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Eating the elephant: Charting a course to aircraft ownership

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 10, 2014

For all its regulations and costs, there are options out there to make the dream of aircraft ownership a reality for most pilots.

Cost comparison

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2014

A visitor pulled up to my hangar in an S-class Mercedes recently with a few questions—and assumptions—about flying.

Santa Monica advocates prep for next round

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA leaders were in Santa Monica this week, pledging their continuing support to protect the embattled airport.

Diesel-upgrade program launched for Cessna 172

Article | Feb 24, 2014

A Cessna 172 diesel-engine upgrade program, and advanced avionics, are seen adding efficiency, safety, and value to the aircraft.

Mission to 'Mars'

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Loaded near maximum weight, a flight of two Quest Kodiaks cruised in the Arctic summer sky over vast swaths of barren tundra and sea ice fraught with history.

Land-O-Lakes Flying Club: Private flying at economical rates

Article | Nov 22, 2013

The Land-O-Lakes Flying Club thrives with capped membership and a balanced fleet.

FAA releases roadmap for UAS integration

Advocacy | Nov 08, 2013

The FAA has released its Unmanned Aerial Systems Roadmap, setting the stage for integrating unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System.

Kestrel’s single-engine turboprop delayed

Article | Jul 31, 2013

Kestrel Aircraft has made fast progress on engineering, but a shortage of funds is delaying the single-engine turboprop.

Letters: Buy or rent?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Senior Editor Ian J. Twombly posed the question: should a flight student buy or rent an aircraft? We received quite a response.

AOPA demands answers on aircraft searches

Article | Jun 19, 2013

A federal agency chartered to secure national borders has been working inland, targeting general aviation with no clear authority.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jun 10, 2013

The Bakersfield Flying Club, based at Meadows Field (KBFL) in Bakersfield, California, just added a Redbird Simulator to bolster its training efforts. Club President William Woodbury describes what it's like to use the simulator and how it's helping create new pilots and build the club's membership base.

Long Beach Airport reconfiguration studied

Article | Apr 22, 2013

City and airport officials in Long Beach, Calif., are keeping the aviation community in the loop as changes to Long Beach Airport's layout are considered.

Cirrus offers pilots to go with its aircraft

Article | Apr 12, 2013

Cirrus Aircraft owners need not do the flying themselves, thanks to Cirrus On Demand, which allows customers to purchase what amounts to a personal flight department with their SR20 or SR22 (seen here). Photo courtesy Cirrus Aircraft.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Sarah Brown told the story of glider pilot Robin Fleming, who was wrongly arrested for an overflight, and our readers were not pleased. I just received the February edition of AOPA Pilot magazine, and read the article about Robin Fleming (“Breach of Peace”).

Across general aviation, 'sequester' impacts loom

Advocacy | Feb 14, 2013

With a March deadline fast approaching for once-unthinkable automatic federal budget cuts under sequestration, AOPA and the GA community are sizing up the possible impact. Could 2,000 controllers lose their jobs? Would more than 200 airports lose their tower? And could it be the end of airshows?