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Aircraft maintenance: Gyro repair leads to failed vacuum system

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 08, 2016

Any time preventive or repair maintenance is performed on an aircraft, there's a risk of introducing a maintenance-induced failure. In this case study, A&P Jeff Simon explains how unnecessary work on an artificial horizon led to a vacuum system failure.

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.

Pilots: Ask Maryland legislators to lower cost of flying

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2016

A bill that would exempt aircraft repair and upgrade parts from sales tax in Maryland will be heard by the state Budget and Taxation Committee Feb. 3.

Textron streamlines turbine service

Article | Jan 27, 2016

Textron Aviation has created a call center for owners of Beechcraft, Citation, and Hawker brand jets and turboprops who need unscheduled maintenance.

Cirrus launches interactive flight ops manual

Article | Jan 26, 2016

Cirrus Aircraft launched an Apple iOS-based interactive flight manual designed to give pilots everything they need at their fingertips to perform safe flight operations, the company announced Jan. 21.

Aircraft Maintenance: 'First, do no harm'

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 20, 2016

Pilot and A&P Jeff Simon explains the importance of looking at inspection and preventive maintenance situations with a critical eye.

Aircraft Maintenance: Addressing control system issues

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 04, 2016

Rigging and control system issues are often discovered during a test flight. Here are some tips to repair or adjust the rigging and control system to get the aircraft back in line with the manufacturer's design.

Big issues, steady progress highlight 2015 advocacy

Article | Dec 29, 2015

Addressing the big issues that will affect the way we fly for decades to come requires a big commitment, and 2015 has been a year marked by steady progress on some of the biggest issues of all.

Letters for my drone

Article | Dec 24, 2015

Registering a small unmanned aircraft proved pretty easy when the FAA opened the online portal Dec. 21.

Question of the Month

Article | Dec 20, 2015

Maintenance costs are generally the largest expense in a club’s budget other than the cost of acquiring an aircraft and purchasing fuel. So how do you estimate costs so your club can set its rates and fees appropriately to make sure you’ve got the funds to cover maintenance? The December Question of the Month explains how to calculate hourly costs for routine maintenance, as well as your engine reserve.

Automatic watchman

Article | Dec 18, 2015

Aircraft parked in the open face many risks, and a Maryland company has developed technology that acts like an electronic security guard.

Aircraft Maintenance: Evaluating control issues

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 18, 2015

Learn how to spot rigging and other control system issues while you fly.

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.

FAA issues SAIBs for Cessna, Piper wing spars

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2015

The owners of a number of Cessna and Piper models are being advised about possible wing spar problems under two recent special airworthiness information bulletins.

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.

Indy car speed with Prius fuel consumption

Article | Dec 14, 2015

Find out how Light Speed Engineering's Klaus Savier, a German-born engineer, has coaxed Toyota Prius fuel consumption from his Lycoming IO-360-equipped Long EZ while posting Indy car speeds.

Windecker Eagle returns to the air

Article | Dec 14, 2015

Windecker Eagle N4198G, designed and flown in the 1960s then banished to the hangar 31 years ago, has returned to the skies following restoration.

Aircraft Maintenance: Evaluating aircraft handling

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 09, 2015

You may think of evaluating the handling qualities of an aircraft as entirely subjective, but there is more science behind it that you might imagine.

Tax-law changes spur Missouri’s aviation economy

Advocacy | Dec 08, 2015

Missouri’s aviation sector is seeing a surge in activity driven by two tax-law changes.

Registration open for student aircraft design competition

Article | Dec 07, 2015

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association and nonprofit Build A Plane announced that registration is open through Jan. 31 for their fourth Aviation Design Challenge.

Pilot Getaways: Killington, Vermont

Article | Dec 07, 2015

Surrounded by one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, Killington, Vermont, is a destination for all ages.

Fly like a fighter: Maintenance flight checks

Fly like a fighter | Dec 04, 2015

Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Larry Brown explains how general aviation pilots can borrow some practices from the Air Force's maintenance program to enhance safety.

Alaska considers increasing fuel tax

Article | Dec 03, 2015

Because of the dramatically low price of crude oil, Alaska is facing a budget short fall in excess of $3 billion. Consequently, the state government is looking for ways to decrease services or find supplemental streams of revenue.

Celebrate #GivingTuesday with AOPA Foundation

Article | Nov 30, 2015

AOPA members can support the AOPA Foundation during #GivingTuesday, a movement that celebrates and encourages charitable activities supporting nonprofit organizations during the holiday season.