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AOPA Live This Week - May 21, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - May 21, 2015
16:36 min

Among the many attending the AOPA Fly-In in Salinas, California, a helicopter pilot who is on a mission to inspire young girls to follow in her footsteps. With a special screening at the AOPA homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland on the horizon, we visit with the filmmaker behind Living in the Age of Airplanes. Watch inspiration in action as scaled-down aircraft converge on Triple Tree Aerodrome for the world’s largest RC event.

AOPA Live This Week - May 14, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - May 14, 2015
14:21 min

We show you the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington, D.C. A look at a family business that rebuilds P-51 Mustangs in Salinas, CA. Bobby Breeden wins the Valdez STOL competition with an incredible landing.

AOPA Live This Week - May 7, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - May 7, 2015
17:05 min

Drones might lead to cheaper avionics for you. A report from the Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta; watch a sneak peek of Yuichi Takagi looping and rolling before he makes his aerial demonstration debut at AOPA’s Salinas Fly-In May 16; celebrate the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders for receiving the Congressional Gold Medal; and find out how you can own a still-airworthy Mark 1 Spitfire.

AOPA Live This Week - April 30, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - April 30, 2015
11:43 min

An in-depth look at the One Week Ready to Solo program. A preview of the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In featuring Sean D. Tucker. The world's oldest pilot.

AOPA Live This Week - From Sun 'n Fun 2015
AOPA Live This Week - From Sun 'n Fun 2015
16:17 min

A look at the one week ready to solo program. An airplane that is like a dirt bike with wings. Letting pilots get hands-on with a drone.

AOPA Live This Week - April 16, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - April 16, 2015
22:29 min

Piper Aircraft unveiled the new M Series, introducing a piston and two new turboprops that climb straight to the top of the Piper lineup. Watch the first flight of the new Flight Design C4, explore the options for bringing your aircraft into ADS-B compliance, and see how to expand your hangar without rebuilding it.

AOPA Live This Week - April 9, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - April 9, 2015
22:55 min

Finally from Hollywood, a movie that celebrates aviation. A new IMAX film will soon be in a theater near you. A little shy about talking to air traffic control? A new virtual reality lets you fly with other aircraft and communicate with a real controller, all without leaving the ground. There’s one aircraft that stands above all others. We’ll tell you what it is. And refurbishing an airport. Some of the problems are hard to believe.

AOPA Live This Week - April 2, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - April 2, 2015
12:19 min

The lady is loud and she smokes, but she helped win the war. The Commemorative Air Force puts a TBM Avenger back in the air, the same aircraft type President George H.W. Bush flew. Honda Aircraft receives a provisional type certificate for the HondaJet. Amazon has a secret drone site. Solar Impulse Two flies backwards on its way to China. An update on Harrison Ford, and pilots prove they have big hearts as they help with 10,000 airplanes for a little boy.

AOPA Live This Week - March 26, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - March 26, 2015
18:13 min

General aviation helping out in Haiti. We travel to the island nation to see how a doctor and a Bonanza make all the difference in many lives. B-29 getting ready to fly again. Doc, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, is rolled out to crowds in Wichita. Flying the B-52. Barry Schiff goes for a ride in a nuclear-capable bomber, affectionately known as a BUFF.

AOPA Live This Week- March 19, 2015
AOPA Live This Week- March 19, 2015
21:14 min

A milestone for the Veteran's Airlift Command as they transport their 10,000th passenger. A drone and a news helicopter get too close for comfort. Freeflight announces a sub $2,000 ADS-B Out solution. A pilot who shakes off the rust to live out his decades-long dream of flying a P-51 Mustang.

AOPA Live This Week - March 12, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - March 12, 2015
19:13 min

Fighting media falsehoods about the Harrison Ford PT-22 off-airport emergency landing. Flying the Embrarer Legacy 500. An interview with a TRACON controller who saved a VFR pilot's life when he was trapped on top.

AOPA Live This Week - March 5, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - March 5, 2015
22:12 min

From HAI Heli-Expo 2015. A look at the AW609 tilt-rotor, the new Airbus Helicopters H160, training helicopters from Enstrom and Guimbal. A new simulator from Fasca faithfully replicates a Robinson 44 with stunning visuals and realistic control loading. A call for action on Third Class Medical reform. Using helicopters for mosquito control and news gathering. A look at the Bell 505.

AOPA Live This Week - February 26, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - February 26, 2015
12:13 min

Mavericks aerobatic team members are a highly seasoned group of pilots who prove age is no obstacle to flying with the utmost precision. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, legislation that would expand medical reform to include IFR. Also this week, join us for an AOPA-hosted event that teaches kids about aviation and animal rescue.

AOPA Live This Week - February 19, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - February 19, 2015
24:56 min

AOPA partners with ShareAviation.com to help spread interest in flying. FAA proposes rules for commercial drones. Learning to fly a CJ business jet in a simulator alone. There's an LSA for almost any need or budget.

AOPA Live This Week - February 12, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - February 12, 2015
18:41 min

We tour NASA's icing wind tunnel. New report shows the economic value of general aviation. GAMA talks about the state of the GA industry, and we fly the One-Week-Wonder.

Latest Videos

The Inspiration Behind "Living in the Age of Airplanes"
The Inspiration Behind "Living in the Age of Airplanes"
3:13 min

With a special screening at the AOPA homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Maryland on the horizon, we visit with the filmmaker behind Living in the Age of Airplanes.

Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season
Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season
3:57 min

All of the sights and sounds from Salinas California including a helicopter pilot on a mission to inspire young girls to follow in her footsteps. AOPA President Mark Baker emphasizes to Fly-in attendees that third class medical reform is still AOPA's top priority.

