Pilots at a Connecticut airport talk about what AOPA-EAA's petition to allow pilots to exercise recrational privileges with a "driver's license" medical would mean to them.
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 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.
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.
Bill Harrelson has a right to brag, having just returned from a pole-to-pole circumnavigation in a Lancair IV and staking a claim on a world record. Harrelson talks about how he did it, and the biggest challenges. Enstrom Helicopter Corp. is reborn out of Chinese investment to flex its American manufacturing might. For the first time in years, the President’s proposed budget does not include user fees on General Aviation aircraft operations.
Some tips on cold weather flying. An exclusive interview with the NORAD commander about busting TFRs. A pilot report on the heaviest of the King Airs. More on the Cirrus ditching.
Repo man Nick Popovich and his team specialize in the kind of aircraft that come with overhead bins and drink carts. Also this week, AOPA President Mark Baker is honored by Harrison Ford in Hollywood, and balloons in numbers over Lake Havasu City.
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, kicked off the show season with a few unusual arrivals. There is no more scenic way to see the Bahamas than touring in a seaplane. AOPA President Mark Baker is fed up with foot-dragging on medical reform.
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. Learn the ins and outs of flying to the Bahamas, and get a look at one very capable light sport aircraft.
Paul Harrop hosts a look back at the most memorable stories from 2014.
Honors for the greatest stick and rudder pilot ever. Rudolf the red-nosed MU-2; Santa arrives by turboprop to a remote Chesapeake Bay island. A top FAA official becomes a pilot. Looking back at the AOPA fly-ins.
With near misses with drones in the news there is growing concern among pilots over this new source of flying FOD, and AOPA weighed in during a House subcommittee hearing on the topic.Weighing in at all of 20 pounds, Turbo is the real-life dog at the heart of a new children’s book that aims to help inspire the next generation of aviators.
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.
Walt and Debbie Kuemmerle fly a T-28 Trojan to airports and events around the south, and their vintage military trainer gets plenty of attention. Cirrus marked another milestone in the development of its single-engine jet, and Bob Showalter reflects on 70 years of serving aviation and the family’s plan for the future.
Learn how you can fly with Patty Wagstaff, check out a famous DC-3, find out what developments are expected in medical reform, and learn why tracking the center line is so important.
We go inside President Ronald Reagan's Air Force One - SAM 27000. Find out what AOPA told congressional decision makers about FAA modernization. A conversation with TV personality and aviation expert Miles O'Brien.
Two new Mooney models, the M10T and M10J, and both are powered by Diesel engines. A Glasair Sportsman with a Diesel. Inside the Honda Aero engine plant. Inside the world of the Air Boss from the St. Simon Fly In.
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.
A well-seasoned team of pilots, the Mavericks perform precision aerobatics to keep their skills sharp, and in the process prove that age alone is no obstacle.
AOPA partners with ShareAviation.com to help spread interest in flying.
There's a wide variety of airplanes that fall under LSA rules, one for almost any need or budget.
Learning to fly a CJ business jet in a simulator alone at ProFlight in Carlsbad, CA.
FAA proposes rules to regulate commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) weighing less than 55 pounds.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reports on new aircraft shipments for 2014.
General aviation provides more the one million jobs and $219 billion in economic impact to the US economy.
A look inside NASA's giant icing wind tunnel.
We test fly EAA's One Week Wonder, a Zenith built by thousands at Oshkosh.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) vows that medical certificate reform will happen in 2015.
Tips for owner pilots on helping the airplane make it through the winter.
The biggest King Air does it all, and from the most primitive strips.
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.
General aviation flies a young dolphin to her new home.
Progress continues towards finding a practical replacement for leaded aviation gasoline.
President's proposed FY 2016 FAA budget does not have user fees. Budget includes money for aviation gasoline research to replace leaded avgas.
AOPA, NBAA file amicus brief in Santa Monica appeal.
Fourteen general aviation groups including AOPA wrote the FAA asking for more aggressive steps to make the 2020 ADS-B mandate more affordable.
AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump explains the new FAA policy on sleep apnea and pilot medical certification.
Flights to Cuba are still pending as the FAA is scrambling to work out the details.
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.
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.
The Department of Transportation releases a revised schedule for the progress of the rule through the bureaucracy.
AOPA President Mark Baker is fed up with foot-dragging on medical reform.
After 70 years of achievements in aviation, the industry honored Robert A. “Bob” Hoover with its top award, the NAA Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.
FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker spoke with AOPA President Mark Baker about learning to fly, NextGen modernization, medical certification reform, and more.
Blackhawk rotor wash entangles a student pilot in a Cirrus
Tom Haines talks with NORAD Commander Adm. Bill Gortney about TFRs, fighter intercepts, and general aviation and Navy flying.
