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SeaRey approved as a light sport aircraft

Article | Nov 26, 2012

The SeaRey, offered as a kit for 20 years, will now be available as a factory-built light sport aircraft.

Combs to complete 50-state odyssey in LSA

Article | Sep 22, 2012

A little more than two years after he departed on a months-long mission to land a light sport aircraft in all 50 states, sport pilot Michael Combs will finally be able to check off that final, elusive destination: Hawaii.

Lost prop on checkride: Did he pass?

Article | Sep 06, 2012

Colorado pilot Brian Garrett expected a simulated emergency on his checkride, not a real one. Then, two of his aircraft's three propeller blades tore loose.

Worldwide adventures take center stage at Summit

Article | Aug 09, 2012

Experience the challenges, adventures, and triumphs of flying around the world and of a wounded Marine learning to fly during the Oct. 11 keynote session at 8:30 a.m. in the Primrose Ballroom B through D of the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Wings over West Africa: Opportunity, inspiration in the air

Article | Jul 27, 2012

Ghanaian student pilot Lydia Wetsi is learning the skills to build and fly airplanes in a program that has transformed her thinking - about the disability that once kept her out of school but now can't keep her out of the sky, and about sanitation and health practices that could have prevented it.

AOPA, EAA brief pilots on medical exemption request

Advocacy | Jul 26, 2012

AOPA and Experimental Aircraft Association staff outlined their efforts to help pilots bypass the "treadmill of bureaucracy" that can accompany the medical certification process in a forum at EAA AirVenture July 24.

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.