Joe Nall Week RC Fly-in
Joe Nall Week RC Fly-in
0:24 min

Watch scaled-down aircraft converge on Triple Tree Aerodrome for the world’s largest RC event.

iCloth Avionics Wipes Product Review
iCloth Avionics Wipes Product Review
0:57 min

Need a way to clean those fingerprints off your panel? These wipes are the perfect solution.

Rep. Todd Rokita interview
Rep. Todd Rokita interview
10:41 min

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) talks about the progress of Third Class Medical reform in Congress, how AOPA members can help get rid of the medical requirement, and the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace system.

Cal Pacific Airmotive
Cal Pacific Airmotive
2:40 min

Meet a family in Salinas, Ca known for restoring P-51 Mustangs.

Honoring the Doolittle Raiders
Honoring the Doolittle Raiders
2:49 min

After almost 73 years the remaining Doolittle Raiders are recognized with the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Cirrus Customer Experience Center
Cirrus Customer Experience Center
1:30 min

Cirrus announced it is going to open a new sales, marketing and customer experience center in Knoxville, TN.

AOPA Live This Week - May 14, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - May 14, 2015
14:21 min

We show you the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington, D.C. A look at a family business that rebuilds P-51 Mustangs in Salinas, CA. Bobby Breeden wins the Valdez STOL competition with an incredible landing.

Aerobatic Pilot Yuichi Takagi
Aerobatic Pilot Yuichi Takagi
2:26 min

Meet aerobatic pilot Yuichi Takagi who will make his debut performance at AOPA's Regional Fly-in in Salinas, Ca.

AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
2:32 min

Find out the great sights to see and things to do around the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In.

Oklahoma passes law to keep wind turbines away from airports.mp4
Oklahoma passes law to keep wind turbines away from airports.mp4
0:25 min

Oklahoma Senate Bill 808 was signed into law. Find out what it means for airports in the Sooner State.

MT reversable prop for Husky
MT reversable prop for Husky
0:54 min

An old dog learns a new trick. Put that Aviat Husky in reverse!

One Week Ready to Solo
One Week Ready to Solo
3:10 min

A look at the ambitious plan to go from zero to ready to solo in one week.

AOPA Live This Week - April 30, 2015
AOPA Live This Week - April 30, 2015
11:43 min

An in-depth look at the One Week Ready to Solo program. A preview of the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In featuring Sean D. Tucker. The world's oldest pilot.

News

Rep. Todd Rokita interview
Rep. Todd Rokita interview
10:41 min

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) talks about the progress of Third Class Medical reform in Congress, how AOPA members can help get rid of the medical requirement, and the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace system.

Rebuilding P-51's in Sainas, CA
Rebuilding P-51's in Sainas, CA
2:52 min

Check out Cal Pacific where they rebuild P-51 Mustang fighters.

Changes to DUAT providers
Changes to DUAT providers
1:53 min

Big changes to the FAA's DUAT contracts.

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover
Arsenal of Democracy Flyover
2:39 min

A look at the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover to mark 70 years since VE Day.

Cessna making AvGas powered 182's again
Cessna making AvGas powered 182's again
0:30 min

AvGas powered Cessna 182 airplanes are back on the market.

FAA Drone Announcement
FAA Drone Announcement
3:11 min

The FAA announced three new focus areas for drone usage at the AUVSI convention in Atlanta.

Oklahoma passes law to keep wind turbines away from airports.mp4
Oklahoma passes law to keep wind turbines away from airports.mp4
0:25 min

Oklahoma Senate Bill 808 was signed into law. Find out what it means for airports in the Sooner State.

MT reversable prop for Husky
MT reversable prop for Husky
0:54 min

An old dog learns a new trick. Put that Aviat Husky in reverse!

One Week Ready to Solo
One Week Ready to Solo
3:10 min

A look at the ambitious plan to go from zero to ready to solo in one week.

Alan Klapmeier - ONE Aviation
Alan Klapmeier - ONE Aviation
10:31 min

Kestrel Aviation and Eclipse Aerospace merge to form ONE Aviation. Cirrus co-founder, Kestrel founder, and now ONE Aviation CEO Alan Klapmeier explains the benefits to the new company.

HondaJet Provisional Type Certificate
HondaJet Provisional Type Certificate
0:23 min

Honda Aircraft says the FAA has granted a provisional type certificate to the HondaJet.

Former NTSB Member Supports Third Class Medical Reform
Former NTSB Member Supports Third Class Medical Reform
1:47 min

John Goglia former member of the NTSB supports Third Class Medical Reform.

FreeFlight launches Affordable ADS-B Out Solution
FreeFlight launches Affordable ADS-B Out Solution
1:14 min

FreeFlight Systems will offer Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment priced below $2,000 for light general aviation aircraft.

AOPA presents Hartranft Award to Rep. Shuster
AOPA presents Hartranft Award to Rep. Shuster
0:27 min

AOPA President Mark Baker presented the Joseph B. “Doc” Hartranft Jr. Award to Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).

Veterans Airlift Command celebrates 10,000th passenger
Veterans Airlift Command celebrates 10,000th passenger
3:06 min

When America's wounded warriors need transportation, business aircraft operators rise to the occasion through the Veteran's Airlift Command. The VAC is celebrating their 10,000th passenger, SGT Jesse Murphree, USA.

Safety and Education

Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue
Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue
24:28 min

Watch as a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turns a four hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for a pilot and his family in the unforgiving Idaho backcountry.

