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Mexico extends ELT exemption

Advocacy | Aug 11, 2015

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.

CBP changes end unwarranted stops

Advocacy | Aug 06, 2015

Ten months after completing a top-down review CBP has made changes that are resulting in improved enforcement and better relations with the general aviation community.

FltPlan Go adds ADS-B support

Article | Jul 01, 2015

FltPlan Go for Android has added support for four Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receivers, matching the ADS-B capability of the iOS version.

Caribbean tourist pilots a headache for NORAD

Article | Jun 03, 2015

Pilots returning from the Caribbean are failing to pick up transponder codes, contributing to the 8,000 scrambles NORAD has had to perform since 9/11.

Pilot Briefing: They did it!

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, One Week Ready to Solo participants Sherry Rosenkranz, Chris Graves, and Nik Oekerman demonstrated their newfound skills with unassisted flights April 25 in Lakeland, Florida.

Lobo:Labs launches FlashPass eAPIS app

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Lobo:Labs has released its new FlashPass 2.1 app for iOS 7 and 8 devices. The new app integrates U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) and Mexican APIS to make cross-border operations easier for pilots.

Canada seeks eAPIS-style border-crossing requirement

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2015

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and AOPA are working together to try to make any new Canadian requirements similar to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Electronic Advance Passenger Information Service as seamless as possible.

Cuba by GA may take time

Article | Jan 22, 2015

General aviation operators may have to wait a while longer before flying to Cuba (particularly under Part 91).

AOPA thanks TSA Administrator John Pistole for his service

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2014

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole announced Oct. 16 that he would retire from the helm of the agency on Dec. 31. According to the TSA, Pistole is the longest serving administrator the agency has had. His nomination to head the TSA was confirmed in 2010.

Mexico eases APIS rules for GA pilots

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.

Baker takes GA cause to Homeland Security secretary

Advocacy | Jun 27, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson June 26 to discuss issues important to general aviation pilots, particularly Customs and Border Protection stops of innocent pilots flying within U.S. borders.

Flying over Niagara Falls

Video | Jun 06, 2014

Jill Tallman explains how to approach flying over Niagara Falls and what to look out for.

Pilots invited to help with humanitarian project in Bahamas

Article | Feb 05, 2014

Bahamas Habitat is gathering pilots to fly to the islands Feb. 20 through 23 to work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat on projects ranging from putting up drywall in a medical center to painting the Zion Children’s Home.

AOPA members share must-have apps

Apps of the week | Sep 13, 2013

Look up aircraft tail numbers, turn on your aircraft's preheater remotely, check METARs and TAFs in their raw or easy-to-read format, and zip through eAPIS with these apps.


Article | Mar 24, 2013

Brief: Modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights The modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights goes into effect on Dec. 18 and becomes mandatory on May 18, 2009.

Organizing a Fly-Out to the Bahamas

Article | Dec 15, 2012

For pilots living in colder climates this time of year, the idea of a quick jaunt to a tropical island for a few days would be the perfect holiday gift. But you don’t have to live where it’s cold to take some R&R in a tropical paradise. The Bahamas is a year-round destination for two clubs are based at Page Field (KFMY) in Fort Myers, Florida. The Sundowners and the Fort Myers Flying Club hosted their latest Bahamas Fly-Out the weekend of the Dec. 7 - 9.

Mexico eyes advance passenger information system

Advocacy | Oct 17, 2012

Mexico's government has proposed establishing an advance passenger information system (APIS) for flights entering and exiting the country, but the plan has quickly raised concerns about "unworkable" procedures and pricy penalties for pilots who fail to comply.