm of law enforcement vehicles awaited Robin Fleming as he landed his sailplane at South Carolina's Hartsville Regional Airport on July 26, 2012.

FCC takes measured approach to 121.5 MHz ELTs

Advocacy | Jan 09, 2013

The FCC has opted to ask questions and gather comments before taking further action on 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters.

GA flights help hurricane relief effort

Article | Nov 06, 2012

Pilots from across the country converged on three airports in New York and New Jersey, delivering tens of thousands of donated supplies to a region still reeling from Hurricane Sandy.

Born to fly: Waner Del Rosario

Article | Oct 09, 2012

Waner Del Rosario's older sister likes to tell him that the family knew he wanted to fly before he could walk.

Is your aircraft transmitting outdated data?

Advocacy | Sep 28, 2012

The FAA is observing several instances of incorrect registration data loaded onto Mode S transponder units; and statistics indicate a potential increase in lapsed aircraft registrations.