Wright factory restoration moves forward

The National Aviation Heritage Alliance is finalizing plans to purchase (and then restore) the Wright brothers' original aircraft manufacturing factory in Dayton, Ohio, which is owned by a redevelopment company.

Oct 06, 2015


Beech central

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum will host AOPA's final 2015 Regional Fly-In on Oct. 10 at Tullahoma Regional Airport in Tennessee.

Oct 06, 2015 | comments


Pilot Getaways: Heritage in the Hills

The largest city in the narrow, western portion of North Carolina, Asheville retains a small-town feel that welcomes you to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Oct 05, 2015
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U.S. Travel


Texas toast

A long, hot day of waiting capped by an aerobatic twofer did not prove the best possible recipe for solid scores for a new competitor at the 2015 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

Sep 30, 2015 | comments


Holland in rarefied air

Rob Holland captured an unprecedented fifth consecutive national aerobatic championship, then added freestyle gold to his mounting medal count.

Sep 29, 2015 | comments

Pilot Magazine

Pilot Briefing: Musings

Books, can-airplanes, and more

Sep 29, 2015
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International Travel


Pilot flying biplane from England to Australia

An English pilot is flying a Stearman biplane 13,000 miles from England to Sydney, Austalia, to honor an aviation pioneer.

Oct 05, 2015


‘Zen pilot’ changed by earth-rounding flight

Robert DeLaurentis, who called himself the Zen Pilot before he launched May 18 on a 95-day, round-the-world flight to showcase aviation, returned a changed man.

Sep 03, 2015


Holland shines

Rob Holland’s unprecedented third freestyle victory at the World Aerobatic Championships gave the U.S. team reason to celebrate amid another disappointment.

Sep 02, 2015 | comments
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OpenAirplane passes 10,000-member mark

OpenAirplane, a free service that offers renter pilots a "universal checkout," allowing them to rent aircraft at multiple participating locations, has surpassed 10,000 members.

Sep 29, 2015


Charter College, flight schools partner for aviation degree

Charter College, with locations in Alaska, California, and Washington, is partnering with several Part 141 flight schools to offer an aviation degree.

Sep 23, 2015


Five pilots, one family

For one family from the Deep South, a passion for aviation was born above the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

Sep 18, 2015
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Bahamas airport closed

A 3,030-foot runway on Staniel Cay in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas is out of action, and a tour operator hopes to change that.

May 11, 2015


2015 Bahamas, Caribbean pilot guides available

The thirty-sixth edition of the Bahamas and Caribbean pilot guides are now available as spiral-bound books or iPad apps.

Feb 19, 2015


Reach hard-to-reach places in your airplane

You can’t take a major airline to see the swimming pigs in Staniel Cay in the Bahamas, or to see the natural hot springs at a remote corner of Death Valley National Park.

Feb 04, 2015
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Club Spotlight

The Gateway Flying Club has been around since 1976 and like many clubs, faced some challenges when the economy took a downturn over the past several years. Based at Anoka County Blaine Airport (KANE) in Anoka, Minnesota, the club weathered the storm by making adjustments to it finances, including a dry hourly rate and new member specials. Club President Chris Baye and Board Member-at-Large Curt Stoltz share how the club continues to succeed after nearly 40 years.

Sep 20, 2015


Proposed 406-MHz ELT mandate for Canada opposed

AOPA has registered its strong opposition to a Transport Canada proposal to mandate 406-MHz emergency locator transmitters in aircraft currently required to carry ELTs.

Jul 16, 2015 | comments


Answers for Pilots: Northern Adventures

Discover places to fly general aviation aircraft in Canada.

Jun 12, 2015
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AOPA to FAA: Keep key world aeronautical charts

After surveying pilots about their use of world aeronautical charts, AOPA is asking the FAA to continue producing some key charts or offer an alternative.

Aug 12, 2015 | comments


Mexico extends ELT exemption

The Mexican government has extended the deadline for installing 406 MHz ELTs in light aircraft. AOPA requested the extension during a March meeting with the leader of the Mexican Civil Aviation Authority.

Aug 11, 2015 | comments


Baker works to simplify U.S., Mexico border-crossing flights

Border-crossing procedures, Mexican airport fees, and an exemption for 406-MHz ELTs were discussed during a meeting between AOPA President Mark Baker and Mexican Civil Aviation Authority General Director Gilberto Lopez Meyer.

Apr 08, 2015 | comments
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