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Maryland sales tax exemption bill passes
Maryland airports, aircraft owners, and local repair businesses are celebrating after a nearly four-year push to exempt sales tax on aircraft parts passed in the state legislature on March 18, where it awaits consideration by Gov. Larry Hogan before ...

Webinar to address flight school concerns during coronavirus pandemic
Flight schools can learn more about how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic during a webinar hosted by AOPA’s You Can Fly team on April 9.

Airlines go from boom to bust
What had been the hottest job market for pilots in 60 years just went up in smoke. Thousands of airplanes have been parked, terminals are empty, and an entire industry has been flipped upside down in less than a month, thanks to the coronavirus pande ...

Central Florida development project to benefit GA airport
The pilots of Orlando Apopka Airport, a privately owned, public-use airport northwest of Orlando, won an important victory recently when a developer withdrew a plan to build about 500 homes adjacent to their airport.

Iris enables 360-degree computer vision for drones
Iris Automation may have won the race to bring to market a key technology that will allow unmanned aircraft to safely fly beyond line of sight, at scale. The San Francisco startup believes its new Casia 360 system will enable infrastructure inspectio ...

Air Race Classic canceled for 2020
The Air Race Classic, an annual women’s cross-country race, will not take place in 2020, the organizers announced April 6.

Training Tip: Home sweet ground school
Most of us don’t have access to flying right now, but pilots don’t let pandemics push aside their passion for aviation.

Bahamian rendezvous
I’ve been flying for 45 years, so I’ve been on memorable flights to memorable places all around the world in general aviation airplanes. Literally. But a 1997 flight to the Bahamas stands out.

Virgin Orbit launches lifesaving ventilator project
Virgin Orbit spaceship engineers launched a humanitarian mission in California to create a simpler ventilator for quick deployment to hospitals that could help save the lives of patients struggling to survive the new coronavirus.

Pilots on board with BasicMed
The acceptance of private pilots conferring with their private physicians has led to more than 55,000 aviators using the privileges of BasicMed as the program approaches its three-year anniversary on May 1.

Space launches could increase (astronomically) in coastal airspace
AOPA wants the FAA to boldly go where it has not gone before to disclose information about the impact of commercial space launches on general aviation’s busiest flight routes.

In an April 1 letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and seven other industry groups urged the agency to support the multibillion-dollar general aviation (GA) industry through extensions ...

5 Tips for Mitigating Aviation Insurance Rate Increases
Aviation insurance rates are on the rise, what can pilots do to help mitigate future increases? AssuredPartners Aerospace offers 5 tips.

Fly-off: Sweeps RV–10 takes on Cirrus SR22
Your AOPA 2020 Sweepstakes RV–10 is often called something it’s not: a Cirrus.

GA fights for public benefit exemptions, accommodations
As the coronavirus pandemic alters every facet of life and how industries around the globe operate, the aviation sector is trying to find its new normal. The FAA has taken steps to address the heavily impacted operations of commercial carriers amid t ...

Sun ‘n Fun canceled
After initially postponing the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo because of the coronavirus pandemic, show organizers announced April 1 that they were canceling the event for 2020 but pledged to release a “Sun ‘n Fun at Home” series.

FAA developing examiner system fixes, extends some deadlines
The working group studying the long-term structure of the FAA’s designated pilot examiner system plans to meet in June to hear the recommendations three subcommittees are preparing to help make pilot practical testing more efficient and delay-f ...

Delaware Aviation Museum awards SIC type rating course
The coronavirus didn’t stop the Delaware Aviation Museum from awarding one lucky pilot a second-in-command type rating package on April 1 to celebrate the museum’s fifth anniversary.

Bad ADS-B? More info
The FAA’s ADS-B Out mandate has been in effect for three months, and everyone’s ADS-B Out is working properly—right? Wrong.

Your chance to fly a P–51
What started as a passion project in 1983 by Mary Webb has blossomed into one of the Southeast’s largest public benefit flying organizations. Today, volunteer pilots for Mercy Flight Southeast fly approximately 1,500 passengers a year to medica ...

Five ways to maximize your online aviation learning
King Schools CEO, on-air flight instructor, and Beechcraft Debonair owner Barry Knuttila shares advice for maximizing your online learning experience during stay-at-home orders for the coronavirus pandemic.

Great aviation books to weather the virus
With millions of people now stuck at home looking for an outlet from their new jobs as full-time parent, teacher, and home-office CEO, sales of all forms of entertainment have surged. Sales of e-readers and e-books have seen a sharp increase as libra ...

Joe Clark, noted winglet designer, has died
Joe Clark, the entrepreneurial aeronautical engineer who co-founded Aviation Partners Inc., manufacturer of the innovative blended winglets used on many business and commercial aircraft, died March 30. He was 78.

Share your social distancing flight photos
For pilots who aren’t grounded by a stay-at-home or other order, share your social distancing solo flights with the rest of us as part of the Pilot Passport challenge.

Aviation businesses promote deals through 'virtual airshows'
Any other year, the beginning of April would kick off the airshow season, but it is 2020, and many aviation shows have been canceled well into the summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

FAA can’t waive insurance requirements
The recent FAA decision to temporarily suspend enforcement of medical certificate lapses during the coronavirus emergency may not change insurance policy requirements, industry leaders told AOPA.

Arkansas airport takes direct hit from tornado
A strong cold front pushed through the Southeast on March 28, spawning a tornado that destroyed homes and businesses in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and landed “a direct hit” on Jonesboro Municipal Airport, damaging hangars and dozens of aircraft ...

Appareo ups EFB game
Leveraging its innovative efforts in artificial intelligence (AI) and its purchase last summer of Aerovie, maker of the Aerovie electronic flight bag (EFB), Appareo has introduced Stratus Insight, its new flight app.

IFR Fix: When Houston had a (coronavirus) problem
When an employee in an air traffic control facility tests positive for coronavirus, the result can be a chain of airspace-management responses extending far beyond the affected individual’s work area.

SocialFlight promotes 'Take-Offs for Take-Out'
A new community support campaign, Take-Offs for Take-Out, encourages general aviation pilots to patronize airport restaurants, FBOs, and pilot shops that are observing safe social distancing business practices during the coronavirus pandemic. Alterna ...

eFlyer gets Garmin glass
Bye Aerospace announced that its two-seat eFlyer 2 will come equipped with a full complement of Garmin’s G3X Touch avionics. The package includes VFR and IFR capability, an ADAHRS (air data, attitude, and heading reference system), GPS, transpo ...

Training Tip: Privileges and limitations
A new private pilot I met last summer told me he couldn’t wait to earn his commercial pilot certificate so he could start using his Cessna 172 as an air taxi. Hold on, I said, it’s not as simple as that.

Piper joins fight for coronavirus relief
Piper Aircraft prototyped a clear plastic face shield for a hospital on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic and quickly shifted some resources to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) after the new product exceeded expectations.

Aircraft Maintenance: Black lights aren’t just for parties
I recently returned from a trip to Continental Aerospace Technologies in Mobile, Alabama, including a tour of the company’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. I’ve visited Continental multiple times as part of our work together ...

Aircraft market reacts to the coronavirus
The phones at financial institutions that make aircraft loans suddenly went quiet.

'ATC zero' affects growing list of facilities
Several air traffic control facilities across the United States were in contingency mode on March 27 as the spread of the coronavirus temporarily closes towers and impacts tracons, causing far-reaching impacts in the National Airspace System.

Sydney Kibuuka is not your average professional pilot student
Choosing a career as a professional pilot was something that Sydney Kibuuka has dreamed of since the age of 7. He was born in the United States and grew up in Uganda. He came back to the United States after high school to specifically attend CAU as a ...

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide relief for pilots from looming deadlines for a range of time-sensitive tasks, including pilot certification, proficiency, and knowle ...

