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FAA reauthorization bill delayed

Article | Jul 01, 2015

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has delayed plans to release its proposed FAA reauthorization legislation.

FAA plans to discontinue printed WACs

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2015

An FAA notice of policy to discontinue World Aeronautical Charts without a public comment period concerns AOPA because charting changes could affect flight safety.

Medical reform moving forward

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2015

Third class medical reform efforts continue to move forward, and AOPA will pursue every possible avenue to ensure that pilots get the relief they need, the association said June 23.

Baker to key lawmaker: User fees a no-go

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker met with the head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week to discuss FAA reauthorization and the critical issues affecting general aviation.

Proposed rule would restore sim time credits

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

The FAA has issued an NPRM that would allow pilots to count more sim time toward earning an instrument rating.

NTSB's Hart expresses support for pilot medical education

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

The head of the NTSB told AOPA President Mark Baker that he supports AOPA’s development of a new course to educate pilots on medical factors.

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.

Drones: Where do we go from here?

Article | Jun 16, 2015

Representatives of drone associations, research institutes, and universities; drone enthusiasts; and those curious about the growing drone industry gathered June 14 at the UAS Academy near Warrenton, Virginia, for RoboFest 2015.

Any change to ATC system must protect GA, AOPA says

Article | Jun 15, 2015

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee announced June 15 that he would seek to separate ATC functions from the FAA.

AOPA partners with FAA on Fly Safe campaign

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2015

AOPA is working with the FAA to address loss of control accidents as part of the Fly Safe campaign launched at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In.

House passes transportation appropriations bill

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

A major transportation funding bill passes the House while an AOPA-opposed amendment to limit operations at Bob Hope Airport in California is defeated.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 10, 2015

I got my DUATS briefing through my electronic flight bag flight planning program—72 pages, including some presidential TFRs in Chicago.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.

Meetings scheduled on Houston Executive control tower plan

Advocacy | Jun 04, 2015

The FAA will hold two informal meetings in June on a proposal to amend the airspace around Texas Houston Executive Airport.

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.

Pilot Counsel: Some miscellaneous rules

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

Here are a few miscellaneous rules about which you might enjoy being reminded.

Pilot fitness study announced

Article | May 28, 2015

The FAA will work with medical professionals and industry experts to consider the mental and emotional health of airline pilots in light of recent events.

Unmanned aircraft encounters increasing

Article | May 28, 2015

The FAA fielded reports of unmanned aircraft encounters in growing numbers in 2014, and the agency is developing a systematic protocol for reporting future encounters that may reveal more close calls.

FAA issues emergency AD on Avidyne flight displays

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

The FAA is notifying owners and operators of aircraft equipped with Avidyne integrated flight displays (IFDs) of an emergency airworthiness directive.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

Despite its name, the FAA Flying Club is not what you think. Originally formed by FAA employees more than 50 years ago, it has no formal ties to the agency anymore. The club operates a Piper Warrior and is open to anyone—FAA staff, other government employees, or the general public. FAA Flying Club President Mike Hilton talks about getting his club back on a solid financial footing and demystifies flying in the DC SFRA.

FAA launches DC-area No Drone Zone campaign

Article | May 14, 2015

The FAA is reaching out to residents and tourists in the Washington, D.C., region to emphasize that the area is a “No Drone Zone,” the agency announced May 13.

Lockheed and CSC to provide DUATS

Article | May 13, 2015

Lockheed Martin and CSC will provide direct user access terminal services (DUATS) II to pilots under new contracts announced by the FAA.

FAA makes UAS moves

Article | May 06, 2015

The FAA announced May 6 new industry partnerships and a new app to help keep unmanned aircraft flying safely.

REGULATORY REFORM IS KEY TO GA FUTURE, AOPA'S BAKER TELLS SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE

News release | Apr 29, 2015

REGULATORY REFORM IS KEY TO GA FUTURE, AOPA’S BAKER TELLS SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE

Light the way

Article | Apr 28, 2015

Once part of a national network that guided pilots of the 1930s through treacherous terrain, Montana’s airway beacons are both historic and functional.

