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Airbus Helicopters debuts H160 mid-sized helicopter

The "Splash of the Day" award for the opening day of Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando must surely go to Airbus Helicopters for its big reveal of the H160 mid-sized helicopter.

Mar 03, 2015 | comments

Article

FAA needs to be more efficient, House leaders tell Huerta

The FAA needs to be more efficient and complete critical projects, House leaders said during a hearing on FAA reauthorization.

Mar 03, 2015

Advocacy

FAA's annual GA survey getting under way

The FAA is asking for help on the thirty-seventh annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey covering calendar year 2014.

Mar 03, 2015

Heli-Expo News

Article

Robinson Helicopter betting on future growth

Prolific helicopter manufacturer Robinson saw lower sales in 2014 on weak global demand, but a new engine deal and some aircraft options indicate a strong future.

Mar 04, 2015

Article

‘Dominatrix of helicopters’ charges on

Declaring this “a time for disruptors,” flamboyant MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton vowed to keep her storied company moving forward into her second decade of ownership.

Mar 04, 2015

Article

Bell upgrades 407, scores large sale

Bell Helicopter put a new engine in its 407, got a larger payload, and upgraded avionics. It attracted a new customer.

Mar 03, 2015
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Technique

News release

AOPA ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW FLIGHT TRAINING LOANS

AOPA ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW FLIGHT TRAINING LOANS

Mar 03, 2015

Article

Helo instrument rating scholarship launched

Whirly-Girls International announced a new Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship for private helicopter pilots March 1 at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Orlando.

Mar 03, 2015
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Opinion

Where Dreams Take Us

I have a secret: When I was a little girl, way, way back in the ancient 1960s, I wanted to be an astronaut. I followed everything and anything that had to do with Space, and that included watching Star Trek (yes, the original Star Trek, starring William Shatner, George Takei, and Leonard Nimoy). You may remember […] Read More

March 2, 2015

Look Ma … No Hands

As a kid, telling your mom you planned to try something without holding on was a tipoff that something dangerous was surely in the offing. But when I tell flying students to try letting go of the control wheel or stick at times when I first get to know them, I’m actually trying to help them […] Read More

February 23, 2015

Owner in command

Every pilot understands the notion of “pilot in command.” That’s because we all had some certificated flight instructor (CFI) who mercilessly pounded this essential concept into our heads throughout our pilot training. Hopefully, it stuck. As pilot-in-command (PIC), we are directly responsible for, and the final authority as to, the operation of our aircraft and […] Read More

February 17, 2015

Featured Videos

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

Feb 26, 2015

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.

Advocacy

Advocacy

FAA's annual GA survey getting under way

The FAA is asking for help on the thirty-seventh annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey covering calendar year 2014.

Mar 03, 2015

Advocacy

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

Mar 02, 2015 | comments

Advocacy

Aviation groups, East Hampton officials seek noise solution

AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.

Feb 27, 2015
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Gear and Products

Article

Garmin updates Pilot app for helos

Garmin International has updated its Garmin Pilot app for Apple devices with helicopter routes and obstacles along routes.

Mar 03, 2015

Article

Garmin to offer ADS-B units for helicopters

Garmin International will offer the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink specifically designed for helicopters.

Mar 02, 2015

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance: Warm panel, cool wallet

Pilots focus on preheating the engine during cold weather, but what about the cockpit? More than 30 percent of an aircraft's value is often tied up in the panel.

Feb 24, 2015 | comments
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Technology

Article

Solar Impulse nears departure

Crews prepared Solar Impulse 2, the gossamer aircraft powered by the sun and designed to inspire, for a hoped-for March 7 departure from Abu Dhabi.

Mar 03, 2015 | comments

Article

AOPA offers flight training financing

Through an innovative new program developed by the AOPA Aviation Finance Co., AOPA is offering flight training financing.

Mar 03, 2015
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Health and Medical

Article

FAA needs to be more efficient, House leaders tell Huerta

The FAA needs to be more efficient and complete critical projects, House leaders said during a hearing on FAA reauthorization.

Mar 03, 2015

Advocacy

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

Mar 02, 2015 | comments
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Travel

Article

Solar Impulse nears departure

Crews prepared Solar Impulse 2, the gossamer aircraft powered by the sun and designed to inspire, for a hoped-for March 7 departure from Abu Dhabi.

Mar 03, 2015 | comments

Article

2015 Bahamas, Caribbean pilot guides available

The thirty-sixth edition of the Bahamas and Caribbean pilot guides are now available as spiral-bound books or iPad apps.

Feb 19, 2015
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Financial

Article

Robinson Helicopter betting on future growth

Prolific helicopter manufacturer Robinson saw lower sales in 2014 on weak global demand, but a new engine deal and some aircraft options indicate a strong future.

Mar 04, 2015

Article

‘Dominatrix of helicopters’ charges on

Declaring this “a time for disruptors,” flamboyant MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton vowed to keep her storied company moving forward into her second decade of ownership.

Mar 04, 2015
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