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Thanks so much for tuning in to the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of December 6, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Textron's Beechcraft Denali makes successful test flight; The Bahamas and Caribbean are open for international general aviation flights; Tecnam Aircraft's P2010 TDI has been awarded an FAA type certificate; the FAA has proposed an airworthiness directive affecting certain Grumman American singles; and the Centers for Disease Control is requiring all passengers and crew arriving in the United States to provide a COVID-19 test taken within a day of departure. 

Dec 6

3 min 57 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Nov 29, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: House votes to cap veterans' flight training benefits, jet sales climb, piston aircraft steady, support GA on Giving Tuesday, Baker awarded First Flight Society honorary membership, and AOPA's Mike Collins honored with a posthumous award.

Nov 29

4 min

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Nov 22, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why pilot hiring is increasing exponentially, a final rule that eases the single-engine ATP path, older pilots continue to report negative treatment from insurance companies, avionics market trends are up, and 5 tips to avoid air travel delays during the holidays.

Nov 22

4 min 8 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Nov 15, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why corporate aviation hiring demand is high, winglet maker disputes NTSB findings, experimental cross-section weather product has new features, FAA proposes second class medical for balloon pilots, and AOPA honors staff who have served.

Nov 15

4 min 44 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Nov 8, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: How a planned 5G rollout risks aviation safety, aviation groups support alternative fuels program, AOPA's High School Aviation STEM Symposium set for Nov. 16, Brig. Gen. Charles McGee receives Reagan Distinguished American Award, and the Air Race Classic announces the 2022 route.

Nov 8

4 min 3 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Nov 1, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: U.S. updating its COVID-19 policy for international air travel, the FAA's approval of hundreds more engines to use unleaded fuel, Connecting Aviators launches to bring pilots together, AOPA's November Pilot Passport Challenge, and 'Flying Farmer' Charles 'Charlie' Kulp was 96.    

Nov 1

4 min

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Oct 25, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA's Flight Training Experience Awards, Regional winners announced, Diamond is developing an all-electric trainer, mountain pass elevations being added to Alaska charts, former NTSB Chair Sumwalt set to lead ERAU Safety Program, and getting to know 'The World's Most Awesome Backcountry Fly-In'.  

Oct 25

4 min 15 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Oct 18, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA's Air Safety Institute releases the 31st Nall Report, Honeywell finds business aviation is looking up, fiber gasket failures prompt a Continental engine AD, FlightAware Global adds a new feature, and ASI releases Early Analysis video of October Cessna 340 crash in California.  

Oct 18

4 min 55 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Oct 11, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: How the FAA expanded gliders' use of transponder code 1202, AOPA working to improve NOTAM delivery, the FAA facilitates night drone flights in controlled airspace, new Latinas in Aviation Festival recognizes pioneering women, and Virgin Galactic cleared to resume space flights.

Oct 8

4 min 28 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Oct 4, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA makes a detailed case against new Bahamas airport fee, Bye announces KLM deposit on first airline trainers, jobs await CAU graduates, public, private investment seeks aviation advances, and go for Class G and E airports in pilot passport challenge.

Sep 13

4 min 33 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Sept 27, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: the house passed an amendment to reverse FAA flight training policy, GAMI expects 'fleetwide' approval for its unleaded avgas, a popular Hawaii airport gets an extended lease on civilian life, one climate mitigation fee bill has hard landing in Massachusetts, and the fight to keep East Hampton airport open wages on.

Aug 15

5 min 15 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Sept 20, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA repeats call to protect flight training, top FBO chain embraces pricing, fee transparency, Boeing 20-year pilot outlook indicates 20-percent decline, AOPA releases findings of annual weather survey, and computer pilot now being trained for cargo duty.

Aug 15

4 min 51 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Sept 13, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Cirrus Aircraft opening new facilities in Arizona and Texas, public safety spotlighted in an effort to curb aircraft laser strikes, one fundraiser provides the chance to fly P-51 Mustang, the FAA investigates Branson’s wayward rocket ride, and extensive AOPA coverage of 9/11 20 years later: Reflecting on 9/11, Lest We Forget, the day aviation stood still, CAU honors fallen heroes.

