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AOPA digs into state issues as legislatures convene

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

With 46 state legislatures in session this year, AOPA’s experts are gearing up to weigh in on proposals that affect the way you fly.

IFR Fix: 'Confusion reigned'

IFR Fix | Feb 03, 2014

Can you identify the misunderstanding that was developing between the parties during an approach to Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport?

IFR Fix: 'Missed the gorilla'

IFR Fix | Jan 28, 2014

The question isn’t whether turbulence will distract you. The question is how long it will divert your attention, and what the consequences will be.

Oh, for a good night's sleep

Members only | Jan 27, 2014

There has been a lot of press about the FAA’s recent announcement about changes in the policy for pilot medical certification and sleep apnea. AOPA Director of Medical Certification says media might get some of the underlying nuances confused.

Washington state legislature mulls tower marking bill

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2014

Washington state’s legislature is considering a bill to require the marking and lighting of towers more than 25 feet agl.

IFR Fix: Expect a visual approach

IFR Fix | Jan 21, 2014

With the airport in sight, don’t relax so much that you discard your aircraft’s electronic navigation capabilities.

NTSB INCLUDES AVIATION WEATHER AND HELICOPTER OPERATIONS ON 'MOST WANTED' LIST OF SAFETY ISSUES

News release | Jan 16, 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board’s 2014 “Most Wanted” list of transportation safety concerns includes, “General Aviation: Identify and Communicate Hazardous Weather,” and “Address Unique Characteristics of Helicopter Operations,” as two of 10 issues it says should get increased focus in the coming year.

Aviation weather, helicopter ops on NTSB 'Most Wanted' list

Article | Jan 16, 2014

“General Aviation: Identify and Communicate Hazardous Weather” and “Address Unique Characteristics of Helicopter Operations” are two of 10 issues on the NTSB's 2014 "Most Wanted" list.

Houghton out, Reno at crossroads

Article | Jan 06, 2014

The Reno Air Racing Association, citing ongoing financial woes, has opted to do without the services of its longtime leader.

NTSB issues five new safety alerts

Article | Dec 30, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a year-end reminder about safe flying, has spotlighted five basic precautions that pilots should focus on to prevent accidents.

IFR Fix: Green, on paper

IFR Fix | Dec 27, 2013

When it comes to determining who has the most experience, it can depend on the the flight operation and the experiences the pilot has encountered in the past, no matter the number of hours on paper.

Waypoints: Last day to fly

Pilot Magazine | Dec 18, 2013

Today there’s a pilot flying his Piper Super Cub low over a farm field, enjoying the view.

AOPA formally opposes ECi cylinder AD

Article | Dec 11, 2013

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

NTSB supports practical approach to ECi cylinder AD

Article | Nov 14, 2013

In an unusual move the NTSB tells the FAA it supports a more conservative approach to addressing problems with thousands of ECi cylinders.

FAA issues final rule on air carrier pilot training

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2013

The FAA has published a final rule that stresses basic pilot skills and better tracking of remedial training for crewmembers to avoid "events that, although rare, are often catastrophic," such as the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y.

IFR Fix: 'Random impromptu routings'

IFR Fix | Nov 01, 2013

Which word in the instrument pilot's vocabulary is so prized that it commands its own button on navigation units?

Safety at Santa Monica

Article | Oct 30, 2013

Senior AOPA staff fielded questions and presented evidence that should reassure Santa Monica Municipal Airport neighborhood residents during an Oct. 24 safety seminar.

NTSB implements Pilot’s Bill of Rights

Article | Sep 26, 2013

The NTSB has finalized a series of rules implementing the Pilot’s Bill of Rights.

At AOPA request, FAA seeks more comments on proposed ECi AD

Article | Sep 26, 2013

The FAA has responded to an AOPA request with new information and an extended comment period on a proposed AD affecting thousands of ECi cylinders.