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COURT DISMISSES LAWSUIT OVER SANTA MONICA AIRPORT

News release | Feb 14, 2014

In a landmark decision yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge sided with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

AOPA AND NBAA FILE AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

News release | Feb 10, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in support of a Federal Aviation Administration motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit over the future of Santa Monica, Calif., Municipal Airport.

Craftsmanship: Rare find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 24, 2014

Pilots find breathtaking beauty in the curve of a propeller, the shape of a wing, even the thoughtful interface of a piece of avionics.

Financing is not just for aircraft purchases

Article | Jan 09, 2014

AOPA Aviation Finance Company can help with upgrades, overhauls, or even a new engine.

Airframe: Seeing red

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The Cessna Skycatcher has “no future,” says Cessna CEO Scott Ernest. A new Skyhawk costs more than $400,000.

Aircraft buyers beware phishing scam

Article | Dec 10, 2013

AOPA has been notified of several incidences where an alleged aircraft seller claims the sale and transaction of an aircraft will occur through an “AOPA Escrow Service.” This is a phishing scam that appears to be originating out of the U.K.

Membership Highlights: Working for you

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Protecting Your Right to Fly: Taking on regulatory and legislative threats to general aviation has remained the association’s primary focus for more than 70 years.

Texas-based partnership perfect fit for pilot

Article | Oct 09, 2013

Buying into a partnership can be risky, but for John Field, the decision to become part of Addison Flyers LLC fit his mission and his personality.

Three reasons an LLC may be right for you when buying an aircraft

Article | Aug 06, 2013

You have probably noticed the initials LLC on your lawyer's or other professional's business card. What you may not have considered is that an LLC may be the best way to go if you are buying an airplane in partnership with another person or group of people.

Foundation Focus: Donating your aircraft

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

There may come a day when your trusty airplane, the one that took you on so many memory-making journeys, just isn’t such a big part of your life anymore. Once upon a time, you both spent hours together—visiting new places, making new friends, visiting old ones, and seeing the world from new heights. But now, for one reason or another, you simply aren’t putting her to good use, and so there she sits gathering dust in the hangar. Not only is this a nonproductive asset, it’s deteriorating! Aircraft, like people, like to be engaged. So, what to do?

News and Notes: All in one place

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

The countdown is on: less than three months until AOPA Aviation Summit 2013, October 10 through 12 in Fort Worth, Texas. “The exhibit hall is filling up fast and we are adding new exhibitors daily,” says Liz Tarver, AOPA exhibit sales manager.

Ownership: You are not alone

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Buying piston aircraft by the slice remains a boutique option available in a limited number of locations, although that may change with new players jumping into the market. Some are downright evangelical about leveraging the buying power of many pilots to refresh an aging general aviation fleet with brand-new aircraft, or expanding—dramatically—access to aircraft at the lowest possible cost.

RedHawk Cessna 172 debuts

Article | Jul 29, 2013

Redbird is best known for its simulators, but now it's moving into the airplane business.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 16, 2013

Crossroads Flying Club based at Double Eagle Airport (KAEG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, isn’t for everybody. It’s a small club in which members pay a high equity stake to gain access to two high-performance aircraft—a 250-hp Socata Trinidad TB20 and a 300-hp, six-seat Piper Lance. Club President Bob Rausch explains how the club works and why it’s a great alternative to owning your own aircraft.

Five good reasons to say yes to a business aircraft

Article | Jul 08, 2013

AOPA Aviation Finance Co. offers members five reasons why buying a business aircraft is a good idea.

Letters: Buy or rent?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Senior Editor Ian J. Twombly posed the question: should a flight student buy or rent an aircraft? We received quite a response.

Buying an aircraft?

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Many pilots prefer to pay cash for an airplane. Sounds admirable, but economics suggest that it may be time to take a second look and consider whether financing an aircraft purchase is a better alternative for you.

12-year-old ready to buy airplane

Article | Jun 11, 2013

A lot can happen on a 10-minute first flight. According to 12-year-old Landon Howard, he grew wise beyond his years during a short flight in a Mooney over Frederick and Middletown, Md., June 8 during Learn to Fly Day at AOPA’s headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport.