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Pilot Getaways: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Article | Sep 24, 2014

If you have sophistication and a sense of humor, then Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is the place for you. It is the kind of place where you can enjoy the finer things in life without taking yourself too seriously. Pilot Getaways recommends checking it out before or after AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.

Top 10 reasons to come home to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

A high-adrenaline aerobatic demonstration, warbird rides, and gourmet food trucks are among the highlights of AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 4.

‘Direct to’ and other gotchas: Flying in to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

Do your homework before you head to AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 in Frederick, Maryland, to ensure you’re safe and legal.

Pilots share Chino Fly-In excitement on social media

Article | Sep 21, 2014

Pilots who attended AOPA's fifth regional fly-in of the year in Chino, California, shared the excitement of the people, airplanes, and educational events via social media. See what they were saying.

SoCal pilots descend on Chino

Article | Sep 21, 2014

AOPA’s fifth regional fly-in of 2014 brought 329 aircraft and some 2,500 people to Chino, California, Sept. 20.

10 reasons not to miss AOPA's Chino Fly-In

Article | Sep 15, 2014

There are many reasons why you will want to be at AOPA’s Chino Fly-In on Sept. 20. Here are our top 10.

Training Tip: A destination in detail

Article | Sep 09, 2014

As your destination airports grow in size and complexity, the ground phase of your arrival will benefit from careful advance research.

Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

Article | Sep 09, 2014

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Keeping the history in historic

Article | Sep 08, 2014

The historic aircraft that fill Chino Airport don’t restore and maintain themselves. A cadre of dedicated owners, pilots, and mechanics keeps them airworthy and exercised.

Catalina Island: Much more than a lunch stop

Article | Sep 08, 2014

The most popular $100 hamburger stop for Southern California pilots is probably the Airport in the Sky on Santa Catalina Island. But most pilots simply leave after lunch and miss out on unique experiences available year-round. Consider spending time at the island while you are in the area for AOPA's Chino Fly-In Sept. 20.

Taildraggers to jet fighters, return to GA roots

Article | Sep 03, 2014

School was out, and he hadn’t made the cut for the Pony League baseball team. So in the summer of 1954, Dean Stickell started riding his bicycle to Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

10 things to do in Southern California

Article | Sep 02, 2014

If you're thinking about attending AOPA's Chino Fly-In on Sept. 20, why not add a day or two and take in some of the area's sights? From amusement parks to museums and from Hollywood landmarks to an observatory, SoCal has it all.

Flying Tigers rebirth

Article | Aug 25, 2014

“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.

Fun in the Southern California sun

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Southern California is the place to be as AOPA makes final preparations for the Chino Fly-In on Sept. 20. Chino Airport is about 40 nautical miles east of Los Angeles.

Successful in Spokane

Article | Aug 17, 2014

“I want to spend every day here!” cried a small boy as the fourth 2014 AOPA Regional Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, came to a close at Felts Field Aug. 16.

Shameless Sausages, oh my!

Article | Aug 13, 2014

There are lots of reasons to attend the AOPA Fly-In Aug. 16 at Spokane's Felts Field, and a clever little food truck called Shameless Sausages is just one of them.

Pilot Getaways: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Coeur d’Alene is a premier resort destination of the inland Northwest. Surrounded by pine-carpeted mountains, Coeur d’Alene Lake has been called one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Consider visiting on your way to the AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16.

Outrageous outdoors

Article | Aug 06, 2014

Aviation in the West started at places such as Spokane's Felts Field (SFF). The historic airfield was once known as Parkwater because it is situated along the south bank of the Spokane River.

10 things to do in Spokane

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Spokane’s Felts Field has a little bit of everything for the aviation enthusiast. The historic airstrip features beautifully renovated terminal and hangar buildings, a 4,500-foot-long runway, 6,000-foot seaplane landing area, delightful diner serving breakfast and lunch, and is home to renovators and collectors of historic aircraft.

AOPA issues call for airports to host 2015 regional fly-ins

Article | Jul 24, 2014

Following on the success of its 2014 regional fly-ins, AOPA on July 23 issued a “Request for Airport Proposal” for its series of regional fly-ins for 2015.

AOPA Live This Week - July 17, 2014

Video | Jul 18, 2014

New midget personal jet from Sonex flies, even does aerobatics on its first flight. Time is getting close to award the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair; see how your airplane looks over the Big Apple. We have an update on the search for a replacement for 100LL, and it’s good news. And we take a look at the army of green shirts that help make the AOPA Regional Fly-Ins possible.

A beautiful day in Massachusetts

Article | Jul 12, 2014

Blue skies and temperatures in the 70s greeted the more than 2,250 visitors to the third 2014 AOPA Fly-In in Plymouth, Massachusetts, July 12.

A river runs through it

Article | Jul 11, 2014

Spokane, Washington's Felts Field began in 1910, welcomed Charles Lindbergh in 1927, once served as the city’s municipal airport, and is now home to an active general aviation community that is anxious to welcome visitors to AOPA’s fourth 2014 fly-in on Aug. 16.

Air show star Michael Goulian to serve as AOPA Ambassador

News release | Jul 10, 2014

Legendary air show and racing pilot Michael Goulian will serve as an “AOPA Ambassador,” the Association announced Thursday.

Airshow star Michael Goulian to serve as AOPA Ambassador

Article | Jul 10, 2014

Legendary airshow and racing pilot Michael Goulian will serve as an “AOPA Ambassador,” the association announced July 10.

Registration opens for AOPA Homecoming Fly-In

Article | Jul 10, 2014

Registration is now open for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4, so sign up now for your free lunch and a day of educational seminars, meeting with fellow pilots, and more at AOPA’s home base.