Aug 15

4 min 28 sec

Hope you're having a great Labor Day! Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Sept 6, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why NASA is analyzing Joby noise, Flightaware will be joining Collins Aerospace, one Bahamas airport is proposing a $28-per passenger fee on GA, winglet maker climbs out of bankruptcy, and GAMA reports: industry recovering, still trails pre-pandemic activity. AOPA is doing a survey on all of our aviation podcasts and we’d love to get your feedback! Take the survey here!  

Aug 15

4 min 48 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Aug 30, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Pilots to start reaping benefits of the NOTAM modernization effort, Sonex goes high with new model's wing, OBAP Conference harnesses virtual networking, and Samaritan Aviation's Mark Palm counts blessings after a bout with cancer. We’d love your feedback on AOPA's Podcasts! Take our survey!  

Aug 15

4 min 46 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Aug 23, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why GA pilots worked so hard to bring unleaded fuel to Reid-Hillview Airport, an AOPA advocacy win in Rhode Island, the FAA updates the list of cold temperature airports, renames program, you'll have a chance to talk to experts at the AOPA Aviator Showcase in Virginia, and 300 schools to use You can Fly Aviation STEM Curriculum.

Aug 15

4 min 38 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Aug 16, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA issues a call to action: help protect flight training, pilots are being encouraged to help spot fires in Oregon, avionics sales down, DPE system reform taking shape, and hurdles remain for GA pilots flying to Canada.

Aug 13

4 min 16 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Aug 9, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: The Phillips 66 Aerostars helping to promote scholarships for women, inspirational pilot Jessica Cox pursuing her third-class medical and four-seat aircraft, a new podcast highlighting women in aviation, the Pulitzer Trophy gets dusted off for electric aircraft, 100 years of protecting food, fiber, and forests through aerial application.

Aug 6

3 min 38 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Aug 2, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about:  Why the FAA is standing by the directive that created flight training crisis, GAMI receives unleaded avgas STC, diversity is in demand as the FAA seeks ATC job applicants, Joby stretches its EVTOL legs, and read more Oshkosh about FAA Administrator’s Steve Dickson’s remarks over industry frustration on the flight training issue, learn from AOPA Finance President Adam Meredith about spotting red flags with aircraft lenders and check other great coverage and photography from AirVenture, and so much more!

Jul 30

4 min 15 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of July 26, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA turns to Congress to solve FAA-created flight training crisis, Western wildfire smoke is affecting weather in some Eastern states, Take a private tour of Orbis Flying Eye Hospital at AirVenture, BasicMed Report five years later, and the FAA certifies next-generation turboprop from Epic Aircraft.

Jul 19

4 min 44 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of July 19, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: FAA prosecutors pursuing CFIs providing training for 'free', military exercise set for August in Wisconsin Michigan airspace, FAA orders stabilizer inspections of Grumman singles, Joby to advance carbon credits with Jetblue, Signature, and teen secures solo circumnavigation record in Skyhawk.

Jul 19

4 min 52 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of July 12, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about:  The FAA Registry's digital upgrade is set for an October launch, AOPA and COPA are urging Canada to accept BasicMed pilots, aviation groups speak out against a dangerous airport precedent, acclaimed CFI Wally Funk is finally punching her ticket to space, and a new flying car flies and drives for an audience.    

Jul 8

4 min 54 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of July 5, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: The AOPA Foundation's Curriculum earning an important accreditation, tips for flying to AirVenture, DPE reform report reflects 'clean sheet' approach, billionaires race to space, and a British teen makes a circumnavigation record attempt.  

Jun 30

4 min 53 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of June 28, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: The FAA stepping up its confidential safety reporting, a new bill that would leave Ligado on the hook for GPS interference costs and damages, aviation groups are urging Congress to protect the FAA in case of a shutdown, more buy-in for Bye Aerospace electric twin, and new airline and primary sims announced.    

Jun 24

4 min 42 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of June 21, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: An advocacy win will improve pilot records database, Massachusetts landing fee bill hearing set, House passes bills to expedite airport upgrades, improve NOTAMS, Sullenberger nominated as ICAO Ambassador, and check out the new historical fiction novel on Bessie Coleman!

