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Swift Museum fly-out highlights two-place classics
A polished Temco Globe Swift Serial No. 3 aircraft demands attention from Swift Museum Foundation guests as they walk underneath the two-place retractable-gear taildragger hanging from the ceiling of a hangar stuffed with rare examples of the sleek m ...

Air taxi disruptor buys Bye's electric airplanes
Bye Aerospace will sell two dozen all-electric airplanes to a Los Angeles-based air taxi operator that is building an urban mobility rival to eVTOL.

Robot in command
On Aug. 9 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, a Cessna 206 under robotic control flew a first solo that lasted for two hours. Alas, there were no shirttails to cut.

25 things to do in Tullahoma
Join us Sept. 13 and 14 in Tullahoma, Tennessee, for the last AOPA Fly-In of 2019 and stick around to enjoy all the area has to offer. Here are 25 things to do in and around Tullahoma.

American Flyers celebrates eightieth year
Addison, Texas-based American Flyers was established in 1939 to train military pilots for World War II and counts rock bands, college athletic teams, and scores of professional pilots among its many clients.

More pilots going online for weather briefings
The number of pilots who call Flight Service for initial weather briefings continued trending lower in 2019, with online alternatives and apps picking up the slack, according to the 2019 AOPA Weather Survey.

South Carolina airports celebrate Aviation Week
Numerous events are scheduled around South Carolina for the state’s Aviation Week celebration that recognizes the economic impact and educational inspiration provided by aviation. Aviation Week is planned in partnership by the South Carolina Av ...

Training Tip: Flight plan mandate
Here’s a practice exercise you should be sure to add to your pre-flight-lesson planning starting in late August: File a VFR flight plan using the international flight plan format.

Safety Tip: Hot starts
Many pilots struggle to start an airplane with a hot engine. This new AOPA Air Safety Institute video spells out hot-start procedures with a peek under the cowling.

Tamarack secures funding to continue operation
Tamarack Aerospace Group, producer of an active winglet system for Cessna Citation jets, announced Aug. 9 that the firm has secured financing to continue operation during bankruptcy.

Some Piper fuel selectors, hoses draw FAA scrutiny
The FAA has activated its Airworthiness Concern Sheet process to gather information as it evaluates whether to mandate action to mitigate concerns about a first-generation fuel selector used in Piper PA–28 single-engine aircraft and certain hos ...

Surveillance from a Skyhawk
Augusta National Golf Club was off-limits to drones during The Masters in April, but flight instructor and AOPA member David Dobbins was in the air, with permission to patrol, broadcasting live video from a Cessna 172 Skyhawk using an imaging system ...

Alaska restricted airspace changes coming in October
A new restricted area in Alaska and the long-planned expansion of an existing restricted area will change the way many general aviation pilots navigate after the changes take effect in October.

Spartanburg Downtown Airport shares 'inherent love of flying'
A South Carolina airport is expanding the definition of “airport community” by showcasing a local educational outreach effort to the public during a national celebration of flight.

Dickson sworn in as FAA administrator
Former Delta Air Lines executive Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in as the eighteenth administrator of the FAA on Aug. 12.

Piston fleet leads new aircraft shipments
Piston airplane and business jet makers posted double-digit gains in shipments for the first half of the year compared to the same time period in 2018, while turboprop and rotorcraft segments remained soft.

GA wants more say in TSA security policies
General aviation works hard to enhance aviation security but has little voice in policy decisions that affect GA pilots, AOPA said in a response to a Transportation Security Administration survey.

Closest airports to college football stadiums
Check out our list of the closest airports to all the teams in the Power Five conferences and the drive times to the team’s stadium.

Readers reveal their craft beer watering holes
Readers thought our March 6, 2019, story “Crowler run: Finding craft beer and flying it home,” was a sparkler. So when we asked them to tell us some of their favorite airport-accessible breweries, they responded, offering comments on the ...

