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Training Tip: 'At your own risk'

Article | Nov 09, 2015

When storms or floods disrupt air traffic control at a busy airport, the effects may endure long after the initial impact on operations.

New FAA Web page debugs notam searches

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2015

The FAA’s new website for researching notices to airmen, designed to eventually replace the existing PilotWeb notam page, has received its finishing touches.

FAA updates list of cold temperature restricted airports

Advocacy | Nov 04, 2015

The FAA has updated the list of airports where temperatures can fall so far in cold weather that altimeter error may require approach altitude adjustments.

FAA copes with storm disruptions in Austin, Texas, area

Advocacy | Nov 02, 2015

Normal control tower operations resumed at Texas’s Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, on Nov. 4 after several days' disruption, but a traffic management program and other service limitations remained effective as central Texas recovered from severe thunderstorms and flooding that struck the area at the end of October.

IFR Fix: Cones of silence

IFR Fix | Oct 13, 2015

You may derive comfort from knowing that you can keep flying legacy approaches for now—but there are fewer there than meets the eye.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

The FAA has rescinded a sweeping notam regarding the reliability of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance.

Oregon pilots celebrate good news on Salem Class D airspace

Advocacy | Sep 22, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport are celebrating after protests caused the FAA to think twice about doubling the Class D airspace for neighboring McNary Field Airport.

FAA issues flight restriction notices for Papal visit

Advocacy | Sep 09, 2015

AOPA is urging pilots to familiarize themselves with temporary flight restrictions that will be in effect during Pope Francis' U.S. visit.

FAA rescinds ADS-B notam after AOPA voices concerns

Advocacy | Sep 09, 2015

The FAA has rescinded a sweeping notice to airmen regarding the reliability of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast and TCAS after AOPA raised concerns about the ambiguous language, short notice, and month-long duration.

AOPA seeks answers about ADS-B notam

Advocacy | Sep 04, 2015

AOPA is seeking answers to questions about an ambiguous, short-notice notam affecting much of the East Coast.

Presidential TFRs have major impact on Alaska

Advocacy | Sep 01, 2015

Recognizing that "Alaska is different," the Secret Service is allowing seaplane activity to continue in the Anchorage area during President Barack Obama's visit.

Graphical drone briefing developed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

Lockheed Martin has developed a graphical briefing tool that will help keep manned and unmanned aircraft safely separated.

Historic wildfires spawn rash of TFRs

Article | Aug 26, 2015

AOPA urges pilots to update temporary flight restriction information frequently and avoid violating restricted airspace, for safety and to assure the uninterrupted operation of aerial firefighting.

TFRs impact Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs

Advocacy | Jun 16, 2015

Pilots flying in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs areas June 18 to 21 need to be extra vigilant. The FAA has issued notams for multiple temporary flight restrictions over the metropolitan areas for President Barack Obama's visit.

Big names headline AOPA Homecoming

Article | Jun 03, 2015

The Breitling Jet Team, aerobatic stars Michael Goulian and Sean D. Tucker, NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, and filmmaker Brian Terwilliger are some of the big names headlining AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, June 6.

Letters from our April 2015 issue

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

Readers weigh in on the assortment of information in our P&E section, which offers technique tips, ownership ideas, and ways to stay proficient.

Training Tip: Aware in the air

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Instructors caution student pilots to check notams carefully during flight planning, and to check again during the final weather update before takeoff. Are you aware of the different reasons notams are issued and how to find the information?

Pilots should note upcoming TFR over Florida

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2015

The FAA has issued a flight advisory and notam to alert pilots of an upcoming presidential temporary flight restriction over the Palm City, Florida, area on March 28 and 29.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 gains support

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2015

Support continues to grow for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of protections for pilots.

Mentor Matters: Cold weather and misleading altimeters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Most of the time the difference between indicated and true altitude is negligible.

FAA warns of SoCal TFRs March 12, 13

Advocacy | Mar 09, 2015

Multiple temporary flight restrictions will be active in the Los Angeles, California, region March 12 and 13, the FAA announced.

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2015

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.