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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.

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.

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.

TFRs impact Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs

Advocacy | Jun 16, 2015

Pilots flying in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palm Springs areas June 18 to 21 need to be extra vigilant. The FAA has issued notams for multiple temporary flight restrictions over the metropolitan areas for President Barack Obama's visit.

Drones: Where do we go from here?

Article | Jun 16, 2015

Representatives of drone associations, research institutes, and universities; drone enthusiasts; and those curious about the growing drone industry gathered June 14 at the UAS Academy near Warrenton, Virginia, for RoboFest 2015.

Any change to ATC system must protect GA, AOPA says

Article | Jun 15, 2015

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee announced June 15 that he would seek to separate ATC functions from the FAA.

AOPA partners with FAA on Fly Safe campaign

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2015

AOPA is working with the FAA to address loss of control accidents as part of the Fly Safe campaign launched at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In.

House passes transportation appropriations bill

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

A major transportation funding bill passes the House while an AOPA-opposed amendment to limit operations at Bob Hope Airport in California is defeated.

P&E: Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 10, 2015

I got my DUATS briefing through my electronic flight bag flight planning program—72 pages, including some presidential TFRs in Chicago.

AOPA Homecoming draws thousands to airport

Article | Jun 06, 2015

A steady breeze and partly sunny skies brought welcomed relief to AOPA Homecoming Fly-In attendees from the Mid-Atlantic region who had been deluged with a week’s worth of rain. More than 3,300 people attended the Frederick, Maryland, event, with 375 aircraft flying in.

Meetings scheduled on Houston Executive control tower plan

Advocacy | Jun 04, 2015

The FAA will hold two informal meetings in June on a proposal to amend the airspace around Texas Houston Executive Airport.

Big names headline AOPA Homecoming

Article | Jun 03, 2015

The Breitling Jet Team, aerobatic stars Michael Goulian and Sean D. Tucker, NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold, and filmmaker Brian Terwilliger are some of the big names headlining AOPA’s Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, June 6.

Pilot Counsel: Some miscellaneous rules

Pilot Magazine | Jun 03, 2015

Here are a few miscellaneous rules about which you might enjoy being reminded.

Pilot fitness study announced

Article | May 28, 2015

The FAA will work with medical professionals and industry experts to consider the mental and emotional health of airline pilots in light of recent events.

Unmanned aircraft encounters increasing

Article | May 28, 2015

The FAA fielded reports of unmanned aircraft encounters in growing numbers in 2014, and the agency is developing a systematic protocol for reporting future encounters that may reveal more close calls.

FAA issues emergency AD on Avidyne flight displays

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

The FAA is notifying owners and operators of aircraft equipped with Avidyne integrated flight displays (IFDs) of an emergency airworthiness directive.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 17, 2015

Despite its name, the FAA Flying Club is not what you think. Originally formed by FAA employees more than 50 years ago, it has no formal ties to the agency anymore. The club operates a Piper Warrior and is open to anyone—FAA staff, other government employees, or the general public. FAA Flying Club President Mike Hilton talks about getting his club back on a solid financial footing and demystifies flying in the DC SFRA.

FAA launches DC-area No Drone Zone campaign

Article | May 14, 2015

The FAA is reaching out to residents and tourists in the Washington, D.C., region to emphasize that the area is a “No Drone Zone,” the agency announced May 13.

Lockheed and CSC to provide DUATS

Article | May 13, 2015

Lockheed Martin and CSC will provide direct user access terminal services (DUATS) II to pilots under new contracts announced by the FAA.

FAA makes UAS moves

Article | May 06, 2015

The FAA announced May 6 new industry partnerships and a new app to help keep unmanned aircraft flying safely.

REGULATORY REFORM IS KEY TO GA FUTURE, AOPA'S BAKER TELLS SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE

News release | Apr 29, 2015

REGULATORY REFORM IS KEY TO GA FUTURE, AOPA’S BAKER TELLS SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE