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Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 19, 2015

Apparently Iowa is the place where dreams come true, whether it’s on a baseball diamond that Kevin Costner built in a cornfield or an airport operated by a flying club. In this month’s Club Spotlight, Green Castle Aero Club Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares how his club operates the Green Castle Airport (IA24) where you must be a club member to be based there. It also maintains a fleet of seven aircraft ranging from an Aeronca Chief to a Piper Arrow, and has events like throwing pumpkins out of airplanes so they can raise scholarship money to teach teenagers to fly

New tax law encourages aircraft purchasers to buy in Missouri

Article | Jul 09, 2015

An AOPA-backed aircraft tax exemption for out-of-state buyers will help boost Missouri’s economic engine and benefit aircraft mechanics and pilots considering the purchase of Missouri-based aircraft.

Question of the Month

Article | Jun 21, 2015

One of the key first steps in forming a flying club is identifying founding members. These members will be used to rally interest, guide the mission and ideals of the club, possibly help with club financing, and potentially act as future officers of the club. Most successful clubs target a few special individuals as founding members with particular areas of expertise. This month’s question of the month breaks down what to look for in finding founding members.

Checkride redux

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2015

The 61.58 ride amounts to a repeat of the full, initial type rating checkride, complete with simulated emergencies and procedures that must be flown to the practical tests standards set down for airline transport pilots.

GA recognizes need to educate ADS-B consumers

Advocacy | Apr 22, 2015

AOPA, equipment manufacturers, and aviation associations will work together to educate aircraft owners about their options when it comes to equipping Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast products, the groups agreed during a meeting hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker at Sun 'n Fun.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

For a relatively small group of aircraft owners, especially those who routinely fly in places like the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska—where the benefits of ADS-B are evident—the decision to equip for the FAA’s January 1, 2020, ADS-B Out mandate was a simple one.

Fuel injection systems: You still need to maintain them

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 25, 2015

If you are flying behind a fuel-injected aircraft engine, it pays to thoroughly understand how it works, how to maintain it, and what typically goes wrong when you encounter a problem.

Why a Pre Purchase Inspection is Crucial

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Avoiding a pre-purchase inspection could be one of the worst – and most costly – decisions you’ll ever make.

No cable mandate coming

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The FAA has determined that an existing special airworthiness information bulletin is sufficient, and will not echo Australia’s new limits on certain control cable aseemblies.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 05, 2015

An in-depth exhaust system inspection should be done as part of the aircraft's annual inspection.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 23, 2014

Exhaust systems are one of the few systems in our aircraft where a single point of failure can be catastrophic. Here are tips for inspecting the system for safety during every preflight. This is one area in which catching an issue on the ground can make all the difference in the world.

Breaking up is hard to do: Switching maintenance shops

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 11, 2014

You should stick with someone you trust for the long-term maintenance of your aircraft assuming he or she is skilled and thorough. That said, there is significant value to getting a fresh pair of eyes on your airplane every so often.

P&E/Ownership: No screw left behind

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

I knew about owner-assisted annuals, but it had not occurred to me to do one—any more than it would have occurred to me to take my car to a local garage and ask to help out with a tune-up.

AOPA Fly-In: Kick back in the sun

Pilot Magazine | Oct 22, 2014

Join us for the unofficial end to the flying season on November 8 at St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Aircraft maintenance: Major vs. minor alterations

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 08, 2014

The most important place to start with any repair or alteration is with an assessment of whether it is a major or minor alteration. This is critical because the approval and documentation requirements for major vs. minor alterations are significantly different and, in fact, can be the difference between a simple logbook entry and a complex FAA approval process.

Question of the Month

Article | Sep 16, 2014

What do flying clubs think of Planesharing companies?

Women find their wings

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

Mary Latimer has declared 2014 “The Year of the Woman Pilot.”

Water lacking, floatplanes launch from trailer

Article | Apr 24, 2014

A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.

Eating the elephant: Become an educated owner

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 23, 2014

When you set out on a mission to learn about your airplane, it’s amazing how many people step in to help.

AOPA Fly-ins: Indianapolis

Pilot Magazine | Apr 10, 2014

The airport’s FBO, Indy Jet; Indianapolis-area EAA chapters; and the Indianapolis Aviation Authority are working with AOPA to make the May 31 fly-in an event to remember.

Pilots: Bill Brennand

Pilot Magazine | Jan 23, 2014

The only thing worse than having a propeller come apart in flight, is to have it come apart at low altitude.

Just say ‘no’ to your mechanic

Article | Oct 11, 2013

Saying 'no' to useless maintenance on certain squawk items could save aircraft owners thousands of dollars a year.

Are you really good to go if it doesn’t say so?

Article | Jun 26, 2013

Why do we keep hearing stories about pilots picking up their aircraft after having maintenance done and not verifying the proper maintenance log entry? Owners, pilots, and mechanics all share in the blame.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 13, 2013

The Bowman Eagles was formed 10 years ago for one purpose--to have tailwheel aircraft available to fly.

March IA renewals will require documentation of activity

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2013

Aviation mechanics with inspection authorization must renew their certificates by March 31, and AOPA is reminding members who must renew that under a new FAA policy certificate holders must show that they have been "actively engaged" in the work.

NBAA2012 by the numbers

Article | Oct 31, 2012

Which jet can go 6,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.90? How many Hawker Beechcraft jets could lose warranty coverage, and how much debt is the company shedding in bankruptcy?

Hawker Beechcraft reveals details of failed Chinese deal

Article | Oct 29, 2012

A complex agreement with cultural and language barriers and the need for approval from the U.S. and Chinese governments ultimately doomed Superior Aviation Beijing's bid for Hawker Beechcraft.

Convention attendees: Join the discussion of GA issues

Advocacy | Aug 15, 2012

Will you be attending the Republican National Convention Aug. 27 through 30 or the Democratic National Convention Sept. 4 through 6? AOPA wants to know.

AOPA puts GA on the table at GOP, Democratic conventions

Advocacy | Jul 19, 2012

Politicians, delegates, and a host of interest groups will converge this summer on the Republican and Democratic national conventions, and while nominations and speeches will dominate the headlines, the discussions will range to topics including GA.

NTSB faults Roush for 2010 Oshkosh crash

Article | Jun 27, 2012

Investigators faulted Jack Roush, a NASCAR team co-owner and longtime pilot, for failure to apply full power during an attempted go-around at Wittman Regional Airport during EAA AirVenture 2010. Roush, who continues to fly, accepted the findings.

Custom content for the Apr. 06, 2012, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 06, 2012

Training Tips: 'Beyond gliding distance'; Training Products: Noral three-inch seat cushion with back; Final Exam Question: What is the difference between an annual inspection and a 100-hour inspection?

Friends rally to fulfill a pilot’s final wish

Article | Feb 08, 2012

Walter Crosby spent the last seven years of his life working on the Piper Cub he had dreamed of restoring since he paid $650 for the tattered two-seater in 1962. In October, Crosby and his wife, Geri, returned to Florida for a seventh winter of work on the Cub, and the sixth year of Walter Crosby's battle against cancer.