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News from HQ

Article | Apr 25, 2016

Flying clubs take center stage at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.

Airport Support Network relaunch underway

Article | Apr 08, 2016

The AOPA Airport Support Network begins a new era this year with new oversight, new programs, and a compelling new video to be shared with the nation's community airports.

Sun Flyer moves to proof of concept

Article | Apr 08, 2016

The Sun Flyer proof-of-concept aircraft, designed by Arion Aircraft LLC to be a two-seat trainer, will have its official rollout in "a couple weeks," Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. CEO George Bye announced at Sun 'n Fun.

Raffle benefits Sun 'n Fun STEM program

Article | Apr 07, 2016

Win a weeklong trip to Florida, VIP admission to next year's Sun 'n Fun, and a Mustang flight in a raffle benefiting Sun 'n Fun's STEM program.

Earthrounder pilot not allowed to land in US

Article | Apr 07, 2016

Michel Gordillo was on his way to Sun 'n Fun, where he planned to talk about his upcoming attempt to fly a Van's Aircraft RV-8 around the world via the Arctic and Antarctic poles, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials wouldn't let him enter the country.

SocialFlight offers more 'social' features

Article | Apr 07, 2016

SocialFlight will launch a new release, version 5, on May 1 with features that will let users become even more social, founder Jeff Simon said April 7.

Light the night

Slideshow | Apr 07, 2016

When the sun goes down over Sun 'n Fun, there is still plenty of light to brighten the sky.

Friends, old and new

Slideshow | Apr 07, 2016

Part of the joy of flying is the great people pilots get to meet along the way. AOPA staff look forward each year to a chance to mingle at Sun 'n Fun, where a big part of the fun is a chance to spend time with members.

LAMA reports LSA progress

Article | Apr 07, 2016

The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association issued an upbeat report on its advocacy initiatives at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

Redbird is 'Winging It'

Article | Apr 07, 2016

Simulator maker Redbird is traveling the country showing pilots the many ways they can learn and interact with simulators.

Sporty's stays busy with new app, products

Article | Apr 07, 2016

Sporty's Pilot Shop has introduced a number of new products and services, including a new iPad application that provides training videos in a unique way.

Sun 'n Fun news in brief

Article | Apr 06, 2016

News from the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.

AOPA focuses on fun

Article | Apr 06, 2016

AOPA is focusing on fun to increase pilot starts, improve the student-pilot completion rate, and get lapsed pilots back into the skies.

Piper scores big with UND training contract

Article | Apr 06, 2016

The University of North Dakota selected Piper as its next training airplane, an order worth more than 100 Archers and Seminoles.

AOPA to award Reimagined Cessna 150 to a startup flying club

Article | Apr 06, 2016

AOPA will give away a Reimagined Cessna 150 to a flying club that is just starting out on its mission of making flying fun and affordable for its members.

RDD offers Lancair IV-P conversion

Article | Apr 05, 2016

With all the extras owners wanted on their Lancair IV-P aircraft, stall speeds went up with the extra weight. RDD offers a conversion to solve that.

Hartzell acquires Sky-Tec starters, solenoids

Article | Apr 05, 2016

Hartzell Engine Technologies has acquired the Sky-Tec brand of starters and solenoids. Production will be moved to Hartzell next year while Sky-Tec remains in Texas developing new products.

E-Mag works toward FAA certification

Article | Apr 05, 2016

E-Mag is making steady progress on FAA certification of its electronic ignition system for six-cylinder engines, company founder Brad Dement said April 5.

‘Every pilot’s dream’

Article | Apr 05, 2016

Sonex Aircraft JSX-2 jets were deployed to Sun 'n Fun to wow the airshow crowd, and potential homebuilders.

Commemorative Air Force brings B-17, Red Tails exhibit to Sun 'n Fun

Article | Apr 05, 2016

The Commemorative Air Force is honoring veterans at Sun 'n Fun by bringing three wing units, a Boeing B-17, and the Rise Above traveling exhibit, a mobile theater that seeks to educate the public about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Avidyne sales grow under new product launches

Article | Apr 05, 2016

Avidyne is soaring with 40 percent year-over-year growth on a healthy batch of new products and innovative features.

High school senior arrives at Sun 'n Fun in style

Article | Apr 05, 2016

A high school senior studying at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy arrived at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo aboard a P-51 Mustang.

Catching the sun

Slideshow | Apr 05, 2016

Green grass, blue skies, and a crowd of polished airplanes, pilots, and future pilots gathered as the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo began. AOPA's Mike Collins captured the scenes on camera.

Daher Introduces New TBM 930

Article | Apr 05, 2016

Pilots wanting a new TBM now have two choices: the TBM 900 and the newly introduced TBM 930. The public got its first look at Daher's new TBM 930 at a ceremony at the TBM factory in Tarbes, France, April 5. The aircraft is expected to be on display at Sun 'n Fun.

Spanish gyrocopter makes US debut

Article | Apr 04, 2016

For $100,000 you can build your own gyrocopter from Spain and fly it under the experimental category. There is only one of these in the United States at the moment.