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AOPA pushes DOT to end medical reform delay

Article | Jan 13, 2015

AOPA members and the general aviation community are frustrated by the DOT’s long delay in reviewing medical reforms proposed by the FAA.

GA safety improving as NTSB targets loss of control

Article | Jan 13, 2015

The NTSB on Jan. 13 named general aviation loss-of-control accidents to its Most Wanted list of safety concerns, even as GA accident rates have declined.

Revised proposal still calls for early ECi cylinder retirement

Advocacy | Jan 12, 2015

The FAA has released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking affecting ECi cylinders, but AOPA says the new proposal doesn't do enough to mitigate the impact on aircraft owners.

Unmanned aircraft systems

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

The legal status of unmanned aircraft systems (also called UAVs—unmanned aerial vehicles—and more colloquially, “drones”) has now been confirmed to technically be “aircraft” subject to relevant FAR Part 91 general operating and flight rules.

Brent Taylor to lead Antique Airplane Association

Article | Jan 06, 2015

The Antique Airplane Association has named its veteran executive director, Brent Taylor, its new president.

Proposed AD would require more wing lift strut inspections

Advocacy | Jan 05, 2015

A proposed airworthiness directive would expand an existing AD by adding about 200 aircraft to those required to be inspected for wing lift strut corrosion.

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.

Answers for Pilots: Diabetes

Article | Dec 10, 2014

Diabetes treated with oral medications and under good control can still obtain a special issuance medical under the current guidelines.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

A fundraising campaign is under way to build what was considered the Concorde of its time, the Handley Page H.P.42 25-passenger biplane.

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.

President's Position: Getting to know you

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

In many ways, 2014 was the “year of engagement” for AOPA—although that might be a little misleading. Perhaps I should call it the first year of engagement.

Pilot Counsel: Defining airworthiness

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

A recent opinion of the NTSB in an FAA enforcement case illustrates the sometimes convoluted concept of aircraft “airworthiness.”

Membership News & Notes: Talking to the FAA

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

AOPA doesn’t just fight issues at individual airports, we also engage with the FAA on policy issues that affect airports—and how we use them—all across the country.

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.