Limited-time offer for GDL 52 receiver
Garmin is offering a $200 rebate on the Garmin GDL 52 portable SiriusXM/Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast receiver until Sept. 28.

Game day by GA
In terms of the pageantry, rivalries, and sheer insanity of the fans, college football is the closest thing the United States has to the fever of soccer in Europe and Latin America.

Aircraft Maintenance: Gross weight increases
General aviation aircraft designs are products of a series of compromises, balancing trade-offs for speed, payload, and efficiency (not to mention cost). Regardless of your choice in aircraft, chances are you’ll eventually yearn for a little mo ...

Training Tip: What, no hammer?
I like a student pilot with a sense of humor. It makes it easier to critique a performance in real time and get a point across.

Around the world in a gyro
“Serial adventurer” James Ketchell has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, summited Mount Everest, and cycled 18,000 miles around the world. In 2019, he is checking the aviation adventure box by launching on an earthrounding mission in a Mag ...

Know the facts about disaster coverage and liability
If your aircraft is stored in a leased hangar, you may be surprised to find out who is responsible for aircraft damage resulting from storm or tornado damage to the hangar. What should you do to protect your investment?

It doesn't have to be the Derby to go
Three easily accessible airports serve Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby. But it doesn’t have to be the First Saturday in May (as the Derby is referred to) to enjoy a flight to this charming southern city.

WASP Dorothy Olsen was 103
Dorothy Olsen, one of the last surviving members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), died July 23 at the age of 103.

Headset-mount HUD coming to GA
Lower-cost, portable headset-mounted head-up displays for general aviation pilots could result from a forward-looking U.S. Air Force business incubator program. But read this first: PilotVision, currently being developed by California-based SA Photon ...

FBO best practices rewarded
Two years of experience demonstrate what can happen at an airport when competition and reasonable business practices take hold. Since January 2017 when fixed-based operator (FBO) ACI Jet took over the space at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Cal ...

ADS-B changes don’t go far enough
AOPA appreciates the FAA’s recent resolution of some Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast operational concerns but says the FAA has a long way to go, especially regarding privacy.

Air ambulance operator seeks damages for fuel contamination
Fuel contaminated with diesel exhaust fluid forced two air ambulances to make emergency landings in May. Both aircraft have been declared total losses, and the operator is lining up legal action.

Bye seeking lithium-sulfur power
A new element has crept into the general aviation battery chemistry race. A little brimstone (mixed with lithium) may fire up your future flyer.

Lengthy TFR set for Bedminster area
A temporary flight restriction will be in effect Aug. 9 to 18 in the Bedminster and Morristown area of New Jersey, where President Donald Trump owns a golf resort, a week after several TFR incursions in the same airspace scrambled interceptors and at ...

Mandatory ICAO flight plan filing back on track
Attention pilots: Two years after the FAA placed a hold on plans to require all domestic and international flight plan filers to use the international flight plan form, the policy has been revived with a start date of Aug. 27.

Training Tip: VFR in name only
A Cessna 150 was performing turns around a point just outside a tower-controlled airport’s Class D airspace when the engine lost power followed by a landing in a field.

Baltimore firm takes on global drone mission to inspire youth
Baltimore-based Global Air Media has cast a nurturing net around children from Maryland to Kyrgyzstan in efforts to introduce drone technology to youngsters and spark future careers.

Icon slashes workforce
Icon Aircraft is slashing its workforce by 40 percent as price increases for its A5 amphibious light sport aircraft have reduced demand.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released No Go-Around—A Lesson from the Backcountry, its first video in the new ‘Real Pilot Story from the Field’ series.

Real Pilot Story: No go around
Short, steep, and nestled against a ridge, Idaho’s Dewey Moore airstrip is a discouraged destination for all but a select few pilots, as one aviator found out the hard way.