FAA eases pilots' medical certificate worries
The FAA took decisive action on March 26 to protect pilots whose livelihoods faced further disruption, in the form of expiring certifications, during the global coronavirus pandemic. AOPA wholeheartedly applauded that decision.

EAA: AirVenture decision point in May
The Experimental Aircraft Association staff is working from home, and advising pilots not to expect any final decision about EAA AirVenture until May.

A $2 trillion stimulus package passed unanimously by the Senate to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic includes $100 million to protect general aviation airports and maintain small and rural communities’ access to aviation servi ...

Stimulus package includes $100 million for GA airports
A $2 trillion stimulus package to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic includes $100 million to protect general aviation airports and maintain small and rural communities’ access to aviation services.

Aviation industry hits keep coming
Aviation industry players large and small continued to shutter factories and furlough workers amid the escalating pandemic, though some general aviation aircraft makers pressed on.

FAA rejects Collings Foundation petition
The FAA cited lapses in crew training, maintenance, and safety management system implementation among its reasons for grounding passenger flights in vintage aircraft by the Collings Foundation.

Pilot's idea helps hospitals fight coronavirus
After learning that hospitals were critically low on personal protection from the coronavirus, Michigan Seaplane flight school owner Cran Jones came up with a plan to prototype, manufacture, and deliver clear face shields to front-line medical profes ...

AOPA Fly-In at Casper, Wyoming, postponed to 2021
AOPA is postponing its fly-in at Casper, Wyoming, originally scheduled for June 19 and 20, until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

FAA policy expected on extending compliance deadlines
An FAA policy statement is expected soon as AOPA’s government affairs team works with the agency to extend the expiration dates pilots face for practical and knowledge test eligibility, currency and proficiency intervals, medical certificates, ...

The Bahamas bans incoming flights during pandemic
A ban on international travel to the Bahamas went into effect March 24 under a wide-ranging emergency powers order issued to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

AOPA Announcement on the Casper, Wyoming Fly-In
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has decided to postpone its June 19 and 20, Casper, Wyoming, Fly-In until next year, June 18 and 19, 2021.

Interpretations vary on flight training during pandemic
The question of whether flight training qualifies as an “essential” function during stay-at-home advisories caused by the coronavirus pandemic remained subject to interpretation by industry groups and individual operators.

AOPA suggests best practices for flight schools during coronavirus pandemic
As the aviation industry grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, flight schools are wondering how to cope with state mandates, sanitary practices, and more.

Picking up the pieces (and flying a little) in Nashville
How do you put a flying life back together after a tornado destroys the airport where you earn a living and a viral pandemic breaks out just as folks are getting back on their feet?

AOPA urges members to fly informed, with caution
As the coronavirus pandemic response continued to impose once-unthinkable disruptions, AOPA advised members to continue essential flights, with caution. No specific restrictions on general aviation are expected, though it may be impossible to fly wit ...

FAA extends Cessna 210 AD compliance deadline
The FAA has granted more time for operators of Cessna 210 single-engine airplanes covered by an airworthiness directive requiring corrosion inspections of carrythrough wing spars to comply with the AD in light of “unprecedented” obstacles ...

Coronavirus restrictions delay Seattle pilot's circumnavigation
Inspirational speaker and pilot Shinji Maeda, who lost his sight in one eye after a motor vehicle crash, delayed his global circumnavigation scheduled to begin May 1 due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

Waco temporarily closes
Waco Aircraft will be closed until April 14 to comply with an order from the Michigan governor for workers to stay home to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and six other aviation groups sent a letter urging Congress to provide funding to help general aviation airports weather the economic impact resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pro ...

AOPA backs emergency airport funding to fight coronavirus impact
AOPA and six other aviation groups are urging Congress to support needed funding for airports across the country while ensuring that small and general aviation airports also receive a portion of any funds made available to help cope with the coronavi ...

