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Friends promote aviation on celebratory trip

Article | Aug 25, 2015

Two college friends celebrated a recent graduation by flying the East Coast—and gave back to the aviation community as they traveled.

Best airport restaurants named

Article | Aug 11, 2015

If you live in one of 15 states you have a good shot at visiting one of the “Best of the Best” airport restaurants in the country.

Pilots: 'Flight of Passage' author

Pilot Magazine | Aug 10, 2015

Rinker Buck’s personal aviation history is literally an open book.

Light fantastic

Slideshow | Jul 23, 2015

Aerobats dazzle even in the daytime, but the night airshow at EAA AirVenture is a magical sight.

Sights of Oshkosh

Slideshow | Jul 23, 2015

Pilots flocked to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to check out aircraft of all shapes and sizes at EAA AirVenture July 20 through 26.

AOPA has something for everyone at 2015 AirVenture

Article | Jul 15, 2015

AOPA has nearly four dozen events planned at the association’s front-row position on the flight line during EAA AirVenture, July 20 through July 26.

Pilot Getaways: The West Back East

Article | Jul 06, 2015

Hidden amidst the farms of Burlington County, about 20 miles east of Philadelphia, the Flying W is a one-stop destination resort served by a long, unobstructed runway.

FAA plans to discontinue printed WACs

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2015

An FAA notice of policy to discontinue World Aeronautical Charts without a public comment period concerns AOPA because charting changes could affect flight safety.

Pilot Getaways: Solitude in the Selway

Article | Jun 10, 2015

Few airstrips exude peacefulness like Fish Lake. Within this spruce-shrouded valley, the wildlife is abundant, the sounds are intensified, and visitors are rare.

Pilot Getaways: Seaside tradition

Article | May 26, 2015

Enjoy the beach, bay, and treasured wetlands of Ocean City, Maryland, on your way to our from the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland, on June 6.

Pilot Getaways: Gem of the Central Coast

Article | May 11, 2015

Monterey is famous for its beaches and unsurpassed array of ocean wildlife. This gem of California’s central coast sits just 100 miles south of San Francisco, yet feels like a world away. Check it out on your way to or from the AOPA Fly-In in Salinas on May 16.

Pilot Getaways: Monterey Bay’s midfield

Article | May 05, 2015

Monterey Bay is one of the world’s natural treasures, a gorgeous curved coastline with Santa Cruz at its northern tip, and Monterey at the southern. The experts at Pilot Getaways recommend landing in the middle at Watsonville while you are in the area for AOPA's Salinas Fly-In May 16.

'Millionaires Unit' documentary nets award, screenings

Article | Apr 28, 2015

A documentary film about an unusual group of World War I aviators is appearing at film festivals from coast to coast.

Light the way

Article | Apr 28, 2015

Once part of a national network that guided pilots of the 1930s through treacherous terrain, Montana’s airway beacons are both historic and functional.

Airplane dreams in action

Article | Apr 24, 2015

Friends of AOPA old and new had plenty to see and do at Sun 'n Fun, and plenty to marvel at and dream about.

Sharpen your skills

Article | Apr 16, 2015

AOPA offers pilots attending the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo a full lineup of fun, informative seminars.

Senate committee presses Huerta on FAA initiatives

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta appealed to a Senate committee for “stability and predictability” in funding for his agency during an April 14 FAA reauthorization hearing.

Friendly neighborhood airport

Article | Apr 08, 2015

Tucked along the shoreline south of Boston, Marshfield’s George Harlow Field is a welcoming destination with some recent improvements.

Pilot Getaways: R & R in a sleepy sanctuary

Article | Apr 06, 2015

Flying to Dauphin Island, a quiet escape 30 miles south of Mobile, Alabama, is an opportunity to ditch traffic, seek serenity, and enjoy outstanding Gulf seafood, according to the experts at Pilot Getaways.

Group flights to head for National Parks

Article | Mar 26, 2015

The combination of companionship and the expertise of a professional guide is part of the appeal of Northern Adventures' “America the Beautiful” air tours.

Pilot Getaways: Mineral Canyon, Utah

Article | Mar 09, 2015

The most profound reason to visit Mineral Canyon is simply to experience the natural wonder of the picturesque, river-worn canyons. The canyons are a spectacle to behold from the air.

Alton Bay draws crowd

Article | Mar 04, 2015

An ice runway that has become a New England destination tradition continues: 2,600 feet of Alton Bay have been scraped clean by dedicated volunteers.

Reach hard-to-reach places in your airplane

Article | Feb 04, 2015

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.

Field of seven vies for Collier Trophy

Article | Feb 04, 2015

Seven aviation and aerospace endeavors are in the running for the 2014 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association.

The front lines

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Effectively addressing the challenges that GA faces today requires an army of missionaries to help AOPA advance the faith.

Nurturing GA

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Few states match Massachusetts when it comes to supporting airports, and the enthusiasm continues to be nurtured by AOPA and many others.

New England digs out

Article | Jan 28, 2015

The blizzard of Jan. 26 and 27 impacted airports around New England, and prompted some creativity as cleanup began.

