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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.