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Seeing colors, but not by knockout?

Article | Sep 20, 2012

This isn't an article about boxing and what happens when you get knocked out, but concerns a hereditary or acquired condition known as color vision deficiency.

Coalition lauds new Avgas Fuels Program Office

Advocacy | Sep 14, 2012

The FAA has created a new Fuels Program Office in response to a letter from the General Aviation Avgas Coalition, which had urged funding an unleaded avgas program.

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.

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.

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.

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.