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New certification standards for mechanics in the works

Advocacy | Feb 04, 2016

A group chaired by AOPA has been tasked with developing new certification standards, handbooks, and test development guidance for aircraft mechanics.

AOPA endorses draft FAA policy on safety equipment

Advocacy | Feb 04, 2016

AOPA is endorsing a draft FAA policy that would make it easier to install non-required safety enhancing equipment in existing general aviation aircraft.

Details of long-awaited FAA reauthorization bill revealed

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2016

An FAA reauthorization bill that includes medical reform, user fees, and plans to separate air traffic control functions from the FAA has been announced.

House appropriators reject idea of privatized ATC

Advocacy | Feb 02, 2016

House appropriations leaders have said they won’t support any plans to remove air traffic control from congressional oversight as part of FAA reauthorization.

AOPA responds to appeal of FAA determination on Santa Monica

Advocacy | Feb 01, 2016

AOPA and nine others are asking the FAA to deny Santa Monica's appeal of the agency's determination that Santa Monica Municipal Airport in California must remain open at least until 2023.

Senators warn against air traffic spinoff

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2016

In a strongly worded letter to the leadership of the Senate Transportation Committee, appropriators said they oppose separating air traffic control from the FAA.

Droners register in droves

Article | Jan 27, 2016

The FAA reports that nearly 300,000 hobbyists took advantage of the limited-time opportunity to register their drones at no cost.

FAA moves forward with flight plan switch

Article | Jan 20, 2016

The FAA is moving forward with plans to require all civil domestic flights to use the international flight plan form beginning later this year.

FAA readying annual GA survey

Advocacy | Jan 19, 2016

The FAA is asking for help on the thirty-eighth annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey, covering calendar year 2015.

Comments sought on graphical replacement for area forecasts

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2016

Pilots are getting their first look at the graphics-intensive weather products designed to replace the venerable, but textual, area forecast.

FAA finalizes rule on student certificates

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

The FAA has published a final rule changing the way student pilot certificates will be issued and withdrawing plans to require photos on all pilot certificates.

NTSB targets GA as safety improves

Article | Jan 13, 2016

The NTSB continues to hammer away at general aviation safety, though the latest data show GA has never been safer.

FAA updates flight review guidance

Advocacy | Jan 07, 2016

The FAA has issued updated guidance for flight reviews and instrument proficiency checks, and AOPA is urging instructors to look closely at the changes.

Drones vs. FAA

Article | Jan 07, 2016

The FAA, model aircraft enthusiasts, and drone pilots are locked in a litigious fight that could affect regulation of manned and unmanned aircraft alike.

FAA announces changes to TIS-B

Advocacy | Jan 04, 2016

The FAA is preparing to implement changes to its Traffic Information Services-Broadcast (TIS-B), which provides traffic information to aircraft using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out and In.

FAA seeks comments on updated weather circulars

Advocacy | Dec 29, 2015

The FAA is seeking comments on two draft advisory circulars that update the agency's reference material on aviation weather.

AOPA, FAA host GA Engine Summit

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2015

AOPA and the FAA recently hosted a two-day GA Engine Summit to discuss ways for the industry and government to work more effectively together.

Petition for Exemption

Article | Dec 17, 2015

Thinking about operating a UAS as part of a business, or to capture and sell the pictures, video, or other data but don’t know how to do so legally?

FAA announces drone registration rules

Advocacy | Dec 14, 2015

The owners of small recreational drones will have to register their aircraft before making their first outdoor flight under new rules announced Dec. 14.

HondaJet earns type certificate

Article | Dec 10, 2015

Another aviation first occurred in North Carolina on Dec. 9 when the FAA awarded a type certificate to Honda Aircraft’s first airplane, the HondaJet.

Third class medical reform FAQs

Advocacy | Dec 09, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever before, but it’s a complex issue and we know you have questions. Here are our answers to the most common questions we’re being asked about third class medical reform.

Riverside Airport hosts drone seminar

Article | Dec 01, 2015

California’s Riverside Municipal Airport invites the public to a free public education seminar on private use of unmanned aircraft Dec. 5 at California Baptist University’s Wallace Theatre.

FAA urges pilots to test headsets

Advocacy | Nov 25, 2015

The FAA is warning pilots that they may be missing important sounds, including cockpit warnings, when wearing noise-canceling headsets.

FAA begins decommissioning VORs

Advocacy | Nov 24, 2015

The FAA is launching the first phase of its plan to decommission lesser-used VORs and create a minimum operational network.

AOPA CALLS UAS TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS A GOOD START

News release | Nov 23, 2015

Today the FAA announced it has accepted the final recommendations of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee and has begun the rulemaking process, moving the agency one step closer to establishing registration procedures ahead of anticipated record holiday sales of drones.

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.

Closer than ever

Article | Nov 18, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the coming changes, updated Nov. 18 based on the latest developments.

Datacom coming rapidly to an airport near you

Article | Nov 17, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told the National Business Aviation Association convention his agency is moving much faster than critics realize.

Nextant G90XT wins FAA certification

Article | Nov 16, 2015

The FAA has granted certification just two years after Nextant Aerospace, based in Cleveland, announced it would refurbish a King Air, the Nextant G90XT.

Many instrument approaches spared elimination

Advocacy | Nov 11, 2015

The FAA has significantly reduced the number of standard instrument approach procedures it proposed eliminating this spring from 736 to 334, citing public comments and the need for further review.

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.