AOPA Association News

Managing the Paper Chase

Aviation eBrief | Jan 24, 2017

Having a medical application deferred is a bummer, and the delay that can and does happen after the deferral is a huge frustration, expense, and inconvenience. That's one key reason AOPA vigorously pursued medical certification reform for pilots who fly recreationally. Read more.

Rusty Pilot resources to get back in the air

Aviation eBrief | Jan 23, 2017

Been out of the cockpit for awhile? Getting back in can be easier than you think, with AOPA's Rusty Pilots resource page.

Job of the Week: Flight Instructor, Jetstream Aviation

Aviation eBrief | Jan 20, 2017

Jetstream Aviation in Boise, Idaho, is looking for a full-time flight instructor. This is an entry-level position that offers the opportunity to get second-in-command time in a King Air B200 and Phenom 100. Read the full job description and apply today!

Listen to Adrian Eichhorn describe his flight around the world in a Bonanza

Aviation eBrief | Jan 19, 2017

Every pilot dreams of flying around the world, but few have succeeded. Even in this age of fast, long-range turboprops, the complexity and cost of such a trip is daunting. When flying something like a Beechcraft Bonanza, safety is also a showstopper for many. Unless you're Adrian Eichhorn. This week AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines talks to Federal Aviation Administration AMT of the Year Eichhorn about his flight around the world in the latest episode of AOPA's Hangar Talk podcast.

Portfolios: Santiago Borja

Aviation eBrief | Jan 18, 2017

First Officer Santiago Borja has a front-seat view from the cockpit of the Boeing 767-300ER he flies for a South American airline. For the past six years, he's taken his Nikon D750 camera with him and photographed some incredible views from around 37,000 feet, but his photograph of a cumulonimbus cloud as a lightning storm began drew the notice of the media and other photographers. The Quito, Ecuador-based pilot sent the image to National Geographic in July 2016, and the photo went viral. Read more.

Check out AOPA's ADS-B selector tool

Aviation eBrief | Jan 17, 2017

With the approaching Federal Aviation Administration mandate for ADS-B Out -- required Jan. 1, 2020, in most airspace where a transponder is required today -- owners need to understand the options. AOPA's ADS-B selection tool will help you determine the best solutions to consider for your aircraft and where you fly. Learn more.

Quiz: Can you fly under BasicMed?

Aviation eBrief | Jan 16, 2017

AOPA developed an online tool to help you determine if you qualify to fly under the new BasicMed rule when it goes into effect May 1. Just answer four simple questions to find out whether you qualify. Take the quiz.

Medical reform arrives; Flying boats on film

Aviation eBrief | Jan 13, 2017

General aviation got a huge lift Jan. 10 when the Federal Aviation Administration released the third class medical reform final rule: Learn about BasicMed, the new alternative to medical certification that covers most GA operations, which goes into effect May 1. Flying boats once ruled the skies and sea. Get an inside look at a documentary film in production that seeks to tell the stories behind these amphibious birds, and the pilots who keep them alive. Also, check out the 2017 Cirrus models and Garmin's new G1000 NXi. Watch AOPA Live This Week.

AOPA offers Fit to Fly resources for pilots

Aviation eBrief | Jan 12, 2017

AOPA worked hard for years on behalf of its members to bring about third class medical reform -- that the Federal Aviation Administration now refers to as BasicMed. AOPA has developed a suite of online resources for pilots and physicians, what we're calling our "Fit to Fly" resources, to help you make the most of the reforms and enjoy your freedom to fly. AOPA Online.

AOPA Group AD&D: No exclusions for today's pilots

Aviation eBrief | Jan 11, 2017

AOPA Insurance Services has met with insurance companies to educate them about general aviation activities and the needs of AOPA members. We have worked diligently to make sure the AOPA-sponsored Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Plan does not have any general aviation exclusions. The coverage is available only to AOPA members. Read more.

Pilot deviations

Aviation eBrief | Jan 10, 2017

What happens if you receive an unexpected letter or call from a Federal Aviation Administration inspector about a pilot deviation? Sometimes an inspector will contact a pilot about a flight that occurred weeks or months earlier that was completely uneventful from the pilot's perspective. If that happens to you, here are some tips to follow. Read more.

Join the AOPA team

Aviation eBrief | Jan 09, 2017

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? AOPA is looking for an aviation event operations senior manager, flying clubs initiative director, travel and destination products director, insurance program administration manager, account executive, donor relations director, aviation technical specialist, aviation financial analyst, production specialist, and part-time administrative assistant. To learn more about these and other AOPA career opportunities, visit AOPA Online.

Have a Question for AOPA?

Aviation eBrief | Jan 06, 2017

More than 200,000 members contact AOPA's Pilot Information Center every year about a wide variety of topics. Answers to common questions are available through a series of two-minute videos on AOPA's website and YouTube channel.

Why does an aircraft loan take longer than a car loan?

Aviation eBrief | Jan 05, 2017

Often car buyers can be approved for a car loan in 10 to 20 minutes, so why can’t a $45,000 airplane loan be that simple and fast? Airplane loans take one or two days to approve, and sometimes longer depending on the financial complexity and number of borrowers. Read more.

LLCs offer limited protection

Aviation eBrief | Jan 04, 2017

Many pilots think that owning an airplane in an LLC provides absolute protection against all manner of liability. It does not. Read more.

LLCs: Limited protection

Aviation eBrief | Jan 03, 2017

Many pilots think that owning an airplane in an LLC provides absolute protection against all manner of liability. It does not. Learn more.

Hangar Talk: James Clark

Aviation eBrief | Dec 30, 2016

Hear how Van's Aircraft RV builder and South Carolina State University President James Clark planned for -- and then led -- a formation flyover of Clemson stadium for his team's football game. Listen to AOPA's podcast.

Knocking off the rust

Aviation eBrief | Dec 29, 2016

When Jamie Crandall decided to attend AOPA's very first Rusty Pilots seminar in 2014, he wasn't expecting much. In fact, he figured "just two or three old guys like me" would be at the event. Because the San Marcos, Texas, location wasn't far from his home, he decided to give it a try. When he arrived, he was stunned to discover at least 100 lapsed pilots of all ages who wanted to get back into the air. AOPA Online.

Brush up with top 10 safety programs

Aviation eBrief | Dec 28, 2016

In flying, the motto "a license to learn" applies to all pilots, whether you've earned your credentials decades ago or recently added that coveted certificate to your wallet. How do you follow this sage advice? The AOPA Air Safety Institute offers the top 10 safety programs from the year to help you refresh your knowledge. Learn more.

How can pilots help encourage medical advances?

Aviation eBrief | Dec 27, 2016

Dr. Jonathan Sackier attended a conference at Vatican City this year that focused on stem cell research. Sackier shares some of the conference highlights and lists ways pilots can help improve their health and further medical science. Read more.

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