General Aviation Information


3 Tips for Obtaining Insurance Quotes
Be sure to follow these 3 tips when you obtain your aviation insurance quote.

uAvionix, Garmin settle lawsuit
Garmin International and uAvionix announced a patent lawsuit settlement October 17 that allows uAvionix to continue selling and supporting its ADS-B product line.

New experimental weather forecast product available in Alaska
The FAA and the National Weather Service are urging pilots to use and provide feedback on an experimental automated weather tool intended to augment weather information at some Alaska airports without terminal forecasts.

AOPA to serve on examiner system review panel
AOPA has been named a member of an FAA working group that will study ways to fix shortcomings of the designated pilot examiner (DPE) system that created bottlenecks in airman testing and exacerbated the industrywide pilot shortage.

New 'GA friendly' airport opens in North Dakota
A brand-new airport has opened for business in western North Dakota, with local residents cheering, officials celebrating, and the first inbound airline flight landing with a locally born pilot at the controls.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced the 2019 You Can Fly, Flight Training Experience Award winners during a ceremony yesterday at the Wings Over the Rockies Blue Sky Aviation Gallery during Redbird Migration in Englewood, Colo ...

Earth-to-Moon flight challenges instructors
The annual Redbird Migration for flight training professionals included a challenge that was almost out of this world. Organizers asked certificated flight instructors and other aviation educators to plan a flight from Earth, Texas, to Moon, Pennsylv ...

Top schools, instructors earn 2019 Flight Training Experience Awards
A New England flight training business known for nurturing students in a professional environment and a Tar Heel flight instructor who was recognized for his patience and motivation were honored as the top winners of AOPA’s 2019 Flight Training ...

Better planning for NBAA departures
A new tool in development, called Pacer, is providing general aviation pilots with real-time predictive departure demand information at McCarran International Airport and Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas, as well as at Dallas Love Field in Te ...

Goulian customizes Alpina watch
A month after flying in the final Red Bull Air Race, Michael Goulian welcomed the arrival of a limited edition Swiss watch of his own design.

Avidyne sets its sights on business aviation with Atlas FMS
Avidyne introduced its Atlas dzus-mount flight management system (FMS) for turbine aircraft and helicopters on October 15 ahead of the National Business Aviation Association's annual conference. 

Merger will 'define the future of aerospace'
A merger described as one of the largest-ever combinations in the U.S. aerospace and defense sector has been approved by the shareholders of Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp.

New details of B–17 crash emerge
A preliminary NTSB report on the fatal October 2 crash of a vintage Boeing B–17 Flying Fortress in Connecticut includes evidence that the aircraft may have had trouble with more than one of its four engines.

Fly, cruise Antarctica
In 2003, a group of friends looking to boost tourism to Antarctica turned to aviation to make accessing the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and remotest continent more accessible. They wanted to make air travel used by scientists and researchers ...

Wright bust found on beach
A copper bust of Orville Wright was found on a North Carolina beach not far from the Wright Brothers National Memorial from which it had been stolen days before.

Thunderbird flight to the limit
An invisible elephant sat on my chest. An anaconda squeezed my legs.

Midwest rock spires evoke Holy City
A new state park opened in western Kansas on October 12, the culmination of a three-year process to make public a treasured piece of private land featuring 100-foot-tall spires and cliffs of eroded Niobrara Chalk, a layer of rock deposited some 85 mi ...

Training Tip: Crunch numbers, not airplanes
A popular turn of flight-safety phraseology exhorts you not to become “a statistic.” A newly released report reveals what type of accidents occurred most in 2016.

Mexico welcomes pilots flying under BasicMed
Pilots flying under BasicMed will be able to travel to Mexico in their aircraft starting December 10 under a policy letter signed by Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics on October 11.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is pleased to announce that pilots flying under BasicMed will be able to travel to Mexico in their aircraft starting December 10, 2019, under a policy letter signed by Mexico’s Directorate General ...

Final ADS-B rebate claimed
The FAA announced October 11 that all 20,000 rebates offered to incentivize ADS-B Out equipage by general aviation aircraft owners have been claimed.

The World's Largest Helicopter Event Comes to Anaheim in January 2020
HAI HELI-EXPO has become a must-attend event for anyone involved with or interested in Helicopters or Helicopter operations.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has released its updated ratings and reviews feature of AOPA’s Airport Directory Online. 

Nall Report: GA fatal accidents continue to decline
The general aviation fatal accident rate for 2016 continued the previous year's decline even as total hours flown marked three years of steady growth, according to the Twenty-eighth Joseph T. Nall Report released October 11 by the AOPA Air Safet ...

