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Vintage Electric rolls out most powerful electric bikes yet

Vintage Electric rolls out most powerful electric bikes yet

Vintage blends timeless design of classic motorsport with the best in electric vehicle technology. We treat our customers like family and are always just a phone call away.

Better Together: Industry Resources Help Improve Aviation Safety

Better Together: Industry Resources Help Improve Aviation Safety

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Blue Skies ahead for CAU

Blue Skies ahead for CAU

Fresh from a year of growth and new developments, California Aeronautical University (CAU) has exciting plans to continue promoting aviation to youth in 2023—including hosting the Air Force flight academy and building strategic partnerships to provide additional opportunities for graduates.

Flying the glaciers and high peaks of Southern Norway

Flying the glaciers and high peaks of Southern Norway

Battling an unusually cold and rainy summer around 61 degrees north latitude, I conquered the glaciers of southern Norway and the highest Scandinavian peaks in just two short months.

Good pilots have a habit of training

Good pilots have a habit of training

As the excitement of the new year fades into a routine, how can you develop a sustainable habit that improves your flying and helps you achieve your goals as a pilot? 

Good pilots have a habit of training

Good pilots have a habit of training

As the excitement of the new year fades into a routine, how can you develop a sustainable habit that improves your flying and helps you achieve your goals as a pilot? 

Pass the Vision Portion of Your Medical

Pass the Vision Portion of Your Medical

It’s unbelievable how one simple change can dramatically improve your performance.

Pass the Vision Portion of Your Medical

Pass the Vision Portion of Your Medical

It’s unbelievable how one simple change can dramatically improve your performance.

Graduate earns distinction from California Aeronautical University

Graduate earns distinction from California Aeronautical University

The challenges of finding qualified aircraft maintenance technologists (AMT) have accelerated over the last decade making it difficult to fulfill the much-needed demand in the aviation industry. In this male-dominated profession, many women are not exposed to the possibilities—even if they have the aptitude to excel professionally.

Training and Safety Tip: A yoke is not a steering wheel

Training and Safety Tip: A yoke is not a steering wheel

The cop wasn’t buying it. After a long day of flying, I had been stopped for driving smack down the middle of Airport Road, my car nicely centered on the yellow line. I told the officer I was having an airplane moment. He figured I was drunk.

Commemorative Air Force seeks help with P–47 restoration

Commemorative Air Force seeks help with P–47 restoration

Airbase Georgia, a branch of the Commemorative Air Force at Atlanta Regional Airport Falcon Field is working to raise $15,000 through its “12 Planes of Christmas” campaign to help restore its newly acquired Republic P–47 Thunderbolt.

Aircraft Maintenance: Inspecting your oil filter and screen

Aircraft Maintenance: Inspecting your oil filter and screen

In this series, we have been reviewing the different ways that you can monitor the health of your aircraft’s engine to protect your personal safety as well as your wallet. Since oil is the lifeblood of your engine, it’s a great place to begin.

Fulfilling a mission; fueled by aviation

Fulfilling a mission; fueled by aviation

Steve Russell has had a singular focus throughout his life. Making a difference is a core principle of Russell’s, whether as a decorated officer in the U.S. Army, helping to fight against global terrorism; as a leader in Congress, on the front lines advocating for veterans; as an aspiring aviator; and now in a calling […]

Not to be outdone

Not to be outdone

When 19-year-old Zara Rutherford flew solo around the world in a light sport aircraft late last year and early this year, we held our collective breath and cheered her from afar. Then her brother Mack surprised us all by repeating the feat this summer. Now Mack is recognized as the youngest person ever to fly […]

NY Governor strikes down contentious Stop the Chop bill

NY Governor strikes down contentious Stop the Chop bill

A bill intended to mitigate helicopter operations at the West 30th Street Heliport in New York City that would have allowed citizens to sue pilots and other associated company personnel for alleged helicopter noise pollution statewide was vetoed by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

One step closer to eliminating FAA LODA requirement

One step closer to eliminating FAA LODA requirement

The Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act passed in the Senate on December 15 with an 83–11 vote—containing language that eliminates a 2021 FAA policy reinterpretation that grounded nearly 40,000 pilots.

