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Special issuance authorization update

Article | Aug 31, 2012

For pilots who have a special issuance authorization, if you missed the announcement this summer, you are no longer required to carry your authorization letter with you when you fly.

FAA delays Icon weight-increase decision

Article | Aug 27, 2012

Earl Lawrence, manager of the FAA's Small Airplane Directorate, has told Icon Aircraft CEO and Founder Kirk Hawkins that a decision on his request for an exemption to the light sport aircraft weight limit must wait until the end of 2012.

Congressional leaders agree to government funding

Advocacy | Jul 31, 2012

When the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, leadership in Congress has indicated there should be no threat of a government shutdown under a six-month funding deal reached by House and Senate leadership. "While this is good news, it does nothing to prevent sequestration from taking effect in 2013," said AOPA President Craig Fuller.

Acting FAA chief: Realizing NextGen benefits a priority

Advocacy | Jul 26, 2012

Acting FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said the agency is focused on accelerating the arrival of NextGen benefits for both commercial and GA users, and called on pilots to renew their commitment to safety at a forum hosted by EAA at AirVenture July 26.

AOPA, EAA brief pilots on medical exemption request

Advocacy | Jul 26, 2012

AOPA and Experimental Aircraft Association staff outlined their efforts to help pilots bypass the "treadmill of bureaucracy" that can accompany the medical certification process in a forum at EAA AirVenture July 24.

Aspen announces Connected Pilot TSO

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Aspen Avionics announced July 24 that Connected Pilot, the first in what will be a series of Connected Panel products--providing a wireless link between certified avionics in the aircraft panel and iPads or other portable smart electronic devices--has received technical standard order approval from the FAA.

FAA plans greater role in LSA certification

Advocacy | Jul 05, 2012

The FAA is requesting comments on a plan to increase the agency's involvement in special light sport aircraft certification.

July 2 deadline looms for driver's license medical effort

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

The opportunity to fly venerable aircraft like the Cessna 172 or Piper Archer during day-VFR conditions with one passenger by completing a medical awareness online course and carrying a driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate is motivating thousands of pilots to take action and expand their flying years.

Time running out to support medical exemption

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

If using medical self-certification and a driver's license to fly single-engine aircraft with 180-horsepower or less, four seats or fewer, and fixed landing gear for recreational purposes is up your alley, now is your chance to make that scenario a reality. With only 20 days to support the AOPA/EAA medical exemption request, submit comments supporting it now.

AOPA helps Congress battle regulatory 'tsunami'

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2012

AOPA, responding to a congressional invitation to identify regulatory drag on jobs and the economy, named six existing or proposed regulations threatening the well-being of the $150 billion general aviation industry.

EASA certifies first three light aircraft under new rules

Article | Jun 07, 2012

It's a step in the right direction, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association: European regulators have certified the first three aircraft under new rules that create a European analog to the U.S. light sport aircraft category--with a more complex approval process.

AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Volume 1, Issue 1

Article | Jun 07, 2012

Departments GA News AOPA in Congress Inside AOPA Quiz Me! Upcoming Events Picture of the Week Weekend Weather 1. Mooney offers faster Ovation 2.

Fourth HondaJet joins test fleet

Article | May 14, 2012

Honda Aircraft Co. marked a milestone toward certification of its HondaJet May 4 with the first flight of its fourth FAA-conforming test aircraft, the company announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exposition in Geneva, Switzerland.

Cessna suspends Skycatcher sales in Europe

Article | Apr 26, 2012

Cessna said recent reports of the Skycatcher's demise in Europe were greatly exaggerated: The two-seater will be sold following certification, a step required in Europe because of differing definitions of light sport aircraft.

Diamond shows off new airplanes and powerplants

Article | Apr 18, 2012

Diamond Aircraft has always had a major presence at Aero, and this year was no exception. On prominent display were several ambitious new projects - including a 197-knot five- to seven-seater powered by two 180-hp AE300 turbodiesel engines, new engines, and more.

Flying, and buying

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2012

Larry Stencel would love celebrate his 40-plus years as a pilot by buying himself a brand new general aviation airplane - but he won't do it on the two-year plan.

Rotax expects fuel-injected certification soon

Article | Mar 28, 2012

Officials of Rotax Aircraft Engines, the company supplying engines for ultralights in Europe and light sport aircraft in the United States, expect certification of the new four-cylinder 100-horsepower 912 iS fuel-injected engine in late summer.

AOPA/EAA medical exemption request strong, steady

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are unwavering in their effort to open more aircraft to pilots using a driver's license and medical self-assessment despite the FAA's recent denial of a pilot's request to expand the driver's license medical to private pilots flying aircraft 6,000 pounds or less.

Icon touts A5 spin resistance milestone

Article | Feb 16, 2012

With a splashy Hollywood debut, sports car styling, and features including folding wings and an amphibious design, the Icon A5 has already attracted plenty of attention. On Feb. 16, the company announced the A5 has passed tests required to establish optional "spin resistant" certification under 14 CFR Part 23.

'Driver's license medical' request on track

Advocacy | Feb 02, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are on track to submit their request for an exemption allowing pilots flying recreationally to use the driver's license medical standard in the coming weeks--but there's still time to sign up online to receive email alerts on the progress of the request and when you can submit comments.

Kestrel Aircraft to move to Wisconsin

Article | Jan 16, 2012

Kestrel Aircraft will build its single-engine turboprop aircraft in Superior, Wis., instead of Maine, the company announced Jan. 16.

FAA drops plan to modify Beechcraft spar web ADs

Advocacy | Jan 05, 2012

The FAA, responding to an effort led by the American Bonanza Society and supported by AOPA, has shelved plans to modify two existing airworthiness directives (ADs) that require inspections of carry-through spars for cracks on many Beech Debonair, Bonanza, Travel Air, and Baron aircraft. The decision is seen cumulatively saving aircraft owners $2.1 million to $3.5 million in immediate repair costs.

AOPA Online Members Only -- Eclipse Marches Toward Certification, Provisionally

Article | Aug 10, 2006

Eclipse Marches Toward Certification, Provisionally Article Archive Acknowledging the progress Eclipse Aviation has achieved in more than 1,400 tests encompassing in excess of 1,800 flights and 2,700 hours aloft, the FAA chose Oshkosh this year to announce issuance of a provisional type certificate for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The Albuquerque-based manufacturer anticipates initial (non-provisional) certification for day/night/VFR/IFR single-pilot operations, including flight into RVSM airspace, by the end of August.

- Oshkosh 2006 Airplane News

Article | Jul 26, 2006

AOPA Online -- Oshkosh 2006 Airplane News Today's Feature The jet-set goes center stage at AirVenture 2006 As we noted in a feature in the February issue of AOPA Pilot, 2006 may well be the year of the very light jet. Two VLJ models are within sight of the FAA certification finish line and others are making good progress toward that goal.