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Budget plan protects GA

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2014

Key general aviation programs are protected under an omnibus spending bill passed by the House and Senate. It also prohibits new aviation user fees.

FAA names operators of unmanned aircraft test sites

Advocacy | Dec 30, 2013

The FAA has selected six organizations to operate sites for testing unmanned aircraft systems.

2013 advocacy lays groundwork for a busy New Year

Advocacy | Dec 30, 2013

Many of the advocacy efforts begun and sustained throughout 2013 are laying the groundwork for even bigger battles in 2014, and AOPA is ready.

HondaJet ready for FAA flight tests

Article | Dec 20, 2013

With FAA type inspection authorization and certified engines, the HondaJet seems on a fast track toward final FAA certification.

Fly Well: Drug wars

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Shooting approaches at Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) in San Diego, California, just north of the Mexican border, might include interesting liaisons...

Baker, Pelton lead expanded collaboration effort

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2013

AOPA and EAA leaders will expand the collaboration begun in recent years, pledging to cooperate on wide-ranging issues from youth programs to member events.

Membership Highlights: Working for you

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Protecting Your Right to Fly: Taking on regulatory and legislative threats to general aviation has remained the association’s primary focus for more than 70 years.

Aviation Legends: Walter Extra

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

For 25 years, German aircraft designer and former aerobatic competitor Walter Extra has created a unique combination of unmatched style, performance, refinement, and reliability.

New law gives GA reason to be thankful

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Just as many were headed out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Thanksgiving holiday, the general aviation community found one more reason to be thankful as the long-awaited Small Airplane Revitalization Act became law.

Super Legend wins light sport certification

Article | Nov 17, 2013

Another aircraft has entered the crowded light sport aircraft pool, this time a more powerful Super Legend from American Legend Aircraft in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Aircraft certification bill to reduce cost of flying

Article | Nov 14, 2013

Congress on Nov. 14 gave final approval to a bill that requires the FAA to streamline the certification methods for smaller general aviation aircraft, advancing an initiative that should reduce the cost of upgrading existing aircraft and bringing new aircraft to market.

Cert. reform hearing highlights frustrations, work ahead

Article | Oct 31, 2013

Congress continues to focus on certification reforms, but much work remains before a more efficient, cost-effective system is in place.

Propelling GA with a united front

Article | Oct 24, 2013

A united front by the aviation associations can bring about positive change, but changing FAA priorities and budget challenges threaten to give airlines an upper hand.

Nextant scores huge jet order

Article | Oct 23, 2013

Nextant takes another leap ahead of Beechcraft in competition to refurbish the Hawker 400 fleet.

GE boosts fuel efficiency in Passport engine

Article | Oct 21, 2013

GE Aviation has improved performance and reduced fuel burn in its Passport engine.

GA Caucus briefed on efforts to double safety, halve cost

Article | Sep 26, 2013

AOPA met recently with key senators and staffers to talk about ways to make general aviation aircraft twice as safe at half the cost.

NTSB notes slight decline in GA accident rate

Article | Aug 08, 2013

The general aviation accident rate declined slightly in 2012, based on preliminary data used by federal officials.

Avidyne IFD540, 440 near certification

Article | Aug 02, 2013

Avidyne Corp. has completed the design phase of its IFD540 and IFD440 GPS navigators and expects to submit the 540 for certification by the end of 2013.