Air Safety Institute unveils online Public Benefit Flying Course

The AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released: “Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion,” an online course designed to assist volunteer pilots and those interested in becoming volunteers.

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GAN’s own Jamie Beckett wins AOPA’s Let’s Go Flying Award

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has named Jamie Beckett, our Politics for Pilots blogger, recipient of its 2012 Let’s Go Flying Award, for his efforts in promoting and defending general aviation. The award was presented Thursday during the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif.

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AOPA unveils Center to Advance the Pilot Community

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has launched the new Center to Advance the Pilot Community designed to arrest a decline in the pilot population that has been occurring for several decades.

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AOPA inks partnership with Aircraft Spruce

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has signed a new strategic partnership with Aircraft Spruce.

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More than 16,000 comments on medical exemption request

End of public comment period moves measure to next stage

A late flurry of public comments to the joint EAA/AOPA third-class medical exemption request pushed the total number of comments to more than 16,000, one of the largest totals for any public comment period involving GA activities, according to Experimental Aircraft Association officials.

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Harrison Ford featured at AOPA Aviation Summit

Actor, pilot, and aviation advocate Harrison Ford will participate in the Oct. 12 keynote address at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif.

He will discuss the importance of general aviation to the United States. The keynote also will feature FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, who will share his vision for GA’s future; AOPA President Craig Fuller, AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines, and Flying magazine Editor in Chief Robert Goyer will debate the pros and cons of the presidential candidates, and other issues facing GA.

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AOPA Live This Week now available on Roku

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) “AOPA Live This Week” video magazine is now available on its own public channel on Roku, an Internet-enabled box that allows viewers to stream content instantly on their televisions.

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Sept. 14 deadline nears on AOPA-EAA medical petition

Make your voice heard on a request by the AOPA and EAA for an exemption to the 3rd class medical requirements for pilots who fly recreationally. The deadline for comments is Sept. 14, according to AOPA officials, who have posted a page on the association’s site that gives tips on how to present the best case for the exemption.

General aviation goes to the political conventions

For the first time, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Business Aviation Association teamed to hold events at the two national party conventions. The goal: Schmoozing politicos to hold high the flag of general aviation.

I attended the first, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to see if AOPA held to its long-time non-partisanship — and to see if anyone would show up!

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AOPA launches Android version of FlyQ Pocket app

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has released the Android version of its FlyQ smartphone app. FlyQ Pocket, free to AOPA members, provides airport information, aviation weather, and flight planning capability.

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