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.
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General Aviation is on the NTSB Top Ten Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements for 2015.
With 50 years between logbook entries a rusty pilot returns to the cockpit.
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
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Actor and comedian Dave Coulier talks about his Bonanza and his contribution to the AOPA Foundation's silent auction.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman shows us why tracking that white stripe is a good idea.
A look at Redbird Migration, and the technology at the leading edge of flight training.
See how AOPA staffers react to hypoxia at a simulated 30,000 feet.
Pilot Barrington Irvin is flying around the world to get students interested in aviation careers.
Spencer Watson of Aviation Adventures in Manassas, Va. has been voted Best Flight Instructor of 2014.
Paragon Flight Training at Pace Field in Ft. Myers, Florida, wins the award as Flight Trainings Best Flight School in 2014.
By bringing up-to-the-minute weather into the cockpit, datalink has increased the utility of our aircraft while making weather flying safer and easier. In this video, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the “datalink revolution” as told by the people who made it happen. Approx. 27 minutes
Don't let convective turbulence bring you down.
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.
The AOPA Foundation is offering scholarships to help support outstanding student pilots.
Learning how to instinctively recover from extreme unusual attitudes might save your life some day.
New benefit for AOPA members from AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops - free access to a selection of audio and video training programs.
The FAA has just opened a new website making it easier to track down just the NOTAM information you need.
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.
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.
Overshooting that base-to-final turn can be a problem. Trying to get back on course safely can be dangerous.
A good landing generally starts well before the wheels touch the ground.
Every pilot learns the technique for a proper crosswind landing, but this skill requires more than knowing the proper control inputs.
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.
A normal takeoff is what pilots use the for the majority of their departures. But it often doesn't get the attention it deserves.
Canadian Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Psutka talks about drones, Nav Canada, and his impending retirement.
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.
Go inside the North Caroline facility where Honda Aero is making engines.
Rolls-Royce Allison Heritage Trust Museum in Indianapolis honors a premier name in aircraft propulsion.
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.
First flight of the EPS Graflight V8 diesel engine for general aviation.
Federal officials search for operator of drone that crashed into St. Louis skyscraper. AOPA renews call for timely regulations on small unmanned aerial systems.
Super situational awareness with a helmet mounted display that lets the pilot "see" through the aircraft in all directions.
Google buys Titan Aerospace, builder of high altitude solar-powered unmanned aerial systems.
The FAA announces completion of the ADS-B ground radio network, but AOPA says there's a lot more to do before there are significant benefits for general aviation pilots.
AOPA and others urge FAA to quickly adopt regulations governing unmanned aerial systems (drones) to protect all airspace users.
How precisely can you fly? Redbird launches a challenge that you can complete at many flight schools.
Enstrom helicopter is enjoying a resurgence.
Exclusive interview with Bill Harrellson, who flew a single-engine LanceAir IV over both poles.
See the Bristell Taidragger at the 2015 US Sport Aviation expo in Sebring, FL.
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, kicked off the show season with a few unusual arrivals.
Get a look at one very capable light sport aircraft.
The history of AFOne and how it ended up as part of the Reagan Presidential Library.
Walt and Debbie Kuemmerle fly a T-28 Trojan to airports and events around the south, and their vintage military trainer gets plenty of attention.
Its a famous Gooney Bird! Learn about this C-47 turned DC-3 and where it has been.
For the first time in decades, Mooney has two new models in the works.
Check out the latest and greatest airplanes at the 2014 NBAA Convention and Exhibition.
AOPA surprises the lucking winner of the Debonair Sweepstakes in the air!
AOPA tests new ways to open door to aviation with "Reimagined Aircraft" such as a Cessna 152 that can be co-owned and operated for as little as $65/hour, including fuel.
Warbirds to depart Edwards Ranch
L-3 has released a new line of ADS-B products. See the new NGT-9000 transponder replacement.
See a preview of the future, controlling the airplane with the sound of your voice.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman takes a homebuilt RV-12 on it's first flight.
Learn about the family behind the Aircraft Spruce Company.
Avidyne gets closer to certifying its plug-and-play replacement for the Garmin GNS430.
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.
Pilot and photographer Arnie Izkowitz has created a revolution in gyro-stabilized aerial video with his inventions. The results are simply stunning.
The SAI 340 Quattro from Sandia Aerospace is impressive, and so is the price point.
Still have questions about the 2020 ADS-B mandate? Don't worry, so do avionics professionals. AOPA Pilot Technical Editor Mike Collins explains from the AEA conference.
