General Aviation Information


'The Turbine Pilot's Flight Manual' updated
The airlines are on a pilot hiring binge but, ironically, there’s a scant amount of comprehensive reading material aimed at pilots aspiring to fly turbine-powered airplanes.

Training Tip: Give me a 360
You are flying the base leg, descending and configured for landing, when the control tower calls with an unexpected request.

Owner of restored Cessna gives back with intro flights
What could be a sadder sight than an unloved airplane sitting by its lonesome on an airport ramp?

Music in the air
Take a look behind the scenes at how a drone shoot was planned, organized, and executed to take Liza Marie’s upcoming music video to the next level.

Feds moving to ground foreign drones
The U.S. Department of the Interior operates nearly 1,000 drones for missions including wildland firefighting, rescue, mapping, and monitoring natural resources. Most of those machines were made in China, which is reason enough, in the view of some o ...

PilotWeb notam site to shut down January 24
Three things in life you can count on include the sun coming up in the east, taxes coming due, and notices to airmen sometimes being hard to find. One of those things is about to change—but it will be business as usual for solar activity and pa ...

New Garmin flight instrument ‘reimagines’ the panel
Garmin has introduced an electronic flight instrument that can replace primary flight instruments including an attitude indicator, attitude directional indicator, course deviation indicator, horizontal situation indicator, and engine indication syste ...

GPS jamming expected in Southeast during military exercise
GPS reception may be unavailable or unreliable over a large portion of the southeastern states and the Caribbean during offshore military exercises scheduled between January 16 and 24.

20 songs for your aviation playlist
Pilots and aviation enthusiasts added 20 more tunes to a growing aviation playlist of more than 70 songs and four hours of listening. Update your 2020 aviation playlist with some of these favorites and send us your ideas for more.

Continental service bulletin made mandatory to boost compliance
Continental Aerospace Technologies announced that it has made a service bulletin that requires inspecting multiple engine models and removing casting material buildup on cylinder heads mandatory to improve compliance.

Take a GA vacation overseas
Fly around New Zealand, take an aerial safari in southern Africa, fly your own high-performance aircraft to other continents, or explore Mexico and the Caribbean on the vacation of a lifetime.

Aviation security awareness crucial in tense times
AOPA is reminding members that it is always important to pitch in to maintain security awareness at general aviation airports—and especially so when tensions are high as is the case following recent confrontations in the Middle East.

Airspace restrictions planned for State of the Union address
The FAA has announced additional flight restrictions that will be in effect in the Washington, D.C., area February 4 between 8 and 11 p.m. Eastern time for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Santa Barbara airport defends its parking fee policy
AOPA is supporting a local effort to bring sponsor-controlled parking for transient general aviation aircraft to California’s Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, where two FBOs currently control ramp access—and where officials rejected an ai ...

Historian, author, retired USAF Col. Walter Boyne dies
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Walter Boyne, a bomber pilot, author, and former director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, died January 9 at age 90.

20 Resolutions for 2020!
Have you been asked what your New Year’s resolutions are yet?

Training Tip: Calculate this
What’s thinner than your iPhone, faster than a touch screen, and doesn’t go dark when you need it most?

Cherokees to Oshkosh registration open
Cherokees to Oshkosh hopes to get 60 Piper PA–28s and PA–32s to fly in July’s mass arrival to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Piper Cherokee.

5 ways to fly on your vacation
If you’re like most pilots, you are always looking for an excuse to go flying—even on vacation when you didn’t bring the airplane along. These five tips will help you scratch the itch to get in the air and let you see your destinati ...

It's That Time of Year
Is an annual aviation insurance review on your checklist? With the changes in the insurance market it can be critical that you don’t wait until the last minute to renew your policy.

FlyThisSim customers complain of delivery delays
An Ohio flying club has filed a police report and asked the state attorney general to investigate FlyThisSim, a company that builds and sells flight simulators.

