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HAI aims to prevent US states setting local aviation rules

HAI aims to prevent US states setting local aviation rules

HAI and five other general aviation associations yesterday wrote to key congressional committee leaders to prevent a move to amend a federal bar to states issuing laws or regulations related to air carrier prices, routes, or services. The move was contained in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochrane (R-Miss.) and the panel’s… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-May-16

FAA removes touchdown autos from helicopter CFI test

FAA removes touchdown autos from helicopter CFI test

The FAA is no longer requiring most applicants for a flight instructor certificate in the rotorcraft category, helicopter class, to demonstrate a straight-in or 180-degree autorotation to touchdown on the practical test, citing safety.  See full story

Source: AOPA, 14-Apr-16

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HAI fights to preserve veteran benefits

HAI fights to preserve veteran benefits

On Monday, May 18, HAI and six other aviation associations sent a strongly worded letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, urging their committee to reject a bill (H.R. 476) that would impose a detrimentally low cap on Veterans Administration (VA) funding for college flight training degree programs… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-May-15

Air Safety Institute debuts helicopter FIRC electives

Air Safety Institute debuts helicopter FIRC electives

AOPA’s popular electronic flight instructor refresher course (eFIRC) provides a customized way for flight instructors to fulfill their currency requirement by offering 13 pilot-selectable electives—including new seaplane and helicopter elements. Developed by AOPA’s award-winning Air Safety Institute, the eFIRC syllabus offers instructors a variety of electives to fit their interests. In addition to the seaplane… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 16-Feb-15

John Travolta to host 12th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation”® Awards

John Travolta to host 12th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation”® Awards

ohn Travolta, the “Official Ambassador of Aviation ®,” will host the 12th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation Awards,” which will be held at the Beverly Hilton ballroom on January 16, 2015.  This year’s awards are being dedicated to Bob Hoover, the first inductee of the “Living Legend of Aviation. ” The Legends are celebrating Bob’s… Read more »

Source: Living Legends, 06-Jan-15

HAI, Aviation Industry Press Senate Leaders for Action

HAI, Aviation Industry Press Senate Leaders for Action

HAI on Nov. 11 joined 16 other aviation associations in pressing the US Senate leadership to bring two important bills forward for a vote as soon as possible, before the 113th adjourns in December. In a letter to Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the associations say S.1893, the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform… Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Nov-14

UK CAA puts Air Navigation Order under the microscope

UK CAA puts Air Navigation Order under the microscope

A ‘root and branch’ review of how the UK’s Air Navigation Order (ANO) impacts on general aviation (GA) has begun, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed today. The wide-ranging review will look at how a more proportionate and lighter touch regulation for general aviation can be achieved. The review follows a commitment made by the… Read more »

Source: CAA, 14-Oct-14

5Videos That Every Helicopter Pilot Needs to Watch

5Videos That Every Helicopter Pilot Needs to Watch

Movies can be heartwarming or funny or motivational, but only a few take aim to save lives.  Following are five videos that the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) encourages helicopter pilots to watch and take to heart in order to enhance helicopter safety and reduce accidents. That Others May Live –This video is a case… Read more »

Source: IHST, 25-Sep-14

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Join EASA biggest event in General Aviation

Join EASA biggest event in General Aviation

The European Aviation Safety Agency announced on 10 September the speaker line-up for what is set to be one of the biggest General Aviation events in Europe. Under the motto “Towards simpler, lighter, better rules for General Aviation” and coinciding with the Italian Presidency of the EU, the conference is taking place on 15 and… Read more »

Source: EASA, 11-Sep-14

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AOPA calls USA Today report on GA safety “extremely flawed”

AOPA calls USA Today report on GA safety “extremely flawed”

A USA Today story, “Unfit for flight,” published June 18 “gets the general aviation safety record wrong, it ignores efforts by the industry to make general aviation safer, and it violates basic tenets of fairness and accuracy when it comes to good journalism,” AOPA said in response to the article. The three-part report paints GA aircraft as death traps,… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 19-Jun-14

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FAA Pursues Rulemaking on Third Class Medical Issue

FAA Pursues Rulemaking on Third Class Medical Issue

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is beginning a rulemaking project that will consider whether to allow private pilots, in certain instances, to substitute a driver’s license in lieu of a FAA medical certificate. Information about the “Private Pilot Privileges without a Medical Certificate” project will be posted soon in the April report onDOT’s Significant Rulemakings… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Apr-14

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Aviation association leaders stand united at Oshkosh

Aviation association leaders stand united at Oshkosh

HAI President Matt Zuccaro and six other general aviation (GA) association presidents sat together at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., and discussed both the challenges facing the GA industry and the successes the industry has had over the past year. Zuccaro joined Experimental Aircraft Association Chairman Jack Pelton, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Aug-13