Jun 18

4 min 57 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of June 14, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Aviation groups that are displeased with the FAA's viewpoint on flight training implications of Warbird case, Connecticut's Hartford-Brainard Airport faces a closure threat, hangars are in high demand, Icon shareholders file suit, AOPA Foundation receives the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Jun 13

4 min 48 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of June 7, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Biden's proposed budget which includes an increase for FAA and aviation programs, AOPA is alerting members about a Massachusetts landing fee bill, AOPA's 2021 You Can Fly Challenge is underway, CAU has established $1 million in scholarships, and Garmin Autoland awarded Collier Trophy.

Jun 4

4 min 28 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of May 31, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: the FAA released a final rule on pilot records database, aviation groups want to help implement real-time SUA notifications, House introduces a companion bill to advance aviation, the FAA says signal received about GPS jamming worries, and one Maryland airport embraces drone integration.

May 28

4 min 50 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of May 24, 2021. In this episode, you will learn more about: Signs of recovery in aircraft shipment report, Dillingham tenant evictions delayed as lease talks continue, AOPA awards 41.1 million to 2021 scholarship winners, rudder misapplication cited in fatal King Air crash, and one pilot takes a 'spectacular' flight across the North Pole.  

May 20

4 min 56 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of May 17, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA’s fight for airport transparency wages on, AOPA opposes $1,000 'climate fee' for Massachusetts landings, pipeline aerial patrols stepped up as fuel crisis eases, Tucker's Oracle Challenger III arrives at the Smithsonian, and a new virtual reality training device for R22 certified.  

May 14

4 min 57 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of May 10, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Un-funneling air travel, Foreflight’s Fly-Out that focuses on airports in the west, the industry is getting excited about AOPA Aviator Showcases, AOPA Flight Training Experience Survey opens May 15, and ASI's latest video on avoiding hard landings.

May 7

4 min 36 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of May 3, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA opening its 2021 weather survey, the FAA launching its forty-third annual GA survey, former flight service specialists settle claims against the DOT and the FAA, B-25 Panchito connects father and son 75 years later, and check out AOPA's Annual Report.

Apr 29

5 min 4 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of April 26, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why AOPA and other aviation groups are asking the FAA for clarification on flight training rules, how Bye Aerospace is challenging turboprops with an electric eight-seater, when ATP is expecting 25 low-wing trainers for delivery, why AOPA is encouraging drone pilots to submit safety reports, and why Sun 'n Fun attendance shocked everyone!  

Apr 23

4 min 31 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of April 19, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: AOPA’s work to continue improving ramp transparency, a recent survey that predicts continued aviation job growth, what steps the U.S. Air Force Demo Squadron took to launch a new show, what the NTSB found regarding the mishandled B-17G emergency, and check out aopa.org for the recap on everything Sun ‘n Fun!  

Apr 19

4 min 10 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of April 12, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: The latest testing requirements for vaccinated domestic travelers, what the NTSB is asking for in its latest Most Wanted List, how AOPA is helping pilots and owners in West Virginia save money, what the FAA is asking for from two Florida airports, and the latest on the warbird flight training case.

Apr 9

4 min 22 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of April 5, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: How AOPA is working with the FAA to end the ACS logjam, tips for pilots conducting 'complaint' self-briefings, a new device that helps simulate clouds for instrument training, a fuel additive shortage looms, and AME guidance is released for pilots who have had COVID-19.

Apr 2

4 min 17 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of March 29, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why the FAA recently shared new sample knowledge test questions, why AOPA wants to have glider pilots squawk 1202 for all VFR ops, more about iFlightPlanner updating fuel prices daily in AOPA products, GIFT Academy will be holding an event in June in Wisconsin, and Textron kicks off Special Olympics Airlift.

Mar 26

4 min 17 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of March 22, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: How AOPA is working to ramp up GA parking transparency, Redbird has released its latest flight training survey results, AOPA seeks to ensure airshows have access to vital relief, AOPA is also helping to spread the word on laser safety, and a new report offers insight on aircraft-wildlife collisions.

