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Breitling jets plan U.S. tour

Article | Dec 10, 2014

The Breitling Jet Team has announced an itinerary of 18 stops for the team's first U.S. tour in 2015.

News from Headquarters

Article | Apr 21, 2014

AOPA hosted a breakfast meeting at Sun 'n Fun for flying club enthusiasts.

Sun 'n Fun 2014 by the numbers

Article | Apr 08, 2014

AOPA Online takes a look at the numbers generated at this year's Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Members weigh in on AOPA's Rusty Pilot initiative

Article | Apr 08, 2014

Attendees interviewed at Sun ‘n Fun applaud AOPA for the new Rusty Pilot initiative.

Scenic Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 08, 2014

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels returned to wow the crowd with exquisite precision flying, and the next generation began to dream.

Lightspeed names 2014 grant finalists

Article | Apr 07, 2014

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation named 15 aviation charities as finalists in the 2014 Pilot's Choice Awards program April 2 at Sun ‘n Fun.

Notable quotables from Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Apr 07, 2014

AOPA Online captures interesting quotes from the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Bonanza pilot wins King Schools sweepstakes

Article | Apr 04, 2014

Patrick Timmons has won the King Schools "Let Us Be Your Mentors" sweepstakes.

King Schools creates new online pilot forum

Article | Apr 04, 2014

A new online forum created by the King Schools targets aspiring and current pilots.

FAA hands out master pilot, mechanic awards at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 04, 2014

Former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, Women Airforce Service Pilot Bernice Haydu, and Sun 'n Fun founding director Billy Henderson were among the recipients of the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic awards.

Briefing: Where it all began

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

It was 1939 and war was looming in Europe. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president of the United States.

OpenAirplane expands to individual aircraft owners

Article | Apr 03, 2014

OpenAirplane has expanded its network of rental aircraft to individual owners who can make their airplanes available to a growing pool of pilots.

Synthetic advisory elements demonstrated

Article | Apr 03, 2014

Components for a synthetic air traffic advisory system were demonstrated at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport during Sun ’n Fun.

Stratus adds animated radar, split-screen attitude

Article | Apr 03, 2014

The Stratus Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver from Sporty’s Pilot Shop has added a split-screen attitude view, animated radar, and an iPad-battery-saving feature, Sporty’s announced April 2.

Sights of Sun 'n Fun

Slideshow | Apr 03, 2014

Aircraft of all shapes and sizes are gleaming under the Florida sun, and there is plenty of fun being had at Sun 'n Fun, too.

Be a member of the club

Article | Apr 03, 2014

AOPA sees the formation and promotion of flying clubs as a key initiative to bring more people into the flying community.

Quicksilver intros Sport 2S, expands assembly sites

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Quicksilver’s latest product is the new Sport 2S, a 65-horsepower Rotax 582-powered two seater made of aluminum tubing and Dacron-covered airfoils.

Couple donates Twin Bee to Vermont school

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Californians Jeanette and Roger Glazer have enjoyed their Twin Bee UC-1 for the past six years, but recently considered selling it. Instead the Seaplane Pilots Association convinced the couple to donate their storied aircraft.

JetBlue flies students to Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With fanfare provided by the Florida Air Force ROTC Honor Guard and Drum Corps, a JetBlue Airbus A320 arrived on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport’s Runway 5 bearing 120 students and school leadership from Long Island City, N.Y., and York College, Pa.

FreeFlight cuts ADS-B prices

Article | Apr 02, 2014

To encourage more aircraft owners to invest in ADS-B technology sooner, FreeFlight Systems is cutting the price of its universal access transceiver kit through the end of the year.

Airvan gets executive interior option

Article | Apr 02, 2014

GippsAero, the aircraft manufacturing arm of Mahindra Aerospace, has introduced a new executive interior for its GA8 Airvan utility airplane.

Tri-Motor offers vintage flying experience

Article | Apr 02, 2014

The Ford Tri-Motor passenger briefing covers the usual items, with a few twists—like the fact that one emergency exit is through the roof, or that you’ll need to climb uphill through the aisle to get to your seat.

AOPA members love their pancakes

Article | Apr 02, 2014

More than 200 attendees packed AOPA's Big Yellow Tent on April 2 to feast on free pancakes at the association's first breakfast at Sun 'n Fun, which featured a Q-and-A session with AOPA President Mark Baker.