Harrison Ford's forced landing
Harrison Ford's forced landing
4:11 min

We take a look at the thespian aviator's skillful emergency landing, and also talk about the Ryan PT-22 Recruit he was in, with the pilot who checked him out in it.

TRACON Controller honored for save
TRACON Controller honored for save
3:46 min

Hugh McFarland used his skills as an instrument pilot to talk a VFR pilot down through nearly 9000' of IMC. Now the Houston TRACON controller is one of several honored with the Archie Award.

Unions concerned about drones
Unions concerned about drones
0:31 min

A group of transportation unions say that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, UAV, or drones) aren't ready for commercial use because they could pose a safety threat to manned aircraft.

Know Before You Fly
Know Before You Fly
0:59 min

AOPA joins with industry group to educate small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, UAV or drones) how to operate safely in the national air space system.

Helicopter simulator
Helicopter simulator
2:03 min

New Frasca helicopter simulator faithfully replicates the Robinson R-44 with accurate control loading and stunning visuals.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Southwest Region
Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Southwest Region
5:42 min

Controller David Bricker of Albuquerque Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot that encountered moderate precipitation, icing, and turbulence in mountainous terrain.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Western Pacific Region
Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Western Pacific Region
2:47 min

Controller James Hansmann of Los Angeles Center guides the pilot of a Cessna 182 with inoperative radios who had become disoriented in mountainous terrain, near restricted airspace and an international border.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Great Lakes Region
Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - Great Lakes Region
5:43 min

Controller Laura Kuhn of Minneapolis Center guided a disoriented and distressed Cirrus SR-22 pilot who had encountered severe icing in instrument meteorological conditions.

Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - NW Mountain Region
Flight Assist Commendations 2015 - NW Mountain Region
7:20 min

Controller Andy Olson of Seattle Center assisted a Cessna 172 pilot who had encountered icing in instrument meteorological conditions by guiding them into the clear.

ProFlight CJ Simulator Training
ProFlight CJ Simulator Training
4:15 min

Learning to fly a CJ business jet in a simulator alone at ProFlight in Carlsbad, CA.

Rotor wash accident
Rotor wash accident
0:36 min

Blackhawk rotor wash entangles a student pilot in a Cirrus

NORAD Commander interview
NORAD Commander interview
13:55 min

Tom Haines talks with NORAD Commander Adm. Bill Gortney about TFRs, fighter intercepts, and general aviation and Navy flying.

Accident Case Study: Emergency Management
Accident Case Study: Emergency Management
13:18 min

On December 16, 2012, a Piper Cherokee impacted terrain during an instrument approach to Fayetteville, North Carolina. In this case study, we use ATC audio and radar data to reconstruct the tragic flight and find out what went wrong.

Approx. 13 minutes

NTSB Top 10 List
NTSB Top 10 List
2:58 min

General Aviation is on the NTSB Top Ten Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements for 2015.

Rusty Pilot Larry Hill
Rusty Pilot Larry Hill
2:31 min

With 50 years between logbook entries a rusty pilot returns to the cockpit.

Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing
Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing
12:58 min

Not every forced landing results in fatalities or even injuries, but a little knowledge on what to do in a survival situation can go a long way. In this video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, we discuss survival kit essentials and what actions you can take to help reduce the time it takes to get found. For more information, be sure to also download the Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing Safety Advisor. Need survival gear? Get discounted products and a chance to win a $50 Aircraft Spruce gift card by using promo code AOPAWPS. One winner will be announced each month!

Dave Coulier interview
Dave Coulier interview
3:33 min

Actor and comedian Dave Coulier talks about his Bonanza and his contribution to the AOPA Foundation's silent auction.

White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important
White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important
1:30 min

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman shows us why tracking that white stripe is a good idea.

Redbird Migration
Redbird Migration
3:46 min

A look at Redbird Migration, and the technology at the leading edge of flight training.

Technique

Accident Case Study: Emergency Management
Accident Case Study: Emergency Management
13:18 min

On December 16, 2012, a Piper Cherokee impacted terrain during an instrument approach to Fayetteville, North Carolina. In this case study, we use ATC audio and radar data to reconstruct the tragic flight and find out what went wrong.

Approx. 13 minutes

Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing
Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing
12:58 min

Not every forced landing results in fatalities or even injuries, but a little knowledge on what to do in a survival situation can go a long way. In this video from the AOPA Air Safety Institute, we discuss survival kit essentials and what actions you can take to help reduce the time it takes to get found. For more information, be sure to also download the Survive: Beyond the Forced Landing Safety Advisor. Need survival gear? Get discounted products and a chance to win a $50 Aircraft Spruce gift card by using promo code AOPAWPS. One winner will be announced each month!

FAA NOTAM Search Site
FAA NOTAM Search Site
1:20 min

The FAA has just opened a new website making it easier to track down just the NOTAM information you need.

White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important
White Stripe - Why tracking the center line is important
1:30 min

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman shows us why tracking that white stripe is a good idea.

Dogfighting over Cape Cod
Dogfighting over Cape Cod
6:56 min

Join AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim "Buffet" Moore as he goes head-to-head in a dogfight over Cape Cod Bay. See what it's like to be a fighter pilot.

Flying the Weather: T-storm Toolbox
Flying the Weather: T-storm Toolbox
4:39 min

AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg discuss some of the strategies they used to navigate around thunderstorms during a recent flight.

AOPA flight training scholarships
AOPA flight training scholarships
1:13 min

The AOPA Foundation is offering scholarships to help support outstanding student pilots.

