Weekly update of general aviation news from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Here's the Latest Episode from AOPA Live This Week:
A pilot sets a Guinness World Record in a Cessna 172. General aviation sales are strong, driven by the pilot shortage. We go flying in Maui!
Watch what happens when a gifted team takes a stock Cessna 175 and turns it “experimental” to make amazing upgrades as affordable as can be. Also, take a trip to Catalina Island, and hear how the Coronavirus is impacting aviation.
Spinning to safety. The one control input that could save your life. Flying through a tropical paradise. AOPA advocates for an easier and cheaper IPC. And flying to the Martian landscape of the Trona Pinnacles in California's Mojave Desert.
The latest on the helicopter accident that killed Kobe Bryant and eight others. We have reports from the Helicopter Association International convention. Seaplane flying at a reasonable price. Military overhead approach works for civilians too.
American Airlines awards a grant to a South Carolina high school that implemented AOPA’s You Can Fly high school curriculum. Also this week, a closer look at how charted landmarks compare visually to the real thing.
Garmin introduces a flight instrument replacement the fits in the standard 3.125 inch cutout and brings incredible capability to your panel. Fly with us to Wallops Flight Facility and learn about new research to improve snow and ice forecasting.
It's here. Are you ready for ADS-B? A big automaker decides to move into aviation and build urban air taxis. Cirrus ups the ante with its 2020 models.
Strap in for a ride with the Air Force Thunderbirds, fly a seaplane with a reality show celebrity, join a desert party, reflect on the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day, and more as AOPA Live This Week producers share their favorite stories of 2019.
Colonel Charles McGee of Tuskegee Airmen fame turns 100. Operation Good Cheer brings presents to kids by GA. NORAD tracks Santa Claus.
Find out where we're heading for the 2020 AOPA Fly-Ins. See a one of a kind Kinner Sportwing transform from a pile of parts on a trailer into a flying work of art. We try out MyGoFlight's newest versions of its popular flight bags.
An upsetting time in the UPS sim. Learning how to recover from unusual attitudes in big iron. Showing controllers life on the other side of the scope. Stupid drone tricks, and unidentified flying objects over Washington, DC.
If there's ice in the forecast, how do you make the final go, no go decision? We take a flight find out. It seems almost heresy, but now there's a Cub with a nose wheel, and it's just the thing for the back country. We check out the Florida LSA show.
Mooney shutters the factory. What does that mean for owners? We test fly a new Bose headset. Cessnas and Cherokees to the rescue in rural Mexico.
A major breakthrough for commercial pilots with diabetes. New York first responders learn to use drones to save lives and property. Converting military pilots to piston flyers. For some young aspiring aviators, more than 350,000 reasons to smile.
Garmin's new Autoland system. The Piper Pilot 100i. A fly-off between the Van's RV-10 and the Cessna 182
A show well worthy of Las Vegas to introduce the biggest bizjet at NBAA-BACE. A new Pilatus PC-12. Fun on the Dead Cow Lake playa.
We strap into a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F–16. The best flight instructors and flight schools of 2019 are revealed. Pilots under BasicMed can now fly to Mexico. The NTSB reveals new details of the B–17 disaster in Connecticut.
Safety in numbers; the latest AOPA Air Safety Institute Nall Report shows general aviation safety continues to get better. Prop lever full forward doesn't always get you the best performance. Jay Leno "disses" a well-known aircraft. Really, Jay?
Fatal B-17 crash in Connecticut sends shockwaves of grief beyond warbird community. Garmin Virb or GoPro? We have the fly-off, shoot-off. We get our hands on the new TBM 940 turboprop. A cool new aviation museum near Denver.
The new TRAC trainer from Cirrus. Escape to Rough River. Spaceport America is ready for space travel.
More lessons from Draco’s destruction. An AOPA Fly-In gets more visceral, and social, when you pack a tent. Also, watch a Pittsburgh school prepare students for aviation jobs in hot demand.
Aviation continues to serve the devastated Bahamas, but the situation remains complicated, and heartbreaking. Also, a labor of love returns a Staggerwing to the Tullahoma, Tennessee, sky, and Barry Schiff flies a vintage P-40 Warhawk.
How you can help in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, and your AOPA is already on site! GA serves a remote fishing island. A preview of a very special place you can visit from our Tullahoma fly-in.
Tour the Beechcraft Heritage Museum, one of the many reasons to join us for the Tullahoma Fly-In. Remembering Captain Al Haynes, who saved scores of lives from an impossible situation in 1989. And take your final exam for a tailwheel endorsement.
In the wake of the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. accident, we review the proper way to do a go-around. An incredible roar coming to the last AOPA Fly-In of 2019. Better than flying for burgers, flying for the dogs.
Fly the Texas Aircraft Colt 100. Check out an Air Force Test Site in Tullahoma. TXT MSG 4 WX, PLZ. Gyrocopter around the world.
