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Club Spotlight

Article | Nov 22, 2015

When Al Waterloo bought a 2004 Cirrus SR20, his goal was to operate a flight school on the South Side of Chicago at Lansing Airport (IGQ). The airplane wasn’t flying enough so he decided to form a flying club and looked to the Cirrus Jump Start program as a model. The club is still in formation, but it has about a half dozen members and mixes primary training and cross-country flying. Learn how Al is making the transition to a flying club in this month’s Club Spotlight.

Hourly operating costs of 45 jets compared

Article | Nov 16, 2015

In an exclusive report, AOPA talks to aircraft purchase advisor Conklin & de Decker to compare variable hourly operating costs for 45 business jets that likely will be at the National Business Aviation Association convention.

The drone pro

Article | Nov 04, 2015

A pilot who long ago built a general aviation business in New Jersey was also among the first unmanned aircraft operators approved for commercial work.

'Doc' needs help to fly

Article | Sep 30, 2015

Volunteers restoring the B-29 Superfortress Doc have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed for the flight test program.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Sep 20, 2015

The Cessna 177 Cardinal might just be the Goldilocks of Cessna single-engines. It’s bigger than the C-172, but not as fast as the C-182. It fits somewhere in between and provides a nice cross-country aircraft with good speed and economical performance. It makes a reliable IFR trainer and in a pinch can be used for primary students as well. Gateway Flying Club President Chris Baye and Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share their experience with the Cardinal.

The swarm of drones to come

Article | Sep 10, 2015

Thousands of drone enthusiasts (and yes, most embrace the word “drone”) gathered in Las Vegas for a glimpse at what’s to come.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Aug 16, 2015

if your club is looking to diversify its fleet and offer something a little different, the Citabria could fit the bill. It’s a design that harkens back to the earlier, simple days of aviation, yet it has modern touches. It’s a reliable taildragger for those that want a tailwheel endorsement, it’s economical to operate, and the tandem seating and stick provide pilots quite a different experience from flying a Cessna or Piper. East Hill Flying Club President David St. George shares his club’s experience with the Citabria.

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.

Drone pilots sought

Article | Jul 08, 2015

A Boston-area startup has secured an FAA exemption to operate unmanned aircraft, and is seeking qualified pilots with or without drone experience.