AOPA Association News

AMEs can issue medicals for pilots with kidney stones

Aviation eBrief | Nov 25, 2015

The FAA has added kidney stones to the list of conditions that aviation medical examiners have the authority to review and issue medical certificates for without having to force pilots to go through the special issuance process. Learn more in this AOPA Live video.

FAA finalizes drone registration recommendations

Aviation eBrief | Nov 24, 2015

The FAA has finalized the recommendations of its drone registration task force ahead of anticipated record holiday sales of drones. AOPA Online.

Donation funds flight scholarships

Aviation eBrief | Nov 23, 2015

A legacy of aviation excellence fostered by the husband and wife team of Frederick and Diane Fitts will continue through a new scholarship program funded by a memorial gift to the AOPA Foundation. AOPA Online.

Committee passes Manchin amendment to Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Aviation eBrief | Nov 20, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has brought third class medical reform one step closer to reality. A full committee vote on the amended legislation was temporarily deferred as a result of scheduling conflicts. AOPA Online.

Wyoming's Hot Springs County Airport opens

Aviation eBrief | Nov 19, 2015

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead’s jet was the first aircraft to land at the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis when operations at the gateway to Yellowstone Country began on Nov. 7. AOPA Online.

Aviation groups urge passage of medical reform

Aviation eBrief | Nov 18, 2015

Seventeen aviation groups have sent a letter to a key Senate committee, urging it to pass medical reform and other measures to protect GA pilots. AOPA Online.

AOPA debuts Pro Pilot membership

Aviation eBrief | Nov 17, 2015

AOPA Pro Pilot is a new level of membership designed to meet the exclusive needs of professional pilots. AOPA Online.

Doolittle Tokyo Raider visits AOPA, aviation in schools

Aviation eBrief | Nov 13, 2015

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dick Cole drew a crowd at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center for events commemorating the 1942 raid on Tokyo, during which Cole was Jimmy Doolittle's copilot. Also this week, AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines reports on his own turn at the controls of a North American B-25 Mitchell, and AOPA convenes a symposium on leveraging the power of aviation to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in classrooms. Watch AOPA Live This Week.

Many instrument approaches spared elimination

Aviation eBrief | Nov 12, 2015

The FAA has significantly reduced the number of standard instrument approach procedures it proposed eliminating this spring from 736 to 334, citing public comments and the need for further review. AOPA Online.

Record membership for House GA Caucus

Aviation eBrief | Nov 11, 2015

Membership in the House General Aviation Caucus has reached an all-time high, with 274 representatives taking part in the group. AOPA Online.

AOPA announces 2015 AV8RS scholarship recipients

Aviation eBrief | Nov 10, 2015

Four young people who are working toward goals in aviation have been named the 2015 scholarship recipients of the AOPA AV8RS Scholarship Program. AOPA Online.

AOPA, FAA work to clear up confusion over ATP knowledge tests

Aviation eBrief | Nov 09, 2015

AOPA is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to end confusion over rules governing the airline transport pilot airplane knowledge test. AOPA Online.

Flood knocks out tower, Australia by air

Aviation eBrief | Nov 06, 2015

Torrential rain in Texas caused flooding that knocked out the control tower at Austin's main commercial airport, forcing airline pilots to revert to the nontowered procedures they learned in early training. AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines is touring Australia by general aviation; AOPA Live Executive Producer Warren Morningstar reports from the Redbird Migration Flight Training Conference; and AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore gets a firsthand look at the scenic potential and safe handling of unmanned aircraft in the Pocono Mountains. Watch AOPA Live This Week.

FAA updates list of cold temperature restricted airports

Aviation eBrief | Nov 05, 2015

The FAA has updated the list of airports where temperatures can fall so far in cold weather that altimeter error may require approach altitude adjustments. AOPA has been active in the cold temperature restricted airports process through the association’s participation in the aeronautical charting forum. AOPA believes that the process is an important component of obstacle avoidance in the terminal environment at affected airports. AOPA Online.

Obstacle-marking bill clears Michigan House

Aviation eBrief | Nov 04, 2015

A Michigan bill that would require the marking and registration of towers used to gather weather information has passed the state House of Representatives and been referred to the Senate. AOPA Online.

FAA copes with storm disruptions in Austin, Texas, area

Aviation eBrief | Nov 03, 2015

A temporary control tower was operating at Texas’s Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and a traffic-management program was in effect as Texas recovered from storms and flooding. AOPA Online.

AOPA names Flight Training Excellence Award winners

Aviation eBrief | Nov 02, 2015

AOPA has named the winners of its 2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards based on more than 7,100 responses to the AOPA Flight Training Poll. AOPA Online.

Remote ATC, backstage at a Red Bull race

Aviation eBrief | Oct 30, 2015

Air traffic control may become a telecommuting task in the not-too-distant future; remote towers equipped with cameras and communication gear are already online in some parts of the world. Watch a demonstration of how it might work at your local airport. Also this week, what happens behind the scenes when a Red Bull Air Race pilot clips one of those giant inflated pylons? A team swings into action with spare parts and a plan to make sure pilots (and the crowd) won't have long to wait. Watch AOPA Live This Week.

Pilot sends patches to new fliers

Aviation eBrief | Oct 29, 2015

Jim Johnson of Reidsville, North Carolina, sends free embroidered pilot patches to new private pilots to celebrate their achievements. AOPA Online.

Wyoming welcomes new Hot Springs County Airport

Aviation eBrief | Oct 28, 2015

Aviation safety will be enhanced and night operations will begin when the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis, Wyo., opens to the public on Nov. 7. AOPA Online.

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