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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.

Member Guide

Article | Apr 01, 2011

ANSWERS FOR PILOTS: Webinar on buying an aircraft set for April 20 This is the time of year when many AOPA members consider purchasing an aircraft. If you are looking to buy and have questions about the purchase process, AOPA has answers for you.

Godsend or gadget?

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

If an aviation company offered a moving-map GPS with a 10-inch display, a nation’s worth of charts and approach plates, flight planning, weather, a full aviation library, and the basic functions of a computer all for around $630, every pilot would own one. That’s just what the Apple iPad is offering.

Buying Sky Manor

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

Pilot conversations at Sky Manor Airport (N40) in Pittstown, New Jersey, one afternoon didn’t focus on fun places to fly or good airport restaurants. Instead, the topic was the future of their home field.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

I signed off the e-mail by writing, “I have never regretted buying a Bonanza. It’s been a joy to own.” The comments were in response to a member’s question about Bonanzas.

A path worth taking

Article | Dec 01, 2010

“Every cloud has a silver lining” sounds like a bad cliché in today’s troubled economy. But the atmosphere for deal making has never been better.

AOPA Aviation Summit

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Thursday, NOVEMBER 11 Fly Well session FREE 8 a.m.—8:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall and Airportfest Hours 9 a.m.

Waypoints

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Plowing southwestward into a slight headwind, carving a path through the steaming August air, my mind drifted back nearly a decade to a similar mission. Except then it was a crisp and clear January day with a tailwind as we headed northeast.

AOPA Aviation Summit

Article | Oct 01, 2010

Thursday, NOVEMBER 11 Fly Well session FREE 8 a.m.—8:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall and Airportfest Hours 9 a.m.

Waypoints

Article | Oct 01, 2010

From 1,000 feet above, I watched the Cessna 182 line up for Meadow Creek’s Runway 35—the brilliant white wings a stark contrast to the dark green forest surrounding the grass strip. Minutes later we touched down on the same turf in an equally pristine Cessna 180.

Waypoints: Why your next engine may be a turboprop

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Dateline: 1990—Citing the product liability crisis in aviation and related dearth of piston-aircraft manufacturing, aircraft manufacturers consol- idate product lines and focus on the more lucrative business jet market. Turboprops, despite the recent success of the Cessna Caravan, are projected to be the next market segment eviscerated.

This November, there’s only one place to land: AOPA Summit

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

AOPA Aviation Summit—The premier source for education on proficiency, safety, technology, and affordable flying Attend AOPA Aviation Summit and participate in all new, interactive forums led by an exciting group of aviation experts Airport Activism—Simple Steps to Save Your Airport: AOPA Airports Team AOPA and the Art of Aviation Photography: Mike Fizer—Senior Photographer, AOPA and Chris Rose— Photographer, AOPA Aviation Humor: Rod Machado—Flight Instructor, Author and Aviation Humorist Buying Your First Airplane: Tom Haines—Editor in Chief, AOPA California Fog-In: Thomas A. Horne—Editor at Large, AOPA Pilot magazine Cockpit Courage: Captain Jim Tucker Commercializing Space: Dick Rutan Ditching and Water Survival: Doug Ritter—Chairman, Equipped to Survive Foundation Engine Failure After Takeoff: Barry Schiff—Aviation Author, AOPA Pilot magazine columnist FAR Refresher: John Yodice—AOPA General Counsel, Law Offices of Yodice Associates Fast Track to Your Pilot Certificate: Doug Stewart—Chairman, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) Flying for a Living: Strategies for Getting Hired: Ian Twombly—Deputy Editor, AOPA, Flight Training magazine Flying to Alaska: Tom George—Alaska Regional Representative, AOPA Flying to Mexico—What Pilots Need to Know: Rick Gardner—Director of Aviation Services, Caribbean Sky Tour The Future of Aircraft Ownership: Dave Hirschman—Senior Editor, AOPA How to Pass Any Checkride: Jason Blair—Executive Director, National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Keep Young and Fly Forever: Janet Lapp—Flight Instructor, Psychologist, Author, Motivational Humorist The Kings on Avoiding Unwanted Adventure: John and Martha King, King Schools Luck Comes to the One Most Prepared: Sean D.

