AOPA Association News


Inspiration and fly-in fun

Aviation eBrief | May 22, 2015

Among the many attending the AOPA Fly-In in Salinas, Calif., was a helicopter pilot who is on a mission to inspire young girls to follow in her footsteps. With a special screening of Living in the Age of Airplanes the night before AOPA's Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Md., AOPA Live visits with the filmmaker to learn what inspired his latest ode to aviation. Plus, watch inspiration in action as scaled-down aircraft converge on Triple Tree Aerodrome for the world's largest RC event. Watch AOPA Live This Week.


AOPA Live interviews Rokita on third class medical reform

Aviation eBrief | May 21, 2015

AOPA Live recently talked to Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., about the progress of third class medical reform in Congress and how AOPA members can help get rid of the medical requirement. Watch this exclusive interview.


Groups ask Congress to protect veterans' flight training

Aviation eBrief | May 20, 2015

Seven general aviation associations, including AOPA, have sent a joint letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans. AOPA Online.


Small-town charm, big-city operations

Aviation eBrief | May 19, 2015

Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland has small-town charm with big-city operations. Come to your airport -- the national headquarters of AOPA -- for the association's annual Homecoming Fly-In June 6.


Salinas kicks off 2015 AOPA Fly-In season

Aviation eBrief | May 18, 2015

More than 2,600 attendees made Salinas Municipal Airport a weekend destination, enjoying camaraderie, fellowship and hangar flying stories with fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA Online.


Victory formations over DC

Aviation eBrief | May 15, 2015

AOPA Live takes you behind the scenes of the Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover. The Salinas, California, AOPA Fly-In will feature tours of Cal-Pacific Airmotive Inc., where vintage P-51 Mustangs are meticulously restored. Also this week, check out an eye-popping STOL competition in Alaska. Watch AOPA Live This Week, May 14.


Printed jet passes test

Aviation eBrief | May 14, 2015

GE Aviation built a miniature jet engine with a 3-D printer, and ran it up to 33,000 rpm. AOPA Online.


Humanitarian aviation group helping in Nepal

Aviation eBrief | May 13, 2015

Nampa, Idaho-based Mission Aviation Fellowship is providing flight services with two helicopters, and logistical support for relief efforts in Nepal. AOPA Online.


AOPA at work on Iowa legislation

Aviation eBrief | May 12, 2015

AOPA is hard at work in Iowa where the association is trying to pass legislation to save flight schools money and protect airports from encroachment. AOPA Online.


Bills to improve safety, save money advance in Texas

Aviation eBrief | May 11, 2015

Bills to mark and register meteorological evaluation towers, expand a tax exemption for aircraft maintenance, provide free state airport directories, and continue to provide a sale-for-resale tax exemption for leased aircraft, top AOPA's priorities in Texas. AOPA Online.


Drone crazy, bid on a Spitfire

Aviation eBrief | May 08, 2015

Drones might lead to cheaper avionics for you -- see this report from the Unmanned Systems 2015 conference; 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 Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1A. Watch AOPA Live This Week.


New Hampshire airport's fate goes to town vote

Aviation eBrief | May 07, 2015

Residents will vote May 12 on the future of Parlin Field in Newport, N.H., with many supporters rallying behind their local airport. AOPA Online.


Passionate aerobat to debut at AOPA's Salinas Fly-In

Aviation eBrief | May 06, 2015

Passionate aerobatic performer Yuichi Takagi will fly his first aerial demonstration during the AOPA Fly-In at Salinas, Calif., May 16. AOPA Online.


Movie night: Hanging out at the hangar

Aviation eBrief | May 05, 2015

As "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" played in a large hangar at the AOPA National Aviation Community Center, airplanes and helicopters took off and landed outside on a calm spring evening. AOPA Online.


Baker reinforces reform message in House

Aviation eBrief | May 04, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker reinforced his message that medical and certification reform are critical to the future of general aviation during a House roundtable. AOPA Online.


One remarkable week; Don’t miss Salinas

Aviation eBrief | May 01, 2015

Three students, a passel of cameras, and One Week Ready to Solo: Take a look back at the journey that launched new adventures. Plus, look ahead to the AOPA Fly-In coming up May 16 in Salinas, Calif. AOPA shows you what else Salinas offers that you won't want to miss. And a new, reversible prop makes a Husky more sure-footed on floats. Watch AOPA Live This Week.


State legislators to learn benefits of GA in webinar

Aviation eBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Members of the National Conference of State Legislatures will learn about the economic impact general aviation has on jobs and the economy at the local, state, and national levels during a webinar May 1. AOPA Online.


Baker tells Senate reform is key to GA future

Aviation eBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Regulatory reforms, including third class medical reform and changes that will make it easier and less expensive to install modern safety equipment in older aircraft, are key to ensuring the future of general aviation, AOPA President Mark Baker testified before the Senate Aviation, Operations, and Security Subcommittee. AOPA Online.


GA recognizes need to educate ADS-B consumers

Aviation eBrief | Apr 28, 2015

AOPA, equipment manufacturers, and aviation associations will work together to educate aircraft owners about their options when it comes to equipping Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast products, the groups agreed during a meeting hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker at Sun 'n Fun. AOPA Online.


The big day

Aviation eBrief | Apr 27, 2015

Their instructors were silent, hands off the yoke. With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, the One Week Ready to Solo participants put their skills to the test.




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