Personal flight for first responders
Flying car pioneer Carl Dietrich wants to equip firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders with a pretty cool tool to get to the scene of an emergency faster by flying. Whether that takes the form of something wearable, o ...

South Pole flight recognizes AOPA’s eightieth anniversary
Polar circumnavigator Robert DeLaurentis delivered on his vow to represent AOPA during a successful round-trip flight from South America to the South Pole in a modified Gulfstream Twin Commander 900.

Noise reduction act provisions could harm GA
AOPA is among nine aviation organizations urging a congressional committee to oppose legislation that would allow the regulation of airport noise at the local level, reversing course on the policy of federal aviation regulation that has been in place ...

FAA gets early earful on drone ID
The FAA published on December 31 a detailed and long-awaited proposal to create a system to track and manage every flight by millions of drones, and many stakeholders responded swiftly: The online document logged more than 100,000 views and 1,000 com ...

Survey seeks pilot input on FAA tests
AOPA is encouraging pilots to take a survey by January 30 that will be used to help update the content of private pilot, instrument rating, commercial pilot, and airline transport pilot knowledge and practical tests.

Cirrus IQ, stabilized approach highlight 2020 G6 SR series
Cirrus debuted its 2020 G6 SR series with new features including Cirrus IQ and a stabilized approach advisory system that lets you and the aircraft communicate on the ground and in the air.

Approaching perfection
Your airport is buzzing with news that an instrument approach you have long relied on is slated for cancellation. Is the rumor true? Is there anything you can do to prevent it?

Sevenfold expansion proposed for Evers MOA
AOPA has expressed concerns about the impact on general aviation of a proposal that would bring about a 700-percent expansion of a military operations area in West Virginia in a region heavily used by civilian aviation.

Changes coming to Washington, D.C., area VFR operations
Pilots who conduct VFR flights in the Washington, D.C., area should familiarize themselves with new notices to airmen that take effect at 0001Z on January 15, including revisions to operating procedures to three airports within the Washington, D.C., ...

AOPA flight training scholarships open
More than 100 AOPA flight training scholarship opportunities are available to high school students, teachers, primary flight training students, and pilots pursuing advanced ratings or certificates.

New year, new Pilot Passport challenges
Escape the winter doldrums with a getaway to warmer climates in January and February, and you could be rewarded in more ways than one.

Garmin unveils fourth-generation navigators
Garmin announced the release and immediate availability of its fourth-generation GTN 650Xi and GTN 750Xi navigators.

Mooney workers told to 'go home'
Mooney Aircraft Corp. employees returned to the Texas factory expecting to resume work on January 6 following the holidays and were told to "go home."

Training Tip: Control (of the roll) is the goal
The snowstorm has passed; the long, paved runway is plowed; and it’s time to get back in the air. But take care—the snow is not finished shaping the airport environment.

Best photos of 2019
From fly-ins to magazine cover images, AOPA photographers transport readers to destinations in the United States and overseas to showcase the best of the general aviation community. Join us on a visual journey through 2019 to explore some of their fi ...

What Alaska pilots want as briefing technology evolves
Alaska is a unique aviation environment, and as the modernization of flight service nationwide moves into the digital age, meeting the needs of Alaska’s pilots must follow its own special path.

Sisters take checkride on same day
Twin sisters Lexie and Emily Wilson came into the world together. On December 7, 2019, at age 24, they became private pilots together.

Registration open for forty-fourth Air Race Classic
Registration is open for the Air Race Classic, the annual all-women cross-country air race. This year’s event begins June 23 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and concludes June 26 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Photography at the edge of night
The setting sun signals the end of the drone-flying portion of the day for most of us, but with the right techniques (and an FAA waiver), there is room for magic in the final minutes of daylight, and beyond.

AOPA's top 5 advocacy accomplishments of 2019
From state legislatures and airport board meetings to Capitol Hill and the FAA, AOPA has been working at the local and national level to protect general aviation for 80 years.

