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FAA funding secured through September 2015

Advocacy | Dec 16, 2014

Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.

Navigation by touch

Article | Sep 25, 2014

The complexity of engineering and testing a navigator designed to anchor an instrument panel helps explain why Avidyne’s IFD 540 has only just arrived.

Satellite closes coverage gaps

Article | Sep 17, 2014

A satellite-based transceiver has shown promise to enable worldwide Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast coverage.

A lot of love—and money: Over-the-top restorations

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

A Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 182, and Cessna 310 today are better than the factories ever imagined—thanks to owners who wanted their aircraft to be, as the U.S. Army says, all they can be. They succeeded.

Trig announces Garmin STC

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Trig Avionics announced July 31 that its ADS-B capable transponders can now be paired with Garmin 430W and 530W navigation systems in certified aircraft.

Aspen Avionics expands ADS-B product line

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Aspen Avionics has expanded its product line to help owners comply with the FAA mandate for installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast capability on aircraft by 2020.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES $15.7 BILLION IN FAA FUNDING FOR 2015

News release | Jun 11, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday voted to provide $15.7 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration in fiscal year 2015, representing a slight increase from the current $15.6 billion funding level.

Waypoints: Traffic dead ahead?

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

The callout jolted me from a zone of concentration while intercepting a radial off of the Westminster, Maryland, VOR. “Traffic. 12 o’clock. Same altitude. One mile,” came the loud voice in the headset.

Managers buy Chelton, S-Tec

Article | Apr 22, 2014

The management team running Chelton Flight Systems and S-Tec Corp. in Mineral Wells, Texas, for parent Cobham Avionics saw an opportunity and bought in.

FreeFlight ADS-B installation list grows

Article | Mar 18, 2014

FreeFlight Systems announced several ADS-B installations and approvals during the Aircraft Electronics Association convention, held in Nashville March 12 through 15.

Waypoints: Before the magenta line

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

An important anniversary passed in mid-February without fanfare.

Drop-in ADS-B Out

Article | Feb 07, 2014

Avidyne’s new ADS-B transponder is ready for certificated aircraft in the U.S. and Europe.

Mentor Matters: Missing glideslope in San Juan

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

With the release of its WAAS-equipped flight decks and stand-alone navigation units, Garmin introduced advisory vertical navigation capability for nearly all RNAV approaches, not just those that have published WAAS minimums.

Quick Look: Bombardier Learjet 45

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

When it was introduced in the early 1990s, the Learjet 45 was the first clean-sheet Learjet design since the first-generation Model 23 helped bring business aviation into the jet age in the early 1960s.

Bell shows chopper of the people, by the people

Article | Oct 22, 2013

Bell Helicopter is displaying a customer-driven 429WLG helicopter at NBAA2013.

Freeflight Systems’ new RANGR

Article | Aug 02, 2013

Freeflight, a provider of NextGen avionics, announced it had received FAA technical standard order (TSO) authorization for its new RANGR FDL-978-RX ADS-B transceiver.

Celebrating a satellite milestone

Article | Jun 06, 2013

In 10 years, the FAA has created more than 3,000 approaches utilizing Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) GPS technology, expanding access to small airports.

FreeFlight lands $7 million FAA contract for ADS-B equipment

Article | May 06, 2013

FreeFlight Systems of Texas has landed a $7 million deal with the FAA to equip up to 600 Alaskan aircraft with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, a reward for those who tested the system now at the heart of NextGen.

Garmin introduces new traffic alert systems

Article | Mar 27, 2013

Garmin’s new radios, the GTR transceiver and GNC NAV/COMM series, feature text displays identifying the tuned frequency. Garmin announced a pair of new active traffic alert systems, and what amounts to an upgrade of an existing system priced at the entry level on March 26 at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas.

Garmin’s “Team X” creates new experimental/LSA avionics

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Garmin GMC 305 A small team of Garmin engineers working apart from the rest of the avionics staff is about to release its first products—seven in all—aimed at the experimental and light sport markets. “These new products are designed by our dedicated experimental engineering team, many of whom are pilots and homebuilders,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

Pilot input sought on modernizing Phoenix airspace

Advocacy | Jan 09, 2013

The FAA is embarking on a three-year effort to modernize the Phoenix airspace utilizing NextGen and performance-based navigation (PBN) technologies. AOPA is asking pilots to speak up.

‘Radar-like’ technology comes to Colo. Airport

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2012

Airspace in the vicinity of a regional airport in the mountains of western Colorado is now under the gaze of technology that helps air traffic control track aircraft in the absence of radar coverage.

FAA: No new flight plan requirements for GA ops

Article | Nov 19, 2012

Any operator who used FAA domestic flight plans prior to Nov. 15 should still be able to do so, according to an FAA official, who cleared up confusion that surrounded a Nov. 15 update to the International Civil Aviation Organization flight plan format.