Graduate earns distinction from California Aeronautical University

Graduate earns distinction from California Aeronautical University

The challenges of finding qualified aircraft maintenance technologists (AMT) have accelerated over the last decade making it difficult to fulfill the much-needed demand in the aviation industry. In this male-dominated profession, many women are not exposed to the possibilities—even if they have the aptitude to excel professionally.

Legendary high-altitude record-setter dies

Legendary high-altitude record-setter dies

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Col. Joseph Kittinger, who flew high enough to see the curvature of the Earth during his record-setting 102,800-foot skydive in 1960, died at age 94 on December 9.

Pulitzer race to resume in May

Pulitzer race to resume in May

The National Aeronautic Association will host a four-day, 1,000-nautical-mile air race for electric aircraft in May, resuming the renowned races that began in the 1920s.

AOPA responds to PSI reimbursement decrease for third-party FAA test providers

AOPA responds to PSI reimbursement decrease for third-party FAA test providers

In a November 18 letter, PSI, the FAA knowledge test contractor, informed third-party providers that a change in fee structure would significantly reduce the current reimbursement rate to third-party test centers by more than 65 percent for most FAA exams, effective January 1.

United Aviate trains for upset recovery and prevention

United Aviate trains for upset recovery and prevention

United Aviate Academy in Goodyear, Arizona, the only flight training school owned and operated by a major U.S. airline, has partnered with Aviation Performance Solutions (APS), in Mesa, Arizona, to provide their flight students with training on avoiding and recovering from loss of control in flight (LOC-I).

A dash from Spain to Norway

A dash from Spain to Norway

Two planned trips fused into one when a long streak of unusually favorable weather appeared in the forecast, resulting in over 24 hours in the air, flying a Piper Super Cub from the bottom of Spain to Norway.

Training and Safety Tip: Extra set of eyes

Training and Safety Tip: Extra set of eyes

The most common type of pilot deviation for VFR pilots involves airspace violations. Losing situational awareness and entering airspace they are not authorized to enter could happen for any number of reasons.

Flying for our future

Flying for our future

Leading nonprofit conservation flying organization LightHawk is helping preserve ecosystems across the United States, Canada, and Mexico with its team of volunteer pilots, aircraft, and photographers.

FAA Weather Camera Network extends across the country

FAA Weather Camera Network extends across the country

The FAA is expanding its Weather Camera Program to more locations across the country.

Training and Safety Tip: Extra set of eyes

Training and Safety Tip: Extra set of eyes

The most common type of pilot deviation for VFR pilots involves airspace violations. Losing situational awareness and entering airspace they are not authorized to enter could happen for any number of reasons.

Flying for our future

Flying for our future

Leading nonprofit conservation flying organization LightHawk is helping preserve ecosystems across the United States, Canada, and Mexico with its team of volunteer pilots, aircraft, and photographers.

FAA Weather Camera Network extends across the country

FAA Weather Camera Network extends across the country

The FAA is expanding its Weather Camera Program to more locations across the country.

Wright’s original angle of attack indicator

Wright’s original angle of attack indicator

Modern angle of attack indicators for general aviation were generally derived from sensors deployed first on commercial and military aircraft, yet to suggest that the importance of this uniquely informative instrument was overlooked at the dawn of powered flight would give Orville and Wilbur Wright an undeserved slight.

Southern crossroads with treats for every sense

Southern crossroads with treats for every sense

Perched on the east bank of the Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee, is a crossroads in many senses of the word: a feast of flavor drawing on diverse culinary traditions, with music in a variety of styles sure to stir your soul.

Final opportunities for scholarships in 2022

Final opportunities for scholarships in 2022

Safety and education are both vital to future of the aviation industry, which is part of the reason organizations are eager to invest in individuals who pursue those paths.

