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FAA deputy administrator a new pilot

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

Many student pilots are nervous come checkride day. When you’re a top official at the agency responsible for the safe operation of the largest airspace system in the world, it can add to the pressure.

FAA funding secured through September 2015

Advocacy | Dec 16, 2014

Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.

IFR Fix: Timing the handoff

IFR Fix | Dec 12, 2014

No one likes to blow a radio exchange with ATC, but it's not possible to know exactly when a handoff from one center sector to another, or from a center to approach, is going to happen.

AOPA APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF PILOTS TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

News release | Dec 11, 2014

AOPA APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF PILOTS TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

AOPA advocates for pilots on proposed California overflight regs

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2014

AOPA continues to advocate for pilots’ access to airspace on what has become a multi-year effort by the California Department of Parks and Recreation to regulate airspace over its state wilderness areas, cultural preserves, and national preserves.

AOPA, FAA ease holiday travel headache in Massachusetts

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2014

While East Coast travelers faced challenging conditions in the air and on the ground leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, AOPA and the FAA worked quickly to ease general aviation pilots’ travel concerns stemming from a vice presidential TFR.

FAA site makes finding notams easier

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Finding the notams relevant to your planned flights just got easier. The FAA's new online search tool streamlines the burdensome and confusing process of wading through scores of safety notices filled with obscure acronyms.

New FAA rule allows more sim time for instrument training

Advocacy | Dec 03, 2014

The FAA has doubled the number of training device hours pilots may count toward an instrument rating following a request from AOPA.

AOPA promises to keep working toward overdue medical reform

Advocacy | Nov 26, 2014

Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.

Chicago fire review released

Article | Nov 25, 2014

The FAA is working to automate a contingency plan developed on the fly when Chicago Center was taken out by arson from within Sept. 26.

NTSB: FAA may enforce regs on unmanned aircraft

Article | Nov 18, 2014

An unmanned aircraft is subject to enforcement of regulations prohibiting reckless operation of aircraft, the NTSB said Nov. 18 in a decision sending the case of photographer Raphael Pirker back to an administrative law judge.

FAA must address key GA issues, AOPA tells Congress

Advocacy | Nov 18, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker highlighted issues affecting general aviation oversight, regulation, and certification during testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Nov. 18.

Medical reform legislation adds co-sponsors

Advocacy | Nov 14, 2014

Support continues to grow for the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, with nine new co-sponsors signing on following midterm elections.

Restoration of weather observer urged for Gulkana, Alaska

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is urging the FAA to restore canceled weather augmentation services at Alaska’s Gulkana Airport.

AOPA ready to work with FAA on ADS-B Out mandate

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is standing ready to work with the FAA and industry to break down the barriers to meeting the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. At the top of the association’s list of concerns is lowering the cost to comply.

FAA says fuel taxes must fund aviation

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2014

The FAA has clarified its rule regarding the use of state and local fuel tax revenues, saying that the money must be used for aviation purposes.

Too expensive

Pilot Magazine | Nov 06, 2014

We are almost exactly five years away from a big deadline set by the FAA. On January 1, 2020, all aircraft will have to be equipped for ADS-B Out if they want to fly inside airspace that requires a Mode C transponder today.

Key GA supporters hold on to seats in Congress

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2014

Many key GA supporters will stay in Congress following the Nov. 4 midterm elections. But retirements and election losses will leave the General Aviation Caucuses in both the House and Senate with some rebuilding to do in 2015.

AOPA delivers strong message on mandate

Advocacy | Oct 30, 2014

AOPA’s message that the cost to equip is too high and must drop substantially was heard loud and clear at a “call to action” summit on ADS-B.

AOPA CALLS ON FAA TO ADDRESS SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH ADS-B MANDATE

News release | Oct 28, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA ) must address the serious concerns of the general aviation industry before pushing ahead with a mandate to install ADS-B Out equipment by Jan. 1, 2020, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) told the agency in a strongly worded letter.

AOPA tells FAA mandate unworkable without changes

Article | Oct 28, 2014

The FAA must address the serious concerns of the general aviation industry before pushing ahead with a 2020 ADS-B mandate, AOPA told the FAA administrator.