Remembering aviators who died in 2019
AOPA joins the aviation community saluting 19 aviation standouts to whom we bade a final farewell in 2019, including Women Airforce Service Pilots, Tuskegee Airmen, and the last of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

IFR Fix: Are you ready (to fly in) for some football?
The top two National Football League teams won’t be the only organizations with a game-on mindset when Super Bowl 54 kicks off on February 2 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Air traffic control has also been in training for the big event, an ...

AOPA: GAO audit of FBO pricing misses the mark
After more than a year of investigation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its congressionally mandated report on FBO pricing and FAA oversight of requirements airports must follow to obtain federal grants for airside safety project ...

Report sees soaring Louisiana aviation industry
Aviation is soaring in Louisiana, according to an economic impact study of the industry and the state’s 68 public airports released by the Department of Transportation and Development.

Training Tip: Got rest?
A half-hour nap can be very refreshing—but taking it while acting as the sole pilot of an aircraft in flight is not recommended.

Flying under ADS-B rules
For aircraft not equipped with ADS-B Out, flying in certain U.S. airspace will change beginning at 0001 local on Thursday, January 2—which is when the FAA’s long-discussed ADS-B Out mandate takes effect.

Nitrogen line explodes at Wichita Beechcraft plant
A liquid nitrogen line ruptured and exploded at Textron’s Beechcraft aircraft manufacturing plant in Wichita, Kansas, on December 27, sending about a dozen people to the hospital and shaking nearby residences, according to several news reports.

ADS-B privacy now available
The FAA’s Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) program, announced in early November, quietly went live Thursday, December 19. PIA allows aircraft operators to increase operational privacy by requesting an alternate, temporary ICAO aircraft address that i ...

Muilenburg out as Boeing CEO
The Boeing Co. announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis A. Muilenburg resigned effective immediately. He will be replaced as CEO and president by Boeing’s current chairman, David L. Calhoun, on January 13.

Love is in the air
Washington, D.C., aerial photojournalist Brad Freitas spends most of his days in the back of a helicopter filming breaking news for one of the region’s top news stations. Leave it to Freitas to break some news of his own when he decided to prop ...

Asking for ADS-B
A group of Texas pilots has petitioned the FAA seeking an exemption from the agency’s ADS-B rules, which take effect at 0001 local on Thursday, January 2. But they’re not trying to avoid equipping with the mandated new technology; they&rs ...

Mutual aerial awareness
ADS-B is a bit like a vaccine: Everyone needs to have it to achieve the maximum possible benefit. As drones continue to increase in number, AOPA noted that aircraft owners who may not need access to certain airspace once ADS-B becomes mandatory in th ...

FAA investigating BlackBird air transportation digital service
The FAA is investigating the operation of BlackBird Air, an online marketplace that brings together commercial pilots and aircraft with people seeking air transportation through an app—and the regulatory agency warned that pilots listed in ...

Congress averts shutdown, sends spending package to president
Congress has passed and sent to President Donald Trump fiscal-year 2020 appropriations legislation that provides $17.6 billion for the FAA, including $3.35 billion for the airport improvement program and $10 million for workforce grant programs stron ...

NORAD Santa delivers joy
On Christmas Eve, 1,500 volunteers and North American Aerospace Defense Command service personnel will be focusing on a red-suited pilot with a team of reindeer, carrying on a holiday tradition that began with an errant phone call in 1955.

OpenAirplane shuts down
OpenAirplane, an initiative aimed at streamlining the airplane checkout process and getting more pilots flying, has shut down.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) along with industry leaders from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Air Transportation ...

Zen Pilot crosses South Pole
Robert DeLaurentis flew a modified Gulfstream Turbo Commander 900 from Ushuaia, Argentina, to the South Pole—and back—December 16 during a “very challenging” 18-hour flight that included navigation loss, extreme weather, and p ...

'The Hill' names AOPA among top lobbyists of 2019
Washington, D.C.-based publication The Hill released its annual list of top lobbyists on December 12. AOPA is among the nation’s top companies, labor unions, and associations.

