AOPA Association News


Flying to Cuba: Update for GA pilots

Aviation eBrief | May 26, 2016

Learn the latest about flying general aviation aircraft to Cuba from AOPA Vice President of Operations and International Affairs Craig Spence and AOPA Pilot Information Center Manager Ferdi Mack during a free webinar June 8 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The two will discuss who can fly there and for what reasons. Plus, hear the latest on the regulations, procedures, and restrictions for flying to the country.


Share your thoughts on pireps

Aviation eBrief | May 25, 2016

The more pilots tell AOPA about how they use pilot weather reports (pireps), the better will be AOPA’s advocacy efforts to improve pirep quality and distribution. You can provide critical feedback on system strengths and weaknesses by taking AOPA's pirep survey. Take the survey today.


FAA works to streamline medical certification

Aviation eBrief | May 24, 2016

AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump shares what the FAA is working on to streamline the medical certification process. Read more.


Gray skies are gonna clear up

Aviation eBrief | May 23, 2016

Hundreds of people headed to Michael J. Smith Field Airport in Beaufort, North Carolina, on May 21 for AOPA's first fly-in of 2016. Unfortunately, so did a mass of rain that had been hanging out over the Atlantic Ocean, apparently with nothing better to do. AOPA Online.


Beaufort fly-in procedures

Aviation eBrief | May 20, 2016

Are you coming to the AOPA Fly-In at Michael J. Smith Field in Beaufort, North Carolina, May 20 and 21? If you intend to fly to the event, watch this fly-in procedures video to plan your arrival. The video provides an eagle's-eye view of what to expect, whether arriving from the north, west, or south. You also should download the pilot information packet for in-depth details. Watch the video.


Learn to craft a mutually beneficial sales/purchase agreement

Aviation eBrief | May 19, 2016

When buying an airplane, having a good sales/purchase agreement in place is as important, or even more important than securing appropriate financing. A sales/purchase agreement allows the buyer to move more quickly and confidently toward the actual purchase. Read more.


The path to ownership: Buying insurance

Aviation eBrief | May 18, 2016

You're buying or have bought an airplane, and you need insurance for it. Before calling your insurance broker, follow these tips to gather some facts and figures about your new airplane. And, learn about the different types of coverage the broker will talk to you about considering. Read more.


Where to turn: Vectored away from traffic, toward Class B airspace

Aviation eBrief | May 17, 2016

What do you do when you realize that the new heading and altitude ATC gave you for traffic separation will soon put you in Class B airspace? Read more.


Tips for selling an aircraft

Aviation eBrief | May 16, 2016

Knowing how to properly sell an aircraft is very important. AOPA's subject report on selling an aircraft can help make the process simple and hassle free. The subject report outlines the federal regulations that apply to selling an aircraft and includes additional helpful information such as what to do when selling to a foreign national. Learn more.


Last call for GA photo contest

Aviation eBrief | May 13, 2016

Don't miss your opportunity to enter the AOPA Photo Contest sponsored by Faro Aviation. The deadline to submit your entry in one of three categories -- general aviation aircraft, places, and people -- is 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 15. AOPA staff will select the top three from each category, and you can vote between May 27 and June 6 to pick the winners. Learn more about the prizes and submit your photo.


Time running out to enter AOPA Photo Contest

Aviation eBrief | May 12, 2016

Don't miss your opportunity to enter the AOPA Photo Contest sponsored by Faro Aviation. The deadline to submit your entry in one of three categories -- general aviation aircraft, places, and people -- is 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 15. AOPA staff will pick the top three from each category, and then you can vote between May 27 and June 6 to pick the winners. Learn more about the prizes and submit your photo.


Lifetime member relies on AOPA for financing, insurance

Aviation eBrief | May 11, 2016

Lifetime member Steve Southworth is a 2,000-hour pilot who has owned a variety of aircraft. As his family grew, he wanted to upgrade his aircraft and found AOPA very helpful for his financing and insurance needs. Read more.


Enhancements abound for AOPA Flight Planner and GO

Aviation eBrief | May 10, 2016

Several enhancements to the AOPA Flight Planner, powered by Jeppesen, and the mobile AOPA GO app make them safer, more valuable to pilots, and easier for members to use. AOPA Online.


Volunteer to help at AOPA's Beaufort Fly-In

Aviation eBrief | May 09, 2016

Want a behind-the-scenes look at how an AOPA Fly-In comes together? AOPA needs 96 volunteers for the airside operations of the fly-in to help marshal and park aircraft, and greet pilots when they arrive. Volunteer shifts last five to six hours, so there is plenty of time to help out with the event and enjoy the fly-in too! You'll get a free lunch, T-shirt, and cap as a thank you! Sign up now.


AOPA honors moms

Aviation eBrief | May 06, 2016

Being a mom is the toughest, most selfless job in the world. Moms go above and beyond to care for their families, often asking for nothing in return. AOPA applauds the achievements of moms who, on top of everything else, are also pilots. Many exceptional pilot moms work at AOPA -- here are a few of their stories. AOPA Online.


AOPA launches new website to better serve pilots

Aviation eBrief | May 05, 2016

AOPA has redesigned its website to help provide you with the tools, information, and inspiration to keep you doing what you love -- flying. AOPA Online.


Watch the AOPA Beaufort Fly-In procedures

Aviation eBrief | May 04, 2016

If you are planning to fly in for AOPA’s first regional fly-in of 2016 in Beaufort, North Carolina, you know that getting there is half the fun. Watch this AOPA Air Safety Institute video to make sure you have a safe, efficient, and fun arrival May 20 and 21. Watch the video.


5 tips to benefit your health

Aviation eBrief | May 03, 2016

Don't procrastinate -- start taking these five actions that could have wonderful consequences for your health. Read more.


Submit your best shot

Aviation eBrief | May 02, 2016

Look for that perfect opportunity to take a breathtaking photo on your next flight or dig up one of your old favorites to enter in the AOPA Photo Contest sponsored by Faro Aviation. More than 150 entries in three categories -- aircraft, places, or people -- have already been submitted. Enter yours before May 15. AOPA will choose the top three submissions in each category, and then you can vote between May 27 and June 6 to pick the winners. Learn more about the prizes and submit your photo.


Explore new flight planning features

Aviation eBrief | Apr 29, 2016

Learn how to transfer your flight plan from your computer to your electronic flight bag; discover how helpful the range-estimating tool can be with predictive fuel warnings and fuel prices along the route; and find out how you can submit suggestions to make the AOPA Flight Planner even better. Just sign up for the AOPA Flight Planner webinar scheduled for May 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register today.


AOPA member's dream of aircraft ownership comes true

Aviation eBrief | Apr 28, 2016

AOPA member Mike Youngwirth decided to purchase his own aircraft and turned to AOPA Aviation Finance for help. After purchasing a Cessna 182, Youngwirth said he would "100-percent recommend AOPA Finance to a pilot friend." Read more.


Healthy habits for traveling pilots

Aviation eBrief | Apr 27, 2016

Planning a trip? Practice these healthy habits when you're on the road or in the air. Read more.




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