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NASA report: Your 'get out of jail free' card?

Article | Oct 16, 2012

The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), known to many as the "NASA report," is designed to get valuable information about what is going on in the system from those who are actually using the system. But the best part is you may possibly 'get out of jail free' by sharing the information.

Airport safety management a matter of scale

Advocacy | Sep 05, 2012

A culture of aviation safety has broad industry support. But requiring general aviation airports to implement safety management systems (SMS) based on programs at commercial-service airports would impose crippling burdens on the smaller facilities, AOPA said in a regulatory filing.

Angle-of-attack awareness key to safety

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

A recently published FAA advisory circular (AC) offers general aviation an important training tool as the industry strives to reduce the number of fatal loss-of-control accidents.

IFR Fix: Dangerous game

IFR Fix | Aug 03, 2012

With heartbreaking regularity, VFR pilots, often flying high-performance aircraft, continue to tangle with instrument weather despite odds that never improve for that dangerous game. Whether the result is a graveyard spiral from spatial disorientation, or colliding with terrain in a bid to escape weather, pilots keep trying, often with passengers.

FreeFlight Systems lands STC for ADS-B Out

Article | Jun 20, 2012

A transceiver developed by a Texas avionics company will help keep Gulf of Mexico helicopters safely separated while flying more efficient direct routes, the company announced this month. The FreeFlight RANGR FDL-978TX is the first rule-compliant ADS-B Out system to earn a supplemental type certificate for installations in AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, after proving capabilities in the Chevron fleet.

National issues, local focus at Maryland event

Advocacy | May 10, 2012

Pilots around the country are affected by efforts to promote flight safety, protect airports, defend against costly proposals, and build aviation communities. On May 4 and 5, AOPA staff discussed national issues and their local implications with an audience close to home.