AOPA begins transition back to Jeppesen for online flight planner

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has made a change to its online flight planning member benefit. Starting in 2015, AOPA will return to the AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) powered by Jeppesen, retiring the current flight planner, FlyQ Web. AIFP will remain a free member benefit.

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Judge dismisses patent lawsuit against AOPA

A U.S. District Court judge in Oregon has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit against the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). District Judge Marco Hernández dismissed the lawsuit, brought by SD Holdings, LLC, on July 22 for lack of personal jurisdiction.

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AOPA looking for airports to host 2015 regional fly-ins

Following on the success of its 2014 regional fly-ins, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has issued a “Request for Airport Proposal” for its series of regional fly-ins for 2015.

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AOPA gets out of EFB market

Over the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) developed its digital flight planning tools into a suite of products that put flight planning capability, airport directory information and aviation weather in pilots’ hands.  AOPA partnered with Seattle Avionics to create FlyQ EFB, an electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad application, and FlyQ Pocket, a smartphone application.

Shortly after joining AOPA last fall, President Mark Baker began a review of AOPA’s member benefits and products, which included an assessment of where members believe AOPA should spend resources in regards to flight planning benefits.

As a result, AOPA has decided to exit the EFB market, and will develop a distinct smartphone application focusing on content and functions driven by member needs.  The new smartphone application will remain a free member benefit, AOPA officials said.

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Medical reform moves ahead, FAA administrator reports at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH — The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third-class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation for review, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Thursday at AirVenture.

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EAA, AOPA and Piper host Appleton students at AirVenture

OSHKOSH — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Piper Aircraft hostde a special group of students and their teacher from Appleton, Wis., Thursday, July 31, during AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

A number of years ago, Woodland Elementary School fifth grade teacher Eric Vander Loop’s teacher’s aide shared that his mother had been diagnosed with cancer. Vander Loop saw an opportunity to help while teaching his students about kindness to strangers.

Since then, students at the school district in Appleton have raised more than $120,000 for cancer research, a compassionate outcome that earned Vander Loop a recent opportunity to represent the Milwaukee Brewers during the All-Star game as one of 30 winners of People magazine and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Teachers campaign presented by Target. The students that began the program in fifth grade are high school juniors today.

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AOPA moves to new location at AirVenture

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has a new, expanded location at AirVenture this year, across from the historic brown arch that serves as the gateway to the airshow and fly-by action at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH).

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Airshow star Michael Goulian to serve as AOPA ambassador

Legendary air show and racing pilot Michael Goulian will serve as an AOPA Ambassador, according to officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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AOPA launches flight training poll

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has opened its flight training poll, a survey that allows student pilots to offer feedback on their flight training experiences.

This is the third year for the poll, which provides data on the performance — good and bad — of flight schools and instructors as a means of adopting best practices and improving the customer experience.

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AOPA marks 75th anniversary

FREDERICK, Md. — On this day in 1939, five pilots — all unabashed aviation enthusiasts — gathered near Wings Field north of Philadelphia and signed the charter that would launch the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a fledgling group that was destined to become the world’s largest aviation member association.

Then, as now, AOPA’s primary mission was to protect the freedom to fly for the growing population of general aviation pilots and aircraft owners.

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