AOPA President Mark Baker sent a letter to California’s Orange County Board of Supervisors May 19 praising their recent actions to “guard against crippling and excessive pricing by a fixed-base operator.” Following an influx of member complaints regarding egregious fees at certain FBOs across the country, AOPA began investigating the issue and is working with community leaders, pilots, and the...
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AOPA President Mark Baker sent a letter to Californias Orange County Board

California county fights 'crippling and excessive' FBO prices

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Meredith Randazzo
Christopher Olsen
Charles McKenna
Do you have an aviation throwback photo you have been dying to share? You are in luck! The Pilot Protection Services (PPS) Throwback Photo Calendar Contest was made just for you. It’s easy to enter. Just post your photo in the comments with a brief description. We will pick four finalists and the winner will be voted on next week. The winner’s throwback photo will be featured in one of our...
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Gregg Ashwill
Dave Pilkington
Explore Thomas Creek and Middle Fork Lodge in this Pilot Getaways Feature. Have you ever been to the backcountry of Idaho? What did you think?
Explore Thomas Creek and Middle Fork Lodge in this Pilot Getaways Feature

Hidden Treasures of Idaho

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Aaron Hassemer
Craig Talsma
Austin Hampton
There are STOL many things to see in general aviation. Things like a 10-foot, 5-inch landing at the Valdez Fly-In & Air Show! Chris Palmer of Angle of Attack gives us a look at the action from Alaska. Why not strap a propeller to your back and chill out at 15,000 feet? Yup, Tucker Gott's done it. A future missionary pilot shows us how to land a Pitts on her first try. Let's FlyBy!
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Nick Meyer
Steve Kittel
The 2017 AOPA Flight Training Experience Survey is NOW OPEN. The survey is based on AOPA’s extensive research into the optimal flight training experience and focuses on four key factors: educational quality, customer focus, community, and information sharing. We want to hear it all – the Good, the Bad, and the AWESOME!
The 2017 AOPA Flight Training Experience Survey is NOW OPEN The survey

Flight Training Experience Survey and Awards

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Happy #MooneyMonday! Many Mooniacs say their favorite feature is the distinctive looks of a Mooney. What's your favorite thing about your Mooney? Share a photo below and we might feature it!
Happy MooneyMonday Many Mooniacs say their favorite feature is the distinctive looks
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Bob Hill
Kendall D Gott
Responding to a request from AOPA President, the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority announced that pilots can fly under the new FAA medical certification known as BasicMed.
Responding to a request from AOPA President the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority

Bahamas welcomes BasicMed pilots

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The rumble of three de Havilland Beaver floatplanes idling at the dock interrupts the morning calls of loons, ravens, and eagles. It’s dawn on the Kvichak River, and these airplanes are about to transport their passengers to the trout-, salmon-, and grayling-filled rivers and streams that make this portion of the Arctic a fly-fishing nirvana.
The rumble of three de Havilland Beaver floatplanes idling at the dock

Fish Finders

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Responding to a request from AOPA President Mark Baker, the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority announced that pilots can fly under the new FAA medical certification known as BasicMed.
Responding to a request from AOPA President Mark Baker the Bahamas Civil

Bahamas welcomes BasicMed pilots

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George R Miladinovich
On AOPA Live This Week: See what it's like to fly the new SF50 Vision Jet from Cirrus, and watch a new record being set at the legendary STOL competition in Valdez, Alaska. Also this week, AOPA joins general aviation groups calling for FBO competition at Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming.
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Solomon Afcan
Paul Hodges
Think you could stop an airplane in 10 feet, five inches?
Think you could stop an airplane in 10 feet five inches

Valdez extremes

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Aaron Brem
Anthony Clark
In its ongoing effort to call attention to unreasonable FBO fees and prices, AOPA sent a letter to the Jackson Hole Airport Board May 15 in support of Wyoming Jet Center’s application to establish a second FBO at Jackson Hole Airport.
In its ongoing effort to call attention to unreasonable FBO fees and

GA groups speak out in support of second Jackson Hole FBO

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Chris O'Mahoney
Brandon Garrett
Shaesta Waiz of Dreams Soar, Inc. has taken off from Columbus, Ohio’s John Glenn International Airport on a around-the-world flight. The first civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, Shaesta will be promoting STEM and aviation to young people throughout 18 countries on her journey.
Shaesta Waiz of Dreams Soar Inc has taken off from Columbus Ohios

A new earthrounder takes off

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Don't miss out! Applications for the AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships are closing May 19. Here are tips to make your application stand out.
Dont miss out Applications for the AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships

Tips to make your AOPA scholarship application stand out

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Vote for your favorite Hidden Gem contest entry and help pick two grand prize winners! The two winners will experience a weekend in the backcountry courtesy of Aviat Aircraft. Voting ends May 18th. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Vote for your favorite Hidden Gem contest entry and help pick two
The joy in Terry Edwards’s voice was unmistakable as he described how it felt to be back in the cockpit as pilot in command under the new BasicMed rule after five years on the sidelines.
The joy in Terry Edwardss voice was unmistakable as he described how

Back in the air with BasicMed

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Bob Runkle
Rob Greenhalgh
Samuel Adams
Wishing a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Share your “Flying with Mom” photos in the comments to pay tribute to your mom.
Wishing a Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there Share
This is one of our favorite weekends of the year. We love moms, and we especially love our AOPA moms. Get to know two of our favorite AOPA aviators, a mother-daughter duo. Liz has such great admiration for her mother, who has “been her biggest mentor” in her pilot life. We wish everyone an incredible Mother's Day! You inspire us every day. [ Bit.ly Link ]
This is one of our favorite weekends of the year We love

Membership Stories

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The Valdez Fly-In & Air Show is taking flight! Valdez, Alaska provides a beautiful backdrop for the annual fly-in and STOL competition.
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Naor Cohen
Jeff Black
The Valdez Fly-In & Air Show is taking flight! Valdez, Alaska provides a beautiful backdrop for the annual fly-in and STOL competition.
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Justen Ridge
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