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Mark on the Hill

2:01 min

A hectic day on the hill for AOPA President Mark Baker. He worked on key G-A issues including third class medical reform, the high cost to equip for the FAA's 2020 ADS-B Out Mandate, and FAA funding.

Pilots Bill of Rights 2 - Call to action a success

1:41 min

We asked, you listened. Now Members of Congress are up to their ailerons in letters that support third class medical reform legislation.

Unions concerned about drones

0:31 min

A group of transportation unions say that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, UAV, or drones) aren't ready for commercial use because they could pose a safety threat to manned aircraft.

Know Before You Fly

0:59 min

AOPA joins with industry group to educate small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS, UAV or drones) how to operate safely in the national air space system.

Pilot's Bill of Rights - Medical Certificate Reform

0:52 min

AOPA is calling all pilots to action to urge Congress to support the Pilot's Bill of Rights II, which includes Third Class Medical reform. The bill would allow pilots to fly noncommercially in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds carrying five passengers below 14,000 feet in VFR and IFR conditions without the need for a medical certificate.

Sen. Inhofe - Pilots Bill of Rights II

15:45 min

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.

New Third Class Medical Reform Legislation Introduced

2:18 min

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, talks about a new Pilots Bill of Rights that would open the door to flying IFR up to 14,000 feet without a third class medical requirement.

Proposed small drone rules

6:00 min

FAA proposes rules to regulate commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) weighing less than 55 pounds.

Medical certificate reform update.

1:33 min

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) vows that medical certificate reform will happen in 2015.

AvGas update

0:59 min

Progress continues towards finding a practical replacement for leaded aviation gasoline.

President proposes $15.8 billion FAA budget.mp4

2:06 min

President's proposed FY 2016 FAA budget does not have user fees. Budget includes money for aviation gasoline research to replace leaded avgas.

Santa Monica Airport Appeal

1:04 min

AOPA, NBAA file amicus brief in Santa Monica appeal.

ADS-B Letter

1:49 min

Fourteen general aviation groups including AOPA wrote the FAA asking for more aggressive steps to make the 2020 ADS-B mandate more affordable.

Flights to Cuba Pending

0:41 min

Flights to Cuba are still pending as the FAA is scrambling to work out the details.

AOPA Terrafugia Support

0:55 min

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition road-worthy airplane as a light sport aircraft.

Powder River MOA Update

0:46 min

The Air Force has issued a record of decision on the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

DOT Issues Revised Schedule for Medical Reform

0:58 min

The Department of Transportation releases a revised schedule for the progress of the rule through the bureaucracy.

AOPA Pushes DOT to End Medical Reform Delay

3:30 min

AOPA President Mark Baker is fed up with foot-dragging on medical reform.

Medical Reform and Drone Ruling Stalled

2:03 min

Proposed rule changes for Medical Certificate reform are still bottled up in the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget. The FAA has still not released much needed ruling on drones.

Congressional Hearing on Drones

3:23 min

With near misses with drones in the news there is growing concern among pilots over this new source of flying FOD, and AOPA weighed in during a House subcommittee hearing on the topic.

Airspace Win in Nantucket

0:43 min

Over Thanksgiving AOPA was able to work with the FAA to fix a TFR that closed the Nantucket airport to VFR operations.

Progress expected on medical reform, patience still needed

3:32 min

We've heard from members: Yes there's a lot of support for medical reform, why isn't it going anywhere? In short, it is...

FAA Modernization Hearing on Capitol Hill

3:53 min

Find out what AOPA told congressional decision makers about FAA modernization.

Santa Monica Airport Vote

1:04 min

Santa Monica airport is now in the hands of the City Council after voters reject AOPA supported measure D.

Election Results

2:15 min

What election results mean for AOPA's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.

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