Fly for $300 a month, Baker says

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.

Discovery Aviation buys Liberty XL-2, tests utility twin

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Discovery Aviation will manufacture the two-place Liberty XL-2, and flight testing has been completed for the new Discovery 201, a twin-engine, multi-role utility aircraft.

What portable ADS-B receivers don’t tell you

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Portable, receive-only ADS-B devices may not provide a complete picture of traffic near your aircraft.

Premier progresses with 172 diesel upgrade

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Premier Aircraft Sales is upgrading Cessna 172s with Centurion 2.0 turbodiesel engines and Garmin glass panels with touch-screen avionics.

DeLorme cuts inReach service fees

Article | Apr 01, 2014

DeLorme has cut inReach service fees, and the satellite communicator has been approved for Lockheed Martin’s Adverse Condition Alerting Service and FAA satellite reporting in Alaska.

AeroShell's Able Flight scholarship honors Alan Henley

Article | Apr 01, 2014

AeroShell has funded an ongoing flight training scholarship for Able Flight in honor of Alan Henley, the paralyzed former AeroShell Aerobatic Team leader.

Scheme Designers hosts scavenger hunt

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Scheme Designers, the design company that creates paint schemes for everything from light sport aircraft to airliners—as well as this year’s AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair—is hosting a scavenger hunt at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

A new start for Stemme

Article | Apr 01, 2014

The ultra-sleek, ultra high-tech Rotax-powered Stemme S-10 is back on display at Sun 'n Fun 2014, but that’s not the company’s big news. Under newly named President Mark Stevenson, Stemme has established Stemme USA, Inc.

TBM 900 debuts to public at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Daher Socata is on hand at Sun 'n Fun with the first two of the four new TBM 900s recently delivered to the United States. It was the first public showing of the new design.

Tecnam starts expansion in United States

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Tecnam, an Italian firm well established in Europe, is making significant investments aimed at growth in the United States, including introducing the Astore light sport aircraft.

LAMA looks to future of light sport industry

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Light sport aircraft manufacturers may take on a growing share of general aviation aircraft deliveries, according to an industry forecast and analysis by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association.

Experimental avionics in Flight Design C4

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Flight Design and Garmin will pioneer the use of experimental avionics with its four-seat, composite C4 aircraft.

Rotax lowers fuel burn, boosts performance with 912 iS Sport

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Rotax BRP unveiled a new version of its 912 iS fuel-injected engine at Sun 'n Fun that the company says offers a shorter takeoff run, a steeper climb rate, the best flight range in its class, and easier operations.

Garmin pilotizes the VIRB camera system

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Garmin's VIRB action camera now includes a host of accessories to make it more useful in the cockpit. An audio cable captures intercom and ATC communications, and a new removable filter reduces propeller blur.

Sun 'n Fun welcomes arrivals

Slideshow | Apr 01, 2014

AOPA Technical Editor Mike Collins captured the gathering crowd with a camera at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Redbird launches simulator challenge

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Redbird Flight Simulations is encouraging pilots from all over the world to show their stuff in the company's new 'Flying' Challenge Cup.

Meet Rod Machado, join Baker for pancakes at AOPA campus

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Attendees can meet with flight instructor and author Rod Machado or join AOPA President Mark Baker for a pancake breakfast as part of AOPA’s expanded offerings at the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo.

Treasure hunt, rebates among Sun 'n Fun deals

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Bonus gifts with headsets, rebates for GPS units, and an on-site treasure hunt are among the special offers from sellers during the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo.

Policy change riles LSA industry

Article | Mar 26, 2014

A draft FAA policy would prevent some light sport aircraft from carrying passengers, flying over densely populated areas, or flying at night. AOPA and the light sport aircraft industry oppose the changes.

AOPA offers safety seminars, more at Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Mar 20, 2014

Seminars at AOPA’s expanded Sun ‘n Fun campus feature safety topics presented by the Air Safety Institute, John and Martha King, and flight instructor and author Rod Machado.

Always something going on at AOPA campus at Sun ‘n Fun

Article | Mar 11, 2014

Whether you’re at Sun ‘n Fun for a day or the week, there will always be something happening at the expanded AOPA campus.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.