Mar 19

4 min 21 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of March 15, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: How AOPA is working toward a solution to GPS jamming, Bye Aerospace hints at an electric powered twin, a pro-aviation tax bill is being considered in Connecticut, GA Award winners will be honored at AirVenture, and Michael Goulian has been named Chair of AOPA Foundation's Hat in the Ring Society.        

Mar 12

4 min 17 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of March 8, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why AOPA leaders are meeting virtually to discuss the state of general aviation, momentum is growing to keep Dillingham Airfield open, why the FAA is pressuring Santa Clara County to abide by grant obligations, how the FAA is testing airport drone defenses, and why AOPA is urging officials to rethink housing units beneath low-flying aircraft.

Mar 5

3 min 56 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of March 1, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: a new GAO report that reviews the FAA's flight-sharing policies, industry groups are urging the FAA to release delayed airman certification standards, a working group is making progress on DPE system reforms, manufacturing execs weigh in on aviation's outlook, and an airpark community fights a railroad corporation over a land dispute.  

Feb 27

4 min 40 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Feb 22nd, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: The FAA launching its forty-third annual GA survey, VFR charts to go on a 56-day cycle, why several aviation groups are asking Mexico to reverse rules on experimental aircraft, AOPA and FAA medical leaders meet, and aviation celebrates Bessie Coleman!  

Feb 22

4 min 43 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Feb 15th, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why the FAA issued an international NOTAM regarding COVID-19, what aviation groups oppose the idea of domestic air travel coronavirus testing, ERAU releases study on gender, racial bias in aviation, AOPA Aircraft Guide launches, and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Vaucher dies at 102.

Feb 12

4 min 13 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Feb 8th, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: How the FAA created gateways for new Presidential TFR, why a community group is working to save East Hampton Airport, learn more about the new FAA certified Extra NG, AOPA announces its next Sweepstakes airplane, and you could be an astronaut!  

Feb 8

4 min 39 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Feb. 1st, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: How the FAA is accepting applications for its Aviation Workforce Grants, ATP and Frontier Airlines team up for a new pilot pathway program, hear how one device allowed for a nonstop flight from Maine-to-Florida, the AOPA Foundation names Schiff Chairman of the AOPA Legacy Society, and get AOPA's top 100 flying songs now on Pandora!

Jan 31

4 min 16 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of January 25th, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why the FCC continues to push plans for Ligado forward, a new app that simplifies online searches for FAA docs, Florida company Air Journey begins Caribbean tours, and one lucky pilot and AOPA Member gets the surprise of a lifetime.        

Jan 25

4 min 36 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of January 18th 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: New alternatives for aircraft propulsion, updates for the 'Save Dillingham' Airfield effort, details about a new requirement to enter the U.S. by air, AOPA partners with Ross Perot Jr. to provide even more scholarships, and AOPA's plans to honor pioneers in aviation at the fifth annual (virtual) R.A. "Bob" Hoover Trophy Award presentation.  

Jan 18

4 min 33 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of January 11th, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: Why aviation groups are asking for a third pandemic SFAR, why owners of private-use airports need to update their information ASAP, what Congress is asking the Department of Defense to study in order to safeguard GPS,  this new rule will help support supersonic aircraft development, and this new invention could solve weight & balance woes for you!

Jan 11

4 min 16 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Jan. 4, 2021. In this episode you will learn more about: the AOPA-championed effort to push the real-time status of military operations areas into the cockpit, two final rules affecting unmanned aircraft operations, ATC delays over the holidays, AOPA’s You Can Fly makes sure you don’t fly rusty in 2021, and a wrap up of GA giving back during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Jan 4

4 min 33 sec

Thanks so much for tuning into the Pilot Briefing Podcast for the week of Dec 21st, 2020. In this episode you will learn more about: How AOPA joined industry efforts to promote best charter practices, Congress approves funding aviation in a combined bill, how election results will affect the aircraft market, another aviation event canceled – this time for 2021, and Kansas establishes a test corridor for supersonic aircraft!  

Dec 2020

4 min 38 sec