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Aviation industry launches misfueling prevention program

Article | Feb 08, 2016

The National Air Transportation Association partnered with the AOPA Air Safety Institute and other organizations to develop a free online course to raise awareness and help prevent catastrophic engine failure from misfueling incidents.

AOPA endorses draft FAA policy on safety equipment

Advocacy | Feb 04, 2016

AOPA is endorsing a draft FAA policy that would make it easier to install non-required safety enhancing equipment in existing general aviation aircraft.

Training Tip: When it's your bad

Article | Feb 02, 2016

It's an awful feeling. You line up on the runway and begin your takeoff run. Just as you rotate, another pilot announces a go-around from short final because he was "cut off by a departing aircraft."

Cirrus launches interactive flight ops manual

Article | Jan 26, 2016

Cirrus Aircraft launched an Apple iOS-based interactive flight manual designed to give pilots everything they need at their fingertips to perform safe flight operations, the company announced Jan. 21.

NTSB Top Ten List 2016

Video | Jan 14, 2016

The annual NTSB list of most wanted safety improvements again includes general aviation this year, and again focuses on loss of control. Much progress has been made improving safety and reducing accidents in recent years.

The Joy of First Solo

Video | Jan 14, 2016

The most significant milestone for an aviator is their first solo. AOPA Live's Paul Harrop shows us it's a team effort to get there.

NTSB targets GA as safety improves

Article | Jan 13, 2016

The NTSB continues to hammer away at general aviation safety, though the latest data show GA has never been safer.

Michigan aviation safety forum set

Advocacy | Jan 12, 2016

A day of flight safety and aircraft maintenance seminars will take place in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Jan. 30 at the inaugural Michigan Aviation Safety Forum.

How to Launch Aviation Education into your Curriculum

Video | Jan 08, 2016

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Florida pilot becomes 2015 fourth quarter ‘Learn & Earn Safety Challenge’ winner

Article | Jan 07, 2016

Michael Goertzen, who became the fourth quarter winner in the 2015 AOPA Air Safety Institute “Learn & Earn Safety Challenge,” credits ASI with helping him appreciate the importance of making safe flying decisions and successfully completing his private pilot and instrument training.

Interactive Discussion

Video | Jan 07, 2016

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

Launching an Aviation Education Program

Video | Jan 07, 2016

Presentation from the AOPA High School Aviation Symposium

2015 Best Flight School of the Year

Video | Jan 07, 2016

AeroVenture Institute won AOPA's Flight Training Excellence Award for best flight school 2015.

2015 Best Flight Instructor of the Year

Video | Jan 07, 2016

Todd Shellnutt won AOPA's Flight Training Excellence Award for best flight instructor 2015.

Flying Again: Movie follows Rusty Pilots through learning to fly again

Video | Jan 06, 2016

Paul Harrop talks with MzeroA's Jason Schappert about his new film Flying Again.

Training Tip: Flight training FAQs

Article | Jan 04, 2016

What’s the status of your flight training program as 2016 opens? Student pilots frequently ask this question as a new year begins.

Weather Wise: Mistakes We Make

Video | Dec 30, 2015

One of the Air Safety Institute’s major roles is accident analysis--learning from real-world mistakes. In this case: What types of weather are most dangerous for pilots? Has technology (the internet, better forecasts, cockpit weather, etc.) lowered the accident rate? We talk to ASI statistician David Kenny for answers to these and other questions.

Congressional keeps flying club fun

Article | Dec 29, 2015

There are flying clubs and then there are flying clubs. For Congressional Flying Club's aviation aficionados, the social scene and the journey, rather than the destination, are paramount.

Letters for my drone

Article | Dec 24, 2015

Registering a small unmanned aircraft proved pretty easy when the FAA opened the online portal Dec. 21.

Goal in sight for Hat in the Ring Society's $200,000 match

Article | Dec 21, 2015

The AOPA Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society is in the home stretch of the $200,000 match challenge.

Top 10 Air Safety Institute products of 2015

Article | Dec 21, 2015

Prime the safety pump for your flying adventures with the top 10 AOPA Air Safety Institute products of 2015.


Article | Dec 20, 2015

The Air Safety Institute’s new seminar series kicks off in January and offers flying clubs a great opportunity for a safety meeting topic – with all the work done for you. The “Emergency! Getting it Right When Things Go Wrong” seminar will be presented by a professional speaker and will go through how to be prepared to handle abnormal situations in flight. Not only will your club members get great information to be safer pilots, you’ll have an opportunity to meet other pilots in your area that could be potential members for your club.

Aircraft Spotlight

Article | Dec 20, 2015

The Bonanza’s little sister makes quite a good club aircraft. The Debonair is fast, easy to fly, can carry a big load, and serve as a solid commercial, complex, high performance or IFR trainer. Perhaps that’s why the Wingedfoot Aero Club (now Aero Fliers) bought one brand new in 1966 and still has it nearly 50 years later.

Training Tip: Checking it twice

Article | Dec 18, 2015

A long holiday weekend or vacation period can provide a convenient time to make some headway toward a flight training goal.