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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.