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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.