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Power loss over rough seas

Article | Sep 13, 2012

Stanley E. Shaw and his adult son sat in the cockpit of the Cessna 185 floatplane, tossed about by six- to eight-foot swells. A sudden loss of power had forced an emergency landing off the California coastline.

High-tech search and rescue adds safety

Advocacy | Jul 18, 2012

From cellphones to personal locator beacons, emerging technology is giving pilots new ways to shorten the search and speed the rescue in the event of an accident or incident away from the airport, said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Melissa Rudinger at a National Transportation Safety Board forum in Washington, D.C.

Hot air balloons, the RAF, and D.I.A.B.E.T.E.S

Article | Jun 28, 2012

What do Beaumont, Miss., hot air balloons, the Royal Air Force, and diabetes have in common? Stick around and find out, all will become crystal clear! Diabetes is on the march with millions afflicted, and a couple of pilots are taking the lead in tackling this affliction.

Event at 'hidden gem' takes 258 passengers aloft

Article | Jun 05, 2012

Near-perfect weather and an enthusiastic crowd were an ideal recipe for Learn to Fly Day at the Frederick (Md.) Municipal Airport on June 2. The event, sponsored by AOPA and the airport, drew an estimated 600 people throughout the day; volunteer pilots flew 258 passengers.

Charities nominated for lift from Lightspeed

Article | Mar 28, 2012

Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, the charitable arm of the popular headset manufacturer of the same name, has announced this year's 20 finalists eligible for grants from the company.

Things you never want to see in D.C.

Article | Feb 02, 2012

The F-16 suddenly appeared off the left wing of the GippsAero G-8 Airvan. It wagged its wings, and its engine, in afterburner, shook the sky like an aerial earthquake.

121.5 ELT proposal would not affect availability of units

Advocacy | Jan 12, 2012

An FAA proposal published Jan. 11 would stop approvals of new 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitter (ELT) models, but would not affect availability of units already on the market.

50th Anniversary of the 172

Article | Jun 01, 2006

Timeline 1920-1929 1927: The Cessna Aircraft Company was formed on September 7, 1927. 1928: Cessna produced the first full cantilever-wing light airplane to go into production in the United States.