Aviation’s Top Websites
In slightly more than a decade, the World Wide Web has gone from being a mere novelty to one of the most important tools available. Now, with a click of the mouse, pilots can access live weather, plan flights with previously unheard-of flexibilities, check fuel prices, find aircraft values, search databases, take virtual tours of museums and study volumes of hard-to-access aviation product information. In the proceeding pages, Plane & Pilot has assembled the best online sites for pilots who are searching for excellent resources on the Internet." />
Nonprofit Aviation Organizations
Experimental Aircraft Association: www.eaa.org
It’s the premier organization for experimentals and homebuilts, and includes excellent online flight planning and information on autogas STCs. This also is the home of the annual AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wis., (and the best source for flight planning if you fly to Osh!).
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association: www.aopa.org
This site gives excellent weather information, free aircraft valuator, airport information and U.S. terminal procedures for AOPA members. It also hosts AOPA’s Air Safety Foundation (ASF), which provides online courses, analysis of aviation accidents, CFI renewal courses, safety seminars and type-specific safety publications.
National Business Aviation Association: www.nbaa.org
This is the online home of the NBAA. It offers extensive information on aviation safety, security, administration, taxes, finance, insurance, maintenance, airports, airspace, communications and international operations. An online library offers document packages on aircraft acquisition and leasing, an airport handbook, automated flight-deck training and best practices for aviation safety, among several other things.
National Association of Flight Instructors: www.nafinet.org
This excellent Website includes everything you want to know about flight instructors, from general news to databases of instructors and master instructors all over the nation.
Commemorative Air Force: www.confederateairforce.org
If you like vintage warbirds, this is the fold who keeps ‘em flying. Its mission is to preserve and keep in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft that were flown by all military services of the United States in World War II.
Build A Plane: www.buildaplane.org
Join an international effort to bring aviation into the lives of high-school kids. Learn about the program and its many successes, view projects that already are underway, or sign up to start a new one!
Be A Pilot: www.beapilot.com
It’s the easiest way to share aviation with someone interested in learning to fly. The site offers directions to sign up for an inexpensive introductory flight.