Upset training in L39
Upset training in L39
6:16 min

Learning how to instinctively recover from extreme unusual attitudes might save your life some day.

Flying NYC
Flying NYC
5:19 min

Learn how to fly the Hudson River Class B Exclusion in New York City. It is some of the most scenic and crowded airspace in the United States.

PilotWorkshops
PilotWorkshops
8:28 min

New benefit for AOPA members from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops - free access to a selection of audio and video training programs.

Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn
Takeoffs and Landings: Base-to-Final Turn
5:41 min

Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous.

Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches
Takeoffs and Landings: Stabilized Approaches
5:08 min

A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground.

Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings
Takeoffs and Landings: Crosswind Landings
9:42 min

Every pilot learns the technique for a proper crosswind landing, but this skill requires more than knowing the proper control inputs.

CFI Success
CFI Success
18:07 min

Successful Strategies to Land and Retain New Students (1995) - Ralph Hood offers tips to CFIs on how to give a prospective student the best experience to increase the likelihood the prospect will sign up for lessons and continue training.

Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs
Takeoffs and Landings: Normal Takeoffs
4:51 min

A normal takeoff is what pilots use the for the majority of their departures. But it often doesn't get the attention it deserves.

Technology

MT reversable prop for Husky
MT reversable prop for Husky
0:54 min

An old dog learns a new trick. Put that Aviat Husky in reverse!

Alan Klapmeier - ONE Aviation
Alan Klapmeier - ONE Aviation
10:31 min

Kestrel Aviation and Eclipse Aerospace merge to form ONE Aviation. Cirrus co-founder, Kestrel founder, and now ONE Aviation CEO Alan Klapmeier explains the benefits to the new company.

Mindstar Virtual Air Traffic Control
Mindstar Virtual Air Traffic Control
4:32 min

A little shy about talking to air traffic control? A new virtual reality lets you fly with other aircraft and communicate with a real controller, all without leaving the ground.

Robinson Turbine Order
Robinson Turbine Order
0:14 min

Robinson Helicopters places an order for more than 1,000 Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engines for the R-44.

Training helicopters
Training helicopters
3:33 min

New light single engine helicopters suited to flight training from Enstrom, Giumbal, and Bell.

AW609 Tilt-rotor
AW609 Tilt-rotor
1:55 min

Augusta Westland AW 609 tilt-rotor prototype flies into HAI Heli-Expo 2015. Test pilot says fly-by-wire design makes this helicopter-airplane hybrid easy to fly.

Helicopter simulator
Helicopter simulator
2:03 min

New Frasca helicopter simulator faithfully replicates the Robinson R-44 with accurate control loading and stunning visuals.

Proposed small drone rules
Proposed small drone rules
6:00 min

FAA proposes rules to regulate commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) weighing less than 55 pounds.

NASA's Icing Wind Tunnel
NASA's Icing Wind Tunnel
5:07 min

A look inside NASA's giant icing wind tunnel.

AvGas update
AvGas update
0:59 min

Progress continues towards finding a practical replacement for leaded aviation gasoline.

COPA President Kevin Psutka interview
COPA President Kevin Psutka interview
6:35 min

Canadian Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Psutka talks about drones, Nav Canada, and his impending retirement.

Diesel Glasair Sportsman
Diesel Glasair Sportsman
3:37 min

For venturing out where 100LL is hard to find, Glasair now has the option of a Diesel engine in the Sportsman. Tom Haines files this pilot report.

Inside Honda Aero
Inside Honda Aero
1:46 min

Go inside the North Caroline facility where Honda Aero is making engines.

Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum
Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum
2:03 min

Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum in Indianapolis honors a premier name in aircraft propulsion.

Flying the Eclipse 550
Flying the Eclipse 550
4:50 min

Get behind the controls of an Eclipse 550 with AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines. The 550 has evolved into the aircraft it was always intended to be.

Aircraft

Cessna making AvGas powered 182's again
Cessna making AvGas powered 182's again
0:30 min

AvGas powered Cessna 182 airplanes are back on the market.

Alan Klapmeier - ONE Aviation
Alan Klapmeier - ONE Aviation
10:31 min

Kestrel Aviation and Eclipse Aerospace merge to form ONE Aviation. Cirrus co-founder, Kestrel founder, and now ONE Aviation CEO Alan Klapmeier explains the benefits to the new company.

Piper Aircraft M Series
Piper Aircraft M Series
4:18 min

Piper Aircraft unveiled the new M Series, introducing a piston and two new turboprops that climb straight to the top of the Piper lineup.

Flight Design C4 First Flight
Flight Design C4 First Flight
0:25 min

Watch the first flight of the new Flight Design C4.

Cessna Caravan
Cessna Caravan
1:16 min

The Cessna Caravan is great for taking a load of gear and friends wherever you want to go.

HondaJet Provisional Type Certificate
HondaJet Provisional Type Certificate
0:23 min

Honda Aircraft says the FAA has granted a provisional type certificate to the HondaJet.

Flying the B-52
Flying the B-52
5:19 min

Barry Schiff goes for a ride in a nuclear-capable bomber, affectionately known as a BUFF.

Flying the Embraer Legacy 500
Flying the Embraer Legacy 500
3:56 min

The new Brazilian mid sized jet has the features of a large jet, and the handling of a small one. With fly-by-wire control, this turbine Goldilocks is just right.

Training helicopters
Training helicopters
3:33 min

New light single engine helicopters suited to flight training from Enstrom, Giumbal, and Bell.

Airbus Helicotpers H160
Airbus Helicotpers H160
0:32 min

Airbus Helicopters announces the H160 with unique curved main rotor blades.

