Avidyne Announces Enhanced Weather Package »

Avidyne says it now offers the most comprehensive onboard weather products package with the launch of the Entegra Wx Series. The company announced the further development in its weather products as AOPA Expo was getting under way in San Jose, Calif. The system will comprise "the newly-TSO'd MLX770 Two-way Datalink Transceiver and the MLB700 Broadcast Datalink Receiver serving worldwide WSI InFlight® datalink weather, as well as Avidyne's TWX670 Tactical Color Lightning System providing real-time on-board weather detection," according to a company release. More

FAA Medical Officials On Hand »

Any pilot who has been grounded by a surprise medical condition knows the FAA's cure is sometimes worse than the disease. The complex and often ponderous special issuance process is frustrating and anything but fast. If you're facing a medical issue requiring special issuance, you might be able to fast-track your application by attending AOPA Expo in San Jose, Calif. More

AOPA Expo 2007 Podcast Round-Up: Complete Audio Coverage from Hartford, CT »

Last week, we managed to record a bumper crop of podcasts with the aviation industry's leading figures — covering topics that ranged from inside the cockpit (synthetic vision) to new airplanes (from Diamond and Cessna) to Lockheed Martin's embattled perspective on the newly-privatized AFSS system. In case you missed any, here's a complete recap of our exclusive audio coverge from the show. More

AOPA Journalism Awards »

Aviation can be a difficult topic for those not involved directly to understand, let alone explain, and aviation groups frequently correct often-understandable errors that appear in the mainstream media. But there are also plenty of instances where regular reporters do the research and gain the understanding necessary to transmit accurate, compelling stories about aviation to the masses. AOPA annually recognizes those efforts with the Max Karant Awards in honor of the longtime editor of AOPA Pilot . TV reporter Jennifer Manley, Dave Hirschman of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal and David Hasemyer of the San Diego Union-Tribune were this year's winners. More

Key Congressman Honored as Friend of GA »

In the face of a determined campaign by well-funded airline lobbyists and an administration hell-bent on revamping the FAA's funding structure, Rep. Jerry Costello's resolve has been unshaken and it earned him one of AOPA's highest honors on Saturday. Costello was named recipient of the "Doc" (Joseph B. Hartranft) Award as the public servant who's done the most to advance the interests of general aviation. Costello, as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's aviation subcommittee, drafted the House's FAA reauthorization bill, rejecting any form of user fee introduction and setting relatively modest fuel tax increases that will be used exclusively for airspace modernization. Costello wasn't able to attend Saturday's wind-up gala but in a recorded acceptance speech he said he views GA as fundamental to the overall health of the economy and the country. More

The Ultimate Sacrifice for an Airport? »

AOPA appreciates all the help it can get from members in defending airports but Richard Beach's dedication to eliminating part of an illegally built high-rise near Montgomery Field in San Diego was beyond the call of duty. "People told me my life was in danger," Beach told the packed wind-up dinner at AOPA Expo Saturday in Hartford. Beach was awarded the Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award given annually to the AOPA member who, as a private citizen, works on behalf of general aviation. Beach mobilized members in the San Diego area when, in defiance of city and FAA orders, a developer continued to build a condo complex that was 20 feet higher than is allowed in that location. As AVweb reported earlier, not only are the top two floors of the building coming down, a number of highly placed heads at city hall have also rolled as a result of the scandal that Beach and his supporters uncovered. More

AOPA Finds ADS-B Proposal Needs Work »

AOPA has taken a first look at the FAA's complex new ADS-B proposal , and found plenty of technical and cost issues that will affect general aviation pilots. Randy Kenagy, AOPA senior director of strategic planning, said an initial review of the 100-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking showed that "much more work needs to be done before the FAA publishes its final rule." The proposal would require all aircraft operators to install ADS-B equipment by 2020 if they want to fly in controlled airspace. The new avionics would provide cockpit weather and traffic information to pilots, replacing services such as flight following or en route vectoring. AOPA President Phil Boyer tied the FAA proposal to the current fight over user fees. "If they [the FAA] want GA pilots to spend thousands of dollars on new avionics, we need to make sure that the expenditures are considered as we assess what GA should pay in fuel taxes in the future FAA budget," he said. More

AOPA Expo 2007 Gallery #2 (of 2) »

More photos from the 2007 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Expo, courtesy of AVweb editor Mary Grady. More

AOPA Expo 2007 Video Round-Up: Complete Video Reporting from Hartford »

As we pack up and return home from the Expo, it's time to round up our original video coverage from the show. We had a good time (if not a lot of sleep) in Hartford and had the opportunity to talk with just about every mover and/or shaker in the aviation industry you can think of. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to record all our conversations, but we did capture a few on digital video. (Click through to watch.) More

IAOPA Wins Language Reprieve »

The International Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has successfully lobbied the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to delay by three years implementation of onerous language proficiency rules it says would severely limit VFR flight in much of Europe. Under the ICAO proposal, all pilots would require to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in either English or the language of the country in which they are flying. In an interview with AVweb at AOPA Expo in Hartford, IAOPA General Secretary John Sheehan said the rule makes sense for IFR operations but not for recreational flyers. "For VFR people it doesn't make any sense," Sheehan said. "I don't think [VFR] requires a high level of [language] proficiency." More