Training Tip: When ATC goes to zero
A shudder went through the air traffic system on March 20 when the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center shut down briefly after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Head north!
We may share a language (English) and a lot of culture, but from an aviation point of view, the United States and Canada have different rules and regulations regarding private flying within their borders.

IAOPA World Assembly postponed
The thirtieth annual World Assembly of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations planned for June 29 to July 3 in Montreal has been postponed because of the global coronavirus outbreak.

What’s riding on your cylinders?
When you’ve got over 17-hours of nothing but open Pacific Ocean in front of you, you’ve got to have great trust in your cylinders. I wouldn’t attempt a flight like that in my Bonanza with anything but Superior’s Millennium Cyl ...

ERAU offers free online courses to students, public
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is offering free online courses to students and the public who are limiting in-person social interaction during the coronavirus pandemic. Topics range from aeronautics and meteorology to computer applications, his ...

Knowledge test provider PSI temporarily closes centers
PSI, the FAA knowledge testing provider, is temporarily closing testing centers that it owns and operates in the United States and the United Kingdom. The closures come in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Other third-party operators are s ...

Alaska mountain passes charted
The FAA is charting Alaska mountain passes near Juneau and adding depictions to Alaska sectional charts to promote better safety among pilots traversing the rugged terrain.

End of the line
It’s not very often that you hear the command, “Pull chocks,” on a city street, miles from the nearest airport. But the phrase was shouted several times in the early morning hours March 14, as a retired U.S. Air Force C–130H H ...

Lonestar state of mind
Uncooperative weather cut attendance at the inaugural Aviat Lonestar STOL Competition and Fly-In in Gainesville, Texas, March 12 to 15, but it didn’t dampen the fun.

Update: Americans abroad urged to return home or shelter in place
The U.S. State Department on March 19 advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel, and that those already abroad should return immediately or prepare to shelter in place. A series of executive actions by the White House have made internat ...

Textron furloughs workers
Textron Aviation announced four-week furloughs “for most of our U.S. based employees” beginning March 23 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Quake shakes Salt Lake City
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake centered near Salt Lake City International Airport caused damage and closed the airport on March 18. General aviation and cargo operations resumed within hours, but FAA notams indicated potential damage to airport infrastru ...

New England pilots surprise McSpadden
AOPA Air Safety Institute Executive Director Richard McSpadden flew to Massachusetts March 11 expecting to give a safety presentation and came home with an award.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) sent a letter urging the FAA to exert a “maximum amount of flexibility” to help keep pilots and aircraft up and running during the coronavirus pandemic, following concerns by members facin ...

Update: ATC personnel test positive for coronavirus at two major airports
The coronavirus pandemic has added air traffic control snafus to its growing list of ramifications after several air traffic control technicians tested positive for the virus at Chicago’s Midway International Airport and a controller tenta ...

Baker urges FAA to lift 'impossible' compliance barriers
With life on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, the clock continues to tick toward the dates when pilots’ practical test and knowledge test eligibility ends, currency or instrument proficiency runs out, and flight instructor certificates exp ...

Prospective pilots advised to stay the course during pandemic
Stay the course, start a plan, and take action now to advance your aviation career, airline and general aviation pilot, career counselor, and Sun ‘n Fun radio co-chair Carl Valeri advised.

Flight schools work to coronavirus-proof pilot training
As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, flight training providers are finding ways to protect students and instructors.

Tamarack bankruptcy plan approved
Tamarack Aerospace Group’s plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection was approved by a federal judge March 2. Company officials are upbeat.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and four other aviation organizations announced that they stand ready to bring their resources into the fight to help mitigate the public-health threat that has spread disease worldwide and has signif ...

Aviation groups want to help fight coronavirus
When it comes to serving the public in troubled times, general aviation pilots don’t need to be asked to pitch in.

Training Tip: Assessing risk
People are hastening to enhance the safety of their daily routines during the coronavirus pandemic, and many—torn between laying low and buying groceries or refilling prescriptions—are struggling with a concept taught to pilots from the g ...