FreeFlight Systems gains wider approval for ADS-B Out

Article | Nov 05, 2012

A Texas avionics company is celebrating the FAA's recent decision to speed the approval process for installing NextGen avionics that will be required by 2020.

Hone your IFR skills

Article | Sep 19, 2012

Flying IFR is a dynamic undertaking - and not just because of the weather. Find out how to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

IFR Fix: Navigating a legacy

Article | Sep 17, 2012

For many of today's pilots who entered the instrument environment training in aircraft equipped with two nav/coms, marker beacons, and maybe an ADF, the satellite-based future air traffic system - NextGen - remains an elusive idea, notwithstanding its overall 2020 target date.

General aviation testimony offers NextGen priorities

Advocacy | Sep 12, 2012

General aviation is benefiting from changes to switch to NextGen - think with WAAS instrument approaches and T-routes - but the FAA needs to lay out a clear case for equipping aircraft with affordable systems to offer new benefits.

'Ultra-ultra' G650 gets type certificate

Article | Sep 07, 2012

The ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 business jet received a type certificate from the FAA Sept. 7, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced. The G650 is able to carry eight passengers and a crew of four at Mach 0.85 on nonstop legs of 7,000 nautical miles, enough to link Dubai with New York and London with Buenos Aires, according to Gulfstream.

FAA updating flight inspection fleet for a NextGen world

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Across the country, and at military bases worldwide, FAA Flight Inspection Services crews come calling every time a new navaid or instrument procedure comes online. With NextGen, there are new capabilities and challenges for a team of more than 500 pilots, mechanics, technicians, and dispatchers who run a $60 million operation.

Subscription-free weather and traffic from Garmin

Article | Jul 16, 2012

At last, the long-touted benefits of the ADS-B system are beginning to arrive in general aviation cockpits--and Garmin's new GDL 39 receiver is the first to make us reconsider our earlier advice that pilots should wait until closer to the FAA's 2020 deadline to buy new equipment.

AOPA seeks changes to large military airspace proposal in Alaska

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

AOPA is urging the Department of Defense to work with the aviation community to solve access and routing problems posed for general aviation by a revised special-use airspace plan for the Joint Alaska Pacific Range Complex.

WAAS cited as NextGen success story

Advocacy | Apr 26, 2012

The FAA marked a major milestone toward implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) when it published more than 3,000 Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) instrument approaches, said a "snapshot" of progress made public at a Washington, D.C., conference.

Free cockpit weather on the iPad? Yes please

Article | Mar 29, 2012

Sporty's Pilot Shop and ForeFlight are making life with your iPad a little sweeter. The two companies worked with Appareo Systems to develop a small, wireless, portable Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) weather receiver and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) GPS for the iPad.

It's all about the iPad at Sun 'n Fun

Article | Mar 28, 2012

What's happening at the avionics counters in the four large product hangars at Sun 'n Fun? Here's a quick survey, accomplished by walking through all four vendor hangars. You'll hear from some off-Broadway companies that don't often dominate the news.

GAO report focuses on NextGen costs, scheduling

Advocacy | Feb 18, 2012

Costs that exceed estimates by $4.2 billion and widespread scheduling setbacks highlight a new Government Accountability Office report to Congress evaluating FAA acquisition programs to implement the transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

FAA proposes plan for navigation in NextGen environment

Advocacy | Jan 12, 2012

By 2020, all IFR traffic will rely on satellites for navigation under an FAA proposal now open to comment. A 50-percent reduction to the existing VOR network, part of the transition to NextGen, is planned by 2020, with a scaled-down VOR network retained as a backup to GPS.

AOPA asks FAA to address GA concerns in Operational Evolution Plan

Article | Aug 08, 2003

Mr. Charles Keegan Associate Administrator Research and Acquisitions (ARA-1) Federal Aviation Administration 800 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20015 Re: Operational Evolution Plan Version 5.1 Dear Charlie, On behalf of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's (AOPA) more than 400,000 members, we offer the following response to the recent Operational Evolution Plan (OEP).

AOPA calls for changes in FAA strategic plan to address GA needs

Article | Aug 08, 2003

AOPA COMMENTS TO THE FAA STRATEGIC PLAN; FLIGHT PLAN FOR 2004-2008 AOPA organizes its comments under the major objectives of the strategic plan as follows: Greater Capacity There are two elements missing from the FAA's Greater Capacity goal: Security Strategy—The FAA should include a security strategy under Objective 3. Increase or improve airspace capacity in the eight major metropolitan areas and corridors that most affect total system delay.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 1998

AOPA Legislative Action Asks for Curb on FAA Abuse of Emergency Revocations AOPA Legislative Action has urged Congress to pass the "Hoover Bill," which would curb the FAA's abuse of its emergency authority to revoke pilot certificates. "We support and promote fair FAA enforcement," said AOPA General Counsel John S.