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Developers offer updates on aviation apps

Article | May 08, 2013

This week, check out updates and enhancements on apps and electronic flight bags that have previously been highlighted on AOPA Online.

Runway closure promises delays at Ft. Lauderdale

Article | May 02, 2013

Pilots are being told to expect delays of up to an hour arriving at or departing from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after Runway 13/31 is permanently closed on May 6.

Policy change expands IFR alternate-airport choices

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Pilots on IFR flight plans will be able to plan for a GPS-based instrument approach at either the destination or the alternate—but not both—under a policy change that drops the prohibition on choosing an alternate based on a GPS approach. AOPA has long advocated for measures to expand IFR navigation options for general aviation, and welcomed the announcement as timely when satellite-based procedures now outnumber by 30 percent those using ground-based navaids.

Pilots’ input sought on Wisconsin airway modification

Article | Mar 28, 2013

AOPA is evaluating the potential impact of an FAA proposal to modify V-345 in the vicinity of Ashland, Wis., and encourages members to provide input on how the plan would affect their flight operations. Formal comments may be submitted to the FAA by May 10.

Tower’s closed, what now?

Article | Mar 26, 2013

If you are one of the pilots in 37 states affected by the closure of 149 control towers, do you remember nontowered procedures? As one AOPA staffer said, “Now we go back to the way we did it 50 years ago.”

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Safety Brief -- Braking Action Reports

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Safety Brief Cold Facts: Braking Action Reports Have you ever tuned in the ATIS at your favorite airport only to hear " ... braking action fair" and wondered what exactly it meant? These wintertime reports highlight one of the hazards of winter flying — taxiways and runways covered in snow, ice and slush.

Weather Curiosity - Flight Preparations

Article | Mar 25, 2013

The Weather Briefing --> The Weather Briefing Check these elements for a good preflight decision BY JACK WILLIAMS (From Flight Training, February 2004.) Imagine that soon after earning your private pilot certificate you're taking a friend -- who knows nothing about aviation -- for an airplane ride. Both of you are belted into a Cessna 152 and you've just started going through the prestart checklist when your friend says, "I thought you have a pilot's license.

TFR to cover New Orleans for Super Bowl

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2013

The FAA has released the notice to airmen (notam) describing airspace restrictions related to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Feb. 3.