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Aircraft Maintenance: Major vs minor alterations, part 2

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 22, 2014

Find out how to determine if an alteration you want to make to your aircraft is major or minor and how to build a case for any modification you are considering.

Rockwell Collins upgrades flight support

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Rockwell Collins, which purchased ARINC last year, has combined the flight support services offered by it and ARINC, and enhanced onboard systems for passengers and pilots.

NASA develops Alaska app

Article | Oct 09, 2014

NASA has presented to Alaskan officials the basic ingredients for a satellite-based weather and traffic service for pilots operating in remote areas.

Aircraft maintenance: Major vs. minor alterations

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 08, 2014

The most important place to start with any repair or alteration is with an assessment of whether it is a major or minor alteration. This is critical because the approval and documentation requirements for major vs. minor alterations are significantly different and, in fact, can be the difference between a simple logbook entry and a complex FAA approval process.

A golden opportunity in the Golden Isles

Article | Oct 08, 2014

The beautiful Georgia coast promises to be a big draw for AOPA's final fly-in of 2014, taking place Nov. 8 on St. Simons Island.

Put ground school in your hands with these five apps

Apps of the week | Oct 07, 2014

Student pilots can use these five apps to help study for their FAA knowledge exams.

Avionics: Status of Stratus 2

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

While this is a long-term review of the Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver, we could have written it after just one flight—that’s how simple the product is to use.

The last scud run

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

I have been flying for more than 40 years and own a well-equipped Cessna Skylane. I almost always file IFR in good weather and bad.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | Oct 05, 2014

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

Gift guide: Gifts for the digital pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

Pilots are on the forefront when it comes to adapting to the possibilities of the digital age. Like no other group, they’ve shaped smartphones and tablets to serve their specific needs in aviation.

Lightspeed PFX gets personal

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

With all the recent attention to in-ear and on-ear headsets, Lightspeed has fired back with a cutting edge new over-the-ear model that takes noise attenuation and audio processing to new levels.

Breitling becomes AOPA Strategic Partner

Article | Oct 02, 2014

AOPA and famed Swiss watch maker Breitling have announced a Strategic Partnership that will support programs to educate and engage the next generation of pilots across the country.

Stemme S10-VT: Powersailing

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2014

Originally designed in 1984, the German-built Stemme mates a turbocharged 115-horsepower Rotax 914F engine with a sailplane airframe capable of a 50:1 glide ratio.

Five apps help with helicopter pilot functions

Apps of the week | Sep 30, 2014

Five helicopter apps cover functions from studying flight hazards to logging flights.

Companies offer upgrades on remote electrical boxes

Article | Sep 26, 2014

Remote electrical outlet makers SwitchBox and Regal have introduced new models in time for winter's chill.

Aspen offers vision trial

Article | Sep 24, 2014

Aspen Avionics announced certification of a VFR primary flight display and a certified synthetic vision trial available at the other end of the Evolution line.

Top 10 reasons to come home to Frederick

Article | Sep 23, 2014

A high-adrenaline aerobatic demonstration, warbird rides, and gourmet food trucks are among the highlights of AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland Oct. 4.

Homebuilder revamps cleco plier

Article | Sep 15, 2014

California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.

Aircraft maintenance: Mystery upgrades and opportunities

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 11, 2014

What’s legal when it comes to modifying older aircraft? The starting point in any analysis of a potential aircraft modification is to answer the question: Is this a major alteration or a minor alteration?

Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

Article | Sep 09, 2014

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Consider these five random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Sep 08, 2014

Check out five aviation apps that handle a range of pilot functions.