Thousands attend AOPA 75th anniversary fly-in

FREDERICK, Md. — Low clouds, gusty winds, and early threats of showers did not keep the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association from having a successful 75th anniversary celebration at its headquarters here Saturday, Oct. 4.

More than 3,000 people attended the homecoming fly-in. According to association officials, 345 aircraft arrived and more than 1,400 cars filled the parking area where drivers and passengers had to slush through wet, grassy areas to reach the paved walkways.

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Minnesota pilot wins AOPA Debonair

AOPA Debonair

FREDERICK, Md. – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) awarded its 2014 Sweepstakes Airplane, a fully-restored 1963 Beechcraft 35-B33 Debonair, on Sunday, Oct. 5, to Steve Lagergren, an AOPA member from Litchfield, Minn.

Lagergren, who built and flies his own RV-7 kitplane, was flying with another pilot Sunday when AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne flew up alongside him in the Debonair and – on a common radio frequency – informed Lagergren that he had won the airplane.

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Small UAV Coalition launches

Small UAV Coalition

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Small UAV Coalition has launched to help pave the way for commercial, philanthropic, and civil use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the United States and abroad. Chief among the organization’s goals is to advance a regulatory environment that will support safe, reliable, and timely operation of small UAVs, according to coalition officials.

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Video: PALS celebrates milestone

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Patient Airlift Services, a non-profit organization that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical care using volunteer pilots, recently celebrated a milestone: Its 6,000th flight since its founding in 2010. The local news was there to capture the moment:

Additional pilot now allowed on homebuilt first flights

The FAA recently released AC 90-116, the Additional Pilot Program (APP) for Phase I flight testing, of homebuilt aircraft, which allows homebuilders to have a qualified additional pilot on board during Phase I flights.

Before this program, builders were only permitted to have “required crew” aboard for initial flights, which usually meant that every Phase I experimental-amateur built (E-AB) aircraft was legally required to be flown solo, according to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association.

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