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The FAA publishes AIM update – change 3 effective April 20, 2023

The FAA recently published Change 3 of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) effective April 20, 2023. The updated AIM is available now in the Sporty’s online course portal at

FAA updates collision avoidance advisory circular

FAA has issued a new version of the Pilots’ Role in Collision Avoidance, AC90-48E, with new and recent examples where pilots have failed in this task. This revision to the AC incorporates additional information regarding pilot actions, procedures, Notices to Air Missions (NOTAM), and aircraft technology to mitigate the risk of a pilot causing or being involved in a ground collision, in-flight collision, or NMAC.

Changes to written testing coming April 24 and PHAK addendum published

Beginning Monday, April 24, the Private Pilot Airplane test time will be reduced from 150 minutes to 120 minutes (2 hours), and the Commercial Pilot Airplane test time will be reduced from 180 minutes to 150 minutes (2.5 hours).

FAA issues new SAFO amid multiple runway safety events

Amid a number of notable and high visibility runway safety events…

FAA adds airport testing Arrival Alert Notice System and new symbols for hotspots

An Arrival Alert Notice (AAN) helps bring attention to higher risk airports and creates situational awareness for pilots by providing a visual graphic of a wrong-surface landing hot spot at airports with a misalignment history.

Application window open for 2023 Southwest Airlines Scholarship

Applications are now open for the 2023 Southwest Airlines Scholarship…

Sporty’s and flyGIRL launch 2023 scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 scholarship program sponsored by Sporty's and flyGIRL. The award is intended to give existing student pilots that boost toward first solo or that initial pilot certificate.
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Richard Collins writing prize announced for young pilots

the writer must be a pilot (including student pilot) who is 24 years of age or younger. The article must be original, not previously published, and no longer than 1,500 words.
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Aircraft registrations now valid for 7 years

Effective this Monday, January 23, aircraft registrations are now valid for 7 years thanks to an amendment to the FAA Authorization Act of 2018 championed by Congressional Representative, Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who also serves as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus.

Grounding of flights reminds us of the importance of NOTAMs

Not far removed from the holiday chaos of Southwest Airlines cancelling more than 16,700 flights which reportedly could cost the airline nearly $1B, a different kind of chaos ensued Wednesday morning as the FAA grounded flights after the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system crashed.