AOPA: your freedom to fly

AOPA: your freedom to fly AOPA is the largest community of pilots in the world. AOPA pilots across the world share, grow and represent the amazing experience that is flying.
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AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association) is the largest aviation association in the world. It has been protecting your freedom to fly for 75 years.

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05/11/2021
Ask an AOPA Ambassador: Flying on the Cheap

Ask an AOPA Ambassador: Flying on the Cheap

Join the AOPA Ambassadors as they discuss the paperwork and record keeping necessary to fly. Whether you're a student or a seasoned pilot, we'll share information that is of interest to all aviators.
Have a question? Ask it and we'll do our best to answer your question!

Backcountry flying is a growing segment of General Aviation. Pilots from all backgrounds are exploring exciting and chal...
05/11/2021

Backcountry flying is a growing segment of General Aviation. Pilots from all backgrounds are exploring exciting and challenging flying in beautiful surroundings. On May 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm Eastern, join an impressive coalition of industry leaders who are working to ensure that your experiences in the back country are fun, safe and conducted to help preserve access to these spectacular areas.
Register now: https://bddy.me/2RalleD

Presented by the AOPA Air Safety Institute in cooperation with the Recreational Aviation Foundation, Idaho Aviation Association, Montana Pilots Association, Utah Back Country Pilots Association, Idaho Division of Aeronautics, Montana Aeronautics Division, FLYOZ, Trent Palmer, Mark Patey, Kevin Quinn STOL Pilot, Amy Hoover & Dick Williams.

In Part 3 of our Top Aircraft of 2020, we’re looking at the most popular turboprops and light jets financed by AOPA memb...
05/10/2021
Top 4 Light Jet Turbine Aircraft

In Part 3 of our Top Aircraft of 2020, we’re looking at the most popular turboprops and light jets financed by AOPA members.
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In Part 3 of our Top Aircraft of 2020, we’re looking at the most popular turboprops and light jets financed by AOPA members.

Fewer than 8 percent of active FAA-certificated pilots are women, so it can be difficult to find other moms to connect w...
05/09/2021
Flying Moms

Fewer than 8 percent of active FAA-certificated pilots are women, so it can be difficult to find other moms to connect with in aviation, leading to a feeling of isolation.

To find out how moms continue flying recreationally and professionally while raising a family, we reached out to AOPA members and women in Female Aviators Sticking Together (FAST).

We swapped stories and advice about the importance of our spouses and support systems, enjoying some “me time,” inspiring our children, and continuing careers that we love.
https://bddy.me/3vRbjxQ

Kate Matteson’s six-week-old son, Merek, had just woken up from his nap and was cooing contentedly, and my 19-month-old son, Shawn, had just gone down for a nap, giving us a serendipitous opportunity to take some time out of our hectic day to chat over the phone about how we juggle life as a wife,...

Flying often runs in families, and the mother-daughter team of Laurie and Arianna Strand is no exception.https://bddy.me...
05/09/2021
Mother-daughter pilot duo

Flying often runs in families, and the mother-daughter team of Laurie and Arianna Strand is no exception.
https://bddy.me/3uC3R9u

Flying often runs in families, and the mother-daughter team of Laurie and Arianna Strand is no exception.

The AOPA Aviator Showcases, scheduled for August 27 and October 1, are generating excitement among aviation companies lo...
05/07/2021
Industry excited about AOPA Aviator Showcases

The AOPA Aviator Showcases, scheduled for August 27 and October 1, are generating excitement among aviation companies looking forward to interacting with pilots one-on-one after more than a year of canceled in-person aviation events because of the coronavirus pandemic.
https://bddy.me/3eq64PS

The AOPA Aviator Showcases, scheduled for August 27 and October 1, are generating excitement among aviation companies looking forward to interacting with pilots one-on-one.

The town of Wayne, Nebraska, welcomed pilots and fans for the inaugural Mayday STOL Drag April 28 to May 1. Marquees dow...
05/06/2021

The town of Wayne, Nebraska, welcomed pilots and fans for the inaugural Mayday STOL Drag April 28 to May 1. Marquees down Main Street welcomed short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) drag racers and spectators, and Wayne Municipal/Stan Morris Field was ready with food trucks, volunteers, picnic benches, and tents for shade. Pilots began arriving early in the week to set up camp and practice for the STOL drag and traditional STOL competitions with the main event, STOL drag racing, set to be held on Friday and Saturday.
Read more: https://bddy.me/3er9ZvW

Pilots who have been fully vaccinated can fly to the Bahamas without getting a coronavirus test and enjoy indoor activit...
05/03/2021
Bahamas to ease restrictions for international travelers

Pilots who have been fully vaccinated can fly to the Bahamas without getting a coronavirus test and enjoy indoor activities in addition to the islands' beautiful outdoor attractions.
https://bddy.me/3tdY0FR

Pilots who have been fully vaccinated can fly to the Bahamas without getting a coronavirus test and enjoy indoor activities in addition to the islands' beautiful outdoor attractions.