Congress moves to eliminate FAA LODA requirement

Congress moves to eliminate FAA LODA requirement

A national defense authorization bill passed by the U.S. House December 8 on a 350-80 vote includes language reflecting the advocacy work of AOPA that will eliminate an FAA policy change made in 2021 that requires pilots—and their flight instructors—to obtain a letter of deviation authority (LODA) to give or receive flight training in experimental […]

Congress moves to eliminate FAA LODA requirement

Congress moves to eliminate FAA LODA requirement

A national defense authorization bill passed by the U.S. House December 8 on a 350-80 vote includes language reflecting the advocacy work of AOPA that will eliminate an FAA policy change made in 2021 that requires pilots—and their flight instructors—to obtain a letter of deviation authority (LODA) to give or receive flight training in experimental […]

Florida club hosts annual vintage conveyance celebration

Florida club hosts annual vintage conveyance celebration

Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, welcomed members and registered attendees to its four-day celebration of classic aircraft, automobiles, and yachts at its one-of-a-kind oceanside resort.

NTSB releases preliminary report on Dallas midair

NTSB releases preliminary report on Dallas midair

The NTSB preliminary report on the November 12 midair collision between a Bell P–63F Kingcobra and a Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress that killed six crewmembers during the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas details the instructions the pilots received leading up to the accident.

NTSB urges immediate Bell 407 inspections

NTSB urges immediate Bell 407 inspections

The NTSB found the tail boom of a Bell 407 air tour helicopter 762 feet from where the rest of the helicopter came to rest following a June 8 accident in Hawaii, and called for immediate inspection of the rest of the fleet.

Training and Safety Tip: When in doubt, go around

Training and Safety Tip: When in doubt, go around

Many years ago, I heard an old U.S. Air Force slogan, “When in doubt, bail out.” That is exactly what the rejected landing procedure—commonly known as a go-around—is about.

Florida club hosts annual vintage conveyance celebration

Florida club hosts annual vintage conveyance celebration

Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, welcomed members and registered attendees to its four-day celebration of classic aircraft, automobiles, and yachts at its one-of-a-kind oceanside resort.

NTSB releases preliminary report on Dallas midair

NTSB releases preliminary report on Dallas midair

The NTSB preliminary report on the November 12 midair collision between a Bell P–63F Kingcobra and a Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress that killed six crewmembers during the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas details the instructions the pilots received leading up to the accident.

NTSB urges immediate Bell 407 inspections

NTSB urges immediate Bell 407 inspections

The NTSB found the tail boom of a Bell 407 air tour helicopter 762 feet from where the rest of the helicopter came to rest following a June 8 accident in Hawaii, and called for immediate inspection of the rest of the fleet.

Training and Safety Tip: When in doubt, go around

Training and Safety Tip: When in doubt, go around

Many years ago, I heard an old U.S. Air Force slogan, “When in doubt, bail out.” That is exactly what the rejected landing procedure—commonly known as a go-around—is about.

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES EARLY ANALYSIS: N201RF VIDEO

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES EARLY ANALYSIS: N201RF VIDEO

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released a new video from its Early Analysis series providing an initial examination of a recent accident.

Better Together Industry Resources Help Improve Aviation Safety

Better Together Industry Resources Help Improve Aviation Safety

Multiple aviation entities provide safety programs for you.

AOPA collaborator, air boss John Walsh dies

AOPA collaborator, air boss John Walsh dies

John Walsh, well-known air boss, AOPA events collaborator, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and retired air traffic controller, died November 16. He was 64 years old.

FAA weather camera webinar

FAA weather camera webinar

The FAA Weather Camera Program is an expanding network of cameras designed to make general aviation safer. Pilots, air traffic controllers, and others in the aviation community can use the cameras for preflight planning and making that critical go/no-go decision.

Fly with the First Flight Society

Fly with the First Flight Society

As part of a fundraiser for the First Flight Society—a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Wright brothers and promoting aviation education—one lucky winner will get to go for a flight in a World War II North American P–51 Mustang.