AW609 Tilt-rotor
AW609 Tilt-rotor
1:55 min

Augusta Westland AW 609 tilt-rotor prototype flies into HAI Heli-Expo 2015. Test pilot says fly-by-wire design makes this helicopter-airplane hybrid easy to fly.

Light Sport Aircraft Prices
Light Sport Aircraft Prices
3:02 min

There's a wide variety of airplanes that fall under LSA rules, one for almost any need or budget.

Flying the One Week Wonder
Flying the One Week Wonder
1:55 min

We test fly EAA's One Week Wonder, a Zenith built by thousands at Oshkosh.

Enstrom is back
Enstrom is back
2:32 min

Enstrom helicopter is enjoying a resurgence.

Pole to Pole flight
Pole to Pole flight
4:05 min

Exclusive interview with Bill Harrellson, who flew a single-engine LanceAir IV over both poles.

The Ultimate King Air -- King Air 350 ER
The Ultimate King Air -- King Air 350 ER
5:01 min

The biggest King Air does it all, and from the most primitive strips.

Bristell TDO
Bristell TDO
0:48 min

See the Bristell Taidragger at the 2015 US Sport Aviation expo in Sebring, FL.

U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
1:09 min

The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, kicked off the show season with a few unusual arrivals.

TL Ultralight Sirius LSA
TL Ultralight Sirius LSA
3:46 min

Get a look at one very capable light sport aircraft.

SAM 27000
SAM 27000
4:24 min

The history of AFOne and how it ended up as part of the Reagan Presidential Library.

Gear & Products

iCloth Avionics Wipes Product Review
iCloth Avionics Wipes Product Review
0:57 min

Need a way to clean those fingerprints off your panel? These wipes are the perfect solution.

New ADS-B Options
New ADS-B Options
4:33 min

Pilots have a variety of product options to comply with the 2020 ADS-B mandate. See some of the possible solutions displayed at the 2015 AEA International Convention.

Red Viper Airplane Positioner
Red Viper Airplane Positioner
1:28 min

How to expand your hangar without rebuilding it.

New Products at AEA 2015
New Products at AEA 2015
2:48 min

AOPA Live's Paul Harrop reports on the variety of new avionics products released at the Aircraft Electronics Association show in 2015.

Aircraft Spruce AOPA Partnership
Aircraft Spruce AOPA Partnership
0:19 min

Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Company has renewed a strategic partnership with AOPA.

Flying the Embraer Legacy 500
Flying the Embraer Legacy 500
3:56 min

The new Brazilian mid sized jet has the features of a large jet, and the handling of a small one. With fly-by-wire control, this turbine Goldilocks is just right.

L-3 Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System
L-3 Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System
1:03 min

L-3 has released a new line of ADS-B products. See the new NGT-9000 transponder replacement.

NBAA Google Glass
NBAA Google Glass
2:37 min

See a preview of the future, controlling the airplane with the sound of your voice.

Homebuilt First Flight
Homebuilt First Flight
1:12 min

AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes a homebuilt RV-12 on it's first flight.

Aircraft Spruce
Aircraft Spruce
3:36 min

Learn about the family behind the Aircraft Spruce Company.

Avidyne IFD540
Avidyne IFD540
3:21 min

Avidyne gets closer to certifying its plug-and-play replacement for the Garmin GNS430.

F-35 helmet display sees everything
F-35 helmet display sees everything
2:45 min

Super situational awareness with a helmet mounted display that lets the pilot "see" through the aircraft in all directions.

Fantasy in-flight entertainment
Fantasy in-flight entertainment
3:08 min

AOPA Live's Paul Harrop comes up with a mid-six-figure wish list for gadgets and electronics he suggests to Tom Haines for his A-36 Bonanza.

Aerial Exposures camera mount
Aerial Exposures camera mount
1:43 min

Pilot and photographer Arnie Izkowitz has created a revolution in gyro-stabilized aerial video with his inventions. The results are simply stunning.

Sandia SAI 340 Quattro Standby Instrument
Sandia SAI 340 Quattro Standby Instrument
0:55 min

The SAI 340 Quattro from Sandia Aerospace is impressive, and so is the price point.

Advocacy

Rep. Todd Rokita interview
Rep. Todd Rokita interview
10:41 min

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) talks about the progress of Third Class Medical reform in Congress, how AOPA members can help get rid of the medical requirement, and the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace system.

Oklahoma passes law to keep wind turbines away from airports.mp4
Oklahoma passes law to keep wind turbines away from airports.mp4
0:25 min

Oklahoma Senate Bill 808 was signed into law. Find out what it means for airports in the Sooner State.

Mark on the Hill
Mark on the Hill
2:01 min

A hectic day on the hill for AOPA President Mark Baker. He worked on key G-A issues including third class medical reform, the high cost to equip for the FAA's 2020 ADS-B Out Mandate, and FAA funding.

Pilots Bill of Rights 2 - Call to action a success
Pilots Bill of Rights 2 - Call to action a success
1:41 min

We asked, you listened. Now Members of Congress are up to their ailerons in letters that support third class medical reform legislation.

Unions concerned about drones
Unions concerned about drones
0:31 min

A group of transportation unions say that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, UAV, or drones) aren't ready for commercial use because they could pose a safety threat to manned aircraft.

Know Before You Fly
Know Before You Fly
0:59 min

AOPA joins with industry group to educate small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, UAV or drones) how to operate safely in the national air space system.

