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Answers for Pilots: Selling an aircraft across the border

Article | Jan 01, 2010

Calls have jumped in AOPA's Pilot Information Center concerning U.S. aircraft sales to international buyers. Questions typically involve helping the seller understand what is involved in exporting an aircraft. The process of selling an aircraft can be challenging enough, but when you add exporting that aircraft to a buyer across the border, or across the ocean, the task can seem daunting. AOPA is here to help! We’ll discuss a few of the most important aspects of the exporting process, including the Export Certificate of Airworthiness, deregistering the aircraft, and options for transporting the aircraft to the buyer’s location, as well as providing specific information for exporting to Canada.

Crazy for Canada

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

“This is not a tour, it’s a rally!” declares Aviation Connection’s International Air Rally President Catherine Tobenas in a sharp French accent. “Not a holiday, but a challenge, for true fliers!” The petite Canadian is addressing a group of weary yet exhilarated participants who have formed a close-knit family since coming together from all over the world to fly the great Cross-Canada Air Rally.

The Lowest Airfield on Earth

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

Masada, Israel (31 degrees, 19.92 minutes north; 035 degrees, 23.41 minutes east). Minus 1,240 feet msl.

Wx Watch: Eyes on the sky

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

In a lonely, one-story, concrete building some five miles from the Kansas City International Airport, a group of 40 Aviation Weather Center (AWC) meteorologists toil around the clock. Their job: create the weather forecasts, advisories, warnings, and graphics that flight service specialists and the pilot community rely upon for sound preflight information.

Member Guide

Article | Jun 01, 2009

ANSWERS FOR PILOTS Flying to Canada As the weather warms up, many pilots, like the birds, get the urge to fly north. From May through September, AOPA answers phone and e-mail inquiries from pilots asking what is needed to fly across the border into Canada.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Canada

Article | Jun 01, 2009

As the weather gets warm, many pilots, like birds, get the urge to fly North. From May through September, AOPA answers phone and email inquiries from pilots asking what is needed to fly across the border into Canada.

Seven Zero

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of AOPA’s founding, an event that took place after several aviation-minded Philadelphia lawyers had a discussion during a hunting trip. The conversation centered on general aviation’s lack of effective political representation.

Answers for Pilots: Pilot Certificates

Article | May 01, 2009

If you’re confused about whether you need to replace your pilot certificate with a newer version, you’re not alone. Lately, many of the questions members ask when they call AOPA’s Pilot Information Center concern their pilot certificates.

Airshows expect record 2009 attendance

Article | Apr 01, 2009

The airshow industry launched its 2009 season last month with strong attendance at the Florida International AirShow.

Canadian Aviation Expo moves to Hamilton International

Article | Apr 01, 2009

The Canadian Aviation Expo, Canada’s largest trade/consumer aviation show, has teamed up with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to make Hamilton International Airport its home.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

Jet power for your body JetPack International is close to developing a hydrogen peroxide-power jetpack that will fly you around for nine minutes. It will cost $200,000, training included.

Trip Report, November 24, 2009: Bahamas RCOs

Article | Jan 12, 2009

Click image to expand During our post-AOPA Summit Fly Out to the Bahamas, I took advantage of the opportunity to test navaids and RCO’s in the Bahamas. Our route took us over Bimini, Andros (north end), Nassau/New Providence, the central Exumas, Eleuthera (south end), Cat Island and Long Island.

Answers For Pilots: 406 MHz ELTs

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

No doubt you’ve read about the changeover from 121.5 MHz to 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) that is effective February 1, 2009. But what, exactly, is changing? The international search-and-rescue satellite system, known as Cospas-Sarsat, will stop monitoring 121.5 MHz ELTs on that date, although 121.5 ELT signals will be still be detected by receivers including local airports, air traffic control, and overflying aircraft.

President's Position: Passion for flight

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

AOPA President Phil Boyer is president of the International Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. The passion for flight.

Wx Watch: TAF Tune-Up

Article | Aug 01, 2008

Here we go again. Pursuant to a new International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement, the National Weather Service (NWS) is changing the Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) format.

The Ladies Fly

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2008

Six members of the Abilene unit of the Texas Chapter of the International Ninety-Nines gathered for a photo in 1958 as they prepared for a cross-country on a warm spring day. Fifty years later, three of the surviving members remember the thrill and freedom of being among the few women pilots in the United States.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

GENERAL The speed of sound at sea level on a standard day is 663 knots (763 mph). What is the speed of sound in space? How did the television hero Sky King get his first name? From reader John Schmidt: Why is airline stewardess Vesna Vulovic a celebrity in her home in Serbia? From reader Mark Baird: The pilot of a modified Pitts biplane conducts a preflight check of the flight controls.

California Flying

Article | Aug 01, 2007

Flying your general aviation airplane to San Francisco to catch a Giants game can be tricky. Pilots can attempt to wrestle their way into the line of big-airplane traffic at San Francisco International Airport (good luck!), or they can fly to the San Carlos Airport and walk the mile to the local Caltrain station for a quick trip to a station that's only two blocks from AT&T Park.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Flying to Canada in a private aircraft can be one of a pilot's most enjoyable adventures. From the mountains of British Columbia, to Nova Scotia, and to the vast far Northwest Territories, Canada provides spectacular views and great locations that often can be reached only by light aircraft.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

First VLJ show draws nearly all manufacturers Seven airframe manufacturers and a cadre of curious buyers and potential buyers attended the VLJ Exhibition and Trade Show at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina on March 4. Produced and promoted by JetPool, the first-ever event was held in one of Wilson Air Center's hangars.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

Like many GA pilots, Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines sometimes wonders: How might an airline career have worked out? When the lumbering, fully loaded Boeing 767 deftly touched down at Los Angeles International Airport on February 28, you might not have known that anything unusual occurred, were it not for the cheering and applause from the flight deck all the way to the aft bulkhead seat.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

GENERAL The Canadian-built robotic arm, Canadarm2, on the International Space Station weighs almost 2 tons. Why does it need to be so strong and heavy when the items that it moves are weightless in orbit? Why is it a good idea to have available a very small quantity of water when draining fuel during preflight inspections? From reader Bob Lippincott: After France fell to Germany in 1940, the Royal Canadian Air Force received North American NA-64 Yale trainers (T-6s with fixed landing gear) originally destined for the French Air Force.

Never Again Online: Our trip to Lake Placid

Article | Feb 01, 2007

The February Wisconsin day was cold and sunny. The outside air temperature was near zero degrees Fahrenheit as my wife, Karen, and I prepared to take our twin-engine Piper Seneca on a weekend trip to Lake Placid, New York.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

FAA can't run a business, inspector general audit indicates If the FAA is supposed to be run like a business, it still has a long way to go, according to the most recent audit of the agency's books by the Department of Transportation's inspector general (IG). The FAA can't properly account for almost $5 billion in assets and property, most of it attributed to the new Air Traffic Organization, which runs the air traffic control (ATC) system.