A growing platform seeks to “empower, support, promote, and connect women in aviation with each other and to needed reso...
04/30/2021
Women Rock Wings

A growing platform seeks to “empower, support, promote, and connect women in aviation with each other and to needed resources,” said Women Rock Wings Founder and Creator Meagan S. Davis.
https://bddy.me/3aUC4tk

A growing platform seeks to “empower, support, promote, and connect women in aviation with each other and to needed resources,” said Women Rock Wings Founder and Creator Meagan S. Davis.

On the latest episode of From The Runway Up listen to Mike Ginter, Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy for AOP...
04/30/2021

On the latest episode of From The Runway Up listen to Mike Ginter, Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy for AOPA talk about why General Aviation continues to grow, how to become a pilot, and why general aviation is critical to the success of local communities. Listen now: https://bddy.me/3eKrIx4

On the latest episode of From The Runway Up listen to Mike Ginter, Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy for AOPA talk about why General Aviation continues to grow, how to become a pilot, and why general aviation is critical to the success of local communities. Listen now: https://bddy.me/3eKrIx4

The FAA has revoked author and Flying magazine Contributing Editor Martha Lunken’s pilot certificates because she flew u...
04/29/2021
Aviation writer Martha Lunken's pilot certificates revoked

The FAA has revoked author and Flying magazine Contributing Editor Martha Lunken’s pilot certificates because she flew under a bridge in Ohio in 2020.
https://bddy.me/2PwSUXy

The FAA recently revoked author and Flying magazine Contributing Editor Martha Lunken's pilot certificates for flying under an interstate highway bridge above the Little Miami River in Ohio.

AOPA Members can save up to 30% off Avis PAY NOW rates when making a reservation with Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) numb...
04/29/2021

AOPA Members can save up to 30% off Avis PAY NOW rates when making a reservation with Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number A451348. Complete your reservation and receive instant online and email confirmation of your travel plans. #sponsored
Reserve now: https://bddy.me/3eJxUWf

AOPA Members can save up to 30% off Avis PAY NOW rates when making a reservation with Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number A451348. Complete your reservation and receive instant online and email confirmation of your travel plans. #sponsored
Reserve now: https://bddy.me/3eJxUWf

Can a VFR Pilot Survive in IMC?Question: I’ve heard that an experiment determined that private pilots survive an average...
04/28/2021

Can a VFR Pilot Survive in IMC?

Question: I’ve heard that an experiment determined that private pilots survive an average of three minutes after accidentally entering IMC. Is that right? Get the answer (and lots of real-life stories) from #PilotWorkshops here: https://bddy.me/3sUr1GA

Can a VFR Pilot Survive in IMC?

Question: I’ve heard that an experiment determined that private pilots survive an average of three minutes after accidentally entering IMC. Is that right? Get the answer (and lots of real-life stories) from #PilotWorkshops here: https://bddy.me/3sUr1GA

04/27/2021
Ask an AOPA Ambassador: Paperwork, FAA Forms, & Record Keeping

Ask an AOPA Ambassador: Paperwork, FAA Forms, & Record Keeping

Join the AOPA Ambassadors as they discuss the paperwork and record keeping necessary to fly. Whether you're a student or a seasoned pilot, we'll share information that is of interest to all aviators.
Have a question? Ask it and we'll do our best to answer your question!

We created this online survey on behalf of the FAA Drone Advisory Committee that seeks pilot perspectives on 14 related ...
04/27/2021
Speaking up on drone integration

We created this online survey on behalf of the FAA Drone Advisory Committee that seeks pilot perspectives on 14 related questions about whether pilots of manned aircraft flying any kind of low-level operation (recreational or commercial) would want to see Remote ID information presented in flight, and, if so, if the respondents prefer to view drone position information on existing aircraft displays, or on a separate device.
https://bddy.me/3ezsYTQ

A panel discussion at an International Civil Aviation Organization event prompted AOPA to reiterate support for drone integration, provided participation by the rest of general aviation remains voluntary. Surveys of pilots and other stakeholders seek additional views.

