AOPA Airport Support Network Celebrates 10th Year »

When pilots run into trouble with threats to their airport, AOPA's Airport Support Network is there, and this year the organization is celebrating 10 years of helping to keep airports open and thriving. The program has nearly 2,000 volunteers across the country who work to support the program's mission to promote, protect, and defend America's community airports. "Saving airports is consistently at the top of members' priority lists," said Andy Cebula, executive vice president of government affairs at AOPA. "We see their passion in the numbers who volunteer their time and energy to protect their local airports, and we encourage all members to get involved." The program was formed in response to feedback from AOPA members who recognized that protecting community airports is a key step in securing general aviation's future and wanted to help. The ASN volunteers are the first reporters and first responders to potential threats against their airports. They communicate regularly with AOPA headquarters staff, who work with them to eliminate or mitigate threats to local airports. More

AOPA Air Safety Foundation Offers New Course in Aging Aircraft »

It's well known that the general aviation fleet is aging, and while older aircraft can be safe to fly, they do demand a certain amount of care. AOPA's Air Safety Foundation addresses all of the issues that pilots should know about in a new course, Aging Aircraft, offered free online. This interactive course discusses factors that affect the rate of aging, such as storage, use, abuse, and maintenance; offers suggestions for proactive inspection and maintenance practices, and explains the difference between chronological and true age. Specific tracks can be chosen that focus on Beechcraft, Cessna, Mooney, or Piper models. Advice is offered for those thinking about buying or renting an older aircraft. The course takes about an hour to complete. More

Baja Bush Pilots Fight Border Proposal »

The Baja Bush Pilots , a group of about 4,000 pilots who promote flying to Mexico and Central America, say the proposal by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to require detailed manifests and itineraries from general aviation pilots crossing the U.S. border is unworkable in its present form. In an interview at AOPA Expo in Hartford, Baja Bush Pilots President Jack McCormick told AVweb the most pressing concern is the requirement that the information be filed electronically. "Sometimes in Mexico you're lucky to find a phone that works. How are you supposed to find an Internet connection?" As AVweb reported last month, Customs says the goal of the program is to improve security of trans-border small aircraft operations. More

Plenty of AOPA News This Week »

Watch your inbox and keep high on your favorites list this week as our experienced team of award-winning aviation journalists delivers all the news from AOPA Expo in Hartford. It starts out with a rash of product announcements today (Thursday) and continues through three days of seminars, politically oriented discussions and general discussion about our favorite topic -- general aviation. Piper, Diamond, Cessna and Mooney all have big news to announce. Our audio and video casts will expand on the themes we present in AVwebFlash and on our web site, so be sure to check them out. More