Pilot's Bill of Rights - Medical Certificate Reform
Pilot's Bill of Rights - Medical Certificate Reform
0:52 min

AOPA is calling all pilots to action to urge Congress to support the Pilot's Bill of Rights II, which includes Third Class Medical reform. The bill would allow pilots to fly noncommercially in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds carrying five passengers below 14,000 feet in VFR and IFR conditions without the need for a medical certificate.

Sen. Inhofe - Pilots Bill of Rights II
Sen. Inhofe - Pilots Bill of Rights II
15:45 min

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.

New Third Class Medical Reform Legislation Introduced
New Third Class Medical Reform Legislation Introduced
2:18 min

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, talks about a new Pilots Bill of Rights that would open the door to flying IFR up to 14,000 feet without a third class medical requirement.

Proposed small drone rules
Proposed small drone rules
6:00 min

FAA proposes rules to regulate commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) weighing less than 55 pounds.

Medical certificate reform update.
Medical certificate reform update.
1:33 min

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) vows that medical certificate reform will happen in 2015.

AvGas update
AvGas update
0:59 min

Progress continues towards finding a practical replacement for leaded aviation gasoline.

President proposes $15.8 billion FAA budget.mp4
President proposes $15.8 billion FAA budget.mp4
2:06 min

President's proposed FY 2016 FAA budget does not have user fees. Budget includes money for aviation gasoline research to replace leaded avgas.

Santa Monica Airport Appeal
Santa Monica Airport Appeal
1:04 min

AOPA, NBAA file amicus brief in Santa Monica appeal.

ADS-B Letter
ADS-B Letter
1:49 min

Fourteen general aviation groups including AOPA wrote the FAA asking for more aggressive steps to make the 2020 ADS-B mandate more affordable.

Flights to Cuba Pending
Flights to Cuba Pending
0:41 min

Flights to Cuba are still pending as the FAA is scrambling to work out the details.

AOPA Terrafugia Support
AOPA Terrafugia Support
0:55 min

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition road-worthy airplane as a light sport aircraft.

Powder River MOA Update
Powder River MOA Update
0:46 min

The Air Force has issued a record of decision on the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

DOT Issues Revised Schedule for Medical Reform
DOT Issues Revised Schedule for Medical Reform
0:58 min

The Department of Transportation releases a revised schedule for the progress of the rule through the bureaucracy.

AOPA Pushes DOT to End Medical Reform Delay
AOPA Pushes DOT to End Medical Reform Delay
3:30 min

AOPA President Mark Baker is fed up with foot-dragging on medical reform.

Health

Fly Well- Meaning of Aviation
Fly Well- Meaning of Aviation
3:43 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier gives suggestions on talking to the FAA about medical problems.

Fly Well - Coronary Artery Disease
Fly Well - Coronary Artery Disease
3:48 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about Coronary Artery Disease

Fly Well - Veristop
Fly Well - Veristop
4:35 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about vertigo.

Fly Well - Can Flying Be Too Sweet
Fly Well - Can Flying Be Too Sweet
4:20 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about diabetes.

Fly Well - Maneuvering Through the Rocks
Fly Well - Maneuvering Through the Rocks
3:48 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about kidney disease.

Pilot's Bill of Rights - Medical Certificate Reform
Pilot's Bill of Rights - Medical Certificate Reform
0:52 min

AOPA is calling all pilots to action to urge Congress to support the Pilot's Bill of Rights II, which includes Third Class Medical reform. The bill would allow pilots to fly noncommercially in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds carrying five passengers below 14,000 feet in VFR and IFR conditions without the need for a medical certificate.

Sen. Inhofe - Pilots Bill of Rights II
Sen. Inhofe - Pilots Bill of Rights II
15:45 min

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.

New Third Class Medical Reform Legislation Introduced
New Third Class Medical Reform Legislation Introduced
2:18 min

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, talks about a new Pilots Bill of Rights that would open the door to flying IFR up to 14,000 feet without a third class medical requirement.

Fly Well- Choosing a Doctor
Fly Well- Choosing a Doctor
3:36 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about how to choose a good doctor.

Fly Well- Flying by the Seat of Your Pants
Fly Well- Flying by the Seat of Your Pants
4:17 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about Flying by the Seat of Your Pants.

Fly Well- The Method of Rhythm
Fly Well- The Method of Rhythm
4:04 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about atrial fibrillation.

Fly Well - Heartburn
Fly Well - Heartburn
4:25 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about heartburn.

New FAA sleep apnea policy
New FAA sleep apnea policy
6:07 min

AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump explains the new FAA policy on sleep apnea and pilot medical certification.

Fly Well- Vulnerable in the Weather
Fly Well- Vulnerable in the Weather
4:00 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about allergies.

Fly Well- Heart of the Interior
Fly Well- Heart of the Interior
4:11 min

Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about heart disease.

Travel

AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
2:32 min

Find out the great sights to see and things to do around the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In.

Marshfield Airport
Marshfield Airport
3:25 min

Just south of Boston along the Massachusetts shoreline, an airport with a rich history and strong ties to its community completed an overhaul last year.

G-A Helps in Haiti
G-A Helps in Haiti
3:32 min

Pilot and Doctor Randy Rizor delivers medical supplies and volunteers providing medical care to the people of Cap-Haitian, Haiti.

Pole to Pole flight
Pole to Pole flight
4:05 min

Exclusive interview with Bill Harrellson, who flew a single-engine LanceAir IV over both poles.

Lake Havasu Balloon Festival
Lake Havasu Balloon Festival
2:07 min

Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.

Bahamas Sea Planes
Bahamas Sea Planes
2:28 min

There is no more scenic way to see the Bahamas than by touring in a seaplane.

