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AOPA ANNOUNCES 2014 FLIGHT TRAINING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS

News release | Oct 01, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.

Medical advisory board supports third class reform

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

Caucus members work to speed up medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 28, 2014

Members of the House General Aviation Caucus are asking the Department of Transportation to expedite rulemaking for third-class medical reform.

'Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook' launches

Article | Aug 19, 2014

Respected author and aviation funny man Rod Machado has written a new book he hopes will get you back to basics.

Return of the Astore

Pilot Magazine | Aug 05, 2014

Luigi Pascale is the head designer at Tecnam and he designed the Astore, Tecnam’s new luxury Light Sport aircraft with an all-metal airframe.

Light Sport Aircraft: Soul-stirring airplane

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Like a duck that switches from sitting placidly atop the water to a furiously splashing, flapping, quacking master of flight, the Amphibious Carbon Cub leaps into air with a burst of raw energy.<

Able Flight celebrates new sport pilots

Article | Jul 29, 2014

After earning their wings to become sport pilots, six pilots in Able Flight’s training program were honored July 29 at EAA AirVenture.

Quicksilver SLSA official

Article | Apr 30, 2014

Quicksilver has received final FAA approval to begin selling its two-seat trike, the Sport S2SE, as a factory-built special light sport aircraft.

Able Flight announces 2014 scholarships

Article | Apr 16, 2014

Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that works to provide free flight training to individuals with physical disabilities, announced the awards of a record-setting nine scholarships in 2014.

Quicksilver intros Sport 2S, expands assembly sites

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Quicksilver’s latest product is the new Sport 2S, a 65-horsepower Rotax 582-powered two seater made of aluminum tubing and Dacron-covered airfoils.

AeroShell's Able Flight scholarship honors Alan Henley

Article | Apr 01, 2014

AeroShell has funded an ongoing flight training scholarship for Able Flight in honor of Alan Henley, the paralyzed former AeroShell Aerobatic Team leader.

Briefing: Light Sport industry report card

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Industry leaders at the U.S. Light Sport Expo in Sebring, Florida, in January were asked to grade the success of the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA).

Able Flight seeks female pilot candidates

Article | Feb 11, 2014

Women with physical disabilities are being encouraged to apply for Able Flight’s flight training scholarships.

Rans to offer new light sport by mid-summer

Article | Jan 24, 2014

Rans Designs has combined the best features of two models to come up with the S-20 Raven kitplane that is soon to be a factory-built light sport aircraft.

Turbocharged Tecnam offers smooth power

Article | Jan 21, 2014

The Tecnam P2008TC turbocharged light sport aircraft offers plenty of power, but it is the smoothest Rotax engine you'll ever fly.

Sirius light sport is heavy hauler

Article | Jan 20, 2014

Sirius may be a light sport aircraft, but it can haul a load. It isn't so much about weight as it is about volume.

Lawmaker seeks support for expanding driver’s license medical

Article | Dec 18, 2013

The sponsor of a bill to expand the number of pilots eligible to fly with a driver’s license medical is asking colleagues for their support.

Factory trike awaits FAA approval

Article | Dec 16, 2013

Flight testing of a factory version of the Quicksilver Sport 2S, the first of two models with factory-built versions planned, is complete.

New bill would expand driver’s license medical

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2013

The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.

AOPA Recognizes U.S. Marine Lt. Andrew Kinard As First AOPA-Able Flight Scholarship Recipient

News release | Oct 10, 2013

AOPA Recognizes U.S. Marine Lt. Andrew Kinard As First AOPA-Able Flight Scholarship Recipient

Baker, a self-proclaimed 'airport kid,' sets tone for AOPA

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Like many of the hundreds of pilots packed in the ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas Oct. 10, AOPA President Mark Baker was an “airport kid.”

PPS: A timely value

Members only | Sep 09, 2013

Director of AOPA Medical Certification Services Gary Crump discusses the value of AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services in the context of the real world of airman medical certification.

SkyCraft expects September certification for SD-1 LSA

Article | Aug 02, 2013

SkyCraft Airplanes, a company working to bring an affordable, single-seat light sport aircraft to market, said at EAA AirVenture that it is compliant with ASTM standards and expects certification in September.

Ninety-Nines revise new pilot scholarship

Article | Jul 22, 2013

The International Organization of Women Pilots (The Ninety-Nines) has revamped its former New Pilot scholarship to make the award progressive so that recipients receive funds after completing milestones in their training.

Custom content for the Mar. 29, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 29, 2013

training tips Agonic airports A student pilot is planning a cross-country flight from Hannibal Regional Airport in Missouri to Iowa's Washington Municipal Airport. Adding a wind correction angle to the true course as taught, the trainee determines the true heading, and then proceeds to check the compass card for deviation before determining the compass heading to be flown.

Light sport aerobatic biplane to be offered

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Renegade Light Sport, relocated to Fort Pierce, Fla., has dropped its offering of the 4-G Polish-built Renegade FK-12 Comet aerobatic light sport aircraft in favor of two new LSA models based on the famous Pitts S-2 airframe.

In the News

Article | Feb 13, 2013

Send Us Your News Each month we will share a roundup of stories about flying clubs, whether they are published in aviation media or local papers, and you can help. If your club has received some media coverage—newspaper, TV, radio, or online—let us know so we can share your accomplishments with the flying club community.

LSA buyers 'waiting' to purchase

Article | Jan 18, 2013

Light attendance, the absence of large exhibitors of the past, and a market that appears mired in indecision marked the beginning of the light sport aircraft show in Sebring, Fla., this week. The good news is that there are LSA aircraft available for less than $85,000. Want an American-built engine? Continental and Lycoming officials tell you which models have their engines.