This new $1600 device from Bendix King is designed to save your life. Its a lift reserve indicator / AOA.
A certified glass panel for under $5,000.00. Learn about the newest product from Aspen Avionics.
Find out why this could make airplanes twice as safe and half as expensive.
Want to find the headset that's right for you? Take the headset challenge!
Fly a 500HP turboprop Bonanza. Picking the right headset. Highlighting the best in flight training.
Proposed rule changes for Medical Certificate reform are still bottled up in the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget. The FAA has still not released much needed ruling on drones.
With near misses with drones in the news there is growing concern among pilots over this new source of flying FOD, and AOPA weighed in during a House subcommittee hearing on the topic.
Over Thanksgiving AOPA was able to work with the FAA to fix a TFR that closed the Nantucket airport to VFR operations.
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...
Find out what AOPA told congressional decision makers about FAA modernization.
Santa Monica airport is now in the hands of the City Council after voters reject AOPA supported measure D.
What election results mean for AOPA's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.
An Inspector General report suggests the costs of ADS-B outweigh the benefits.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about Flying by the Seat of Your Pants.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about heartburn.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about atrial fibrillation.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about allergies.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about heart disease.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about ways to prevent testicular cancer.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about trouble with Testosterone.
Dr. Jonathan Sackier talks about pilot structural failure.
A conversation with CNN & PBS NewsHour TV personality and aviation expert Miles O'Brien about overcoming adversity.
The president of the Flying Physicians Association, Dr. Richard Sloan, says 80% of FPA members support medical certificate reform and see little value to the current Third Class Medical Certificate.
The co-author of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) provides an update on medical certificate reform. Rokita says reform will happen, one way or the other.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was treated to a colorful display as the local balloon festival marked its fifth year.
There is no more scenic way to see the Bahamas than by touring in a seaplane.
Learn the ins and outs of flying to the Bahamas.
See the top attractions around St. Simons Island in preparation for the Fly In.
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.
History abounds at San Marcos, Texas, where the Commemorative Air Force has a hangar full of warbirds and a museum with Doolittle Raider artifacts.
The challenge of landing at an "altiport" high in the French Alps.
An epic flight the length of the Mississippi in an open cockpit Aircam.
Long time manager of the nation's oldest continuously operating airport retires and reflects.
China turns control of some airspace over to civilian authority from the military, making it easier for general aviation flights. "China Airborne" author James Fallows explains what it means in this exclusive AOPA Live interview.
Novelist and pilot Tom Young talks about the situation in the Middle East, flying, and his new novel, Sand and Fire.
New York Times publishes a good article on general aviation.
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.
Tom Haines interviews AOPA President & CEO - elect Mark Baker.
AOPA President & CEO reflects on his years in the left seat for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Incredible. CBP says it can't find records on a pilot stop and search.
Sen. James Inhofe announces a Pilots' Bill of Rights II at AirVenture 2013.
A special message from AOPA President Craig Fuller.
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
EAA Chairman Jack Pelton on the FAA holding AirVenture at Oshkosh hostage to air traffic control user fees.
AOPA President talks about end of the controller furlough, and examining changes in FAA funding.
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.
Recreational Aviation Foundation a recipient of an AOPA Foundation Giving Back Award.
AOPA hopes to help more flying clubs get started.
New resource to help pilots finance aircraft, avionics, and engine purchases.
Tom Haines interviews Adam Meredith and Joe Dini of the new AOPA Aviation Finance Company, LLC.
Annual report on the health of the aviation industry from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
AOPA expert Ray Speciale (CPA, attorney-at-law) explains tax issues aircraft owners need to be aware of before filing federal income tax.
New law provides tax advantages for buying new aircraft or equipment this year.
Are you #TeamMark or #TeamJim? Find out about the 2014 AOPA Hat in the Ring Challenge.
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.
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.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visits AOPA headquarters and talks with AOPA President Mark Baker about medical certificate reform, replacing 100LL, the FAA budget and other issues of interest to general aviation pilots.
Mother, daughter, granddaughter, all pilots, all giving back to get more women in the air.
One month after AOPA President Mark Baker met with Customs and Border Protection officials, the agency tells national news media it is changing its program so it won't needlessly affront law-abiding pilots.
Another major newspaper reveals Customs and Border Patrol's stops of innocent pilots.
Harrison Ford presented his legacy award to AOPA President Mark Baker at the Twelfth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.
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.
Preview of the 2015 AOPA Fly-Ins.
A look back at our seven successful regional fly-ins of 2014.
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.
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.
Meet the husband and wife team responsible for safely bringing in hundreds of airplanes to the St. Simons regional fly-in.
We go behind the scenes to show you whats involved in surprising the winner of the AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair.
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