Tragedy close to home

Article | Oct 24, 2014

A collision near Frederick Municipal Airport Oct. 23 claimed three lives and left the local aviation community–including AOPA–in mourning.

Meeting the mandate

Pilot Magazine | Oct 22, 2014

This year has not yet come to a close, but my mind is on January 1, 2020. That’s when the FAA has mandated that aircraft must be equipped for ADS-B Out in order to operate in airspace where a Mode C transponder is required today.

Shuster calls for bold thinking on FAA reauthorization

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Aviation leaders in Congress should make the renewal of the FAA reauthorization bill something “big, bold, and transformational,” Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Oct. 21.

Bellanca AD extends fuselage crack inspections

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2014

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive to require continued repetitive inspections of aft fuselage structures for cracks on some models of Bellanca airplanes.

Changes sought for Missouri restricted-area complex

Advocacy | Oct 09, 2014

The Army has requested to raise ceilings in restricted area R-4501B to a uniform 4,300 feet msl.

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.

Comments support heater AD inspection provisions

Advocacy | Oct 08, 2014

AOPA has submitted formal comments to the FAA on a proposed airworthiness directive to update the inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) Inc. combustion heaters.

Spotlight on medical reform at Homecoming

Article | Oct 08, 2014

The FAA hopes to have its proposal for medical certification reform out for public comment by the end of the year, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told AOPA President Mark Baker at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Second crash for science

Article | Oct 06, 2014

High-speed cameras captured minute details like the shearing of the cabin floor as a retired Sea Knight helicopter was dropped 30 feet onto dirt.

Briefing: ‘Battle of Britain’ movie airplanes sold

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

The rare fighters from the 1969 Battle of Britain movie have been sold to restorers in the United States and Europe, according to the agent handling the sale.

FAA approves six companies for unmanned aircraft filming

Article | Oct 02, 2014

The FAA on Sept. 25 granted requests from six aerial photo and video production companies to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for film and television.

FAA finalizes Additional Pilot Program

Advocacy | Oct 02, 2014

Builder pilots ready to flight test an experimental amateur-built or light sport aircraft constructed from a commercially produced kit can now use a qualified additional pilot.

Hangar storage

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

One of the many benefits offered to participants in the AOPA Legal Services Plan is a one-time annual review and critique of certain aviation documents—in this case, a hangar lease agreement that a LSP participant has been asked to execute.

22 years of retrospective

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

After more than 45,000 hours in the left seat of the AOPA Foundation, the Air Safety Institute (ASI), and its predecessor—the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF)—it’s time to move to the jump seat and let a new crew pick up the flight.

Mandate by other method?

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.

FAA names Crown to support unleaded fuel tests

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

A consulting firm that specializes in helping the FAA and NASA manage research will help develop an unleaded fuel for the general aviation fleet.

Pilots urged to note Washington, D.C., airspace amendment

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

AOPA is urging pilots who transit the Washington, D.C., area Class B airspace to note an amendment pertaining to restricted area R-4001C.

Chicago-area ops recovering

Article | Sep 30, 2014

Chicago airports were back to near-normal traffic volume three days after a fire allegedly set by a despondent Chicago Center contractor.

Medical advisory board supports third class reform

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

AOPA MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD SUPPORTS THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 29, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

Watchdog report highlights problems with NextGen mandate

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2014

A new report from the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General says delays, cost overruns, and technical problems continue to plague the FAA's implementation of ADS-B.

AOPA RESPONDS TO FEDERAL WATCHDOG REPORT CRITICIZING FAA ON ADS B IMPLEMENTATION

News release | Sep 25, 2014

A new report from the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General is critical of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) progress on ADS-B implementation, pointing out delays, cost overruns and inadequate benefits. These and other problems, including inaccurate data that has led to enforcement actions against pilots, mean the FAA may not be able to fully justify the investments taxpayers and pilots have made in the system, according to the report released Sept. 24.

Rokita: Medical reform will happen

Advocacy | Sep 22, 2014

As momentum builds for the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), a co-author of the bill expressed optimism on AOPA Live This Week that medical certification reform will happen, either by FAA rulemaking or legislation.