Flying to the Bahamas
Flying to the Bahamas
4:48 min

Learn the ins and outs of flying to the Bahamas.

St. Simons Island Attractions
St. Simons Island Attractions
1:19 min

See the top attractions around St. Simons Island in preparation for the Fly In.

Barrington Irving's Flying Classroom
Barrington Irving's Flying Classroom
2:45 min

Pilot Barrington Irvin is flying around the world to get students interested in aviation careers.

Dogfighting over Cape Cod
Dogfighting over Cape Cod
6:56 min

Join AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim "Buffet" Moore as he goes head-to-head in a dogfight over Cape Cod Bay. See what it's like to be a fighter pilot.

Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum
Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum
2:03 min

Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum in Indianapolis honors a premier name in aircraft propulsion.

Famous Indy steakhouse
Famous Indy steakhouse
2:36 min

Pilot-operated Indianapolis St. Elmo's Steakhouse the place to eat when in Indy for the AOPA Regional Fly-In May 31st or any other time.

Flying NYC
Flying NYC
5:19 min

Learn how to fly the Hudson River Class B Exclusion in New York City. It is some of the most scenic and crowded airspace in the United States.

CAF warbirds at San Marcos
CAF warbirds at San Marcos
2:24 min

History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.

Flying in the Alps
Flying in the Alps
2:44 min

The challenge of landing at an "altiport" high in the French Alps.

Opinion

Tom Young, author and pilot
Tom Young, author and pilot
3:30 min

Novelist and pilot Tom Young talks about the situation in the Middle East, flying, and his new novel, Sand and Fire.

Good story on general aviation
Good story on general aviation
0:23 min

New York Times publishes a good article on general aviation.

Ideas to trim the FAA budget
Ideas to trim the FAA budget
1:20 min

We all know the Federal Government needs to trim the budget. AOPA President Mark Baker has identified ways to trim the FAA budget - that won't hurt the industry.

Mark Baker Keynote - Summit 2013
Mark Baker Keynote - Summit 2013
33:01 min
Mark Baker interview
Mark Baker interview
16:06 min

Tom Haines interviews AOPA President & CEO - elect Mark Baker.

Craig Fuller interview
Craig Fuller interview
16:12 min

AOPA President & CEO reflects on his years in the left seat for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

CBP can't find pilot stop records
CBP can't find pilot stop records
1:27 min

Incredible. CBP says it can't find records on a pilot stop and search.

Sen. James Inhofe interviewed by AOPA Pres. Craig Fuller
Sen. James Inhofe interviewed by AOPA Pres. Craig Fuller
16:20 min

Sen. James Inhofe announces a Pilots' Bill of Rights II at AirVenture 2013.

Independence Day message from Craig Fuller
Independence Day message from Craig Fuller
0:32 min

A special message from AOPA President Craig Fuller.

RTCA FAA funding discussion
RTCA FAA funding discussion
15:54 min

Is it time to look for another way to fund the FAA, perhaps even consider outsourcing some operations? A discussion during the RTCA symposium in Washington, DC June 6, 2013

AirVenture ATC fees interview
AirVenture ATC fees interview
14:58 min

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton on the FAA holding AirVenture at Oshkosh hostage to air traffic control user fees.

Craig Fuller interview on controller furlough, FAA funding
Craig Fuller interview on controller furlough, FAA funding
6:18 min

AOPA President talks about end of the controller furlough, and examining changes in FAA funding.

ABC News attacks general aviation
ABC News attacks general aviation
6:33 min
Harrison Ford on back country flying
Harrison Ford on back country flying
2:13 min
Craig Fuller speaks out on the sequester
Craig Fuller speaks out on the sequester
2:03 min

Financial

AOPA Flight Training Loans
AOPA Flight Training Loans
1:05 min

The AOPA Finance Company is making flight training loans available at very reasonable rates. Loans can be used for all flying purposes, and are exclusive to AOPA members.

Bob Showalter interview
Bob Showalter interview
6:07 min

Family-owned and operated Showalter Flying Service on Orlando Executive Airport is being sold to Atlantic Aviation after 70 years of business. Bob Showalter talks about the decision.

AOPA Foundcation Giving Back Awards
AOPA Foundcation Giving Back Awards
1:24 min

Recreational Aviation Foundation a recipient of an AOPA Foundation Giving Back Award.

Guide to starting a flying club
Guide to starting a flying club
3:20 min

AOPA hopes to help more flying clubs get started.

Ideas to trim the FAA budget
Ideas to trim the FAA budget
1:20 min

We all know the Federal Government needs to trim the budget. AOPA President Mark Baker has identified ways to trim the FAA budget - that won't hurt the industry.

New AOPA Aviation Finance Company
New AOPA Aviation Finance Company
1:50 min

New resource to help pilots finance aircraft, avionics, and engine purchases.

AOPA Aviation Finance Company
AOPA Aviation Finance Company
6:28 min

Tom Haines interviews Adam Meredith and Joe Dini of the new AOPA Aviation Finance Company, LLC.

GAMA State of the Industry 2012
GAMA State of the Industry 2012
3:57 min

Annual report on the health of the aviation industry from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Aircraft Owner Tax Issues
Aircraft Owner Tax Issues
17:41 min

AOPA expert Ray Speciale (CPA, attorney-at-law) explains tax issues aircraft owners need to be aware of before filing federal income tax.

Bonus Depreciation
Bonus Depreciation
10:47 min

New law provides tax advantages for buying new aircraft or equipment this year.