AirVenture departure spurs Pilot Passport challenge
“Hey, let’s use the Pilot Passport in the AOPA app after we depart AirVenture,” I said to colleague and social media manager Kevin Cortes. “I bet I can check in to more airports than you!”

DHS issues alert on potential avionics vulnerability
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on July 30 issued an informational alert about CAN bus network implementation in avionics. CISA said a public report claims that insecure CA ...

You Can Fly Challenge enters final month
For all of us who’ve benefited from aviation’s role in our lives, there’s less than a month left to pay it forward by donating to the You Can Fly Challenge to help get and keep more pilots flying.

A record year
Powerful storms may have made a mess of things just before EAA AirVenture began, but the largest airshow in the world set new records for total attendance and other measures nonetheless.

ADS-B privacy inches forward
An AOPA petition to expand pilots’ ability to use certain Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment in anonymous mode has resulted in the FAA clarifying that what AOPA sought actually is what the agency intended when it w ...

New app simplifies clearing customs
Boeing announced the introduction of a new digital app that simplifies the process of clearing United States customs for general aviation pilots and their passengers.

FlyQ releases expanded postflight tools
Innovate or die is the game in integrated navigation applications, and this week Seattle Avionics’ FlyQ made a big push forward with the release of Version 4, a suite of upgrades the company has been working on for more than a year.

New Cirrus CEO looks to modernize airplanes
The first observation about learning to fly from Zean Nielsen, the new CEO of Cirrus Aircraft: “The cockpit has to be easier.”

Aviation-themed playgrounds are trending
Kids love watching airplanes fly, but airports are not always kid spectator friendly. A group of officials who have bridged that gap by establishing aviation-themed play areas at their airports took the stage at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, ...

SiriusXM audio package offered with Diamond aircraft purchase
Diamond Aircraft is bundling new deliveries with a three-month subscription to SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered aviation weather, information, and audio programming services.

New GE turboprop bristles with technology
Imagine a stack of some 850 engine parts sitting next to a stack of 12 parts. That’s the difference that additive manufacturing or 3-D printing is making for GE Aviation as it spins out its new Catalyst Advanced Turboprop Engines for Textron Av ...

Hydrogen propulsion shows promise
Examples of the coming generation of vertical-lift aircraft made for urban mobility were center stage in the Innovation Showcase at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Not settled there, though, was the debate about how to power them.

Harrelson to pursue Conrad circumnavigation record
Bill Harrelson is taking aim at one of general aviation’s longest standing endurance records: Max Conrad’s 1961 solo westbound flight around the globe.

IFR Fix: It's only an emergency if you go
The weather’s not bad, the charter pilot thought, so when the passengers arrive, the flight will depart under VFR from the nontowered airport and pick up an instrument clearance once airborne. What could go wrong?

Delaware embraces Bellanca roots
A classic airplane designed by an immigrant from Italy and built in Delaware has been embraced by the state as its official historic aircraft after the idea was launched by members of the state’s aviation community.

Training Tip: Pass the test, fail the emergency
When a student pilot on a solo cross-country encountered an electrical problem, he diverted to a nearby airport but got too low on final approach, landing short and stripping off the retractable single-engine airplane’s landing gear.

Australia, New Zealand develop satellite-based augmentation
Affiliates of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) in Australia and New Zealand are helping to drive technology upgrades as the two countries develop a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that adds vertica ...

AirVenture highlighted by celebration, innovation
A week of celebration and innovation during EAA AirVenture saw “The World’s Busiest Control Tower” handle another huge flock of general aviation pilots and enthusiasts visiting Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for th ...

Honeywell BendixKing acquires TruTrak
In an exclusive interview with AOPA, TruTrak Flight Systems CEO and owner Andrew Barker assured customers that all is business as usual at his small autopilot company even though it was acquired by the BendixKing unit of Honeywell in late July.

