Are you a risk taker?

Whether you’ve logged thousands of hours or recently began learning to fly, the decision-making and risk-management process can sometimes be arduous. While airline pilots consult company guidelines, general aviation pilots are mostly left to their own judgment for go/no-go decisions. Now you can plug your profile and expected fight conditions into the ASI Flight Risk Evaluator and let the application suggest the best course of action. Of course, as pilot in command you’re still in charge of the final go/no-go decision.

Glass panels in general aviation cockpits not increasing safety

The increase in glass panel cockpits in general aviation aircraft has not had a dramatic impact on safety, according to new research by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation’s Air Safety Institute.

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Associations ‘unwavering’ in bid for driver’s license medical

Officials at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) say they are “unwavering in their effort to open more aircraft to pilots using a driver’s license and medical self-assessment,” despite the FAA’s recent denial of a request to expand the driver’s license medical to private pilots flying aircraft 6,000 pounds or less. On Feb. 2, the FAA denied a 2009 petition by David Wartofsky, owner of Potomac Airfield in Maryland, that had received more than 1,000 supportive comments, including comments from AOPA. Read more about the efforts here.

Thinking of buying a plane?

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is hosting a free webinar “Aircraft Ownership: Tips on Buying and Owning an Aircraft,” Wednesday, Feb. 29.

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NOAA rule has unintended consequences for GA pilots

A new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) usurps the FAA’s authority to regulate airspace and could leave pilots unintentionally violating a restricted zone that does not appear on any current aeronautical charts, according to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

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New general aviation seminar to debut at ‘Crash Course’

The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) will hold its Crash Course Monday, March 5, which will include an expanded 45-minute review of regional accidents, followed by the debut of AOPA Air Safety Institute’s newest safety seminar: Wanted: Alive! Reining in the Fatal Accident Rate.

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AOPA sees déjà vu with user fees

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig Fuller is expressing disappointment that as part of his $3.8 trillion fiscal year 2013 budget, the president has included a $100 per-flight fee to fund the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control services.

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Recreational aviation gets stake in Forest Service planning

Recreational aviation and backcountry strips in US Forest Service lands recently received a much-needed lift, according to a report at, which notes that Forest Service planners must now consider aviation in their plans, whether it be preserving or maintaining backcountry strips. Read the full report here.

Management changes at AOPA

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has promoted Heidi Williams to Vice President, Air Traffic Services and Modernization. Craig Spence, Vice President of Operations and International Affairs, will continue to lead AOPA’s security advocacy efforts and will take on greater responsibilities related to international activities.

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AOPA calls on FCC to revoke LightSquared approval

AOPA is calling for the Federal Communications Commission to revoke LightSquared’s conditional approval to develop a mobile-satellite network, noting that “a technical committee that analyzed test data has concluded that the transmissions pose intractable interference problems for aviation navigation and other uses of GPS.” Read the full report here.