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released the 28th Joseph T. Nall Report for 2016 which reports that general aviation (GA) fatal accidents continued the previous year's decline even as hours flown ...

All the help we can get
Pilots don’t always respond to VFR traffic advisories, but that doesn’t mean we’re not looking, and grateful.

The reviews are in: Pilots can rate airports, businesses
Spectacular backcountry terrain, southern hospitality, and $100 hamburgers that are actually worth it—America’s general aviation airports have a lot to offer. Using the updated ratings and reviews feature of AOPA’s Airport Directory ...

uAvionix climbs into cockpit
uAvionix Corp. announced October 8 that it has acquired Albuquerque-based startup avionics manufacturer AeroVonics LLC, and will incorporate AeroVonics’ AV-20S Multifunction Display (MFD) and the AV-30 Primary Flight Display (PFD) into its line ...

Droning the horror
Follow me behind the scenes on a horror film set, where only the drone is at risk of a horrible death.

North Texas airport volunteers meet in 'summit'
Who are you going to call in North Texas when your local general aviation airport comes under pressure from interests that would curtail its operation or even shut it down?

NASA's electric 'X' arrives
NASA’s first all-electric X-plane, the first crewed X-plane in two decades, has arrived at the Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.

Cape Air welcomes Tecnam Travellers
Giovanni Pascale, managing director of Tecnam and grandson of one of the company's founders, took matters into his own hands to help ferry the first two of many P2012 Travellers to be painted with Cape Air livery from Capua, Italy, to their new home ...

Automated airworthiness certificate application system launches
The FAA has released a new automated tool that allows applicants for airworthiness certificates and some other permits to apply online for the documents they need.

AOPA members get free shipping from Sporty’s October 16
AOPA members who have their eye on pilot supplies, training courses, clothing, or other aviation accessories can skip the shipping charges when ordering from Sporty’s Pilot Shop on October 16.

GA seeks ADS-B coverage in Alaska
Pilots supplied the FAA with a list of locations where ADS-B transmitters could be situated and close significant gaps in coverage along well-traveled routes.

United launches Aviate recruitment program
United Airlines established Aviate, a pilot recruitment program with a goal to offer aspiring and established pilots a fast path to becoming a first officer "and, ultimately, a captain,” the airline noted in an October 3 news release.

The Bahamas needs you
“We are asking our travel partners—like private pilots—to consider keeping their flight plans to the islands that were not affected.” It’s not a plea for money nor for thoughts and prayers, but for support. “The be ...

PilotWeb phasing out in February
If you’re still in the habit of using the old PilotWeb portal, it’s about to be as obsolete as the dusty 8-track deck that might be lurking in your garage. Better to switch sooner, we say, because this anachronistic portal for preflight i ...

Aircraft Maintenance: Avionics that evolve with your aircraft
I’m a big fan of the “best in breed” approach to avionics in my aircraft.

Flights to frights
Some of Amber Arnett-Bequeaith’s earliest memories are lying in a coffin as a 5-year-old ghost and rising up as the undead to toss petals as guests walked through her family’s haunted attraction in Kansas City, Missouri.

Aviation doctors recognize AOPA medical specialist
AOPA Pilot Information Center Medical Certification Director Gary Crump was elected a Fellow by the Civil Aviation Medical Association, a group that began in 1948 and is known as the “voice for civil aviation medicine.”

Spooky stuff
My favorite Halloween movie hands down is the 1993 film Hocus Pocus.

So much in shore: A storied past, family attractions, outdoor activities
After a quick how-to with the electric bicycles, Zipp E-Bikes owner Seth Leo pointed us in the direction of East Beach and told us to go see Galveston Island.

Training Tip: Flying factoids
Mythology can be a fun subject in high school, but beware aviation myths that can drag down your FAA knowledge test score, obstructing your odyssey toward pilot certification.

Policy that frees examiners of geographic limits extended
Designated pilot examiners can continue giving practical tests outside their assigned territories a year after the FAA eased a policy that limited DPE travel.

A hard day to be a chicken
It isn’t easy being a chicken. Just ask Zeke Przygocki.

Catastrophe in Connecticut
Seven people were killed and seven (including six passengers and one person on the ground) were injured, some critically, when the Collings Foundation Boeing B–17 Flying Fortress Nine O Nine crashed October 2 during an attempted emergency ...

Comments urged on California airspace proposal
The U.S. Marine Corps has proposed establishing two military operations areas in the east-central California and west-central Nevada region to support training exercises at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center near Bridgeport, California ...

