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FAA releases drone registration recommendations

Advocacy | Nov 23, 2015

The FAA has released the recommendations of its drone registration task force ahead of anticipated record holiday sales of drones.

Avionics sales soft

Article | Nov 11, 2015

A report released Nov. 10 by the Aircraft Electronics Association shows a soft market for general aviation avionics, with a 7.5-percent year-over-year decline.

New FAA Web page debugs notam searches

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2015

The FAA’s new website for researching notices to airmen, designed to eventually replace the existing PilotWeb notam page, has received its finishing touches.

AOPA, FAA work to clear up confusion over ATP knowledge tests

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

AOPA is working with the FAA to end confusion over rules governing the airline transport pilot airplane knowledge test.

Flight training providers gather at Redbird's Migration

Article | Nov 04, 2015

Now officially known as Redbird Flight, the simulator and technology company has held its three-day Migration gathering in San Marcos, Texas, for the past five years. And while no two events have been the same, each is a little bit customer meeting, flight training symposium, and creative workshop.

FAA announces plan to replace WACs

Advocacy | Nov 04, 2015

Following extensive discussions with AOPA, the FAA has announced a new plan to ensure that pilots have all the information they need as the agency phases out world aeronautical charts.

FAA updates list of cold temperature restricted airports

Advocacy | Nov 04, 2015

The FAA has updated the list of airports where temperatures can fall so far in cold weather that altimeter error may require approach altitude adjustments.

AOPA to help guide drone registration policy

Advocacy | Oct 26, 2015

AOPA will help determine the specifics of a new registration policy for drones as part of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force.

Drone registration details emerge

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2015

The Department of Transportation and the FAA have published new details about plans to register drones and their authority to regulate those operations.

Support for medical reform continues to grow

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2015

Efforts to move medical reform legislation through Congress continue as support for the measure, known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, grows steadily.

Redbird sets schedule for Migration

Article | Oct 19, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will deliver the keynote address at Redbird Flight Simulations' 2015 Migration for flight school educators and instructors at the Nov. 2 through 4 conference in San Marcos, Texas. The event will feature special breakout sessions for attendees.

Drones to be registered

Article | Oct 19, 2015

A task force will develop particulars for a drone registration requirement to be in place by mid-December.

Oregon's Aurora State unveils new tower, Class D airspace

Article | Oct 14, 2015

Pilots flying near Oregon’s Aurora State Airport should be vigilant about aviating, communicating, and navigating in the new Class D airspace after the debut of their air traffic control tower Oct. 15.

FAA adopts new compliance philosophy

Advocacy | Oct 08, 2015

The FAA continues to move closer to an industry-supported strategy of taking a more risk-based approach to compliance and certification issues for general aviation.

Drone action urged

Article | Oct 08, 2015

Members of a House panel heard testimony from pilots, the FAA, and other stakeholders Oct. 7 in a hearing focused on drone dangers and benefits.

Michigan weather towers threaten pilot safety

Advocacy | Oct 07, 2015

AOPA testified in support of Michigan legislation requiring the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers to preserve the safety of pilots.

Area forecasts to be discontinued during 2016

Advocacy | Oct 06, 2015

A government-industry working group that included the AOPA Foundation recommended that the area forecast (FA) be transitioned to more modern digital and graphical forecasts.

Watch for wildfire TFRs

Article | Oct 01, 2015

With wildfires ravaging many western states, aviators should remain vigilant for TFRs protecting airspace for firefighting efforts.

FAA funding extension passes Senate

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2015

Funding for the FAA will be extended through March 31, 2016, under legislation passed by the House and Senate just ahead of the deadline.

Pilot Counsel: Aircraft lights

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

The FAA flight rule that specifies the requirement for aircraft lights is an important part of the collection of rules intended to help pilots to see and avoid other traffic.

House passes FAA funding extension

Advocacy | Sep 28, 2015

The House has passed a measure to extend FAA funding through March 31, 2016.

AOPA says medical reform is closer than ever before

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2015

As support for the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure.

FAA extension bill introduced in House

Article | Sep 25, 2015

Leaders of two key House committees have introduced a bill to extend FAA funding through March 31, 2016.