Some fun flying in an Icon A5 amphib at #osh19. Pilots' two cents on FBO fees. Celebrating 97 years in the air over a drop zone.
Even more news from #0sh19 AirVenture 2019. The eVTOL in your future, a pop-up flight school, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins talks about his early flight training, and Oshkosh has gone to the dogs.
From AirVenture 2019 #osh19 - Fly the hectic Fisk arrival with us. The ultimate backcountry experimental aircraft. A YouTube star lives her dream flying with the Phillips 66 Aerostars, while crowds swoon over another star and a restored Dakota III.
Meet the winner of the AOPA Super Cub Sweepstakes, a student pilot who now has his own airplane on floats, skis, and wheels. On the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we visit Neil Armstrong's boyhood home.
Check out the Plane Savers DC-3. Head to the Kentucky Derby to see how general aviation makes it happen. Learning to land - by not touching down.
The most unusual aircraft paint scheme you've ever seen. We talk to an American hero, Col. Charles McGee who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen . Do you really know what to do with the fire extinguisher in your aircraft?
Watch Mike Patey put Draco through its paces at our 2nd fly-in to Livermore, CA. South Carolina's Triple Tree Aerodrome hosts young pilots, helping build general aviation's future. We return to Duxford to visit the Imperial War Museum.
Fly with us in the king of luxury, a King Ranch King Air 350i. One's a sports car, one's a truck but there are nuptials in the air. Watch as we surprise students and teachers with flying scholarships.
Fly along on a scenic tour over the San Fransisco Bay. We put the big, draggy, and very useful Pilatus Porter to the test. Also this week, Uber is not waiting around for a new class of aircraft to launch air taxi service.
We’re on location for the massive aerial tribute to the veterans of D-Day in England and France, and we also check out a California flight school that teaches exclusively in taildraggers, and has airplanes available at the upcoming AOPA Fly-In.
Fly along on a DC-3 bound for Normandy, France; find out why the AOPA Air Safety Institute is warning jet operators of possible fuel contamination; and, get a taste of a California vineyard owner's aviation adventures.
The last pathfinder. Meet the pilot who helped guide the D-Day invasion. Go behind the scenes with CalFire’s aviation units. Flying clubs; an affordable alternative.
WWII paratroopers bail out of C47s for AOPA's birthday bash. Crowd-pleasing STOL short-field specialists put on a show of their own during the AOPA Fly-In. A look at the new aviation museum inside AOPA HQ.
It was a soggy fly-in at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland. Repeated thunderstorms dampened the ramp, but not the enthusiasm of attendees. Time lapse video shows the storms rolling across the airport.
Watch a Stearman tow a banner celebrating AOPA's 80 years, with our photo ship in tight formation. A final salute to Connie Edwards. The Marines "storm" the Catalina Airport. A booklet to inspire future pilots.
We got our hands on an Extra 330SC (wheee!). Saving the Bonanza. The weather is warm, so put on ceramic coat (on your airplane). See what Frederick, Maryland, has to offer once you've had your fill of fun at our eightieth anniversary AOPA Fly-In.
Synthetic vision isn't a substitute for looking through the windshield, but could you land with it in a pinch? Also, tour a world-class aviation attraction, and learn the art of formation flying at AOPA's Frederick, Maryland, Fly-In.
Hear the story about the pilots that an broke a speed record flying a TBM 930 from New York to Paris. Also, see exactly what it takes to fly 80 drones in formation and travel to a pilot friendly fishing destination in Maine.
From Sun 'n Fun, living the dream, a young pilot gets paid to fly a P-40 Warhawk. We'll show you two versions of a P-82 Twin Mustang, and celebrate "Mr. Mustang's" incredible milestone. Piper unveils a new aircraft, and a huge order.
We’re on the ground at the biggest avionics gathering of the year, where Garmin announced a big boost install options for its G3X Touch display, and getting our feet wet in Florida with a veteran of National Geographic’s Alaska survival show.
Join us for the 2019 AOPA R.A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy celebration. Watch AOPA President Mark Baker find out just how much fun you can have in the Sweepstakes Super Cub. We talk to pilots who delivered crucial supplies to flooding victims in the Midwest.
The AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub is now on floats! Hear from an expert about the Boeing 737 MAX grounding. The E-VTOL vision of the future from Bell at HAI Heli Expo. Wind sheer caught on tape.
Three-point or wheel landings? We bring an end to the debate...maybe. Big changes for EFB app ForeFlight. It may be dang cold, but ski plane flying in Maine is fun. We celebrate International Women's Day. A tornado flattens an airport.
Just 10 months left to equip with ADS-B out if you plan to fly in rule airspace. BasicMed turns two. A very happy 16th birthday for Caden Urschel - he solos a helicopter, airplane, AND passes his driver's test! Spencer Suderman on what went wrong.