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News release | Nov 02, 2015

AOPA is pleased to announce the winners of the fourth annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and instructors.

Able Flight accepting scholarship applications for 2016

Article | Oct 23, 2015

Able Flight, the nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities learn to fly, is accepting scholarship applications for 2016.

Support for medical reform continues to grow

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2015

Efforts to move medical reform legislation through Congress continue as support for the measure, known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, grows steadily.

AOPA says medical reform is closer than ever before

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2015

As support for the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure.

Letters: From Our August Issue

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2015

Readers enjoyed Tom Horne’s fun look at a classic, easy little flyer—the Ercoupe, as it celebrates its seventy-fifth birthday—with stories of their own.

Midwest LSA Expo set for September

Article | Aug 27, 2015

The seventh annual Plane & Pilot Midwest LSA Expo will take place Sept. 10 through 12 at Mount Vernon Airport in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

Deaf pilots connect at Colorado Springs

Article | Aug 20, 2015

Neil Anthony Thomas said he earned his pilot certificate without having met another deaf pilot. In the year or so since he met Todd Barker at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, he's connected to a community.

AME urges his senators to back medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

An aviation medical examiner and pilot who leads the Minnesota Pilots Association has called on his state's two U.S. senators to support third-class medical reform.

'You are your pilot in command'

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Sport pilot and motivational speaker Jessica Cox was born without arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from tackling everyday hurdles to live a normal life and earn her pilot certificate six years ago.


News release | Jul 22, 2015

An amendment to the Senate highway bill now under consideration that includes third-class medical reform language will receive the strong support of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Jul 19, 2015

For clubs looking for an affordable, tricycle-gear LSA to train new pilots or transition existing ones to Sport Pilot, the Ercoupe may be just what you’re looking for. The twin-tail and bubble canopy will attract your eye, but the linked rudder and ailerons and design to prevent stalls are what make it noteworthy. It has proved a popular plane for the Green Castle Aero Club in Oxford, Iowa, and Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares the club’s experience with the airplane that was far ahead of its time.

Question of the Month

Article | Jul 19, 2015

Generating interest in your club is something that is important, whether the club is brand new or has been around for decades. One of the best ways to be known is through word of mouth, but that is a limited way to get your message out. Successful clubs raise awareness through a variety of methods – from traditional newsletters, to social media, or events. This month’s question of the month examines some of the various methods your club can utilize to generate interest and awareness for your club.

Club Spotlight

Article | Jul 19, 2015

Apparently Iowa is the place where dreams come true, whether it’s on a baseball diamond that Kevin Costner built in a cornfield or an airport operated by a flying club. In this month’s Club Spotlight, Green Castle Aero Club Chief Instructor Terry Koehn shares how his club operates the Green Castle Airport (IA24) where you must be a club member to be based there. It also maintains a fleet of seven aircraft ranging from an Aeronca Chief to a Piper Arrow, and has events like throwing pumpkins out of airplanes so they can raise scholarship money to teach teenagers to fly

Drone pilots sought

Article | Jul 08, 2015

A Boston-area startup has secured an FAA exemption to operate unmanned aircraft, and is seeking qualified pilots with or without drone experience.

Medical reform moving forward

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2015

Third class medical reform efforts continue to move forward, and AOPA will pursue every possible avenue to ensure that pilots get the relief they need, the association said June 23.

Pilot Briefing: 'Ultimate paradise’

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Joe Nall Week, which ran from May 9 through 16 at the aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina, is the largest radio control fly-in in the world, attracting about 1,700 RC pilots from all 50 states and 11 countries—and more than 10,000 spectators.

Baker talks GA issues over ice cream

Article | Apr 27, 2015

Protecting airports, growing the pilot community, and making aircraft accessible were among the topics AOPA President Mark Baker emphasized in a Pilot Town Hall and ice cream social at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 25.

Able Flight announces 2015 scholarship recipients

Article | Mar 13, 2015

Seven individuals with disabilities will earn pilot certificates or receive advanced training in 2015 thanks to Able Flight’s scholarship program.

Call me an optimist

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

It seems appropriate, this spring, to talk about just how optimistic I am about getting third class medical reform. And I do believe we can get this done.