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Able Flight honors six new pilots at AirVenture

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Students who are deaf, have cerebral palsy, or spinal cord injuries learned to fly through Able Flight's program at Purdue University. All passed their checkrides, and they gathered at EAA AirVenture to receive their pilot wings.

Cessna to move Skycatcher out of LSA category

Article | Jul 24, 2012

In a major strategy shift, Cessna Aircraft announced at AirVenture that it was removing its 162 Skycatcher from the light sport aircraft category into a primary aircraft category. Pilots, however, can still fly the aircraft under sport pilot rules.

July 2 deadline looms for driver's license medical effort

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

The opportunity to fly venerable aircraft like the Cessna 172 or Piper Archer during day-VFR conditions with one passenger by completing a medical awareness online course and carrying a driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate is motivating thousands of pilots to take action and expand their flying years.

Comments make the case for medical petition

Advocacy | Jun 20, 2012

Most pilots know someone who stopped flying out of worry about the time and expense of pursuing an application for a third class medical certificate, or they know someone who is thinking about "letting it go." In the past, all you could do on hearing such a tale was to commiserate. Not anymore. Aviators have the FAA's attention about a way to reinvigorate GA.

Time running out to support medical exemption

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

If using medical self-certification and a driver's license to fly single-engine aircraft with 180-horsepower or less, four seats or fewer, and fixed landing gear for recreational purposes is up your alley, now is your chance to make that scenario a reality. With only 20 days to support the AOPA/EAA medical exemption request, submit comments supporting it now.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

Congratulations to Tom Horne. As a proud 97-year-old owner of my second Ercoupe (the first one perished after a night engine failure but without personal injuries) and having been flying regularly since 1938, I thoroughly enjoyed his article (“Budget Buy: Easy Flyer,” March 2012 AOPA Pilot).

Drive it, fly it: 'Flying car' brings GA to auto show

Article | Apr 23, 2012

Attendees at the New York International Auto Show flocked to the Terrafugia exhibit five times a day to watch one of the show's most unusual automobiles stretch its wings.

Able Flight success

Article | Apr 20, 2012

Adam Kisielewski was feeling the pressure. The former U.S. Marine who had lost his left arm and a portion of his right leg in combat in Iraq was about to take a sport pilot checkride, and the usually cocky 28-year-old was rattled.

Flight Design seeing influx of new pilots

Article | Apr 11, 2012

Flight Design USA officials report that 80 percent of new aircraft customers are new pilots, rather than existing pilots, a trend that, if it develops, could mean the light sport movement is attracting new pilots.

Custom content for the Apr. 06, 2012, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 06, 2012

Training Tips: 'Beyond gliding distance'; Training Products: Noral three-inch seat cushion with back; Final Exam Question: What is the difference between an annual inspection and a 100-hour inspection?

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

How many Kitfox airplanes do you think are in customers’ hands, either built or still in the box? The total is 5,000 (worldwide), and 3,800 of those are out of the box and in the air. There are only seven factory-built Light Sport Kitfox aircraft in the fleet, but the factory is working off a year-long backlog.

AOPA, EAA file medical exemption petition

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2012

AOPA and EAA on March 20 filed a petition for exemption asking the FAA to extend to all pilots flying recreationally the freedom to fly, in certain circumstances, utilizing the knowledge gained by taking an annual education course to assist them with making an assessment of their fitness to fly in lieu of requiring a medical certificate.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Is light-sport industry signaling a turnaround? Record-setting days took place at the eight-year-old Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo national showcase for Light Sport aircraft in January.

Easy Flyer

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

With its rounded lines and roly-poly looks, the Ercoupe looks like it would be right at home with a smiley face painted on its nose. And why not? The Ercoupe is one of the simplest, easiest, safest, and most fun airplanes you could want. It's also among the least expensive to buy and fly on the used market today and, despite its age, has a robust parts and owner support network.

Rally GA: Rights for Pilots?

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

The sight of flashing blue lights in the rear-view mirror causes every motorist to cringe--especially when they're driving at the posted speed limit. And although a driver who receives a ticket may not agree with it, he will know exactly what infraction he's been charged with, as well as the procedure for appealing the citation.