Comment period on medical petition extended

The period for pilots to comment on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Experimental Aircraft Association medical petition has been extended to Sept. 14.

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FAA embraces testing recommendations

The FAA has embraced the majority of an advisory committee’s recommendations for improving its testing materials in a prompt show of its support for the joint effort with the aviation industry to improve pilot knowledge tests, according to a report at AOPA.org. FAA officials say they plan to implement most recommendations of the Airmen Testing Standards and Training Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which in a new report offered nine ways the agency can enhance the content of airmen knowledge tests and improve testing methods.

AOPA now accepting applications for scholarships

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is now accepting applications for three $5,000 flight training scholarships to be awarded at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs Oct. 11-13.

Student pilots working toward an initial sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate may apply online for the ASA Flight Training Scholarship, Jeppesen Flight Training Scholarship, and the Richard J. Santori Memorial Scholarship.

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Time running out to support medical exemption

The FAA opened its official comment period June 12 for an exemption to third class medical certificate regulations filed jointly by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Supporters have only 20 days — until July 2 — to submit comments, according to a report at AOPA.org. “We urge those who have not commented on our exemption request to do so within the 20-day timeframe, because this request opens an important discussion about creating more possibilities to participate in aviation while maintaining a high safety standard,” said Robert Hackman, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. “Now is the time to make your voice heard on this important initiative.”

AOPA’s Air Safety Institute launches Storm Week

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) will observe Storm Week June 11-15, focusing on the topic of thunderstorm avoidance for general aviation pilots.

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SUN ’n FUN Fly-In weekend

This weekend, SUN ’n FUN officials are inviting all pilots to fly in for a full slate of aviation activities, camping and camaraderie. A highlight of the weekend will be a Pilot Town Hall Meeting with AOPA President Craig Fuller.

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International Learn to Fly Day event planned for FDK

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is teaming with Maryland’s Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) to host International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, June 2. The event, part of a worldwide effort, will include a free day-long event designed to introduce the local community to general aviation.

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AOPA offers free membership to military

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is offering active-duty military a complimentary one-year membership in AOPA.

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Pennsylvania House passes tax exemption

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed a bill, by a vote of 179 to 19, to exempt aircraft purchases and maintenance from the state’s 6% sales tax. This action, say supporters, will return jobs and competitiveness to the state’s aviation industry.

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AOPA Live premieres weekly news show

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has unveiled the AOPA Live This Week news broadcast. The new television-style webcast, created by Executive Producer Warren Morningstar and hosted by AOPA Pilot Editor-In-Chief Tom Haines, offers a look at the week in general aviation.

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