Entrepreneurs sweep FAA national awards
The FAA presented National General Aviation Awards to three entrepreneurs at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The (aviation) stars have aligned
The latest heroes of aviation are changing from the leather jacket, Ray-Ban-wearing flyboys portrayed in movies. A new renaissance of aviators has emerged, and with nothing but a T-shirt, baseball cap, or trademark mustache, they come willing to shar ...

Thunderbirds and other stars
Check out the spectacular sights of EAA AirVenture captured by our master photographers.

Thunderbirds and other stars
Check out the spectacular sights of EAA AirVenture captured by our master photographers.

Embry-Riddle to buy 60 Cessna Skyhawks
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will buy at least 60 Cessna Skyhawks from Textron Aviation between 2019 and 2022 as the university’s flight training program continues to grow.

'Plane Savers' take Oshkosh by storm
Did you hear the story of Plane Savers?

Lightspeed focusing on growing pilot community
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has provided more than 1,000 headsets to missionary pilots and now is focusing on encouraging young people to consider aviation, said Allan Schrader, founder and president of Lightspeed Aviation.

Sensenich expands ground-adjustable prop offerings
Sensenich now offers a full line of ground-adjustable composite propellers for aircraft powered by Continental and Lycoming engines, said Donald Rowell, company president.

Airshow pilot Julie Clark to retire
During her more than 40 years as a solo aerobatic pilot, Julie Clark’s exceptionally well-choreographed and patriotic routine has touched millions. This year marks her fiftieth year as a pilot; the retired Northwest Airlines captain has logged ...

Aviation city attracts adventurers
Arcadia Municipal Airport, 50 miles from Lakeland, Florida, was once a sleepy airfield with the tagline "Don’t overlook us. Look us over." Now it's a bustling hotbed of aeronautical fun.

Power Flow Systems acquires Leading Edge Exhaust Systems’ assets
Power Flow Systems of Daytona Beach, Florida, has acquired the assets of Leading Edge Exhaust Systems, an Anchorage, Alaska-based producer of high-performance exhaust systems.

She intends to circumnavigate the world—alone!
Energetic Anh-Thu Nguyen isn’t going to let anything stop her—and she never has.

Pipistrel trainer drafted for Air Force program
Pipistrel’s Alpha Trainer has been chosen to train future U.S. Air Force pilots in a solo flight program coordinated by a California flight school.

Sling NGT LSA joins growing fleet
The Airplane Factory announced July 23 that a new light sport aircraft has joined the company’s expanding Sling product line.

Flight Design advances Vision Zero
Flight Design is moving forward on designs for several new aircraft, integrating the company’s Vision Zero—which has as its long-term objective zero injury to aircraft occupants in significant accidents, said Tom Peghiny of Flight Design ...

Dickson confirmed as FAA administrator
The U.S. Senate voted July 24 to confirm former Delta Air Lines executive Steve Dickson as administrator of the FAA.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) along with 12 other aviation stakeholder groups announced their support for the PLANE Act of 2019 in a July 22 letter supporting the new bill. 

Certification for EPS V-8 diesel in progress
Engineered Propulsion Systems’ Graflight V-8 diesel aircraft engine has been tested to 37,000 feet and has completed restart testing, the company said at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019.

NASA hopes to speed return to commercial supersonic travel
NASA and Lockheed Martin have been collaborating to design a commercial supersonic aircraft that reduces or even eliminates the sonic boom associated with the technology, an agency spokesman said July 23.

CubCrafters test-marketing tricycle-gear XCub
Just three miles from the packed showgrounds of EAA AirVenture, CubCrafters is stealth-marketing a tricycle-gear version of its popular XCub.

PLANE Act takes flight in Congress
Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Angus King (I-Maine.) introduced the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era (PLANE) Act of 2019, S.2198, on July 23. The bipartisan legislation will benefit general aviation by empowering pilots, investing ...

Extra takes composite turn
Walter Extra’s airplanes have always been built around a steel frame—until now.