Tuskegee Airman McGee to be promoted to brigadier general
After celebrating his 100th birthday by piloting a Cirrus Vision Jet, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles E. McGee is set to be presented with an honorary promotion to brigadier general. The action, included in the National Defense Authorization ...

AOPA helps shape recreational drone test
AOPA will pitch in on a collaborative effort to create a knowledge test for recreational drone users, aiming to keep the skies safe as newcomers arrive in droves.

Push to cut aircraft maintenance tax burden resumes in Maryland
A growing coalition representing Maryland’s aircraft maintenance and repair industry is renewing efforts to win a sales-and-use tax exemption for parts and components installed in the state.

Garmin diversity transponders OK'd
Garmin announced that it has received FAA supplemental type certification for its GTX 335D and GTX 345D diversity ADS-B transponders, which provide maximum ADS-B Out visibility in the global airspace system.

Four RNAV routes proposed for Hawaii
The FAA has proposed establishing the first low-altitude RNAV terminal transition routes, or T-routes, in Hawaii based on designs produced by a collaboration between air traffic control and local pilots.

Training Tip: Got stress?
Quick, name the two categories of stress.

Aircraft certification reform continues to advance
Production of new piston-powered aircraft has plummeted from a high of 17,032 in 1978 to just 1,139 in 2018. As the number of new aircraft being produced has declined, the purchase price has risen steeply while the value of the aging fleet has fallen ...

Harrelson posts unofficial world speed record
Westbound world speed record-seeker Bill Harrelson safely landed his modified Lancair IV at California’s Ontario International Airport December 15 at 9:21 p.m. Pacific time after completing a grueling earthrounding flight to unofficially shatte ...

Training Tip: Frozen (a tale of winter flight training)
It’s a cold winter morning, and although your aircraft’s engine has been running for a few minutes, the oil temperature gauge’s indication has not budged. Is the trainer ready for takeoff?

Tour a GA manufacturer
Stepping onto the manufacturing floor, you couldn’t help but notice how quiet it was. There was no loud machinery running, no rapid-fire air guns, and virtually no talking. Then, turning a corner we saw a fuselage, silently spinning on a giant ...

4 Steps to Choosing Your Aviation Insurance Partner
Before you pay your premiums, make sure your insurance partner can pay claims.

tailBeacon approved for rotorcraft
uAvionix has announced that its tailBeacon, an FAA-approved, remote-mount 978-MHz universal access transceiver (UAT) ADS-B Out solution—combined with a rear position light for mounting at the rear of an aircraft—has been accepted by the F ...

Answers for the unequipped
As the FAA’s mandate for ADS-B Out draws closer, more pilots—especially those flying aircraft not equipped with ADS-B Out—have questions. And we have the answers.

PilotWorkshops releases new IFR video series
AOPA Premier Partner PilotWorkshops has released a new video program that demonstrates techniques and procedures to make instrument flying easier and safer.

Military seeks comments on Georgia MOA proposal
The U.S. Air Force is seeking public comments by January 6, 2020, during the preparation of an environmental impact statement for a proposed revision of the Moody Airspace Complex adjacent to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia.

Events to mark seventy-fifth anniversary of World War II’s end
A committee dedicated to paying tribute to veterans of World War II will hold events and programs in Washington, D.C., in May and at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii next summer to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the war’s end in Europe and ...

FAA sets January 8 end date for HIWAS broadcasts
The FAA announced that the Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS), which transmits weather advisories over some VORs, will be discontinued on January 8, 2020.

Harbour Air flies first electric Beaver
Harbour Air’s all-electric-powered de Havilland Beaver took off for an inaugural flight test just after daybreak December 10 to the cheers of about two dozen people huddled on a chilly dock in Vancouver, British Columbia, as the distinctive sea ...

It’s all for the kids
You say you don’t believe in Santa Claus? In Michigan you’d be proven wrong. Very wrong.

World speed record attempt back on track
Two oceans down, one to go.

