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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.

Magazine Milestones

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Throughout its long history, AOPA Pilot’s editorial focus has been to communicate issues of political importance, educate members about new developments, urge them to action when necessary, and inspire its readers through uplifting and entertaining stories. For its first few years, the magazine’s tagline—“The Voice of General Aviation”—said it all.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Take care of your airplane's tires — and they'll take care of you With the exception of the bulbous, high-floatation balloon tires that are the norm for bush-style airplanes, tires for light airplanes look pretty much the same as they always have. White-sidewall tires were offered during the 1970s, but they never caught on and soon disappeared.

On Display

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

Lots of information in a little space Your old GPS receiver gives only textual information and you long for a moving map. Is that you? Aspen Avionics has an alternative to buying a new GPS receiver with a moving map, or adding a $6,000 to $10,000 multifunction display.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Is it time for you to buy? There's nothing quite like being an aircraft owner. The joy of going out to the airport and visiting your baby, even if not to fly, is a privilege few people can understand.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

Moving up: How that new aircraft may impact your aircraft insurance Are you interested in buying a new, more complex aircraft? Before you do, there are a few things you should know that may help with your aircraft insurance. Talk to a broker who specializes in general aviation aircraft before you go shopping.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

AOPA ONLINE Thunderstorm avoidance Every pilot knows not to tangle with thunderstorms, but weather is sometimes unpredictable and unexpected, and unfortunately, pilots can get caught in it. How can a pilot stay well informed about the weather along his route of flight? What weather factors should be considered before taking off, and re-evaluated along the way? How does one plan for an "out" where a safe landing can be made if necessary? Two AOPA Online presentations can help.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Become an AOPA life member AOPA life members are dedicated to general aviation and promoting GA safety. "AOPA's life members rank among the greatest heroes of the past 100 years," says AOPA President Phil Boyer.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Your last chance! December is the last month to join or renew your membership in general aviation's largest membership organization and to be automatically entered in the 2005 AOPA Commander Countdown Sweepstakes. One lucky pilot will win the completely refurbished Rockwell Commander 112A.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

AOPA ONLINE Night flying Night flying has its rewards. Pilots are treated to a private showing of spectacular electric light shows as cities slide beneath their wings.

The State of General Aviation

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

More jet fuel and better avionics in the future A recent survey of aviation schools, avionics shops, and fixed-base operators (FBOs) revealed that many in the general aviation industry connect continued growth to a steady economy. Almost every respondent said that business had rebounded from the slowdown following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and is as good as or better than before the slowdown.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

AOPA Pilot Information Center — ready when you are AOPA members enjoy free access to general aviation's most comprehensive knowledge base via our 800 number, where members can determine the right price for a prospective aircraft purchase, compare performance characteristics of low-cost avionics, or talk to an aviation expert about any flight operations or aircraft ownership issues. AOPA members enjoy the following benefits: AOPA Pilot Information Center.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Exxon Flyin' Tiger goes higher than ever Bruce Bohannon flogged his turbocharged Exxon Flyin' Tiger higher than ever before on November 13 to 47,500 feet, setting two new 12,000-meter time-to-climb world records in the process, but fell short of the intended goal of 50,000 feet. The Tiger now has a total of 30 records.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

The first steps to owning an airplane So the time has come that you've decided to purchase your first aircraft. Likely the initial question that comes to mind is that of every first-time buyer: Now what? "Buying your first airplane is no doubt a daunting proposition.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

The Savvy Owner seminars Woe to the airplane owner who gets poor advice regarding maintenance matters. Do a top overhaul or just overhaul the weak cylinder? A misguided decision on this issue will cost an owner thousands of dollars, without increasing safety one iota.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

AOPA at Work on Capitol Hill: A Case Study AOPA's full-time Washington, D.C.-based legislative affairs staff, working at the foot of Capitol Hill, ensures that the association and its members are virtually never surprised by the actions of Congress. A case in point was legislation introduced recently by Rep.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Buying an airplane? Let AOPA Ownership Services help Whether you're buying or selling an airplane, or improving the aircraft that you already have, AOPA Member Products allows you to take advantage of exclusive members-only discounts. AOPA Member Products provides financing, insurance, and title services tailored specifically to meet the needs of aircraft owners.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

You can't be protected if you don't sign up With the height of the flying season is upon us and more flight activity around the country, it's time to be aware of the possible problems that even the best trained and prepared pilots can face. The AOPA Legal Services Plan is similar to an insurance program.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

Aircraft sales up as economy improves Piston-airplane sales are good indicators of how the economy is doing. When people get nervous, aircraft sales tank.

AOPA's Win-A-Twin Sweepstakes

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

From worn-out to wonderful For the most part, propellers do their work without complaint. We count on them to work flawlessly each and every time we fly, and don't give them much of a thought — except perhaps during the preflight inspection.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Medical issues AOPA members have the benefit of a team of medical certification specialists — backed up by an entire medical section on AOPA Online — who can answer your questions about the medical certification process (www.aopa.org/members/resources/ medical.html). Has your doctor prescribed a medication for your high blood pressure? Check out the acceptable-medications drug list online (www.aopa.org/members/databases/ medical/search_faa_meds.cfm).

Selling Your Airplane

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

An ideal airplane sale should be relatively painless. But many owners have real problems selling their airplanes.