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Proposed rule sets limits on small UAS

Advocacy | Feb 15, 2015

The FAA has announced a proposed rule governing the use of commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that would address many of AOPA's concerns, including setting certification requirements for operators and requiring see-and-avoid capabilities.

FAA issues emergency Enstrom AD

Article | Feb 14, 2015

An FAA emergency airworthiness directive calls for inspections of certain Enstrom helicopter models after a main rotor separation killed two.

NavWorx offers new ADS-B option

Article | Feb 12, 2015

NavWorx announced Feb. 11 an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transceiver with an introductory price of $699, giving kit builders an affordable route to mandate compliance.

Indiana bill would ensure sustainable aviation funding

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2015

An AOPA-backed bill in Indiana would require that state revenue from aviation fuel and sales-and-use taxes be deposited in the state airport development grant fund.

FAA explains deletion of EFAS questions from a knowledge test

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2015

Although questions about the En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS) are being dropped from the private pilot knowledge test, the service remains available, the FAA said.

No user fees in White House budget plan

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2015

For the first time in years, President Barack Obama's new budget proposal does not include any new user fees for general aviation.

Goodbye NDB and other outdated test questions

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2015

New draft airman certification standards are available for review on the FAA’s website. In addition to releasing the draft standards, the FAA also announced that it would be deleting questions from the private pilot airplane knowledge test, effective Feb. 9.

EPA denies petition to change avgas decision

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the most recent petition from environmental groups that asked the agency to reconsider a 2012 decision not to immediately pursue an endangerment finding for leaded avgas.

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

AOPA, NBAA file amicus brief in Santa Monica appeal

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

No cable mandate coming

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The FAA has determined that an existing special airworthiness information bulletin is sufficient, and will not echo Australia’s new limits on certain control cable aseemblies.

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

Answers for Pilots: Do it yourself

Article | Jan 16, 2015

The FAA allows aircraft owners to perform many preventive maintenance tasks provided they do not involve complex assembly operations.

FAA withdraws rule to restore simulator time

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2015

The FAA has withdrawn a rule that would have allowed 20 hours of simulator instruction to count toward the instrument rating.

Price of refusal

Article | Jan 15, 2015

An emergency medical services pilot fired after refusing to fly is seeking federal whistleblower protection.

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.