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NTSB: FAA may enforce regs on unmanned aircraft

Article | Nov 18, 2014

An unmanned aircraft is subject to enforcement of regulations prohibiting reckless operation of aircraft, the NTSB said Nov. 18 in a decision sending the case of photographer Raphael Pirker back to an administrative law judge.

Final approval sought for Oklahoma tower-marking rules

Advocacy | Nov 18, 2014

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has adopted emergency rules to require the marking of meteorological evaluation towers.

Safety device pioneers receive Nall award

Article | Nov 14, 2014

Randall Greene and the late Leonard Greene of Safe Flight Instrument Corp. have been awarded the sixth annual Joseph T. Nall Award.

Loss-of-control working groups issue final report

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

Two FAA and industry working groups issued a combined report offering 29 safety enhancements that could reduce general aviation loss-of-control accidents.

IFR Fix: ‘Descend a little more’

IFR Fix | Nov 03, 2014

Do you always aim to fly to practical test standards on proficiency and practice flights? Are you sure?

SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight

Article | Oct 31, 2014

One Scaled Composites test pilot is dead and another injured after a “serious anomaly” and crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo during a test flight Oct. 31, the company confirmed.

Four dead in King Air crash in Wichita

Article | Oct 31, 2014

Four people died and six were injured Oct. 30 when a Beechcraft King Air B200 turboprop crashed into a pilot training center on takeoff from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas.

Tragedy close to home

Article | Oct 24, 2014

A collision near Frederick Municipal Airport Oct. 23 claimed three lives and left the local aviation community–including AOPA–in mourning.

Acting NTSB chief says automation affects professionalism

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Does automation lead to a lack of professionalism? The acting NTSB chief thinks it does, and calls for a new approach to the man-machine interface.

NTSB rules on Dayton airshow accident

Article | Oct 16, 2014

Veteran airshow pilot Charlie Schwenker was flying slower to help wing walker Jane Wicker get into position on the modified Stearman’s bottom wing.

FAA finalizes Additional Pilot Program

Advocacy | Oct 02, 2014

Builder pilots ready to flight test an experimental amateur-built or light sport aircraft constructed from a commercially produced kit can now use a qualified additional pilot.

22 years of retrospective

Pilot Magazine | Oct 02, 2014

After more than 45,000 hours in the left seat of the AOPA Foundation, the Air Safety Institute (ASI), and its predecessor—the AOPA Air Safety Foundation (ASF)—it’s time to move to the jump seat and let a new crew pick up the flight.

Oklahoma to finalize tower-marking rules

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

AOPA is strongly supporting an emergency rulemaking proceeding that will allow the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission to finalize rules for marking meteorological evaluation towers.

GA accident decline headlines NTSB statistics

Article | Sep 16, 2014

General aviation accident reductions in 2013 could be “a positive sign” about how pilots are approaching training, education, and proficiency.

Perry has new mission

Article | Sep 11, 2014

George Perry recognized the signs quickly: Hypoxia is something he spent 20 years training for as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot and instructor.

Fatal crash at Reno

Article | Sep 10, 2014

Racing pilot Lee Behel, who co-founded the Sport Class at the National Championship Air Races, was killed Sept. 8 during a qualifying run.

NTSB STUDY ON MEDICATION, DRUG USE RELEASED

News release | Sep 09, 2014

– A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board today is incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) said Tuesday.

NTSB releases study on medication, drug use

Advocacy | Sep 09, 2014

A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Sept. 9 is incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution, AOPA said.

Safety Pilot: Improving GA safety

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

It’s way too early to declare victory in the decades-long struggles to improve general aviation safety, but 2013 was very good in one segment: a drop in non-commercial fixed-wing fatal accidents.

Oil platform helo hazard

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Citing two accidents likely involving methane-induced power loss, the NTSB is urging regulators to protect offshore helicopter operators.

AOPA hosts helicopter event

Article | Sep 02, 2014

AOPA hosted the recent East Coast Helicopter Operations conference..

Repair station final rule reflects industry concerns

Advocacy | Aug 14, 2014

The FAA has published a final repair station rule that strengthens some enforcement provisions of its certificated repair station regulations but drops a broad-brush overhaul of the rules that encountered the "general dissatisfaction" of the aviation industry.