Training and Safety Tip: Eyes out when steep

Training and Safety Tip: Eyes out when steep

For Top Gun fans buying into the fighter pilot ethos, steep turns are one of the more exhilarating private pilot training maneuvers. With a little imagination, the rapid rate of turn can make it feel like the fight is on.

Caravan crashes during test flight, wing separation likely

Caravan crashes during test flight, wing separation likely

An unmodified 2021 Cessna Grand Caravan 208B leased to aircraft modification manufacturer Raisbeck Engineering from Copper Mountain Aviation LLC crashed during a test flight in Snohomish County in Washington on November 18, killing all four crewmembers on board.

‘It looks like they made it for now’

‘It looks like they made it for now’

An early evening approach to a Maryland airport under low overcast nearly ended in tragedy on November 27. It ended instead in a triumph of technical rescue, though the pilot and passenger had to wait hours dangling about 10 stories above the ground before they were hoisted clear by cranes.

Modified King Air claims speed records

Modified King Air claims speed records

Tamarack Aerospace submitted two city-pair record claims to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the European Fédération Aéronautique Internationale for flights involving a Smartwing winglet-equipped Beechcraft King Air 350 to and from the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

Scholarships at your fingertips

Scholarships at your fingertips

When Angelina Tsuboi was starting her flight training journey, she spent a lot of time hunting for scholarships before coming across the AOPA Foundation. Now she’s designed a website so other aspiring pilots can find financial help faster.

Scholarships at your fingertips

Scholarships at your fingertips

When Angelina Tsuboi was starting her flight training journey, she spent a lot of time hunting for scholarships before coming across the AOPA Foundation. Now she’s designed a website so other aspiring pilots can find financial help faster.

BasicMed limitation lifted

BasicMed limitation lifted

The FAA concurred with AOPA and individuals who supported a rulemaking proposal that enables pilots who medically qualify under BasicMed to act as required crewmembers other than pilot in command—more specifically as safety pilots.

Virginia aviation expo inspires youth

Virginia aviation expo inspires youth

The November 4 Leesburg Aviation and Career Expo in Leesburg, Virginia, offered hundreds of area high school and college students a hands-on look at career opportunities in aviation.

New panel replacement option for older Cessna 172 models

New panel replacement option for older Cessna 172 models

Six Pack Aero, manufacturer of affordable custom stationary instrument panels for Cessnas, received a supplemental type certificate for the Legacy XL Stationary Panel.

First kitbuilt Bearhawk Model 5 flies

First kitbuilt Bearhawk Model 5 flies

The first kitbuilt Bearhawk Aircraft Model 5 flew on November 7, the Austin, Texas, company announced. The Model 5 is a six-place, high-wing, tailwheel design that the company says is comparable to a Cessna 180 and 185 and is meant to be a heavy hauler and backcountry performer.

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES EARLY ANALYSIS: WINGS OVER DALLAS MIDAIR VIDEO

AOPA’S AIR SAFETY INSTITUTE RELEASES EARLY ANALYSIS: WINGS OVER DALLAS MIDAIR VIDEO

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute (ASI) released a new video from its Early Analysis series providing an initial examination of a recent tragic accident.

High school aviation STEM draws crowd

High school aviation STEM draws crowd

Together in person for the first time since 2019, more than 400 educators and industry leaders converged on Memphis, Tennessee, to get fired up about aeronautics in the classroom at the eighth annual AOPA You Can Fly High School Aviation STEM Symposium.

Training and Safety Tip: Coming and going

Training and Safety Tip: Coming and going

You’ve been driving on a long stretch of empty interstate when you see a truck stop. It’s time to take the exit to reenergize and fuel up.

Pilot job market has never seen numbers like this

Pilot job market has never seen numbers like this

Unprecedented hiring by the 12 major airlines—along with a record number of pilots actively seeking employment—continues as 2022 comes to a close.

Personal helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson remembered

Personal helicopter pioneer Frank Robinson remembered

Frank Robinson, the legendary designer and leader of Robinson Helicopter for nearly 40 years, died November 12 at his California home. He was 92.