AOPA Live This Week - July 10, 2014

Video | Jul 10, 2014

A runway incursion in Barcelona, Spain, got plenty of media attention, though it may not have been quite as hairy as some would have you think. We’ll chat with AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg about the lessons, including “look both ways.” Plus, we’ll take you to Plymouth, Massachusetts for a look at what makes it a perfect place for an AOPA Fly-In, and return to San Marcos, Texas, for some unconventional taxi lessons.

Recruiting for a cause

Article | Jul 09, 2014

With hundreds of volunteer pilots logging hundreds of hours each year to support conservation, LightHawk offers pilots a chance to make a difference.

Food truck convoy

Article | Jul 08, 2014

AOPA has lined up an array of menu options for those attending the third regional AOPA Fly-In in Plymouth, Massachusetts, July 12.

AOPA Indianapolis Regional Fly In - DE

Video | Jul 03, 2014

Check out all the great things at the AOPA Indy Regional event.

Top 10 reasons to attend AOPA's Plymouth Fly-In

Article | Jul 01, 2014

From friendly greetings, old New England charm, to food, fun, and learning, there are many great reasons to make Plymouth, Mass., your July 12 destination.

'Real GA'

Article | Jul 01, 2014

With as active and diverse a mix of aircraft and pilots as just about any general aviation airport, Plymouth, Mass., welcomes one and all to the AOPA Regional Fly-In July 12.

Hyannis: Cape Cod's vibrant hub

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Considered by some to be the unofficial "capital" of Cape Cod, Hyannis, Mass., stands out when compared with the other villages on the famous peninsula. Consider visiting the area after attending AOPA's Plymouth Regional Fly-In July 12.

Chow Hounds

Article | Jun 23, 2014

Bob Trinque has done as much to support general aviation as just about any pilot.

Fresh seafood, living history

Article | Jun 19, 2014

From fresh, succulent lobster served up dockside to golf, history, and gorgeous beaches, Plymouth, Mass., is a destination worthy of a long weekend, or more. So plan some extra time while in town for AOPA's Plymouth Fly-In July 12.

Martha's Vineyard: From Colonial Port to Island Resort

Article | Jun 17, 2014

There is an undeniable appeal to Martha's Vineyard, its villages hugging neat little harbors, farmland lined with rock-pile fences, and centuries-old lighthouses perched above the Atlantic.

AOPA celebrates 75 years at Wings Field

Article | Jun 12, 2014

A small group of guests of Fly Advanced, the FBO and flight school at Wings Field near Philadelphia, celebrated AOPA’s seventy-fifth anniversary on June 11.

Unusual attitudes

Article | Jun 11, 2014

Plymouth Municipal Airport in Plymouth, Mass., home of the AOPA Fly-In July 12, has a long history of unusual attitudes.

Plymouth Airport Chow Hounds DE

Video | Jun 11, 2014

For 24 years, Bob Trinque has been flying friends to breakfast in The Chow Hound, a C-45.

Debonair on deck

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

I know I’ve said this for each of the four sweepstakes restoration airplanes I’ve overseen, but I’ll say it again anyway: The Debonair Sweepstakes airplane has been the most ambitious project yet.

Cranberry country

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Lifting external loads that can represent nearly a quarter of a helicopter's total weight is a tricky mission that requires pilots with special skills.

Social media snapshot: AOPA's Indy Fly-In

Article | Jun 02, 2014

Indianapolis Regional Airport, in the middle of America's heartland, played host to the second AOPA Regional Fly-In May 31. See the reaction of attendees at the event, via social media.

Indy Fly-In builds dreams, offers second chances

Article | May 31, 2014

Thanks to perfect weather—clear skies, temperatures in the 80s, and a light breeze—more than 2,000 attended AOPA's Indianapolis Fly-In, including 160 volunteers, with 475 aircraft flying in to Indianapolis Regional, and more than 60 to Indianapolis Metropolitan, the designated reliever.

Camping out, GA style

Article | May 30, 2014

More than a dozen general aviation aircraft filled the designated camping area for AOPA’s Fly-In at Indianapolis Regional Airport. Pilots pitched their tents under wings and behind tails, and swapped stories in the shade of their birds.

Trojan Horsemen to perform at Indy Fly-In

Article | May 29, 2014

The Trojan Horsemen flight demonstration team, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, will delight attendees at AOPA’s Indianapolis Fly-In May 31.

Support for medical reform grows

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

Museum offers inside look at Rolls-Royce, Allison engines

Article | May 21, 2014

Experience throttling up the Allison J35 turbojet engine, igniting the afterburner to produce a fuel flow that would empty a car's gas tank in 22 seconds, or debate the merits of the early Allison V1710 and Rolls-Royce Merlin engines at the interactive Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Allison Branch museum in Indianapolis.

Debonair to debut new paint scheme at Indy

Article | May 21, 2014

AOPA's freshly painted Sweepstakes Debonair, a seven-eighths scale P-51 Mustang, Curtiss JN-4 Jenny replica, and other rare aircraft will be on display for pilots to ogle at the Indianapolis Regional Fly-In May 31. Plus, go for a flight in a B-17 Flying Fortress, Fairchild PT-26 Cornell, Consolidated Vultee BT-13 Valiant, Boeing PT-17 Stearman Kaydet, or Pitts S2C.

Top 10 reasons to attend AOPA’s Indy Fly-In

Article | May 21, 2014

AOPA’s second regional fly-in of the year, Indianapolis on May 31, is shaping up to be a grand event with plenty of fun, flying, and food. Check out these top 10 reasons you won’t want to miss the fly-in.

AOPA MARKS 75TH ANNIVERSARY TODAY

News release | May 15, 2014

On this day in 1939, five pilots – all unabashed aviation enthusiasts – gathered near Wings Field north of Philadelphia and signed the charter that would launch the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.