A pilot and a Twin Comanche return to the skies after 29 years.#WorldPilotsDayhttps://bddy.me/3aJ2gXB
04/26/2021
Old friends

A pilot and a Twin Comanche return to the skies after 29 years.
#WorldPilotsDay
https://bddy.me/3aJ2gXB

At the appointed hour on May 17, 2019, I sat in a hangar in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, waiting for my instructor and feeling a bit like a schoolboy on the first day of school. Seven and a half years had passed since my last flight. In preparation, I had been reading the federal aviation regulations, an...

Aero Friedrichshafen, the annual event in Germany where general aviation in Europe showcases flying and technological in...
04/22/2021
Aero Friedrichshafen postponed to 2022

Aero Friedrichshafen, the annual event in Germany where general aviation in Europe showcases flying and technological innovation, has been scrubbed for 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
https://bddy.me/3emPTS5

Aero Friedrichshafen, the annual event in Germany where general aviation in Europe showcases flying and technological innovation, has been scrubbed for 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The first FBO will take a while, more so a decent restaurant, but NASA made history with a launch from the first airport...
04/21/2021
First powered flight on Mars complete

The first FBO will take a while, more so a decent restaurant, but NASA made history with a launch from the first airport on Mars.
https://bddy.me/3sHDAVA

The first FBO will take a while, more so a decent restaurant, but NASA made history with a launch from the first airport on Mars.

The Air Force Thunderbirds have redesigned their airshow demonstrations to present a shorter, tighter, more intense show...
04/20/2021
US Air Force demo squadron launches new show

The Air Force Thunderbirds have redesigned their airshow demonstrations to present a shorter, tighter, more intense show that “tells a story,” team members said.
https://bddy.me/3dzj4lS

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have redesigned their airshow demonstrations to present a shorter, tighter, more intense show that "tells a story," team members said.

The thundering of jets, cheers from the crowd, and the familiar smell of jumbo corn dogs and 100LL can only mean one thi...
04/20/2021
Sun 'n Fun an impeccable start to airshow season

The thundering of jets, cheers from the crowd, and the familiar smell of jumbo corn dogs and 100LL can only mean one thing: Airshow season has returned. No one is more excited than this year's Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo attendees.
https://bddy.me/2P1zg5K

The thundering of jets, cheers from the crowd, and the familiar smell of jumbo corn dogs and 100LL can only mean one thing: Airshow season has returned. No one is more excited than this year's Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo attendees.

In honor of SUN 'n FUN, we are offering an exclusive $10 discount to AOPA members who renew or new members who join befo...
04/16/2021

In honor of SUN 'n FUN, we are offering an exclusive $10 discount to AOPA members who renew or new members who join before April 30, 2021. Use promo code AOPASNF2021 when you renew or join, and also receive a complimentary hat! https://bit.ly/3sl1TIV

In honor of SUN 'n FUN, we are offering an exclusive $10 discount to AOPA members who renew or new members who join before April 30, 2021. Use promo code AOPASNF2021 when you renew or join, and also receive a complimentary hat! https://bit.ly/3sl1TIV

What would you like to see at SUN 'n FUN this year?! #SNF21
04/16/2021

What would you like to see at SUN 'n FUN this year?! #SNF21

Day 2 of SUN 'n FUN! Come stop by the AOPA tent and say hi!
04/14/2021

Day 2 of SUN 'n FUN! Come stop by the AOPA tent and say hi!

AOPA HQ 🛫 SUN 'n FUN
04/13/2021

AOPA HQ 🛫 SUN 'n FUN

The NTSB announced its 2021–2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements on April 6, leading off with rec...
04/08/2021
NTSB would mandate aviation safety programs, some data recording

The NTSB announced its 2021–2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements on April 6, leading off with recommendations for operators of revenue-generating passenger carrying flights to establish safety management system (SMS) programs, and for passenger-carrying commercial aircraft to have image recording and flight data recording capabilities that would shed light on—or help avoid—accidents.
https://bddy.me/3d0FBru

The NTSB announced its 2021–2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements on April 6, leading off with recommendations for operators of revenue-generating passenger carrying flights to establish safety management system programs, and for passenger-carrying commercial aircraft to have...

Who's ready?! https://bddy.me/31QSVbz
04/07/2021
5 must-see attractions at Sun 'n Fun

Who's ready?!
https://bddy.me/31QSVbz

For decades, the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo has been a spring ritual for pilots who have been cooped up all winter. After a year of canceled events and lockdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year's edition might be more anticipated than ever.

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