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Sanctuary boundary study raises new overflight concerns

Advocacy | Jan 10, 2013

The possible expansion of boundaries of two national marine sanctuaries in California could result in new restrictions on overflights of the affected areas, AOPA said.

Coast-to-coast efforts boost safety, economies in 2012

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2012

AOPA’s new regional managers worked with headquarters staff to defend pilots’ access to airports, promote tax and economic policies that keep the general aviation industry healthy, and keep the skies safe for GA pilots.

Boeing 737 lands in Antarctica

Article | Dec 06, 2012

The military has landed transport-category cargo airplanes on ice runways in Antarctica for decades--but a citified Boeing 737? That's what happened in late November when a chartered PrivatAir 737 touched down at Troll research station 146 miles from the Antarctic coast.

Event spotlight: Starting from the ground up

Article | Dec 02, 2012

Flying over Manhattan en route to Nantucket for the event. Nantucket Flying Association President Chris McLaughlin introduces the documentary "Shady Lady" before a packed audience at the Dreamland Theater.

Aviation adventures included on Extreme Bucket List

Article | Nov 16, 2012

A former bobsledder has leveraged his relationships in sports to create an Extreme Bucket List that includes aviation adventures - such as flying with the Red Baron Squadron and the Blue Angels.

'Superstorm' Sandy floods East Coast airports

Article | Oct 31, 2012

New York area airports slowly began to reopen as day broke Oct. 31, while Atlantic City, devastated by the wind and flooding of the massive storm Sandy, was preparing for a presidential visit. General aviation airports and aircraft owners across several states were counting losses.

Luminaries celebrate 'Night for Flight'

Article | Oct 12, 2012

A host of notables gathered to fete the AOPA Foundation at the Night for Flight fundraising dinner in Palm Springs, Calif.

Fire and water: Pilot, passenger rescued after ditching Baron

Article | Oct 10, 2012

Smoke and flames filled the cockpit at 11,000 feet, leaving Theodore Wright seconds to act.

Private jet travel pitched at first-class price

Article | Oct 04, 2012

For those craving private jet perks on a budget, a California company has created a patent-pending system to schedule travel on private jets from 40 U.S. cities to more than 500 airports.

NASA high flyer tests new technology

Article | Sep 20, 2012

Cruising above 60,000 feet over the East Coast, a NASA ER-2 (a variant of the venerable U-2) is testing new sensors designed for satellites that will eventually keep tabs on clouds, aerosol vapors, and foliage, among other things. The flight crews will share an operating base with the hurricane-hunting Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems.

Power loss over rough seas

Article | Sep 13, 2012

Stanley E. Shaw and his adult son sat in the cockpit of the Cessna 185 floatplane, tossed about by six- to eight-foot swells. A sudden loss of power had forced an emergency landing off the California coastline.

NASA launches five-year hurricane hunt

Article | Sep 12, 2012

What do the Saharan Air Layer and hurricanes have in common? NASA is banking on Global Hawk UAVs overflying the storms to see if a connection lies between the two.

Louisiana airports flooded by Isaac

Article | Aug 31, 2012

Much of Lakefront Airport in New Orleans remained under water Friday morning, and business owners said there had been no word from the city on when a drainage valve might be opened to clear the water. At least one other airport, St. John the Baptist in nearby Reserve, La., was also under water. Losses are certain at both facilities, though the magnitude remained unknown Aug. 31.

Florida braces for hurricane strike

Article | Aug 23, 2012

With Tropical Storm Isaac expected to strengthen into a hurricane, and take a track toward Florida, it's not too soon for aircraft owners to pay attention – and consider making arrangements to protect vulnerable aircraft. Sound preparation includes a close look at aircraft insurance to verify what limits are in place, how those limits might be affected by the presence of a watch or warning, and whether the policy covers relocation by a professional pilot to keep an aircraft out of harm's way.

Flight Design adds new training centers

Article | Jul 31, 2012

Flight Design added a number of new Flight Design Pilot Centers in recent weeks, the light sport aircraft manufacturer said recently.

Teacher plans bicoastal biofuel flight

Article | Jul 12, 2012

A Rhode Island high school teacher and private pilot is working to secure sponsorships (and an FAA waiver) for a coast-to-coast flight on biofuel. For Ross McCurdy, this will be the latest effort to demonstrate the potential for emerging technologies that capitalize on renewable resources.

Air Race Classic teams gathering in Arizona

Article | Jun 14, 2012

Teams of women pilots flying 55 aircraft are headed to Arizona to take part in the 2012 Air Race Classic June 19 to 22, continuing a tradition of women's air racing that began in 1929.

America’s only female Zeppelin pilot takes left seat

Article | Jun 12, 2012

There are only two Zeppelin NT (new technology) behemoths flying in the world, and women fly both of them. One is in Germany, while Andrea Deyling just completed six months of training in the United States.