AOPA Association News


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.


Sun 'n Fun action, short-order pilots

Aviation eBrief | Apr 24, 2015

AOPA Live is on the scene at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, covering the new diesel engine from Superior Aviation, a stretched SuperSTOL from Just Aircraft that launches at an eye-popping angle, and more. Plus, follow three remarkable students as they experience the joy of first flights and get ready to solo in just a week. Watch AOPA Live This Week.


Ribbon cuts and celebrity CFIs

Aviation eBrief | Apr 23, 2015

The One Week Ready to Solo students got a new set of instructors and learned some new tricks on their third day of flying. AOPA Online.


Stalls, thermals, and fun

Aviation eBrief | Apr 22, 2015

Students in Redbird Flight Simulation's One Week Ready to Solo project hopped around South Florida, landing their Cessnas at airports large and small, and even a U.S. Air Force base -- in the simulator, of course. AOPA Online.


Town enacts noise rules

Aviation eBrief | Apr 21, 2015

The town of East Hampton, N.Y., voted April 16 to approve local limitations on aircraft operations, with fines and other penalties. AOPA Online.


Join Baker for free treats, updates

Aviation eBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Members can find out about AOPA's key initiatives from AOPA President Mark Baker over coffee and donuts or ice cream at two free events during the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida. At a Pilot Town Hall April 22 at 9 a.m., Baker will discuss the association's latest efforts in Washington, D.C., and other initiatives over free coffee and donuts; find out more about current efforts while satisfying your sweet tooth April 25 at 1 p.m. during an ice cream social and Pilot Town Hall. Learn more about AOPA events at Sun ‘n Fun.


Piper's new M-class series; C4 takes flight

Aviation eBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Piper Aircraft unveiled the M-class series, introducing three aircraft that climb straight to the top of the Piper lineup. Watch the first flight of the new Flight Design C4 four-seater, explore the options for bringing your aircraft into Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) compliance, and see how to expand your hangar without rebuilding it. Watch AOPA Live This Week.


Man's violation of DC airspace 'unacceptable,' AOPA says

Aviation eBrief | Apr 16, 2015

After Doug Hughes flew what he called a "gyroplane" into the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone and landed on the Capitol lawn April 15, AOPA quickly stated that the man's actions were "unacceptable" and that they "should in no way be associated with the law-abiding professional and recreational pilots who every day follow the rules and regulations of the National Airspace System." AOPA Online.


Three students take on 'One Week Ready to Solo'

Aviation eBrief | Apr 15, 2015

A former Navy corpsman, a Harley-Davidson custom builder, and a global advertising manager for General Motors have been tapped for a one-week adventure that could change their lives -- learning how to fly through the One Week Ready to Solo project. AOPA Online.


Friendly neighborhood airport

Aviation eBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Tucked along the shoreline south of Boston, Marshfield's George Harlow Field is a welcoming destination with some recent improvements. Rebuilding the runway took 12 years, but the airport is now ready for the future, thanks in no small part to a cooperative community. AOPA Online.


Helicopter solution still sought

Aviation eBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Local officials in East Hampton, New York, appear to be backing off imposing the most restrictive of helicopter rules, though concern remains. AOPA Online.


Flying into IMAX; Airport refurb

Aviation eBrief | Apr 10, 2015

Finally from Hollywood, a movie that celebrates aviation: A new IMAX film will soon be in a theater near you. A little shy about talking to air traffic control? A new virtual-reality program lets you fly with other aircraft and communicate with a controller, all without leaving the ground. Plus, there's one aircraft that stands above all others. We'll tell you what it is. And refurbishing an airport. Some of the problems are hard to believe. Watch AOPA Live This Week.


Baker works to simplify U.S., Mexico border-crossing flights

Aviation eBrief | Apr 09, 2015

Border-crossing procedures, Mexican airport fees, and an exemption for 406-MHz ELTs were discussed during a meeting between AOPA President Mark Baker and Mexican Civil Aviation Authority General Director Gilberto Lopez Meyer. AOPA Online.


Corsair wins Best Aircraft Showdown

Aviation eBrief | Apr 08, 2015

The Vought F4U Corsair edged out the Piper J-3 Cub by 144 votes April 7 to be dubbed the 2015 champion of AOPA's Best Aircraft Showdown, brought to you by Aero-Space Reports. AOPA Online.


Putting teeth in bird mitigation

Aviation eBrief | Apr 07, 2015

A border collie named Piper has become a key player in a Michigan airport's effort to reduce the risk of bird strikes. AOPA Online.


Aviation tax cut included in NY budget

Aviation eBrief | Apr 06, 2015

After more than a decade of advocacy, a hard-won aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption has passed the New York legislature as part of a new state budget. AOPA Online.




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