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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.

Pilots talk safety after fatal Connecticut accident

Article | Sep 12, 2013

AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg and a team from the Air Safety Institute spent an evening discussing aircraft operations at congested airports following a tragic accident last month at nearby Tween-New Haven Airport.

IFR Fix: Radar contact lost

IFR Fix | Sep 06, 2013

What’s an unusual feature of an instrument approach procedure in your aviation neighborhood—a quirk that makes you glad you can practice it at will?

AOPA asks FAA to withdraw proposed cylinder AD

Article | Sep 05, 2013

AOPA and six other organizations are asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that would affect thousands of Continental engines and provide more detailed justification for the plan.

Summit keynotes to spotlight aviation experts

Article | Sep 05, 2013

New AOPA CEO Mark Baker and officials from the FAA and NTSB will give Summit keynote speeches.

IFR Fix: The vertigo vaccine

IFR Fix | Aug 12, 2013

Are you vaccinated against vertigo? That would be useful, but don't look for the cure within the health care system. Start in your logbook.

Cylinder-removal AD would increase costs, decrease safety

Article | Aug 12, 2013

A proposed airworthiness directive would order inspection and removal of aftermarket cylinders used on Teledyne-Continental engines in many popular general aviation aircraft.

NTSB notes slight decline in GA accident rate

Article | Aug 08, 2013

The general aviation accident rate declined slightly in 2012, based on preliminary data used by federal officials.

IFR Fix: 'I have your request'

Article | Jul 16, 2013

You want to tell ATC that the clearance you accepted has placed you in turbulence bordering on severe, and you want out.

Quiz Me: What do I have to report to the NTSB?

Article | Jul 12, 2013

Question: My friend forgot to extend the landing gear before landing, which resulted in a gear-up landing. There were no injuries, but there is minor damage to the propeller and dents in the lower cowl and fuselage. Does this need to be reported to the NTSB?

Safety

Article | Jun 10, 2013

A single thunderstorm can contain almost every weather-related hazard to pilots--high winds, limited visibility, hail, microbursts, and icing just to name a few. The Air Safety Institute just completed Storm Week, its weeklong education campaign to raise awareness of thunderstorms. Now is the perfect time to hold a club safety seminar and utilize the many ASI tools to help understand how ATC and weather briefers can steer you clear of the storms or help pilots make the decision to stay on the ground.

IFR Fix: 'One vicious bundle'

Article | Jun 07, 2013

If a VFR pilot’s worst nightmare is to blunder into solid clouds, armed only with basic instrument flying skills, a similarly scary scenario awaits the instrument pilot who bets on sneaking through a stormy sector, and loses.

NTSB wants wind-test towers marked, registered

Article | May 30, 2013

As the wind-energy industry grows, the towers it uses to evaluate the potential of sites for power generation pose a growing hazard to aviation, the NTSB said, issuing six safety recommendations to stakeholders.

IFR Fix: ‘Tasks and iterations’

Article | May 13, 2013

An instrument-rated pilot who mostly flies VFR completes an instrument proficiency check on May 2. Almost six months later, the pilot tracks courses, flies three or four instrument approaches, holds, and performs other required IFR "tasks and iterations" to prepare for a flight six days later. Is IFR currency an issue?

AOPA points to FAA’s flawed process to close control towers

Article | May 07, 2013

AOPA in a court filing May 6 called the FAA's decision to close 149 contract control towers nationwide, "arbitrary, capricious, and fundamentally flawed, leaving the safety and efficiency consequences largely unknown."

AOPA points to FAA’s flawed process to close control towers (13-2-010)

News release | May 07, 2013

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in a court filing Monday called the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to close 149 contract control towers nationwide, “arbitrary, capricious, and fundamentally flawed, leaving the safety and efficiency consequences largely unknown.”

AOPA advocacy in the news

Article | Apr 28, 2013

AOPA advocacy in brief April 23 Tower closings and system risk What key safety issues are raised when a high-traffic-volume airport starts operating without its air traffic control tower? Traffic pattern congestion is one. Invalid chart information is another.