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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.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Jul 07, 2015

Remaking a middle-aged Cessna 172—on a budget

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 21, 2015

Starting a flying club doesn’t have to take a long time. Just ask the Emporia Flying Club in Kansas. In about two months they went from discussing the club as a concept to having 14 members and a Cessna 172 available to fly. In this month’s Club Spotlight, Emporia Flying Club President Rick Vilander shares how the club formed so fast.

South Carolina axes aircraft maintenance tax

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

South Carolina pilots can soon fly a little farther: An aviation-friendly bill that passed the state House and Senate eliminates sales tax from general aviation aircraft maintenance.

Quick Look: Cessna Conquest I

Pilot Magazine | Jun 08, 2015

Cessna was a little late out of the gate getting a turboprop into its lineup.

Home schooled

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2015

What’s most unusual about the ProFlight course is not what happens in Carlsbad. It’s what happens at your home or office in the weeks leading up to the training.

What will your airplane really cost?

Article | Mar 23, 2015

When negotiating the price of buying an airplane, it’s easy to get so caught up on the purchase price that other costs associated with aircraft ownership get neglected.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Mar 15, 2015

For a cost-conscience flying club looking to offer advanced training or do some cross country flying, the Piper Arrow may be exactly what you’re looking for. While there are faster or bigger aircraft, the Arrow offers an easy step up from a Cherokee to a complex airplane, it has a decent useful load, and it’s inexpensive to operate. Dave Sanders of the Bay Area Aero Club in Pearland, Texas shares their experience.

Droning on

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

From search-and-rescue missions to crop surveying; from capturing movie action sequences to starring in them—unmanned aircraft systems have progressed from a niche hobby to a booming industry.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 15, 2015

The Cessna 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly to and inexpensive to operate. It may not be fancy, but most pilots have a soft spot for this reliable little trainer. Pocono Mountains Flying Club President Paul Houle shares how his club is creating new pilots with the venerable Cessna 150.

FAA clarifies CFI checkride requirement

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.

Fuel starts to tumble

Article | Jan 14, 2015

Analysts say the price of avgas may be cut by nearly half in the coming months; the decline has already begun.

Fractional operators exit

Article | Dec 18, 2014

The quiet exit of two companies from the fractional aircraft market provides further evidence that this is an uncertain path to profit.

Civil Air Patrol extends fleet life 10 years

Article | Oct 31, 2014

The Civil Air Patrol is extending the life of many of its aircraft through a thrifty refurbishment program.

Garmin introduces new ADS-B solution

Article | Oct 28, 2014

Garmin announced a new Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solution Oct. 28 that meets FAA requirements for ADS-B Out while delivering traffic and subscription-free weather to mobile devices.

Meeting the mandate

Pilot Magazine | Oct 22, 2014

This year has not yet come to a close, but my mind is on January 1, 2020. That’s when the FAA has mandated that aircraft must be equipped for ADS-B Out in order to operate in airspace where a Mode C transponder is required today.

Frederick Aero Club bills itself as a true flying club

Article | Oct 14, 2014

The Frederick Aero Club has structured itself to encourage members to fly regularly.

Phenom Update

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

The recession has taken its toll on all business jet manufacturers, but Brazil’s Embraer appears to have felt its sting the least.

Club Spotlight

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Silver City Flying Club in central Connecticut rotates two aircraft between two airports.