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Can-do attitude: Colorado Springs Fly-In ‘awesome, amazing’

Article | Sep 26, 2015

More than 2,150 attendees reveled in Colorado-blue skies, warm temperatures, and the happy camaraderie of aviation enthusiasts out for a fly-in. “I would do this every week,” claimed Colorado Jet Center manager Aaron Wood, whose fixed-base operator was a host for the fourth 2015 AOPA Fly-In. “This is at the heart of what we’re all about. There are wings everywhere!”

Island airstrip reopens, fulfilling a promise

Advocacy | Aug 19, 2015

An airstrip newly opened to the public is located on state-owned North Fox Island, 27 miles northwest of Charlevoix, Michigan.

Airport funding makes gains in Washington state

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

Aircraft excise taxes collected by the State of Washington will exclusively fund airport improvement projects under a transportation appropriations bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Pilot Briefing: Fly-Ins

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

Colorado Springs hosts September fly-in

‘Top Prop’ winner to be named at AirVenture

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Pilots may sign up through July 21 for a chance to win a three-day backcountry flying adventure or a seaplane rating in Hartzell Propeller's Top Prop Trailblazer Sweepstakes.

'Pilot Getaways' Editor in Chief John Kounis dies

Article | Jul 14, 2015

John Kounis was a pilot, NASA engineer, world traveler, and an irrepressibly positive force in aviation who co-founded Pilot Getaways magazine with his brother, George, and turned it into an authoritative source for pilots in search of adventure.

New airport site selected for northern Minnesota

Advocacy | Jun 23, 2015

A new airport site has been selected to bring general aviation access to Lake of the Woods County in remote northern Minnesota near the U.S.-Canada border.

Pilot Getaways: Solitude in the Selway

Article | Jun 10, 2015

Few airstrips exude peacefulness like Fish Lake. Within this spruce-shrouded valley, the wildlife is abundant, the sounds are intensified, and visitors are rare.

Oregon advances private airfield protection

Article | May 28, 2015

Oregon lawmakers have moved a bill out of committee that would protect private airfield owners from liability.

Idaho aviators gather for fifth annual expo

Advocacy | May 27, 2015

General aviation pilots in Idaho gathered in Idaho Falls for the fifth annual Idaho Aviation Expo on May 15 and 16.

Oregon advances airfield protection

Article | Apr 14, 2015

A bill that would clarify protections for landowners who allow aircraft operations advanced in Oregon, unopposed in the state House of Representatives.

Michigan liability protection bill clears House committee

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

A bill to provide liability protection for Michigan landowners who permit public use of their airstrips for recreational aviation has gained a legislative committee's approval.

Maine pilots hold eighth annual forum

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

Snow and a record cold February proved no obstacle for 65 Maine aviators who turned out Feb. 28 for the Eighth Annual Maine Aviation Forum.

Protecting access in Michigan

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill to protect private landowners who allow aircraft operations, and, in turn, protect backcountry access for aviators.

Pilot Getaways: Mineral Canyon, Utah

Article | Mar 09, 2015

The most profound reason to visit Mineral Canyon is simply to experience the natural wonder of the picturesque, river-worn canyons. The canyons are a spectacle to behold from the air.

West Virginia adds liability protection for airfield owners

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 18 signed into law a bill that will add liability protection for land owners who allow aircraft operations at their privately owned airstrips and farms.

Event spotlights Washington State’s aviation funding gap

Advocacy | Feb 12, 2015

The state of Washington will require about $12 million a year to fund improvements for its 134 public-use airports over the next 20 years.

Forest Service planning rule recognizes aviation access

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2015

New U.S. Forest Service directives that interpret a 2012 Planning Rule designate aviation as a “legitimate mode of access” to the backcountry.

Reach hard-to-reach places in your airplane

Article | Feb 04, 2015

You can’t take a major airline to see the swimming pigs in Staniel Cay in the Bahamas, or to see the natural hot springs at a remote corner of Death Valley National Park.

New group seeks to protect, promote GA in Washington

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Pilots in Washington State have another voice advocating for them on airport, economic, legislative, and public perception issues: the Washington State Aviation Alliance.

Aircraft taxes should go into aviation fund, AOPA says

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.

AOPA: Nez Perce-Clearwater plan should protect airstrips

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Revisions to the U.S. Forest Service’s plan for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in Idaho should allow safety-related improvements to existing airstrips and open the door to creation of new airstrips, AOPA said in comments on the revisions Nov. 12.