Buying

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

From our January cover story on the Czech Republic-designed Bristell to a look at the Cessna Skycatcher as a trainer and an industry overview, we focused on the LSA market. I was disappointed to see the Bristell LSA on the cover of AOPA Pilot.

Is your favorite aircraft the best? Nominate today!

Article | Jan 31, 2013

Will your favorite aircraft make it to the Big Dance? This year you have a chance to help determine who makes it to the Best Aircraft Showdown, a bracket contest that lets you pick pilots' favorite general aviation aircraft.

Coast-to-coast efforts boost safety, economies in 2012

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2012

AOPA’s new regional managers worked with headquarters staff to defend pilots’ access to airports, promote tax and economic policies that keep the general aviation industry healthy, and keep the skies safe for GA pilots.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

Tom Haines helps lucky member buy the perfect plane

Article | Sep 18, 2012

Want AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines to personally walk you through the aircraft buy process? He's looking to do just that at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft Purchasing - there's help for you here

Article | Aug 01, 2012

This time of year there's a lot of talk about buying and selling aircraft. For some members, it's a first-time purchase. Others are selling what they own to buy something bigger and faster. And some don't want to go fast anymore and are downsizing from a family-sized flying machine to a two-seater, kicking back to fly low and enjoy the scenery. Whatever your dreams are concerning aircraft ownership, AOPA has the resources to help you - both with your initial purchase as well as with your ongoing experience as an aircraft owner.

Answers for Pilots: Keep up with your meds

Article | Apr 01, 2012

We all enjoy the beauty of blossoming fruit trees each spring and the gradual transition of the landscape from brown to green. While our eyes delight in the flourishing scenery, our sinuses may complain. Headaches and congestion mark the onset of allergy season for many pilots. Some medications - even those purchased over-the-counter - have side effects that make them unsafe to take when flying. Double-check your allergy meds to be sure they are FAA-approved. Search AOPA's online medication database by the drug's trade name, generic name, type of medication, or the medical condition being treated to find out whether - and under what conditions - the FAA has approved it for pilots.

Ascension Air offers fractional Cirrus ownership, financing

Article | Mar 21, 2012

Ascension Air has joined the fractional ownership market, offering a fleet of three new Cirrus SR22T aircraft based in Atlanta--with hopes to expand to other airports by year's end.

On brand-new wings

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

From the second-story window, I peer out at the pristine, new airplane gleaming on the ramp just below.

LSA financing options abound for individuals

Article | Jan 25, 2012

For well-qualified individual buyers, financing a light sport aircraft purchase is no different from financing a certified aircraft, provided the light sport in question is one of the top-selling and established brands. But flight schools face financing challenges.

Renter no more

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

You know those “Win Me” airplane raffles that groups around the country hold from time to time? The ones where they sell only 2,500 tickets to assure you a better chance of winning? I’ve bought a couple of those tickets. You know the airplane that EAA raffles off at AirVenture each year? The one with the announcer who hawks the tickets over a loudspeaker? I’ve bought more than a couple of those tickets.

Member Guide

Article | Jun 01, 2011

Sweepstakes bonus entries for AOPA Automatic Annual Renewal Increase your chances of winning a completely refurbished Cessna 182 in AOPA’s 2011 Crossover Classic Sweepstakes. AOPA members automatically receive one annual entry with membership, but did you know you can get five additional entries by participating in our Automatic Annual Renewal Program? And that’s not all—if you’ve been enrolled in the program for two or more consecutive years, you’ll get 10 additional sweepstakes entries! As a participant, you’ll enjoy a hassle-free membership experience with the convenience of an automatic renewal every year, with uninterrupted benefits and service.

Turbine Pilot: Market scan

Article | Jun 01, 2011

As our directory of single-pilot turbine airplanes showcases, the choices for stepping up to light turbines are vast, from single-engine turboprops to monster twin turboprops (the King Air 350i tips the scales at more than 15,000 pounds) to light and medium-size twinjets. The choices are varied and broad, however the taxiway to light turbine certification is littered with failed or sputtering projects—Adam A700, Emivest, Spectrum, Visionaire, and many others.

Logbook entry

Article | Jun 01, 2011

The general aviation manufacturing industry has experienced a lot of turbulence in the last two and one-half years as a result of the global economic downturn and the media’s perception of business aviation. But, optimism is returning.