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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.

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.

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.