Area forecasts set for an overhaul

Article | Jul 24, 2014

The Air Safety Institute is supporting an FAA plan to revamp and modernize area forecasts, which have remained virtually unchanged since the 1930s.

AOPA CONGRATULATES CHRISTOPHER HART ON NOMINATION AS NTSB CHAIR

News release | Jun 27, 2014

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker today welcomed the nomination of Christopher Hart as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

'The human must be the boss'

Article | Jun 24, 2014

Approaching San Francisco International on a VFR day in a Boeing 777, the crew was "astonished" when automated systems did not respond as expected.

AOPA sets record straight in 'USA Today'

Article | Jun 24, 2014

USA Today published AOPA President Mark Baker’s letter to the editor June 24, calling out errors in Thomas Frank’s “Unfit for flight” article. AOPA was limited to 175 words and was denied the opportunity to submit a longer piece in the newspaper’s Op-Ed section. AOPA is requesting that the publication run a lengthy correction.

AOPA REFUTES USA TODAY'S MISLEADING REPORT ON GENERAL AVIATION SAFETY

News release | Jun 18, 2014

This morning the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) responded to a USA Today article written by reporter Thomas Frank. This extremely flawed article paints a misleading picture about the safety of general aviation: It gets the general aviation safety record wrong, it ignores efforts by the industry to make general aviation safer and it violates basic tenets of fairness and accuracy when it comes to good journalism.

FBI: $10,000 bounty for laser-pointing perps

Article | Jun 04, 2014

After a temporarily blinding green laser flashed into the cockpit of a Robinson R22 on a training flight at North Carolina’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport on May 6, the CFI and student helped police track down the person shining the laser. Now, the FBI is offering to reward those who provide information on laser incidents that lead to the arrest of such individuals.

Oklahoma governor signs tower marking bill

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised bill that will regulate the appearance of meteorological evaluation towers less than 200 feet tall.

AOPA repeats call to withdraw ECi cylinder AD

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

AOPA is once again asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

NTSB seeks better weather delivery

Article | May 07, 2014

Citing general aviation crashes in which weather information provided to pilots was incomplete, the NTSB is calling for better forecast delivery.

Midair spurred modern ATC

Article | May 02, 2014

The site of a 1956 midair collision that led to modernization of air traffic control has been designated a national historic landmark.

FAA partners with GA groups to ask, ‘Got weather?’

Article | May 01, 2014

A new safety campaign announced May 1, “Got Weather?,” aims to help general aviation pilots prepare for weather challenges they may encounter during 2014.

Safety experts focus on control

Article | Apr 23, 2014

The NTSB has organized a safety seminar May 10 to focus on aerodynamic stalls and loss of control, a leading cause of general aviation fatalities.

Safety

Article | Apr 23, 2014

According to the most recent Joseph T. Nall Report, in 2010 there were 43 accidents involving weather, and 28 of them were fatal. In fact, weather accidents are the most consistently fatal types of accidents.

Pilots: Mary Silitch

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Mary Silitch’s love of aviation started when she was four years old, after taking a flight in a crop duster over her family’s Arkansas farm.

FAA needs to speed unmanned-aircraft rulemaking

Advocacy | Apr 08, 2014

A judge’s recent ruling that cast doubt on the FAA’s power to regulate small unmanned aircraft systems underscores the need for a safety framework.

Hersman to leave NTSB

Article | Mar 12, 2014

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will leave the NTSB effective April 25.

AOPA THANKS HERSMAN FOR SERVICE AT NTSB

News release | Mar 11, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association extended its thanks to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman for her nearly 10 years of service. Hersman announced March 11 that she would be stepping down at NTSB for a position as president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

FAA asks NTSB to review unmanned-aircraft ruling

Article | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA has asked the National Transportation Safety Board to review a judge’s ruling reversing a fine it levied in an unmanned-aircraft case.

IFR Fix: 'Go around or sidestep'

IFR Fix | Mar 05, 2014

Describe a scenario where the potential for destabilization is intrinsic to the approach.

Nebraska seeks wind-test tower safety upgrade

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA is working to support a bill under consideration in Nebraska’s legislature to strengthen requirements for the anti-collision marking of temporary meteorological evaluation towers.

Pilot Counsel: Reexamination

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

One of the tools that the FAA uses in its enforcement efforts is a request to reexamine a pilot’s qualifications to hold his or her FAA certificate or ratings.