The evolution of AOPA Live

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Many associations and news organizations are producing video news and features – some even in the TV news format – now that the Internet has solved distribution issues. But since the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) pioneered an in-house news show in the 1980s, critical viewers found most early efforts painful. Will the online news-format aviation TV show now succeed in the age of Internet videos?

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AOPA launches free program for kids

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has launched new youth membership category targeting students aged 13 through 18. AOPA AV8RS was created as part of an ongoing effort by AOPA to help develop a new generation of pilots and members, according to association officials. [Read more…]

AOPA chief named chairman of RTCA

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Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Craig Fuller has been elected to a two-year term as chairman of RTCA, Inc., the corporation that is charged with developing consensus-based recommendations regarding communications, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management system issues for the FAA.

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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.”