AOPA General Aviation News

All the inspirational stories, educational articles, and informative briefs about everything general aviation that you need to keep you flying.
  1. A 95-degree late summer Tennessee heat wave was expected, and I packed a tent. The challenges of camping at an AOPA Fly-In could be conquered. 

  2. A squadron of vintage warbirds, flight crews, mechanics, logistics specialists, weather forecasters, jumpers, and many others flew across the Atlantic to honor D-Day veterans on the seventy-fifth anniversary of that turning point in history. A documentary film crew captured it all.

  3. Dennis Sanders of Ione, California, won the Unlimited Gold race at the 2019 Stihl National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, flying his Hawker Sea Fury, Dreadnought, at an average speed of 403.274 mph. Andrew Findlay won the Sport Class for the second year in a row, although his speed was about 10 mph slower than in 2018. And although a high-profile, crowd-favorite short takeoff and landing airplane was destroyed in a takeoff accident from Reno/Stead Airport where it was displayed in conjunction with in a STOL Drag demonstration, the event will return to Reno next year on a competitive basis.

  4. The first group of apprentices in a two-year training program launched by Piper Aircraft has begun attending classes and receiving hands-on training in fabrication and aircraft assembly skills.

  5. uAvionix received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its tailBeacon integrated rear position light and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out solution on Sept. 13.

  6. “Dad, where’s your variometer?” asked my 16-year-old daughter Lauren as she inspected the panel of my borrowed Cessna 182. A week of soaring in Vermont's Green Mountains had transformed her attitude about aviation.

  7. The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) will offer its CFI-PRO Workshop, along with an AOPA headquarters tour, Oct. 2 and 3 at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Maryland.

  8. “I made mistakes,” said Mike Patey, a few hours after he survived a horrendous takeoff crash documented on social media that “completely destroyed” the popular short takeoff and landing aircraft Draco at Reno/Stead Airport Sept. 16.

  9. Unmanned aircraft technology has advanced at warp speed, but think hard before you give in to the impulse to buy the latest, greatest thing.

  10. Flying a Cessna over the North Carolina coastline helped illustrate why the Wake Forest Fire Department’s unmanned aircraft stayed on the ground following Hurricane Dorian’s brush with the East Coast.