Joining forces for organ transplant
Companies from Connecticut and Ohio have teamed up to transport human organs for transplant, using unmanned aircraft as links in the lifesaving logistics chain.

Latest news: Coronavirus impact on GA
The coronavirus pandemic has begun to affect the general aviation community. Stay up to date with the latest news about flight operations, changes to scheduled events, and more on this breaking news briefs page.

Go Wheels Up! Texas and AOPA Fly-In postponed indefinitely
Go Wheels Up! Texas and the AOPA Fly-In scheduled for May 29 and 30 in San Marcos, Texas, have been postponed indefinitely.

AOPA cancels spring Rusty Pilots seminars, teacher workshops
The AOPA You Can Fly program has canceled all in-person Rusty Pilots seminars scheduled through June in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

AOPA Announcement on the Go Wheels Up! Texas and AOPA Fly-In
Given the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC's) recommendation to avoid large gatherings, and out of an abundance of caution for our members, attendees, v ...

Arsenal of Democracy flyover honors veterans
Pack a picnic blanket or some folding chairs and pick a comfortable spot on the National Mall near the World War II Memorial for a prime view of nearly 100 World War II-era aircraft that will fly overhead on September 25 in honor of the seventy-fifth ...

Update: AOPA Air Safety Institute cancels safety seminars, FIRCs
The AOPA Air Safety Institute’s safety seminars have been canceled until further notice, and its in-person Flight Instructor Refresher Courses have been canceled through June.

Update: AEA cancels convention
The deluge of coronavirus-induced disruption extended to the Aircraft Electronics Association’s International Convention and Trade Show. AEA canceled its 2020 event and will focus on planning its convention in Dallas scheduled for March 2021.

2020 Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo delayed until May
The Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida, is the latest general aviation event disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

AOPA Announcement Regarding SUN 'n FUN 2020

Coronavirus impacts aviation events
As officials take precautions against the coronavirus pandemic, many aviation events are being canceled or postponed.

US clears bankrupt One Aviation for foreign acquisition
An investment company from China has received U.S. government approval to acquire One Aviation, the bankrupt company aviation entrepreneur Alan Klapmeier created in 2015 by merging his turboprop-development project with a jet manufacturing concern.

Fate of Isle Airport remains unknown
The future of Minnesota’s Isle Airport, a small grass strip on Mille Lacs Lake, remains unknown following a March 4 town hall hosted by AOPA.

AOPA monitors coronavirus, postpones Hoover ceremony
AOPA recognizes the growing concern around the coronavirus pandemic and has postponed the R.A. “Bob” Hoover Awards ceremony. At this time, however, AOPA will continue with operations and events as usual. We will notify members of any chan ...

Senior AME offers tips to protect yourself from coronavirus
Dr. Brent Blue, an AOPA Pilot magazine contributor, FAA senior aviation medical examiner, and airline transport pilot with more than 9,000 hours of flight time, offered several measures to help keep pilots and passengers safe in general aviation airc ...

FAA, training industry take precautions amid coronavirus concerns
Airlines were among the first to face the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the effects soon extended to the universities and other programs that train pilots.

AOPA calls for more clarity on prohibited drugs
Access to more information can help pilots make better decisions regarding which medications are safe, education that is especially important on the heels of an NTSB report suggesting there is an uptick in traces of certain medicines and drugs found ...

Balancing drone integration opportunity and risk
As the FAA considers allowing more freedom for drones to maneuver, AOPA urges the agency—and fellow members of the FAA Drone Advisory Committee (DAC)—not to expect manned aircraft to add new equipment to facilitate safe separation.

Cessna 210 owners weigh compliance options for corrosion AD
Time is getting short for operators of the older Cessna 210 single-engine airplanes covered by an airworthiness directive requiring corrosion inspections of carrythrough wing spars to provide data to the FAA on ways to modify the AD.