SAIB affects Beechcraft leading edge hinge pins

Advocacy | Sep 23, 2015

The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin warning the owners of Beechcraft Debonairs, Bonanzas, and Barons about the potential for corrosion on the wing leading edge hinge pin.

FAA makes upgrading attitude indicators easier

Advocacy | Sep 23, 2015

A new FAA policy statement will make it easier for aircraft owners to replace vacuum-driven attitude indicators with newer, more reliable electronically driven models.

Oregon pilots celebrate good news on Salem Class D airspace

Advocacy | Sep 22, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport are celebrating after protests caused the FAA to think twice about doubling the Class D airspace for neighboring McNary Field Airport.

Progress steady on avgas replacement search

Advocacy | Sep 21, 2015

One year after four fuels were selected for testing as potential replacements for leaded avgas, progress remains steady and the first phase of testing should be completed on schedule in late 2015.

California wildfires look 'like a war zone'

Article | Sep 17, 2015

Western wildfires ignited blazes in six states, triggering multiple firefighting TFRs as crews continue to battle a pair of massive California fires.

Voters oppose privatizing ATC

Advocacy | Sep 17, 2015

Voters nationwide strongly oppose privatizing the air traffic control system, according to a survey released Sept. 17.

Powder River Complex activated

Advocacy | Sep 17, 2015

A 28,000-square-mile area of special-use airspace known as the Powder River Training Complex is now active.

Federal law would preempt Michigan drone rules

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

State legislatures should let the FAA address management challenges in the National Airspace System despite local concerns about drone flights, AOPA said.

AOPA helps Oregon pilots seek Class D relief

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport should soon get some airspace relief after AOPA communicated numerous concerns to the FAA's Western Service Center to mitigate the Class D airspace expansion at neighboring McNary Field Airport.

Move to ICAO flight plan delayed until 2016

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

The FAA has formally announced that it will delay plans to require all flights to use the ICAO flight plan form until Oct. 1, 2016.

Larger issues could delay medical reform, reauthorization

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2015

Ongoing controversy over issues including the debt ceiling, funding for the federal government, and the Iran nuclear deal are likely to delay both FAA reauthorization and third class medical reform, AOPA leaders said.

FAA issues flight restriction notices for Papal visit

Advocacy | Sep 09, 2015

AOPA is urging pilots to familiarize themselves with temporary flight restrictions that will be in effect during Pope Francis' U.S. visit.

FAA rescinds ADS-B notam after AOPA voices concerns

Advocacy | Sep 09, 2015

The FAA has rescinded a sweeping notice to airmen regarding the reliability of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast and TCAS after AOPA raised concerns about the ambiguous language, short notice, and month-long duration.

FAA numbers show GA's future

Article | Sep 08, 2015

Maybe you saw these earlier this year. If not, here are numbers from the FAA forecast showing where general aviation is headed.

AOPA seeks answers about ADS-B notam

Advocacy | Sep 04, 2015

AOPA is seeking answers to questions about an ambiguous, short-notice notam affecting much of the East Coast.

The future is here

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if aircraft engines could inform us, many flight hours in advance, of internal problems that could lead to an in-flight failure?

Lawyer gets FAA to approve paper airplane

Article | Sep 02, 2015

A Connecticut lawyer tricked the FAA into approving a powered paper airplane as a commercial drone.

FAA names top unmanned aircraft execs

Article | Sep 02, 2015

The FAA has named Marke Gibson and Earl Lawrence to lead the agency’s integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace.

President's Position: It's the little things

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

We spend a lot of time around here talking about the big issues—FAA reauthorization, third class medical reform, and user fees.

Oregon's McNary Field airspace changes cause confusion

Article | Aug 31, 2015

Pilots flying near Salem, Oregon, should be vigilant about McNary Field's recent Class D airspace expansion; a small notch has been cut out of the airspace for operations at nearby Independence State Airport.

Flight Watch frequency end date changed to Sept. 24

Advocacy | Aug 31, 2015

The FAA will discontinue the use of the dedicated Flight Watch radio frequency 122.0 MHz on Sept.24, a week earlier than previously announced.

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.