Six dead in Wings Over Dallas airshow midair

Six dead in Wings Over Dallas airshow midair

All six people aboard a Bell P–63F Kingcobra and the Texas Raiders Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress died when the two aircraft collided midair November 12 during the 2022 Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport in Texas, the NTSB confirmed.

Honeywell, DENSO Connect on Clean Electric Engine Concepts

Honeywell, DENSO Connect on Clean Electric Engine Concepts

You might say Honeywell and DENSO made an electric connection from the start. These two large and successful industry leaders-one in aerospace and one in automotive-are on a quest to shrink aviation’s environmental footprint.

‘Thank you for our freedom’

‘Thank you for our freedom’

Years after his death in 2005, words of the original U.S. Navy Blue Angel have become a proposed resolution before the U.S. House of Representatives.

FBOProps crowdsources memorable aviation experiences

FBOProps crowdsources memorable aviation experiences

FBOProps, a new social app for airport experiences, is designed to help pilots and their loved ones find memorable general aviation destinations by gathering reviews and other airport information from fellow aviators.

‘Cyber incident’ affected flight planning

‘Cyber incident’ affected flight planning

Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen, a navigation charts and information provider, was affected for several days by a “cyber incident” that began on November 2. A week later, the precise effects on aviation remained unclear.

FAA approves HondaJet upgrades

FAA approves HondaJet upgrades

Honda Aircraft Co. has announced FAA type certification of its HondaJet Elite II, the latest, upgraded version of its original HondaJet.

Joby pushes launch to 2025

Joby pushes launch to 2025

Citing a change in FAA certification rules, Joby Aviation stated that it’s pushing the target date for its entry into eVTOL passenger service to 2025.

Training and Safety Tip: Master the sky

Training and Safety Tip: Master the sky

Before your next flight, play a game of chess. You don’t have to be good at it, or win. In fact, you’ll probably get more out of it if you get roundly trounced.

Scholarships heat up as temps cool off

Scholarships heat up as temps cool off

Flight training tends to slow down as temperatures drop and the days get shorter. However, aviation scholarship opportunities are still ramping up.

Pilots fly in to hang out with AOPA

Pilots fly in to hang out with AOPA

The Sunshine State delivered in spades for pilots attending The Hangout, an AOPA Fly-In at Tampa Executive Airport in Florida. Warm fall weather and bright blue skies welcomed more than 1,200 AOPA members and aviation enthusiasts on November 4 and 5.

Aircraft Maintenance: The five pillars of engine health monitoring

Aircraft Maintenance: The five pillars of engine health monitoring

Monitoring the health of your aircraft’s engine protects your personal safety as well as your wallet. As with so many other aspects of aircraft maintenance, catching problems early can make them easier and less expensive to solve while mitigating the risk of in-flight failures.

Hurricane Preparedness, Are You Ready?

Hurricane Preparedness, Are You Ready?

Tips from AssuredPartners Aerospace, AOPA’s Strategic Partner for aviation insurance.

X-Plane 12 brings eVTOL

X-Plane 12 brings eVTOL

The newest iteration of X-Plane flight simulator has arrived with real-world weather, new airport effects, and the opportunity to fly the Alia-250 eVTOL.

Carbon Cub saves lives in Mexico

Carbon Cub saves lives in Mexico

Most Carbon Cub pilots choose to fly a CubCrafters aircraft for a few reasons: to explore backcountry destinations; to hop on the short takeoff and landing craze; or to simply enjoy the simplicities of flying a modern, high-powered aircraft that slightly resembles the nostalgic feel of a Piper J–3 Cub.

Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame honors Collins

Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame honors Collins

Longtime AOPA journalist and photographer Mike Collins was posthumously enshrined in Kentucky’s Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to aviation.

Suggestions to ease journey for reluctant family travelers

Suggestions to ease journey for reluctant family travelers

Let’s face it—some of our family members are less than enthusiastic about sharing the joy of general aviation flying, though it’s infinitely more fun when they join us on the journey.

Fly for fun, gear

Fly for fun, gear

Flying an aircraft is its own reward, but that did not stop us from dangling an extra carrot (or three) to keep you moving through the end of the year.

