AOPA Association News

Check out AOPA's ADS-B selector tool

Aviation eBrief | Oct 24, 2016

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.

AOPA seeks Rusty Pilots seminar presenters

Aviation eBrief | Oct 21, 2016

Flight instructors and advanced ground instructors who have a passion for teaching could help pilots get back in the air through AOPA's You Can Fly program. The association is seeking part-time Rusty Pilots seminar presenters who can travel about once a month in 2017. These independent contractors will host presentations to help certificated pilots satisfy the ground portion of their flight review as the first step in returning to active pilot status. Learn more.

Preventive maintenance could save you money

Aviation eBrief | Oct 20, 2016

With cold weather on the horizon, you might spend more time inside the hangar working on your aircraft. By performing routine maintenance on your own aircraft, you will learn more about the equipment you fly. Learn more about preventive maintenance in AOPA's subject report. Learn more.

AOPA's Wings 'n Wheels: Free food and fun

Aviation eBrief | Oct 19, 2016

Aviation, automobile, and motorcycle aficionados are invited to the inaugural AOPA Wings 'n Wheels event Oct. 22 at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland. The family-friendly event is free and features aircraft, custom and classic cars and motorcycles; drawings for discovery flights; live entertainment; and food, fun, and camaraderie. Fly, drive, or ride to AOPA's National Aviation Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to join the party. Learn more.

Lessons learned at FL 370

Aviation eBrief | Oct 18, 2016

While treating a fellow passenger on a commercial flight, Dr. Jonathan Sackier made several observations that apply to travelers in general, and pilots in particular: It is critical to address health issues promptly, disclose all pertinent information to your doctor, comply with directives, and make the right call in an emergency. Read more.

Join the AOPA team

Aviation eBrief | Oct 17, 2016

Ever dream of turning your passion for aviation into a career? Check out the opportunities that AOPA offers. Learn more.

Airplanes aren't the only valuable items in hangars

Aviation eBrief | Oct 14, 2016

Pilots don't think twice about insuring their aircraft, but what about other items in the hangar -- a small refrigerator, a golf cart to tow the aircraft, or a couch or recliner for lounging at the airport? Chances are those items are not covered. AOPA Insurance Services can help.

Finance: A registration gotcha

Aviation eBrief | Oct 13, 2016

You say you're ready to sell your Bonanza, Malibu, or other large piston single or twin, and make the move to a turboprop? Time to do some homework. There's a lot to learn when it comes to transactions such as these. If you're buying a turboprop with any engine rated at more than 550 shaft horsepower, or with eight or more seats, you'll have to put the new airplane on the international registry. AOPA Online.

You're invited: AOPA Wings 'n Wheels

Aviation eBrief | Oct 12, 2016

Can you think of a better way to spend a fall Saturday than enjoying family, food, and friends all while checking out the coolest motorcycles, cars, and aircraft? We can’t either, so fly in, drive in or ride in and join us at AOPA Wings ‘n Wheels on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more.

Tips to understand maintenance logbook entries

Aviation eBrief | Oct 11, 2016

Discrepancies in airworthiness can cause headaches for owners/operators and mechanics. AOPA Pilot Protection Services Panel attorney Jeffrey R. Ludwig details how to avoid future discrepancies by keeping proper records. Read more.

AOPA needs your ADS-B story

Aviation eBrief | Oct 07, 2016

In an effort to advocate more effectively for increasing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast surveillance coverage, AOPA is requesting pilots submit their story of how equipping with ADS-B Out has benefited them. AOPA Online.

Cuba travel update

Aviation eBrief | Oct 06, 2016

Cuba is still closed to tourism (you can't visit just for fun); however, it is welcoming visitors under a special license or qualifying under a general license in one of 12 categories. Read more.

Renting an aircraft? Four things you need to know

Aviation eBrief | Oct 05, 2016

Before renting an aircraft, there are some things you should consider to make sure you are protected while flying it. Learn more.

Flu season around the corner

Aviation eBrief | Oct 04, 2016

Flu viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, but the bug is most common between December and March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As flu season nears, find out what the CDC recommends regarding the flu shot. Read more.

Explore Canada

Aviation eBrief | Oct 03, 2016

Some of the world's most beautiful natural landscapes are just across the Canadian border, and autumn is a colorful time to enjoy them. Check out AOPA's travel resources, including a short video, to prepare you with everything you'll need for a general aviation flight north. Learn more.

Love the arrival to Love Field

Aviation eBrief | Sep 30, 2016

Join fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts at the Prescott, Arizona, AOPA Fly-In. From the Barnstormers Party to the aircraft display, the fun starts when you arrive at Ernest A. Love Field. Watch the fly-in procedures video and download the pilot information packet at the end of the video for in-depth details. Watch the video.

High-desert get-together

Aviation eBrief | Sep 29, 2016

The Old West meets the high desert in Prescott, Arizona, which is both a destination and a gateway to Arizona's scenic wonders. Pilots in the Southwest, will want to be there Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, for AOPA's fourth and final 2016 fly-in. AOPA Online.

Cleared for the approach: When to descend

Aviation eBrief | Sep 27, 2016

A pilot is maintaining a previously assigned altitude and receiving radar vectors to the initial approach fix of an ILS approach to a towered airport. Prior to reaching the fix, the pilot is "cleared for the approach" and immediately begins a descent to the published altitude of the first segment of the instrument approach procedure. However, the pilot is quickly instructed by ATC to return to the assigned altitude and is informed of a possible pilot deviation. What should the pilot have done? Read more.

Prescott pirep

Aviation eBrief | Sep 26, 2016

Several pilots based at Ernest A. Love Field in Prescott, Arizona, offer tips on flying into the airport for the AOPA Fly-In Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. AOPA Online.

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