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Fuller to Step Down as AOPA President and CEO

Fuller to Step Down as AOPA President and CEO

Craig L. Fuller, president and chief executive officer of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the world’s largest aviation association, has notified AOPA’s Board of Trustees of his intent to step down from his position and from the Board. He plans to remain in his current role until a successor is ready to assume the… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 05-Mar-13

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HAI meets with Congressional leaders at AOPA Summit

HAI meets with Congressional leaders at AOPA Summit

Why does HAI — an organization focused on rotary-wing aircraft — attend fixed-wing shows like the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Aviation Summit, National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention, and Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture? In large part because, on a multitude of issues, those associations, and the people who attend their shows, are helicopter operators’… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Oct-12

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HAI attends 2012 AOPA Aviation Summit

HAI attends 2012 AOPA Aviation Summit

HAI is currently representing the interests of the helicopter industry at the 2012 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. Running from Oct. 11-13, the summit provides an opportunity to learn about the latest general aviation (GA) issues. Visitors can take in more than 100 hours of seminars, see product… Read more »

Source: HAI, 12-Oct-12

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AOPA announces management changes

AOPA announces management changes

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. In her new role, Williams will lead a team responsible… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 10-Feb-12

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ND UAV airspace plan raises questions and concerns

ND UAV airspace plan raises questions and concerns

A proposal to create new restricted airspace in North Dakota for training of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)raises more questions than it answers, undermines safety, and would set a dangerous precedent in creating additional restricted airspace for use solely by UAS, AOPA said, urging members to comment on the proposal by Feb. 12. On Nov. 28, the FAA published a… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 18-Jan-12

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iPad app for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training magazines

iPad app for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training magazines

Pilots who want digital access to all the great information in AOPA Pilot and Flight Training magazines can now download and view each issue on their Apple iPad tablets. Digital-edition subscribers can download the new application from the app store on their iPad devices by searching for “AOPA Mags,” download the app, and then use their membership… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 06-Dec-11

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HAI appoints Director of Communications/PR

HAI appoints Director of Communications/PR

Chris Dancy has been named HAI’s director of Communications and Public Relations. Prior to joining HAI, Chris served nine-and-a-half years as the media relations director for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Chris joined AOPA in April 2002. During his time there, the AOPA Media Relations department responded to events such as the two-seat… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Nov-11

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HAI to attend AOPA Aviation Summit

HAI to attend AOPA Aviation Summit

From Sept. 22-24, HAI will be attending the 2011 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. The summit will bring together thousands of highly qualified pilots and aircraft owners. Come along to booth #532 and meet HAI President Matt Zuccaro, Vice President of Business Development &… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Sep-11

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GA groups oppose White House fees proposal

GA groups oppose White House fees proposal

The nation’s leading general aviation (GA) associations today forcefully opposed user fees for GA flights proposed in President Barack Obama’s proposal for addressing the nation’s deficit and job crises. The Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Helicopter Association International, the International Council… Read more »

Source: GAMA, 20-Sep-11

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AOPA launches Aircraft Partnership Program

AOPA launches Aircraft Partnership Program

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has launched a new program that helps members cut the cost of aircraft ownership by 50 percent or more. Using a secure database management system, the AOPA Aircraft Partnership Program helps pilots identify, match and connect with other pilots interested in reducing the cost of aircraft acquisition and… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 07-Jun-11

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AOPA to host second International Learn to Fly Day

AOPA to host second International Learn to Fly Day

On Saturday, May 21, 2011, people around the world will celebrate the second annual International Learn to Fly Day. As part of the worldwide effort, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), in conjunction with other aviation businesses located at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md., will host a daylong event designed to introduce the… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 18-May-11

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AOPA creates new position of VP for New Product Development

AOPA creates new position of VP for New Product Development

Chris Ward is the newest member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s leadership team, filling a newly created position as vice president of New Product Development and Interactive Marketing. He will oversee AOPA’s efforts to meet members’ online needs for information, products, and services. “AOPA members rely on us to offer the services and… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 06-May-11

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NTSB to host volunteer pilot safety seminar on March 25

NTSB to host volunteer pilot safety seminar on March 25

The National Transportation Safety Board, Angel Flight, and  Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will hold a  volunteer pilot safety stand down seminar at the NTSB  Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia on March 25, 2011. Below is the seminar’s agenda: Keynote Address: Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Transportation Safety Board 9:00-9:30 am. Sessions: NTSB · Four… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 11-Mar-11

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Helicopter show defies economic indicators, says AOPA

Source: AOPA, 24-Feb-09

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