Baker thanks House members, backs new bills
AOPA President Mark Baker recently thanked the aviation-minded members of a House subcommittee for their bipartisan support of general aviation, and encouraged lawmakers to continue building on legislative successes.

AOPA eightieth anniversary includes Pilot Passport prizes
The top 80 pilots using the Pilot Passport function on the AOPA app to check in during AOPA’s eightieth anniversary year will receive the 288-page coffee table book Freedom to Fly: AOPA and the History of General Aviation in America, plus an ad ...

TBM owners share fellowship, safety
Daher’s TBM series of single-engine turboprops are as fast as they are capable, so their pilots have cultivated a culture that encourages training beyond the minimum.

King Air court gathers in Texas
Billed as the largest gathering of Beechcraft King Airs in the world, the King Air Gathering in Fredericksburg, Texas, lived up to the hype.

Belite Chipper 2 design for sale
A crash of a demonstrator aircraft in 2018 followed by a devastating fire in June forced the CEO of Belite Aircraft to put the Chipper 2 aircraft design up for sale.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and ForeFlight, a Boeing Company, are teaming up to encourage and reward pilots for simply flying more often.

Fly more, win prizes
Filing flight plans with ForeFlight and checking in with the AOPA app's Pilot Passport feature will automatically put pilots in the running for monthly prize drawings starting in October.

New products aim to perfect pilot performance
Pilots now have access to two new products to help them perform more purposeful practice flight exercises and score their performance.

You Can Fly Challenge tops its goal
More than $2.8 million was contributed to the 2019 AOPA You Can Fly Challenge by the time it ended on Aug. 31.

IFR Fix: It's freezing in here
Whenever an inactive instrument pilot showed up at the flight school to brush up the skills, it was a good bet that weather interpretation made for productive ground review, and unusual-attitude recoveries needed attention in flight.

Training Tip: Saved by the lineman
A Cessna 206 pilot who taxied off to fly with his oil dipstick lying on the ramp had a line crew member to thank for not getting too far away before the oversight was discovered.

Every student flies
Hundreds of Colorado high school students will get a taste of flight this fall: Three nonprofits and Aspen public schools teamed up to offer lessons for all.

Down-to-earth photography
At or below 400 feet is the rule, but some of your best photo perspectives come well below, just off the ground, even. It's a compelling perspective when you know the tricks.

Baker tells Senate AOPA still against privatization
AOPA President Mark Baker returned to Capitol Hill to express AOPA’s support for modernizing our nation’s air traffic control system without privatizing it.

Annual 'engine summit' looks to aviation's future
Change is coming quickly and innovation will propel general aviation into a future that has only begun to emerge. AOPA is right in the thick of the action.

We're teaching stalls all wrong
Repeat after me: Reduce power, hold the nose back, add full flaps, maintain altitude until the stall, lower the nose, add full power, and reduce flaps in increments. Bored yet?

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President and CEO Mark Baker returned to Capitol Hill to express AOPA's support for modernizing the nation's air traffic control system without privatizing it.

Fun for your face
Just when you might be thinking there are no more ways to personalize your pilot journey, along comes a cool little design called BuzzMuffs.

Southeast Alaska has unique flight challenges
No pilot should contemplate a general aviation flight to Alaska without pondering the possibility of running into difficult weather on long routes that may lack access to weather reports. But for some parts of the state, there are other complications ...

Michigan township to decide airport's future
The outlook for a community airport in western Michigan will be in the spotlight Sept. 30 at a special meeting of the township’s governing board.

Longitude earns type certification
Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation Longitude earned its type certificate about three years after its maiden flight. 

Colt ready to bolt from corral
A Texas-based startup with Brazilian roots announced Sept 24 that the Colt light sport aircraft has been cleared for delivery.

Aerial tour reveals Grand Canyon West Rim splendor
Crossing the West Rim of the Grand Canyon reveals an orange, pink, and tan chasm and we plunge 4,000 feet down to the Colorado River, cliffs carved over eons reaching toward our helicopter.

Making better pro pilots faster
A landing gear handle looks wholly out of place on a fixed-gear Cirrus SR20—but it’s there for a very good reason.

Why Icons come to grief
Even before the first Icon A5 accident, veteran pilots predicted the sleek amphibian would have a terrible safety record.

How to avoid the skimming scam

In your wallet. And in your corner.
When trouble appears, the AOPA World Mastercard is the ace up your sleeve.

Redbird shutters Skyport FBO, blasts industry
Redbird Skyport of San Marcos, Texas, a fixed-based operation that “never made a dime” in eight years of operation despite a flair for innovative marketing, closed on Sept. 14. 