EAA celebrates 50 years at Oshkosh
Despite drenching rains just prior to the start of EAA AirVenture 2019 that reduced aircraft arrivals to a trickle, Experimental Aircraft Association CEO Jack Pelton was in a celebratory mood on the opening day of the airshow.

TQ two-fer: New transponder, transceiver
German avionics maker TQ Aviation came to in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to introduce a radio and an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast transceiver with more potential additions to your panel on the horizon.

Epic aircraft nears certification
Epic Aircraft has finished FAA conformal test flights and estimates it’s only “a few months” away from final certification of the E1000 turboprop, a factory-built version of the speedy Epic LT kitplane.

Lycoming announces new electronic ignition system
Lycoming officials believe the company's new electronic ignition system will help make general aviation safer.

Solo in the sim
Pattern A. Ugh. Designed to develop basic instrument flying skills, Patterns A and B are valuable exercises in timing turns, maintaining heading, and using the skills necessary for holds, procedure turns, and approaches. They’re also 14 minutes ...

Piper sales up
A surge in demand for flight training around the world boosted sales of Piper trainers during the first half of 2019.

AirVenture digest
AOPA editors are on location at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, throughout the show. We'll post stories, slideshows, and links to expanded coverage on this page throughout the big event, so check back often for updates and situational awareness ...

uAvionix testing skyBeacon for space-based ADS-B
uAvionix has announced that it is testing skyBeacon X, a wingtip-mounted 1090-MHz Mode S Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out transponder that is designed to meet the update rate required for reception by the Aireon satellite-based ...

Training Tip: Seeing was believing
There it is against the far wall of the room: that marauding mosquito that’s been keeping you from falling sleep. That’s about what a single-engine airplane looks like heading toward you from three miles away.

Garmin introduces GNC 355 WAAS GPS/com
Garmin International has introduced the GNC 355, a wide area augmentation system (WAAS)-enhanced GPS touchscreen navigator that provides localizer performance with vertical navigation (LPV) instrument approach capabilities and includes a built-in com ...

AOPA, GA groups talk state of the industry
Leaders from AOPA and other industry stakeholder groups spoke about the challenges and opportunities facing general aviation during a July 17 briefing with the House General Aviation Caucus.

Flying backward into the unknown
Multirotor aircraft can fly in any direction with ease, but too many public safety agencies start a drone program the wrong way around.

Flying through time With hyperlapse
Learn how you can create beautiful and compelling motion time-lapse photography from your own drone.

New rule sets safety exceptions to 'always-on' ADS-B
The FAA has published a new rule that allows air traffic control to authorize some aircraft to turn off their Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out equipment to avoid jeopardizing ATC or flight safety. The rule was long sought by a w ...

Apollo’s technological legacy
Freeze-dried foods make a nice addition to any pilot’s survival kit, but avionics driven by microchips and fly-by-wire technology are the Apollo program’s most lasting technological legacy in the aviation world.

Tips on Your Aircraft and Camping
When you think of camping, is it under the wing of your aircraft? Is the best alarm clock the sound of an aircraft warming up for an early dawn flight? When you fly your aircraft to a campsite, be prepared and informed from an insuranc ...

General aviation airport grants defended in Ohio
AOPA members responding to a call to action have helped ward off a threat to state funding to upgrade general aviation airports in Ohio.

Space-based ADS-B is ready for liftoff... but are pilots?
The FAA is seeking input from general aviation pilots on how to maximize the capabilities and minimize the limitations of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast.

Hungary Red Bull winner Hall ‘just had to go for it’
Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall knew he “had to go for it” to stay ahead of his closest points competitors Martin Šonka and Yoshi Muroya to claim victory July 14 at Lake Balaton, Hungary, during the penultimate race of the fading ...

Ready for the moment
Neil Armstrong was low on fuel, hand-flying a fragile lunar lander with a porthole view of a forbidding alien landscape. The computer could not be trusted, the radios were wonky, and he made the biggest command decision of his life with the whole wor ...