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President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Since Phil Boyer became AOPA's president in 1991, membership has grown more than 25 percent, to 408,000 members. I began using AOPA as a resource many years ago, but it wasn't until I took the helm of the association in 1991 that I discovered the extent of knowledge and experience available to me and any member of the association.

- Oshkosh 2006 Other News

Article | Jul 27, 2006

AOPA Online -- Oshkosh 2006 Other News Extended-time medical certificates, GA-friendly FAA funding, administrator promises FAA Administrator Marion Blakey promised pilots longer-running medicals and a new FAA funding system that won't "stifle the GA community," during her annual speech at Oshkosh Wednesday. Blakey said the agency has started rulemaking to extend the duration of third class medicals for pilots under age 40 from three to five years.

Medically Speaking

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

Vertigo grounds a seasoned pilot, but he eventually settles back into the captain's seat Frank Kennedy, a 10,000-plus-hour flight instructor, Atlas Air cargo pilot, and former Marine A4 and AV-8 Harrier jock, had always been the consummate practitioner of unusual attitudes. Comfortable in any airborne orientation, he'd never had a problem figuring out how to put the blue side back in its place.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

Member lapel pins AOPA recognizes members who have been with the association and provided continuous support for general aviation for five, 10, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 60 years with distinctive lapel pins. (The five-, 25-, and 60-year pins are new this year.) These service pins are mailed each month as AOPA identifies members who have reached these membership milestones.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer is general aviation's spokesman in Washington. Earlier in the year this column discussed the pressure from the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and airlines to change the way our federal air traffic control (ATC) system is financed ("President's Position: FAA Funding," June Pilot).

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

When longtime pilot and author Richard Axelrod went to a warbird owners awards dinner, he was struck by the diversity of the people present. He decided to find out what, if anything, they had in common.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

Phil Boyer assumed the duties of president of AOPA in January 1991. In this job as president of your association, along with the emotional highs of winning on general aviation issues, there is plenty of frustration, as you might imagine.

Memorial services scheduled for Dr. Robert Poole

Article | Mar 01, 2005

Memorial services scheduled for Dr. Robert Poole GA has lost a dedicated physician and passionate aviator who advocated for thousands of pilots through his work in the Federal Air Surgeon's office.

Sport Pilot Lands

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

The Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft initiative means many things to many people. For nearly a decade the FAA and the general aviation community toiled away, trying to make the bricks fit into a complicated regulatory wall.

Having the Heart to Fly

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2002, I began to notice that something wasn't quite right. I'd get a pain in my left arm that radiated into my chest whenever I'd begin to exercise.

My Retirement

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Most people, having devoted their adult lives to a vocation, look forward to retirement. Seated in the captain's position of the Boeing 777, at the departure gate for London Heathrow International Airport, I had a multitude of thoughts.

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.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

FAA policy for medication usage Did you know that if you are taking an antihistamine or decongestant for a cold, you should not fly for 12 hours after taking the last dose? That if you take Accutane for acne, you cannot fly at night? If you've taken Ambien for sleeplessness, you need to wait 48 hours before flying? Or if you have taken Maxalt or Zomig for your migraine headache, you need to wait 24 hours before flying? These and many other stipulations make up the FAA's guide to medication usage. AOPA's Medical Certification department has compiled an extensive database of more than 200 over-the-counter medications and their FAA approval status.


Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2002

Mark R. Twombly is a writer and editor who has been flying for 35 years.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

AOPA Expo Celebrates Return of GAPilots Push Airport Preservation, GA Restoration At AOPA Expo 2001 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in November, nearly 10,000 pilots and their friends and families celebrated the return of general aviation to "normal" — or as near to normal as possible following the September 11 terrorist attacks. This year's AOPA Expo also emphasized the need to preserve airports and educate government officials and the public.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

TurboMedical® helps you fly through the application process "I just received my first-ever moving violation for speeding. There was no alcohol involved, but I'm getting differing answers to my question about whether I have to report this on my medical application," an AOPA member recently wrote in an e-mail message to AOPA.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2001

WHAT AOPA IS DOING TO KEEP YOU FLYING 'Early Adopting' AOPA Offers More Benefits to Computer-Savvy Members In computer parlance, AOPA is an "early adopter" in finding new and better ways to use computers to provide you with information, services, and education. Now AOPA has developed two new applications exclusively for members: AOPA's Airport eDirectory and the interactive TurboMedical® form.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Approach Charts Now Online From AOPA; Other Features Added to Aiport Directory AOPA members can now view and download, free of charge, all current government-published instrument approach procedures. Some 9,400 current FAA National Aeronautical Charting Office (formerly NOS) instrument approach procedures and all U.S.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2000

AOPA Works with Media on Serious New York-Area Accidents AOPA helped to quell rampant misinformation following two major crashes in northern New Jersey that affected urban neighborhoods. The first, a November 26, 1999, fatal crash of an IFR Beech Bonanza, resulted in 22 injuries (three serious) to persons on the ground.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1999

Don't feel pressured by a hypertension diagnosis Does this sound like you or a pilot you know? You're 40-ish; you've been working hard at your career for 20 years or so, and it just keeps getting more stressful, not less. Your kids are reaching a not-so-tender age; you've put on a little extra weight; maybe you still smoke a cigarette now and then or just can't kick the salt-shaker habit.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1999

Passing the color vision test A pilot attempting to land in Florida had a rude awakening as he approached touchdown — the "runway" that he was heading for turned out to be a canal. How could that happen? The pilot had color-deficient vision; he could not differentiate between blues and browns.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1998

Many aviation issues are time sensitive: an emergency airworthiness directive here, an airspace conflict there, or that upcoming annual inspection. One constant that comes around at least every three years for those of us flying powered aircraft is the medical certificate renewal.


Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1998

On this late March Monday morning, the sun shines brightly through a widely scattered layer of stratocumulus clouds. Mother Nature has finally checked the calendar and realized that it's spring — temperatures are warming up after a couple of weeks of unseasonably cool weather here on the East Coast.

AOPA Access

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1997

One of AOPA's premier member benefits is the team of dedicated pilots and instructors who interact one-on-one with members. Together, they own 11 aircraft and have more than 53,000 hours accumulated over 321 years in aviation.