Training Tip: The biggest bump
I know it’s a stretch to refer to a 1,700-foot-high hill as a mountain, but two pilots with thousands of hours in the air experienced the worst single jolt of turbulence of their flying lives passing a petite peak on a super-smooth night.

Going native for AOPA Fly-In camping fun
A 95-degree late summer Tennessee heat wave was expected, and I packed a tent. The challenges of camping at an AOPA Fly-In could be conquered. 

D-Day doc in production
A squadron of vintage warbirds, flight crews, mechanics, logistics specialists, weather forecasters, jumpers, and many others flew across the Atlantic to honor D-Day veterans on the seventy-fifth anniversary of that turning point in history. A docume ...

Sanders, Findlay win Reno
Dennis Sanders of Ione, California, won the Unlimited Gold race at the 2019 Stihl National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, flying his Hawker Sea Fury, Dreadnought, at an average speed of 403.274 mph. Andrew Findlay won the Sport Class for the ...

Piper launches aircraft-assembly apprentice program
The first group of apprentices in a two-year training program launched by Piper Aircraft has begun attending classes and receiving hands-on training in fabrication and aircraft assembly skills.

tailBeacon gets STC
uAvionix received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its tailBeacon integrated rear position light and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution on Sept. 13.

Soaring camp transforms teen
“Dad, where’s your variometer?” asked my 16-year-old daughter Lauren as she inspected the panel of my borrowed Cessna 182. A week of soaring in Vermont's Green Mountains had transformed her attitude about aviation.

Seminar aims to raise level of aviation education
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) will offer its CFI-PRO Workshop, along with an AOPA headquarters tour, Oct. 2 and 3 at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Maryland.

Patey, pax unhurt in crash that destroyed ‘Draco’
“I made mistakes,” said Mike Patey, a few hours after he survived a horrendous takeoff crash documented on social media that “completely destroyed” the popular short takeoff and landing aircraft Draco at Reno/Stead Airport Sep ...

Discover what you can do with what you've got
Unmanned aircraft technology has advanced at warp speed, but think hard before you give in to the impulse to buy the latest, greatest thing.

Hurricane highlights limitations of drones
Flying a Cessna over the North Carolina coastline helped illustrate why the Wake Forest Fire Department’s unmanned aircraft stayed on the ground following Hurricane Dorian’s brush with the East Coast.

Drone industry struggles to scale up
Four years after the inaugural InterDrone conference in Las Vegas drew roughly 3,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors, the fifth iteration of the show reflected an adjustment of expectations in light of modest progress.

Drones light up AOPA Fly-In
Drones lit the night sky over Tullahoma, Tennessee, on Sept. 13, delivering on a promise to celebrate AOPA’s eightieth anniversary with a custom show.

Training Tip: Starvation by selection
What’s the first thing you look at inside the cockpit when you pop the door open before flight?

Tullahoma draws crowd, firewalls 'fun'
AOPA wrapped up its eightieth anniversary celebration Sept. 13 and 14 with a return to a favorite location, holding its third and final 2019 fly-in at Tullahoma Regional Airport/William Northern Field in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Medical Payments and Your Aircraft Insurance
Do you have Medical Payments coverage on your plane insurance policy? Do you know what it covers and why? Read on to find out.

Aircraft Spruce opens Midwest facility with a party
Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. opened its newest facility near Chicago on Sept. 7 with a ribbon cutting, lunch, special pricing for in-store sales, and hundreds of happy customers.

Wagstaff walks away from mishap
Legendary airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff told fans on Twitter that a mechanical problem caused the Bonanza she was flying to flip over while taxiing after landing in St. Augustine, Florida.

Six credit to dos before taking a trip

Girls across the Atlantic
As a child, Amanda C. Farnsworth longed to fly. But there was no access to general aviation in her small town, and “little girls weren’t supposed to do that,” she said.

Reconnaissance a key relief mission for GA pilots
Gary Lickle has been flying general aviation airplanes into and out of the Bahamas since the 1970s, including relief flights after two recent hurricanes, but the devastation he saw from Hurricane Dorian went beyond past disasters, he said.

Pilots say FAA action on Piper fuel selector unnecessary
AOPA is urging the FAA to use pilot education and outreach, not regulatory action, to address concerns that an early-design fuel selector used in some Piper PA–28 single-engine airplanes could be mispositioned during flight.

Hop for hops proves fruitful
A Colorado brewery created by pilots orchestrated a hops-gathering hop with the freshest possible finish.

From grade schooler to pilot
Brandon Lagos was seven years old when a certificated flight instructor visited his elementary school.