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Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Apr 26, 2016

the Cessna 150 is an attractive aircraft to either start a flying club or add to your fleet. The 150 has been used to teach pilots to fly for decades and is still going strong. It is durable, simple to fly, and inexpensive to operate.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Feb 24, 2016

To people outside of the aviation world, any general aviation aircraft is a Piper Cub.

Letters for my drone

Article | Dec 24, 2015

Registering a small unmanned aircraft proved pretty easy when the FAA opened the online portal Dec. 21.

FAA announces drone registration rules

Advocacy | Dec 14, 2015

The owners of small recreational drones will have to register their aircraft before making their first outdoor flight under new rules announced Dec. 14.

Alaska considers increasing fuel tax

Article | Dec 03, 2015

Because of the dramatically low price of crude oil, Alaska is facing a budget short fall in excess of $3 billion. Consequently, the state government is looking for ways to decrease services or find supplemental streams of revenue.

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.

Closer than ever

Article | Nov 18, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the coming changes, updated Nov. 18 based on the latest developments.

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.

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.