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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.

Airframe and Powerplant

Article | Oct 01, 2005

How FAA information helps owners Airplane owners who take an interest in the full scope of ownership — not just in the piloting skills required to plan and complete their flights — learn that the real struggle involved in ownership boils down to information. There's no shortage — it seems as if everyone even remotely involved in aviation fancies himself an expert on some subject and is willing to share his expertise.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2004

AOPA to Pilots: Take Election Security Concerns Seriously The 2004 presidential election is only a few weeks away, and security officials remain extremely concerned that terrorists will try to disrupt or influence the outcome with renewed attacks within the United States. The specter of the attacks on Spanish trains in March, which helped sway national elections there, looms large for security agencies in the United States.

Adam Aircraft Appoints New President, Updates Certification Goals

Article | Mar 30, 2004

Adam Aircraft Appoints New President, Updates Certification Goals Article Archive A700 interior A500 instrument panel Mar. 30, 2004 — In a move to position itself for manufacturing its line of all-composite airplanes, Adam Aircraft last week hired Joe Walker, the former senior vice president of worldwide sales for Gulfstream Aerospace, to be its group president for commercial business.

AOPA urges FAA to rethink planned airspace changes in Florida

Article | Dec 03, 2003

Mr. Richard Day Manager, Air Traffic Division, ASO-500 Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region Headquarters P.O.

AOPA opposes the establishment of Restricted Area 2204

Article | Dec 01, 2003

Docket Management System Department of Transportation Room Plaza 401 400 Seventh Street, SW. Washington, DC 20590-0001 RE: FAA Docket No.

Request for public meetings on National Air Tour Safety Standards

Article | Nov 12, 2003

Docket Management System U.S. Department of Transportation Room Plaza 401 400 Seventh Street, SW Washington, DC 20590-0001 Re: Docket No.

AOPA defends GA against unfounded nuclear plant fears

Article | Sep 02, 2003

Secretary U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff Washington, DC 20555-0001 Re: Docket PRM-50-80 Dear Secretary: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), representing over 400,000 general aviation pilots, would like to take this opportunity to provide comments on Docket PRM-50-80 regarding Nuclear Power Plant security and outline to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the San Louis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP), and the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS) the proactive approach the general aviation community has taken with post-9/11 security measures as discussed in the petition.

AOPA calls for changes in FAA strategic plan to address GA needs

Article | Aug 08, 2003

AOPA COMMENTS TO THE FAA STRATEGIC PLAN; FLIGHT PLAN FOR 2004-2008 AOPA organizes its comments under the major objectives of the strategic plan as follows: Greater Capacity There are two elements missing from the FAA's Greater Capacity goal: Security Strategy—The FAA should include a security strategy under Objective 3. Increase or improve airspace capacity in the eight major metropolitan areas and corridors that most affect total system delay.

AOPA asks FAA to rescind changes to field approval policy

Article | Nov 25, 2002

James J. BalloughDirector, Flight Standards ServiceFederal Aviation Administration800 Independence Ave., SWWashington, DC 20591 Revised FAA Flight Standards Airworthiness Inspectors Handbook 8300.10 Vol.2 Chapter 1—"Field Approvals" Dear Mr.

FAA delays start date for new repair station rule

Article | Nov 05, 2002

U.S. Department of TransportationDocket Management System400 7th Street, SWRoom PL 401Washington, DC 20591-0001 RE: AEA/AIA/ASA/NATA Petition Dated 21 October 2002 to Postpone Implementation of the Changes to 14 CFR §145 To Whom It May Concern: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), representing the interests of its more than 387,000 members who own, operate, and maintain aircraft, supports the postponement of the planned changes to the regulations pertaining to certificated repair stations, Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 145.

Picture identification requirements

Article | Oct 23, 2002

[4910-13] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 61 [Docket No. FAA-2002-11666; Amendment No.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2001

WHAT AOPA IS DOING TO KEEP YOU FLYING 'Early Adopting' AOPA Offers More Benefits to Computer-Savvy Members In computer parlance, AOPA is an "early adopter" in finding new and better ways to use computers to provide you with information, services, and education. Now AOPA has developed two new applications exclusively for members: AOPA's Airport eDirectory and the interactive TurboMedical® form.

Special Report

Article | Jan 01, 2000

In an effort to inform our readers and to give Eclipse Aviation a chance to explain progress of the Eclipse 500 project, the editors of AOPA Pilot presented Eclipse President and CEO Vern Raburn with a question-and-answer interview on September 12, 2000. A similar interview was conducted with Eclipse competitor, Safire Aircraft Company (

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 1997

NCARC Draft Still Recommending Higher Fuel Taxes for GA, User Fees The fourth draft of recommendations from the National Civil Aviation Review Commission (NCARC) suggests that general aviation pilots should pay higher fuel taxes. The final report is expected shortly.