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Shooting volcanoes

Slideshow | Oct 15, 2014

Pilot Haukur Snorrason’s dramatic images of Iceland’s most recent (and now record-setting) volcanic eruption are only the latest in a long and colorful progression.

Pilot Getaways: Priest Lake, Idaho

Article | Aug 04, 2014

The murmur of a breeze in the evergreens sings a soft harmony to the deep blue of a brightening sky—it’s morning in the Idaho mountains. In Priest Lake, Idaho, the choices of fun and relaxation, from water-skiing to huckleberry picking, are nearly limitless. Explore the area during your visit to AOPA’s Spokane Fly-In.

Fly-Ins: Indianapolis

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Three dozen pilots camped under their wings at Indianapolis Regional Airport the evening before the second AOPA Regional Fly-In of the year. Another 500 aircraft and more than 2,000 attendees joined May 31, including students pilots; families with generations of pilots; and area pilots, EAA chapters, and Civil Air Patrol members who volunteered to cook, direct traffic, and park airplanes.<

American Champion Aircraft to produce a diesel bush airplane

Article | Jul 30, 2014

American Champion Aircraft will pair its Scout bush plane with an Austro Engines diesel to increase speed, extend range, and allow its aircraft to fly in remote regions where avgas is unavailable.

Under fire

Article | Jul 23, 2014

A small corps of pilots patrols protected land in Kenya, facing an increasing threat from poachers as inclined to shoot aircraft as elephants.

Baker honors pilots for protecting backcountry flying

Advocacy | Apr 24, 2014

Two men had a vision to protect pilots’ access to backcountry airstrips in Montana, but discovered a nationwide need.

Death Valley airstrip’s future at stake in management plan

Advocacy | Mar 13, 2014

The National Park Service is weighing the future of one of California’s remaining backcountry airstrips in a land management plan.

Unique fundraiser supports backcountry organization

Article | Oct 15, 2013

The Recreational Aviation Foundation sold embroidered shirts from Goodwill as a fundraiser at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Recreational Aviation Foundation to lead noise study

Article | Oct 11, 2013

It’s an accusation among public land managers that general aviation doesn’t have a good response to yet: the perception that aircraft noise has a negative impact on wildlife.

Appeals court opinion seen lifting threat to backcountry airstrips

Article | Aug 06, 2013

A federal appeals court ruling largely upheld the status of several backcountry airstrips in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in north-central Montana.