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Drone reports detailed

Article | Aug 27, 2015

A detailed list of unmanned aircraft encounters reported by pilots reveals just over half of all such encounters were reported in five states.

Powder River Complex to go live

Article | Aug 26, 2015

The expanded Powder River Training Complex, a collection of special-use airspace covering approximately 28,000 square miles in the Northwest, will become active Sept. 17.

Oct 1 end date for 'Flight Watch' frequency 122.0

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

AOPA is reminding members that the FAA will discontinue the universal Flight Watch frequency 122.0 MHz for in-flight weather services on Oct 1.

Drone encounters surge

Article | Aug 13, 2015

Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft sightings, some flying as high as 10,000 feet, continue to rapidly increase in number.

AOPA to FAA: Keep key world aeronautical charts

Advocacy | Aug 12, 2015

After surveying pilots about their use of world aeronautical charts, AOPA is asking the FAA to continue producing some key charts or offer an alternative.

AOPA wins delay in flight plan change

Advocacy | Aug 10, 2015

The FAA has agreed to an AOPA-requested delay in implementing changes to flight plan requirements.

P&E: Medical

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

FDA approval doesn’t mean an FAA blessing

Flying with fire

Article | Jul 30, 2015

As performers crisscrossed the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, night sky with sparks streaming from their wings, the crowd was treated to a tradition with surprisingly deep roots.

Urgent action needed to support medical reform; ALPA actively opposed

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2015

Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.

FAA administrator appears at Oshkosh

Advocacy | Jul 23, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta delivered an hour-long address at EAA AirVenture on July 23 that said little about the subjects general aviation pilots care most about: third class medical reform, avgas, and streamlining certification rules for aircraft manufacturers.

FAA resumes approving vintage aircraft for paid pax flights

Advocacy | Jul 22, 2015

Organizations that hope to offer the public paid rides in vintage warbirds and other historically significant aircraft may once again petition the FAA for permission.

Aspen AOA gets FAA OK

Article | Jul 21, 2015

The FAA has certified Aspen Avionics’ integrated Evolution angle of attack indicator. Software-derived angle of attack data provides real-time stall margin awareness.

AOPA asks FAA to restore sim time

Advocacy | Jul 17, 2015

AOPA is asking the FAA to expedite a final rule to increase the number of sim hours allowed in instrument training.

Make ADS-B traffic available to all, AOPA urges

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

In the wake of a fatal midair collision over South Carolina, AOPA is renewing a call to the FAA to stop denying pilots an inexpensive source of traffic information that could aid their situational awareness.

Santa Monica airport tenants face higher rents

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

Businesses leasing property at Santa Monica Municipal Airport will face higher rates and shorter lease terms after the Santa Monica City Council approved changes to more than 70 lease agreements on July 14.

Hunt for avgas replacement on target

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

The hunt for an unleaded replacement for avgas is continuing on target, members of the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative Steering Group said following a three-day meeting to evaluate progress.

DTC DUAT contract expiration approaches

Article | Jul 09, 2015

Pilots who file flight plans and get weather briefings through DTC DUAT may lose the ability to do so through DTC in a week, the company warned pilots on its website July 8.

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.