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Tap your inner mechanic with five aviation maintenance apps

Article | Jun 21, 2013

The digital revolution in aviation makes its way into the maintenance arena with these five apps.

Aircraft maintenance tips: Spring cleaning

Aircraft Maintenance | May 23, 2013

Before you jump back into the air after a long winter and cold spring, it's wise to take some time to prepare your airplane for the busy flying season.

FAA fast-tracks Twin Commander AD

Article | May 15, 2013

The FAA, citing a risk of structural failure, has adopted an airworthiness directive requiring inspection of certain Twin Commander Aircraft LLC models.

March IA renewals will require documentation of activity

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2013

Aviation mechanics with inspection authorization must renew their certificates by March 31, and AOPA is reminding members who must renew that under a new FAA policy certificate holders must show that they have been "actively engaged" in the work.

New AD addresses fuel return line chafing in Cessna 172s

Article | Feb 12, 2013

The FAA, acting on reports of chafed fuel-return lines in some Cessna 172R and 172S single-engine airplanes, has adopted an AD requiring installation of some support hardware, inspection, and replacement of any damaged fuel-return line assemblies.

FAA finalizes Piper cable inspection AD

Article | Feb 06, 2013

An estimated 34,000 Piper aircraft in the U.S. registry are now subject to a new inspection requirement, though complying with the airworthiness directive on stabilator cable inspections can be done during the annual.

Hearing set on Waldo Lake access rules

Advocacy | Jan 24, 2013

Pilots and aviation groups have worked hard to reverse a seaplane ban at Oregon's Waldo Lake, and are now rallying to ensure the Oregon Aviation Board makes permanent the existing temporary rules that allow aviation access. A hearing is set for Jan. 31.

Surviving a ramp check

Article | Jan 22, 2013

FAA "ramp checks" are a bit of a mystery. Kathy Yodice, an attorney for AOPA's Pilot Protection Services, explains what to expect from the inspector and how to respond.

Question of the Month

Article | Jan 11, 2013

Is my club required to do 100-hour inspections when conducting flight instruction in club aircraft?