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Pilots urged to help prevent 121.5 MHz ELT ban

Article | Mar 20, 2013

AOPA is reminding pilots concerned about the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) to submit their comments to the FCC by April 1. AOPA strongly opposes the proposal, which in effect would force pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs, thereby hindering, rather than improving, aviation safety.

Don't ban 121.5 MHz ELTs, AOPA says

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2013

The Federal Communication Commission's plan to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5 MHz ELTs--effectively forcing pilots to switch to 406 MHz ELTs--would hinder, not improve, aviation safety and conflicts with existing laws, AOPA says.

Luxury surtax targeting aircraft resurfaces in Maryland

Advocacy | Mar 13, 2013

A Maryland lawmaker has proposed to levy an additional sales surtax on a list of items, including all general aviation aircraft, categorized as supposed "luxury" items.

'We got a rogue vehicle': ATC honored for assists

Article | Mar 07, 2013

The airliner was on short final, descending from a 600-foot overcast, when Philadelphia Tower controller Dave Giberson shifted his attention from the airborne radar to ground radar and saw a blip. He ordered the airliner to abort, and saved lives. Giberson was one of many controllers honored with the Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Find out what caused the blip.

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.