Training Tip: A fast and furtive fog
It’s a picture-perfect day for flying: Bright sunshine, a clear sky, and just enough breeze to animate the windsock. So why is the pattern crammed with aircraft hurrying to get on the ground?

Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop engine start
There are thousands of Beechcraft King Airs out there, powered by thousands more Pratt & Whitney PT6 turboprop engines. Ever wonder how to start one? Here are the basics, featuring a King Air 300.

Around-the-world speed record attempt forced to turn back
Bill Harrelson’s around-the-world speed record attempt got underway December 5, but the pilot turned back over the Pacific after a slew of unwelcome, last-minute surprises.

Happy birthday, Col. McGee
Col. Charles E. McGee, who flew a P–51 Mustang as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, celebrated his 100th birthday December 6 by climbing into the left seat of a Cirrus Vision Jet.

Aircraft Maintenance: Tame Old Man Winter with hangar tech
This is the time of year that I can routinely be heard complaining about the cold, as if it’s a surprise that I had no idea was coming. In my defense, it’s fair to say that getting more than a foot of snow Thanksgiving weekend is a bit mu ...

Hayward Air Rally to award EAA Air Academy scholarships
The Hayward Air Rally, which claims the title of North America’s longest continually held proficiency flying event, is again offering scholarships to the EAA Air Academy for two young people.

Group or individual life insurance – what’s best for me?

Want a better autopilot? Start with the servos.
An in-depth look at Garmin’s fresh approach to autopilot servo technology.

Textron Aviation announces layoffs
Textron Aviation announced layoffs in its Wichita, Kansas-based engineering and professional support workforce to take effect at year’s end.

Italian aviator Francesco Volpi dies at age 105
Francesco Volpi, a decorated Italian Air Force pilot who earned his military pilot certificate at age 21 and went on to count more than 80 years of active flying, died November 19 at age 105.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has announced its much anticipated 2020 fly-in locations. The coveted three location, two-day events, will kick off May 29 and 30 in San Marcos, Texas (KHYI), followed by June 19 and 20 in Casper, Wyo ...

Mooney again making parts, aircraft
Workers are again hand-driving rivets and curving sheet metal in a Kerrville, Texas, general aviation manufacturing facility at the venerable Mooney International Corp. “They actually never closed,” said Don Maxwell, a respected Mooney se ...

IFR Fix: He's making a list (of instrument procedures)
Improving IFR facilities at your airport may not be as simple as telling Santa your wish and waiting by the chimney for delivery—but it’s close by government standards.

Steady increases continue for avionics sales
Worldwide sales of avionics to the business and general aviation segments surpassed $2.28 billion for the first nine months of 2019, a 14.3-percent increase over the comparable 2018 period that continues a trend of steady growth, said an industry rep ...

'Classrooms' offered as new aviation learning environment
How's this for innovation: Instead of studying all alone for FAA knowledge tests by reading a book, watching a video, or answering test bank questions on an app, there’s a place where people gather to study aviation together and ask questions o ...

Training Tip: When eyes tell lies
As I stare with one eye covered at an image in an aviation text held at arm’s length, a remarkable thing happens.

California Aeronautical University Hosts its Third Aviation Career Day!
Staying true to their mission of inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals, California Aeronautical University (CAU) hosted their 3rd annual Aviation Career Day to more than 400 hundred attendees to include students from 17 high schools ...

Leidos wins new flight service contract
The FAA has selected current flight service provider Leidos to receive a new five-year contract under its Future Flight Service Program with options to extend the agreement in one-year increments up to an additional 10 years.

Vacation with a bird's-eye view
There is nothing better in the world when traveling than getting a bird’s-eye view of a destination. Many times I’ll just bring my own airplane and fly to the destination. But what if the water’s too wide for my airplane to comforta ...

Mild weather, wild destination
Skiing and sledding are not the first activities that come to mind when you think of Tucson, Arizona, but this is where you’ll find the southernmost ski area in the United States.