On AOPA Live This Week: AOPA has created new options to welcome drone pilots—because pilots are pilots and we are all safer together. Your AOPA Sweepstakes 172 is coming along very nicely. Perhaps you'd like a look at it? We thought so. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the latest aircraft shipment and billing numbers; while the numbers are down across the board, GAMA...
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Technology is helping American farmers put food on our tables. We follow an aircraft mechanic and private pilot who also flies drones to enhance crop management.
AOPA members have sent a loud, clear message that the 16 AOPA Regional Fly-ins attended by 44,000 people and 6,000 aircraft since the events began in 2014 have been a huge success. Will we see you at a fly-in this year?

Expanded AOPA Fly-Ins feature new, in-depth workshops

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Since AOPA was founded in 1939, aviation has gone through many changes, and the advent of drones has been among the most dramatic. Throughout the decades, we have been faithful to AOPA's core missions—promoting safety, preserving the freedom to fly, and building the next generation of pilots. On Feb. 21, AOPA stayed true to its values when it launched a new line of membership options created...
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AOPA welcomes drone pilots

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A student pilot is flying uncomfortably low over wooded hills, sandwiched between clouds above and featureless terrain below. There’s an airstrip somewhere nearby. If the student pilot can find it before low fuel and low light make life difficult, it will be a great relief.

Training Tip: 'Is this an emergency?'

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AOPA is working on a remedy for the economic toll TFRs take on general aviation when President Donald Trump visits his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. As the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam began to fall apart, tens of thousands fled for safety, and pilots found ways to help. We talk to one local pilot who captured views of the unfolding crisis for the public. AOPA Pilot...
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Here’s a quick look at pilot Mark’s special store item coming soon! Can you guess what airplane is on the front? First one to guess correctly wins a sweatshirt! Also enjoy FREE shipping this President’s Day weekend on the AOPA Pilot Gear Store w/code PRESIDENT. Shop now: [ Goo.gl Link ]
Flying at night presents special challenges for students who are more familiar with daytime operations. To put anxiety at ease, Berkshire Aviation Enterprises certificated flight instructor and Jason Archer shares a few tips that have worked for his students at Walter J. Koladza Great Barrington Airport - GBR in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Night flying tips for students

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Most of us have gone through the car buying process and found that within 10 minutes, we’re approved for a car loan. So why can’t an airplane loan be that simple? AOPA Aviation Finance President Adam Meredith explains the differences.

Why does an aircraft loan take longer than a car loan?

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Flying clubs are one of the best ways to save money while you fly more, enjoy great access to aircraft, and make new friends. For February's #FlyingCluboftheMonth, we're featuring the Aero Club of Houston based at KCXO. Utilizing a Grumman Tiger, the five-member club is hoping to grow to 10 and purchase another aircraft. Find a club near you by using our Flying Club Finder: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Hey #AvGeeks, you've won our hearts this #ValentinesDay. So has Jessica Voruda Photography, a photographer and pilot with some serious love for capturing the magic of aviation. Friend and AOPA pilot Dusty needs your help naming his plane! Have any ideas? Love is in the air for Tulsa pilot, Matt Steward who proposed inflight! AOPA's Kelly Keller has some suggestions on where to take your...
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Flight instructor Arlene Alexander has a vivid memory of the time she flew from Plymouth, Massachusetts, with a local pilot named Jack who was getting back into the air after cataract surgery. The two would meet again as volunteers at the Plymouth AOPA Fly-In, where something special between them took flight.

'A new life together'

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A Memphis, Tennessee, screening of the Academy Award-nominated film Hidden Figures inspired youth, who learned the little-known story of a team of African-American women working for NASA during the 1960s space race. The OBAP - Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals recently invited dozens of aviation-minded middle- and high-school students to view the biographical drama. #BlackHistoryMonth

Film 'Hidden Figures' inspires

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In the spirit of the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs Awards coming up tonight, we reached out to Nashville session drummer and pilot Paul Leim, fellow AOPA staff members, and others to compile a playlist for aviators. How many of these aviation-inspired songs do you already have?

What's on your playlist? Top 21 aviation-themed hits

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On AOPA Live This Week: A homemade ADS-B In box. Santa Monica officials break the spirit of the settlement. The man with two Beech Starships.
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AOPA Fly-In at Tampa, FL

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AOPA Fly-In at Groton, CT

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AOPA Fly-In at Norman, OK

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The Red Bull Air Race World Championship opens the 2017 season in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this weekend. You can catch Mike Goulian and Kirby Chambliss take on the air racing world live on the NBC Sports network!

Red Bull opener on live TV

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A special item designed by a passionate aviator is coming soon to the AOPA Pilot Gear Store! Keep an eye out for its launch and check out some other new items that just hit the store this week. Shop now: [ Goo.gl Link ]