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AOPA scholarship deadline is April 2

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY FOR AOPA SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS IS APRIL 2 March 18, 2019 | By Alyssa J. Cobb _____________________________________________________________________________________ Time is running out to apply for AOPA’s You Can Fly scholarships that could help you earn your initial pilot certificate or get started on advanced […]

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Construction crews dug X-shaped trenches in the runway at Meigs Field in 2003. Photo by Mike Fizer.

The once roaring airfield, previously known as Meigs Field, could possibly be revived

Could Meigs Field make a comeback? Longshot mayoral candidate supports reopening the Chicago aiport. It’s alive! Or at least it might be, should Chicagoans elect mayoral candidate Willie Wilson in the city’s upcoming 2019 election. Reopening one of the most iconic general aviation airports in the country, formerly known as Meigs Field, is on the […]

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Back up to speed and European model introduced to North America

FLIGHT DESIGN BACK UP TO SPEED EUROPEAN MODEL INTRODUCED TO NORTH AMERICA January 31, 2019 | By Jim Moore Flight Design has left its financial troubles behind, bringing a speedy model popular in Europe to the American market with plans to announce details of a long-awaited four-seater in April. Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA […]

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2019 AOPA FLY-IN LOCATIONS REVEALED

In celebration of its eightieth anniversary, AOPA will host three grand, two-day fly-ins for the 2019 season. Returning to two previous favorite fly-in locations and one brand-new destination, these aviation festivities will run all day Friday and Saturday, and will feature expanded exhibit hours, seminars, workshops, aircraft displays, and special aerial demonstrations. The season kicks off May […]

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AOPA calls for NTSB Internal Review Over Suspected Speculation in Accident Report Conclusions.

  AOPA CALLS FOR NTSB INTERNAL REVIEW OVER SUSPECTED SPECULATION IN ACCIDENT REPORT CONCLUSIONS FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct an internal review to examine why the independent safety agency has approved “speculative probable cause reports related to general aviation accidents” despite […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

AOPA TO PARTNER WITH PURDUE UNIVERSITY TO PUT AVIATION IN HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS

FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Purdue University have announced a partnership to develop aviation-related science and math curricula for high schools across America. The program will be the first of its kind, offering students comprehensive four-year aviation study options that are aligned to rigorous math and science standards used […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

AOPA issued to following statement on the passing of Arnold Palmer.

  “We all know what a tremendous golfer Arnold Palmer was, but he was also immensely respected as an aviator. He understood the value of general aviation and was a vocal advocate for personal and business flying. As a longtime supporter of AOPA, and a charter member of the AOPA Foundation President’s Council, he took […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

AOPA 2016 Bremerton Fly-In Biggest Yet

FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) held the second of four AOPA 2016 Fly-Ins at Bremerton National Airport (KPWT) on Aug. 19 and 20. The event drew more aircraft and attendees than any previous AOPA Fly-In. “With more than 4,000 people and nearly 700 aircraft, the AOPA Bremerton Fly-In was our […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

AOPA Statement on Passage of FAA Extension and Third Class Medical Reform

AOPA STATEMENT ON THE SENATE PASSAGE OF THE FAA EXTENSION AND THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REFORM FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass H.R. 636, known as the “FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016,” which has already passed the House and […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

Statement from AOPA President Mark Baker Regarding Third Class Medical Reform

  Statement from AOPA President Mark Baker: “Including third class medical reform in this package is great news for general aviation and we’re very pleased to see it moving forward as part of the FAA extension,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “We appreciate the efforts of general aviation advocates in both the House and Senate. […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

AOPA Offers Statement on the New Airman Standards

  “We want pilots to feel that preparing for and taking the knowledge test is a valuable part of their training experience, not a memorization exercise. The new standards are designed to adapt as in-cockpit technology changes and to do a better job of integrating the knowledge and practical tests. The overall result will be […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

AOPA Issues Call to Action on Third Class Medical Reform

  AOPA ISSUES CALL TO ACTION ON THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REFORM FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), issued a call to action on third class medical reform asking members to contact their Representatives in the House and urge them to take up and pass S.571, better known as the Pilot’s Bill […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

Senate Passes Medical Reform Language for the Third Time

  June 14, 2016 - A statement from AOPA President Mark Baker: “It’s clear that third class medical reform has strong bipartisan support,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “The Senate has passed these reforms three times already, and the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 has 178 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House. It’s time for the […]

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Pilots cleared to start process to fly under BasicMed as of May 1

AOPA Announces More Than $156,000 in Flight Training Scholarships

AOPA ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $156,000 IN FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS FREDERICK, MD, June 7, 2016 – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced applications are open for three different flight training scholarship programs that will award more than $156,000. Cindy Hasselbring, senior director of AOPA’s high school aviation initiative said, “AOPA’s scholarships are a great […]

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FAA Announces Rebate Incentives for General Aviation Aircraft Owners

Industry Groups Praise FAA’s Rebate Incentive for General Aviation Aircraft Owners to Equip with ADS-B Out Avionics 20,000 rebates available on first-come, first-served basis for one year WICHITA, KANSAS, June 6, 2016 — A group of general aviation leaders today applauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement of a $500 rebate incentive for general aviation aircraft […]

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AOPA President to Host Town Hall at Sun 'n Fun

AOPA PRESIDENT MARK BAKER TO HOST PILOT TOWN HALL WEDNESDAY MORNING AT SUN ‘N FUN LAKELAND, FL – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) President Mark Baker will host a Pilot Town Hall on Wednesday, April 6, 8:30 – 9:30 am at AOPA’s Program Pavilion at Sun ‘n Fun. Baker will update members, pilots, and […]

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AOPA Statement on FAA Reauthorization Legislation

  “We’re pleased that the Senate is keeping FAA reauthorization legislation moving. Past experience has shown that limping along from extension to extension—sometimes for years—can really slow important long-term initiatives. This bill would give the FAA a way forward while addressing many of the big issues that matter to the general aviation community, including third […]

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AOPA Statement on AIRR Act

“FAA reauthorization legislation that passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Feb. 11 was beset by concerns from the aviation industry, partisan struggles, and jurisdictional questions before being set aside this week. Medical and certification reforms, long-term funding for projects like modernization, airports, and unleaded fuels—these are the issues that matter to […]

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AOPA Statement on Passage of the AIRR Act

STATEMENT ON US HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF THE AIRR ACT FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is standing firm in its opposition to user fees as FAA reauthorization legislation moves to the full House. The legislation passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee on a 32 to 26 […]

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Student Pilot Application Requirements

  FAA finalizes rule on student certificates, AOPA The FAA has published a final rule changing the way student pilot certificates will be issued and withdrawing plans to require photos on all pilot certificates, a proposal AOPA vigorously opposed. Under the new “Student Pilot Application Requirements,” published in the Federal Register Jan. 12, aviation medical […]

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