‘An airport to watch’

Article | Apr 23, 2015

The Rotary Aviation Zone, a wheelchair-accessible observation tower and picnic shelter with picnic tables, is taking shape near the control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport.

AOPA asks FAA to close gaps in UAS rule

Article | Apr 23, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to close gaps in the agency's proposed rules governing small commercial unmanned aircraft systems.

GA recognizes need to educate ADS-B consumers

Advocacy | Apr 22, 2015

AOPA, equipment manufacturers, and aviation associations will work together to educate aircraft owners about their options when it comes to equipping Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast products, the groups agreed during a meeting hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker at Sun 'n Fun.

Safety

Article | Apr 19, 2015

Flying Club members are more likely to have opportunities to fly different aircraft, and getting the proper transition training can make a big different. ASI has created a new online course, Transitioning to Other Airplanes, to help pilots – whether your stepping up to a more advanced aircraft, stepping down to something lighter and less powerful, moving to an experimental, or transitioning to different avionics it’s important to know what to expect.

Town enacts noise rules

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2015

The town of East Hampton, New York, voted April 16 to approve local limitations on aircraft operations, with fines and other penalties.

Spread the weather word

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2015

If your local airport does not already broadcast local weather beyond the VHF radio or phone, there may be an opportunity to change that.

Senate committee presses Huerta on FAA initiatives

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta appealed to a Senate committee for “stability and predictability” in funding for his agency during an April 14 FAA reauthorization hearing.

FAA releases list of instrument approaches to be eliminated

Advocacy | Apr 14, 2015

The FAA has identified 736 VOR and NDB instrument approach procedures it would eliminate during the establishment of the NextGen satellite-based air traffic system.

Fuel leaks prompt FAA fine

Article | Apr 13, 2015

The FAA has proposed a $430,000 fine against Textron Aviation subsidiary Beechcraft after fuel leaks were found in 43 Barons delivered between January 2012 and November 2013.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

For a relatively small group of aircraft owners, especially those who routinely fly in places like the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska—where the benefits of ADS-B are evident—the decision to equip for the FAA’s January 1, 2020, ADS-B Out mandate was a simple one.

Putting teeth in bird mitigation

Article | Apr 02, 2015

A border collie named Piper has become a key player in a Michigan airport’s effort to reduce the risk of bird strikes.

European proposal could signal Part 23 changes

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2015

A new proposal from the European Aviation Safety Agency is likely to signal the direction of upcoming Part 23 reforms from the FAA.

Changes to flight services planned

Advocacy | Mar 26, 2015

The FAA and AOPA are seeking comment on planned changes to flight services, including a new flight plan format scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSMAN BILL SHUSTER RECEIVES AOPA'S HARTRANFT AWARD

News release | Mar 20, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSMAN BILL SHUSTER RECEIVES AOPA’S HARTRANFT AWARD

FAA names 2015 National General Aviation Award honorees

Article | Mar 20, 2015

The FAA has announced the individuals who are the 2015 National General Aviation Award honorees, recognized for their contributions to GA.

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.

Just melt it

Article | Mar 18, 2015

Researchers at Iowa State University have landed an FAA grant to research methods, including heated runways, for keeping runways clear in winter.

Garmin re-brands ADS-B line

Article | Mar 18, 2015

Garmin International Inc. announced March 12 the rebranding of various Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast devices designed for general aviation.

Aviation growing despite ‘muted recovery'

Article | Mar 17, 2015

The FAA sees a 'favorable' outlook for general aviation in its annual report, but fewer student and private pilots.

Aspen ATX100G ADS-B transceiver gets FAA OK

Article | Mar 17, 2015

Aspen Avionics has received FAA certification for its ATX100G ADS-B transceiver, which provides both ADS-B In and Out capabilities using a 978-MHz UAT datalink.

FreeFlight launches ADS-B Out solution under $2,000

Article | Mar 17, 2015

FreeFlight Systems is offering ADS-B Out equipment priced below $2,000. The FDL-978-TXL lists for $1,995, including all necessary accessories.