FREDERICK, Md. — On Sunday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m., Lt. Col. Dick Cole, one of the two surviving “Doolittle Raiders” from World War II, will visit the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) National Aviation Community Center (NACC) at Frederick Municipal Airport along with a vintage B-25 warbird, “Panchito.” [Read more…]
FREDERICK, Md. – Based on poll results from more than 7,100 flight students, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) fourth annual Flight Training Excellence Awards has recognized Aeroventure Institute in Southbridge, Mass., as the 2015 Best Flight School and Todd Shellnutt of Atlanta, as the 2015 Best Flight Instructor.
Ten additional flight schools and 10 other instructors were judged to be “Outstanding” by their students. [Read more…]
Thunderstorms followed by steady rain did little to reduce attendance or dampen spirits at the final Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Regional Fly-in of the year in Tullahoma, Tennessee, Oct. 9-10.
Although Friday’s weather was beautiful VFR, a late-day storm front hit with a vengeance and low conditions continued throughout the region until mid-day Saturday.
Many fly-in campers arrived under blue skies on Friday afternoon only to face rough conditions that night. [Read more…]
In response to the shortage of pilots, aerospace engineers, air traffic controllers, and more, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is inviting school administrators, guidance counselors, and aviation program directors to attend the first symposium of the AOPA Aviation Education Leadership Alliance, a daylong event to take place Nov. 9 at the Aerospace Center for Excellence in Lakeland, Florida. [Read more…]
Something interesting is happening in General Aviation. It’s largely being driven at the grass root level, and frankly these developments fascinate and encourage me.
The industry has noted a loss of participation in past decades, with fewer active pilots taking to the skies. We’ve bemoaned this reality for years. While some point a finger at regulatory issues, others single out high cost as a detrimental factor, while a handful of us blame an aging fleet as the reason fewer of us are climbing into a cockpit, firing up the engine, and rotating skyward.
All these factors play a role, certainly. But none of them is truly insurmountable. None are so universally daunting they can’t be overcome. They are valid reasons for concern, but they are not even close to representing the end of GA as we know it.
There is a bright shining light on the horizon, with blue skies above. Truly there is. [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has awarded its 2015 Giving Back grants to programs that use general aviation to help critically ill children obtain medical services, prevent youth gang involvement, and allow low-income students to attend a week-long aviation and space camp.
Build a Plane, Hope Flight Foundation, and Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth will each receive a $10,000 grant. [Read more…]