AOPA represents general aviation in EPA hearing on fuel

AOPA represents general aviation in EPA hearing on fuel

Speaking on behalf of thousands of members, pilots, and the general aviation industry, AOPA reasoned that the transition to an unleaded GA future must be done in a way that promotes and protects safety, during an Environmental Protection Agency November 1 hearing on its proposed endangerment finding with respect to lead emissions from aviation gasoline.

Tips for flying with young children

Tips for flying with young children

Flying general aviation trips with young children—particularly children who aren’t yet old enough to express themselves clearly—takes extra planning to keep them safe and comfortable.

There’s always a choice

There’s always a choice

Forget about shopping, cooking, and wrapping. Real holiday stress is icing, scud running, and pushing to reach a family gathering at all costs.

Training and Safety Tip: Be on the lookout

Training and Safety Tip: Be on the lookout

Properly scanning for traffic while flying is more like duck hunting than scanning for traffic while driving.

Gyro Hero: Sorta safe

Gyro Hero: Sorta safe

How safe is it? Whether we ask the question out loud or only to ourselves, it’s a primary consideration for any type of flying we do.

Pilots needed: Experimental pirep testing in Oklahoma and Alaska

Pilots needed: Experimental pirep testing in Oklahoma and Alaska

The FAA is looking for pilots who fly in the vicinity of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and Nenana Municipal Airport in Nenana, Alaska, to voluntarily participate in a project to file pilot weather reports (pireps) using automated ground stations and new technology.

FAA seeks information from aircraft owners on certain Continental engines

FAA seeks information from aircraft owners on certain Continental engines

“The FAA is concerned that the corrective action contained within AD 2020-16-11” regarding “fractured cross-flow cylinder assemblies” on certain Continental engines “is not sufficiently resolving the issue.” The agency published an airworthiness concern sheet October 25 seeking “additional input from the field in order to better understand whether any additional actions are necessary at this time.”

Dynon autopilot cleared for Skylane

Dynon autopilot cleared for Skylane

Dynon Avionics expanded its already significant footprint in the certified aircraft market with FAA approval of a two-axis autopilot.

Model aircraft leaders welcome potential FAA recognition

Model aircraft leaders welcome potential FAA recognition

The Academy of Model Aeronautics pounced on the invitation from the FAA to be recognized as an organization that sets guidelines for recreational use of drones and more traditional model aircraft.

Fight to save Reid-Hillview gets a boost from local leaders

Fight to save Reid-Hillview gets a boost from local leaders

While Santa Clara County, California, supervisors are actively taking steps to close Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport, some local officials are fighting back—arguing the airport plays a key role in its local community.

Airfield of dreams: If you build it, they will come

Airfield of dreams: If you build it, they will come

Despite decades of neglect, Detroit’s Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport is getting its happy ending following the approval of an FAA layout plan—making it eligible for an estimated $100 million in federal grants over the next 10 years.

Pilot-Approved Streaming Picks

Pilot-Approved Streaming Picks

Streaming television and movies has become a default pastime over the past decade for good reason – it introduced a seamless world of advertisement-free entertainment at anyone’s fingertips. Here at AOPA, we’re devoted to getting people to fly as often as possible, but that’s not always practical given weather, air traffic, or other life events. […]

Training and Safety Tip: Just a little trim

Training and Safety Tip: Just a little trim

Using the trim wheel doesn’t come naturally to some new pilots. However, once it becomes part of their routine, they may wonder how they ever flew without it. Let’s break down the mystery of this essential tool.

Better Together Industry Resources Help Improve Aviation Safety

Better Together Industry Resources Help Improve Aviation Safety

Multiple aviation entities provide safety programs for you.

Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame inducts four

Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame inducts four

Military veterans and a “human computer” who helped build GPS are among the latest group of aerospace achievers inducted in the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

FAA extending aircraft registration period

FAA extending aircraft registration period

Aircraft owners will have more time to renew their aircraft registration now that the FAA has issued a new rule to extend the duration of certificates from three to seven years.