AOPA

Rep. Todd Rokita interview
Rep. Todd Rokita interview
10:41 min

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) talks about the progress of Third Class Medical reform in Congress, how AOPA members can help get rid of the medical requirement, and the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace system.

Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue
Real Pilot Story: From Miscue to Rescue
24:28 min

Watch as a series of delays, poor decisions, and lack of preparation turns a four hour cross-country flight into a 30-hour survival crisis for a pilot and his family in the unforgiving Idaho backcountry.

AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
2:32 min

Find out the great sights to see and things to do around the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In.

One Week Ready to Solo
One Week Ready to Solo
3:10 min

A look at the ambitious plan to go from zero to ready to solo in one week.

Bizav & You
Bizav & You
0:45 min

Want to fly around in a Pilatus PC-12NG? AOPA and Pilatus Aircraft are working together to give you a chance to fly the aircraft of missions for which it is well suited.

Unions concerned about drones
Unions concerned about drones
0:31 min

A group of transportation unions say that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, UAV, or drones) aren't ready for commercial use because they could pose a safety threat to manned aircraft.

Pilot's Bill of Rights - Medical Certificate Reform
Pilot's Bill of Rights - Medical Certificate Reform
0:52 min

AOPA is calling all pilots to action to urge Congress to support the Pilot's Bill of Rights II, which includes Third Class Medical reform. The bill would allow pilots to fly noncommercially in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds carrying five passengers below 14,000 feet in VFR and IFR conditions without the need for a medical certificate.

Medical certificate reform update.
Medical certificate reform update.
1:33 min

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) vows that medical certificate reform will happen in 2015.

AvGas update
AvGas update
0:59 min

Progress continues towards finding a practical replacement for leaded aviation gasoline.

Progress expected on medical reform, patience still needed
Progress expected on medical reform, patience still needed
3:32 min

We've heard from members: Yes there's a lot of support for medical reform, why isn't it going anywhere? In short, it is...

2014 Hat in the Ring Challenge
2014 Hat in the Ring Challenge
1:30 min

Are you #TeamMark or #TeamJim? Find out about the 2014 AOPA Hat in the Ring Challenge.

Dr. Copter Memorial
Dr. Copter Memorial
1:35 min

Two new monuments commemorate the work of the late Dr. David Nichols who used general aviation to practice medicine on Tangier Island for more than 30 years.

Inspector General Report on ADS-B
Inspector General Report on ADS-B
2:27 min

An Inspector General report suggests the costs of ADS-B outweigh the benefits.

Frederick Fly-In
Frederick Fly-In
1:06 min

There was a little bit of everything at AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In including a variety of aircraft, an aerial performance by Michael Goulian and a chance to be a part of the GA community.

AOPA Debonair giveaway
AOPA Debonair giveaway
6:20 min

AOPA surprises the lucking winner of the Debonair Sweepstakes in the air!

Events

Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season
Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season
3:57 min

All of the sights and sounds from Salinas California including a helicopter pilot on a mission to inspire young girls to follow in her footsteps. AOPA President Mark Baker emphasizes to Fly-in attendees that third class medical reform is still AOPA's top priority.

Joe Nall Week RC Fly-in
Joe Nall Week RC Fly-in
0:24 min

Watch scaled-down aircraft converge on Triple Tree Aerodrome for the world’s largest RC event.

AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In
2:32 min

Find out the great sights to see and things to do around the AOPA Salinas Regional Fly In.

Paws and Planes Day at the National Aviation Community Center
Paws and Planes Day at the National Aviation Community Center
2:34 min

The AOPA National Aviation Community Center hosted Paws and Planes, an event that showed kids flying for others – including our four-footed friends – can be rewarding and fun.

Mark Baker Honored at Living Legends of Aviation
Mark Baker Honored at Living Legends of Aviation
1:37 min

Harrison Ford presented his legacy award to AOPA President Mark Baker at the Twelfth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

2015 AOPA Fly-In Locations Revealed
2015 AOPA Fly-In Locations Revealed
2:05 min

AOPA President Mark Baker looks forward to a new year of AOPA Fly-Ins as the association aims to build on the success of 2014 events that drew thousands.

2015 AOPA Fly-Ins
2015 AOPA Fly-Ins
0:31 min

Preview of the 2015 AOPA Fly-Ins.

2014 AOPA Fly-in Recap
2014 AOPA Fly-in Recap
4:10 min

A look back at our seven successful regional fly-ins of 2014.

Tangier Island Holly Run
Tangier Island Holly Run
2:57 min

See a group of general aviation pilots fly in holiday cheer. Pilots joined Santa to bring greens, school supplies and gifts to the residents of Tangier Island, a remote fishing village in Virginia.

Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal
Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal
2:32 min

Founding pilots of the Civil Air Patrol played a vital role protecting America when wolf packs of German submarines were at the door. They gathered in Washington this week to accept one of the nation’s highest honors.

St. Simons Air Boss
St. Simons Air Boss
1:53 min

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for safely bringing in hundreds of airplanes to the St. Simons regional fly-in.

Redbird Migration
Redbird Migration
3:46 min

A look at Redbird Migration, and the technology at the leading edge of flight training.

St. Simons Island Attractions
St. Simons Island Attractions
1:19 min

See the top attractions around St. Simons Island in preparation for the Fly In.

NBAA Google Glass
NBAA Google Glass
2:37 min

See a preview of the future, controlling the airplane with the sound of your voice.

NBAA 2014 New Airplanes
NBAA 2014 New Airplanes
4:27 min

Check out the latest and greatest airplanes at the 2014 NBAA Convention and Exhibition.