New lease for LAX landmark

Article | Jan 20, 2015

A restaurant with a view of Los Angeles International Airport built as a tribute to aviation heroes is poised to land a new lease.

Lightspeed adds stylish touch to annual promotion

Article | Jan 09, 2015

Lightspeed Aviation has added a new twist to its popular promotion for a $500 getaway package. In addition to gift cards for avgas, a rental car, dining, and lodging, the company will give away its Markham leather flight bag.

AOPA Fly-In 2014: From sea to shining sea

Pilot Magazine | Dec 10, 2014

In an effort to increase member engagement, one of AOPA President Mark Baker’s first acts as the association’s new leader was to move away from one annual convention and instead host a series of regional fly-ins to “meet the members where they are.”

Sweepstakes 2015: Meet your new 152

Pilot Magazine | Nov 12, 2014

Your “Reimagined” AOPA 2015 Sweepstakes 152 is just like all the 30-something trainers you’ve ever flown—and it’s nothing like them.

Answers for Pilots: Holiday Flying

Article | Nov 12, 2014

Holiday flying can involve more distractions than usual. Read tips for safe flying.

Top 10 reasons to come to St. Simons

Article | Nov 05, 2014

Join AOPA and your fellow aviators at St. Simons Island, Georgia, Nov. 8 for the final AOPA Fly-In of the year.

Pilot Getaways: Leisure in the tropics

Article | Oct 29, 2014

Deep in the dense, moss-draped, oak forest of Amelia Island is a luxurious plantation resort. Check out this Florida destination while you are in the Southeast for AOPA's St. Simons, Georgia, Fly-In on Nov. 8.

Discover barbecue heaven at Southern Soul

Article | Oct 23, 2014

In a world of airport burgers, Southern Soul stands out. Swing by when you visit St. Simons for AOPA's final fly-in of the year.

OpenAirplane teams with Cirrus

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Standardized training offered by Cirrus is now accepted by OpenAirplane, thanks to an agreement between the companies.

Welcome to our world

Article | Oct 08, 2014

If more residents of 49 state capitals are thinking about general aviation and appreciating their own GA airports, credit pilots Field Morey and Conrad Teitell.

A golden opportunity in the Golden Isles

Article | Oct 08, 2014

The beautiful Georgia coast promises to be a big draw for AOPA's final fly-in of 2014, taking place Nov. 8 on St. Simons Island.

Pilot Getaways: Chesapeake Bay escape

Article | Oct 01, 2014

For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.

OpenAirplane gains traction

Article | Sep 25, 2014

Just over a year after launch, OpenAirplane has 71 aircraft rental locations and counting, with a new location joining each week.

Pilot Getaways: The town time forgot

Article | Sep 17, 2014

The Santa Paula, California, airport evokes an old-time airfield, complete with antique airplanes dating back almost a century. Consider visiting the field when you attend the AOPA Fly-In at Chino, California, on Sept. 20.

Triple Tree magic

Article | Sep 09, 2014

A cannon fires after Pat Derrick makes a low pass over the grass strip in a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. Derrick is the unofficial alarm clock for hundreds of pilots, their family and friends, camping under the wings of their aircraft at the 400-plus acre Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, South Carolina.

Pilot Getaways: Santa Catalina Island more than a lunch stop

Article | Sep 08, 2014

The most popular $100 hamburger stop for Southern California pilots is probably the Airport in the Sky on Santa Catalina Island. But most pilots simply leave after lunch and miss out on unique experiences available year-round. Consider spending time at the island while you are in the area for AOPA's Chino Fly-In Sept. 20.

Texas turnabout

Article | Sep 08, 2014

A single point now separates the top three pilots in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, with two races left – including Las Vegas.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

Who wrote, “If you would measure the heartbeat of a city, take the pulse of its airport?”

Pilots to highlight GA during two-week state capitals flight

Article | Sep 03, 2014

Two pilots will take off on Sept. 16 and fly to 49 state capitals in two weeks in an effort to promote general aviation and inspire school children.

Education, social events planned for ‘Flying’ Aviation Expo

Article | Aug 27, 2014

The Flying Aviation Expo will offer something for everyone at its inaugural event in Palm Springs, California.

How to handle aircraft maintenance when traveling

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 18, 2014

Having to deal with any form of aircraft maintenance when you're far from home isn't fun. Your resources are limited, you don't necessarily know the local fixed-base operator, and your options may be very limited. When you're away from home, it's in your best interest to become your own maintenance manager and advocate.

Pilot Getaways: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Article | Aug 13, 2014

Coeur d’Alene is a premier resort destination of the inland Northwest. Surrounded by pine-carpeted mountains, Coeur d’Alene Lake has been called one of the five most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Consider visiting on your way to the AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, on Aug. 16.

Georgia pilot wins travel package to AirVenture

Article | Jul 31, 2014

A Georgia pilot was attending EAA AirVenture after winning a travel package in an aviation headset manufacturer’s random drawing.