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Borough to vote on aircraft registration tax repeal

Advocacy | Feb 29, 2012

Acting on a recommendation from its aviation advisory board, the Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, Borough Assembly plans to vote March 6 to eliminate its aircraft registration tax.


Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Since the economic collapse of 2008, business aviation has been a lightning rod of controversy. Thoughtless auto executives who individually flew their corporate jets to Washington, D.C., to ask for corporate handouts turned tail and sulked home rather than stand and defend the role business aviation plays in the success of a company.

GA groups steadfast in fight for pilots’ privacy rights

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2011

In a full-court press against a Department of Transportation plan that would threaten pilots' privacy rights by dismantling the Block Aircraft Registration Request program, the National Business Aviation Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, and AOPA filed a petition July 1, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit "to prevent the order from taking effect before it has ruled on the appeal."

FAA’s flight-tracking plan puts security, privacy at risk

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2011

AOPA is urging the FAA to reconsider plans to curtail pilots' use of a program that shields information about their flights from public view.

House passes FAA reauthorization bill

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2011

The House voted 223-196 to approve a bill that would reauthorize the FAA's operations and programs for four years, at an overall funding level of $59.7 billion.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Here is a new wide-ranging FAA rule that will significantly affect all United States “N”-registered civil aircraft—essentially all of general aviation in this country. It becomes effective next month, on October 1, 2010.

Fly-Outs: July

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

It's July and summer is in full swing. What a great time to celebrate your freedom to fly.

Aircraft re-registration requirement on horizon

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2010

A rule requiring aircraft re-registration is awaiting FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt's signature and could go into effect this fall. Currently, there is a one-time aircraft registration with a $5 fee; the new rule would require that aircraft be re-registered every three years, and the fee for that is yet unknown.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, writing in 1928, gave us this farsighted warning: “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

Flying over woods, mountains, lakes, or plains? You’ll want this gear. Unfortunately things can and do go wrong in airplanes.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Canada

Article | Jun 01, 2009

As the weather gets warm, many pilots, like birds, get the urge to fly North. From May through September, AOPA answers phone and email inquiries from pilots asking what is needed to fly across the border into Canada.

Answers for Pilots: Bahamas calling

Article | Feb 01, 2009

So, you’ve had enough of winter weather and thoughts of flying to the Bahamas have spurred you to make plans for a balmy vacation. You know the basic requirements—passports for all, and for you, a pilot certificate, medical certificate, and restricted radiotelephone operators permit.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Help might be on the way Just like a list of emergency phone numbers that we keep handy, but hope to never use, the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) in the fuselage of the airplane provides a measure of safety with the assurance that it could bring help if we have an accident. The first two generations of ELTs, which are currently installed in many general aviation aircraft, are designed to transmit a distress signal on the 121.5-MHz frequency.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

John S. Yodice, legal counsel for AOPA and IAOPA, owns and flies a Cessna 310.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

John S. Yodice is AOPA's legal counsel.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Finding information on special-use airspace Between airspace that allows access all the time, some that allows it only part time, and that which is simply defined on a chart for reference, it's no wonder pilots have difficulty navigating the special-use airspace in the National Airspace System. Special-use airspace, or SUA, is generally defined as an area where activities must be confined because of their nature or to separate nonparticipating traffic from the area.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

John S. Yodice holds a commercial pilot certificate and CFI ratings and is the owner of a Cessna 310.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Your last chance! December is the last month to join or renew your membership in general aviation's largest membership organization and to be automatically entered in the 2005 AOPA Commander Countdown Sweepstakes. One lucky pilot will win the completely refurbished Rockwell Commander 112A.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

Creativity is the key Regular readers of AOPA Pilot are well aware that saving airports is the number-one priority of AOPA and its members. With airports often under duress, many members turn to AOPA for assistance in dealing with the community and airport management.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

AOPA legal counsel John S. Yodice owns and flies a Cessna 310.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Dealing with airport security Airport security has become a major issue in the aviation industry, as any air traveler will tell you. But security now extends far beyond the excruciating lines in the terminal building to certain considerations for the general aviation airport user.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

GENERAL From reader Mark Barchenko: Why do some pilots intentionally weaken structural components of their airplanes before takeoff? Brazil has a rich aviation history. Who is Brazil's most famous aviation pioneer? (He is regarded by his countrymen as the "Father of Aviation.") What is the origin of the term air pocket? From reader Hal Fishman: A pilot flying an airplane with a fuel-injected engine shuts down after a long flight for a short ground stop.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

Online is the answer Steeling yourself to come face to face with the FAA's aircraft registration or bill of sale forms? Or resigned to muddling over which boxes to check on your medical form while you wait in the aviation medical examiner's office? Then it's time to visit AOPA Online, where the Aviation Services department has designed several interactive forms to guide members through the process — one that can approach the complexity of completing an income tax return. "This breaks each of these forms into smaller chunks, or sections.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

CATS offers discount to AOPA members Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) is the official testing company of AOPA. CATS offers FAA examinations at more than 400 locations worldwide.

Guidelines for admission to Mexico

Article | Oct 11, 2002