Answers for Pilots: Ownership Options

Article | May 01, 2010

Longer days and warmer weather provide welcome opportunities for more flying after work and on the weekends. Perhaps you’ve taken a couple of flights in the past month, and went to schedule a few more only to find the rental aircraft at the FBO booked for the next couple of weeks. Wouldn’t it be great to have an airplane at your disposal whenever you had some time to fly?

Member Guide

Article | Feb 01, 2010

AOPA WorldPoints As an AOPA WorldPoints credit card holder for seven years, Kenneth Watson of Deltona, Florida, is one of several AOPA members rewarded for acquiring and using the card, including double point earnings at aviation merchants and FBOs. “I use it almost every day, along with my wife who uses it also for buying anything from groceries to gas for our cars to aviation-related items, and it goes on from there,” said Watson, adding that he purchased his trip to the November 2009 AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa using the AOPA WorldPoints credit card.

What's in a name?

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Some awful names have been affixed to vehicles meant to roll or soar: Nimrod (BAe), Probe (Ford), Lancer (Rockwell B–1/Mitsubishi), Cimarron (Cadillac), Swinger (Dodge), Hummer, and Airacobra (Bell) are a few that raise an eyebrow. And mention the name Fighting Falcon to a member of an F–16 squadron and you’ll be buying the first round that evening.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Cowboy Cadillac Thanks so much for the beautiful article on Travis and Cindy Nelson and their family (“GA Serves America: Cowboy Cadillac,” August AOPA Pilot). I have flown over those same areas of Montana for 40 years.

Turbine Pilot Special Section: Moving to turbine power

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Since November 2008, turbine flying has taken a body-blow. That’s when Ford, GM, and Chrysler executives flew to Washington, D.C., to ask Congress for bailout money.

Waypoints: One pilot's influence

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Harrison Ford strode in through his open hangar doors, stopping along the way to introduce himself to the busy crew transforming his hangar into a mini-movie set. “You look familiar.

Buying new, now

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

How bonus depreciation and increased expensing limits can make good business sense. These stressed economic times make it easy for many of us to quash ideas of buying an airplane.

Member Guide

Article | Nov 01, 2008

AOPA Insurance Agency: Service keeps members coming back When Nina Ortega, a California pilot, ventured into aircraft ownership, she discovered that her needs weren’t the only ones she had to consider when buying aircraft insurance. “We’ve had some challenges,” she explained.

Waypoints: Three-hour circle--tested

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Thomas B. Haines owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A36.

Member Guide

Article | Sep 01, 2008

Get the most from Flight Service Have you ever sat on hold 10 or 15 minutes trying to get through to flight service? Or gotten a less-than-stellar preflight briefing once you did? Whether you’ve had problems with the new Flight Service system or just want to learn more about this important resource, be sure to take the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s interactive online course, A Pilot’s Guide to Flight Service. A comprehensive guide to using the system both on the ground and in the air, the course offers a list of alternate resources for times when you’re having trouble reaching a briefer, as well as tips to help you get the most from the revamped system.

The Key to Ownership: Realize the Dream

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

Associate Editor Ian J. Twombly asked four lucky pilots to share stories of their ultimate dream—aircraft ownership.

AOPA's Get Your Glass Sweepstakes: More Than Skin Deep

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

Engine overhaul. Just saying these two costly words strikes fear in the heart of aircraft owners everywhere.

Member Guide

Article | May 01, 2008

Vref If you are looking into buying or selling an aircraft, you have a tremendous free resource as part of your AOPA membership—the Vref aircraft valuation service. Vref is a great starting point when attempting to determine the general retail value of an airplane.