AOPA Association News

Gear for the mission: Helicopter pilot

Aviation eBrief | Dec 05, 2016

Neal Lanning, 54, has 5,000 hours of helicopter time in everything from a small Robinson to a Sikorsky S-76. That's just the rotorcraft time out of his total 16,000 hours, some of that in the cockpit of a Gulfstream jet. He shares the gear that he uses most -- some of which might be a great gift for helicopter pilots you know.

Support GA and get a tax deduction

Aviation eBrief | Dec 02, 2016

Help strengthen the AOPA Air Safety Institute's programs that reach nearly 200,000 pilots each year; help Rusty Pilots return to active flying status; bring aviation opportunities within reach of more Americans through flying clubs; and much more with your year-end, tax-deductible gift to the AOPA Foundation. There's no more powerful way to help protect general aviation for today's pilots and future generations. AOPA dues don't fund these efforts, so your support is crucial. Every dollar you contribute by Dec. 31 is 100 percent tax-deductible for 2016. Donate today.

How should you equip with ADS-B Out?

Aviation eBrief | Dec 01, 2016

With the approaching Federal Aviation Administration mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast 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.

Gear for the mission: GA pilot

Aviation eBrief | Nov 30, 2016

From headsets to portable navigation equipment and video cameras to handheld radios, general aviation pilots love high-tech gadgets. Get gift ideas for pilots this holiday season from AOPA Pilot. Read more.

Hypertension and your medical

Aviation eBrief | Nov 29, 2016

Pilots often contact AOPA's medical services team because they either have started blood pressure medication or have an increase in blood pressure and are concerned about how that might impact their upcoming flight physical. AOPA Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Section Director Gary Grump provides some insight. Read more.

Christmas hoist; Remembering Bob Hoover

Aviation eBrief | Nov 28, 2016

Watch a harvest like no other in Oregon, where Christmas trees slip the surly bonds of Earth in a helicopter hoist. Mountain terrain, massive numbers, and a compressed harvesting season require this method, which in turn requires some awesome feats of flying. Luminaries known for their own aviation feats gathered in California to remember and honor the late, great Robert A. "Bob" Hoover. Also this week, AOPA membership is your ticket to fame: The association was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame along with Boeing, the U.S. Coast Guard, and others who make a difference. AOPA Live This Week.

Beyond stick-and-rudder skills

Aviation eBrief | Nov 23, 2016

Enjoying the freedom of flight is just as much about learning how to think as it is about learning how to fly. In "Mind Over Matter: Strengthening the Weakest Link," AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President George Perry discusses simple techniques that can increase pilot performance and reduce pilot error. Join the webinar Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Eastern and explore time-tested ways pilots in the safest sectors of aviation are "trained to think" about safety to decrease decision-based human error. Register now.

Wrenching decision: Pilot prep for preventive maintenance

Aviation eBrief | Nov 22, 2016

If you are interested in hands-on maintenance, be sure to become familiar with 14 CFR Part 43 because you will be held to the same standard as a certificated mechanic when performing preventive maintenance. Read more.

New pattern studied

Aviation eBrief | Nov 21, 2016

On the heels of the NTSB's Nov. 14 release of its Most Wanted list of transportation safety improvements that included general aviation loss of control, the University of North Dakota, in partnership with the AOPA Air Safety Institute, announced that it is studying the use of a continuous turning approach or "circular pattern" as an alternative to the traditional rectangular traffic pattern. AOPA Online.

Island guides updated

Aviation eBrief | Nov 18, 2016

Since 1979, the Bahamas Pilot's Guide and Caribbean Pilot's Guide have been the go-to source for reliable information on island flying, and now the 2017 updates are available with AOPA serving as the new publisher. Read more.

Aircraft loan structures, partner buy-outs explained

Aviation eBrief | Nov 17, 2016

Is it possible for an aircraft loan to be structured like a second mortgage on a home? How should a pilot go about financing the purchase of a partner's half of the airplane? AOPA Aviation Finance President Adam Meredith explains. Read more.

AOPA Insurance covers building aircraft, flying drones

Aviation eBrief | Nov 16, 2016

Not sure when to buy coverage for an aircraft you are building? Dabbling in flying drones under Part 107 of the federal aviation regulations? Find out how AOPA Insurance Services can get you the coverage you need.


Aviation eBrief | Nov 15, 2016

Dr. Jonathan Sackier offers a peek into the new novel Speculator and draws parallels to aviation and today's political climate. Read more.

Gear for the mission: Student pilot

Aviation eBrief | Nov 14, 2016

Flight training students quickly learn they need a whole new set of gadgets and study materials to help them make the most of their lessons. Casey Jung, 18, graduated from high school this year with 50 hours of flight training, all ready for the private pilot practical test. See what gear helped her through flight training and get ideas for ways to support the student pilot in your life. Learn more.

One more time

Aviation eBrief | Nov 11, 2016

Renowned as the first US fighter to reach supersonic speeds in straight-and-level flight, the North American F-100 Super Sabre grew in infamy because of its unforgiving handling characteristics, including the so-called "Sabre dance," that claimed many aviators' lives. But the allure of the single-seat, sweptwing fighter called as loud as its afterburner, making it a coveted assignment among Air Force pilots in training in the 1950s and '60s. Only those at the top of their pilot class were selected for the F-100, and then they had to survive training. Some of these men share their stories of flying the F-100 in the Vietnam War. AOPA Pilot.

5 reasons to get pre-approved for an aircraft loan

Aviation eBrief | Nov 10, 2016

When you are pre-approved for an aircraft loan, the lender will provide a specific dollar limit they are willing to lend you based on your unique financial situation. With most pre-approved loans, you can lock in the rates for a specific period. For example, AOPA Aviation Finance lenders can lock in your rates for 30 to 60 days. Here are some factors to consider when determining whether a pre-approval makes sense for you. Read more.

Flying across the border?

Aviation eBrief | Nov 09, 2016

If you plan to fly your aircraft across the U.S. border, remember to submit passenger and crew manifests electronically to U.S. Customs and Border Protection using the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS). Brush up on the process with the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Understanding eAPIS: A Pilot's Guide to Online Customs Reporting course. Take the course.

Medical specialist explains carotid artery disease

Aviation eBrief | Nov 08, 2016

The carotid arteries are major vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the brain, so they are important conduits to keep open. AOPA Director of the Pilot Information Center's Medical Certification Section Gary Crump discusses how to prevent and treat carotid artery disease and the tests that the FAA will require to grant a special issuance authorization. Read more.

Gear for the mission: Future pilot

Aviation eBrief | Nov 07, 2016

The budding aviator in your family probably has no shortage of gadgets on his or her wish list. AOPA Pilot offers gift ideas for future pilots that are perfect for birthdays and holidays. AOPA Pilot.

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