Preserving your freedom to fly

What to do if stopped by law enforcement

how do you feel about cbp stopping pilotsWith a growing number of reports from law-abiding pilots stopped by armed federal agents on the ramp, AOPA has prepared a kneeboard checklist on how to handle the situation.

Download the checklist

Legislative Affairs

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From state houses to Capitol Hill, AOPA's dedicated government affairs team works to protect pilots' freedom to fly. Their priority is to keep pilots in the air by preventing onerous security measures, crippling taxes and user fees, and burdensome pilot, airport, and airspace regulations.

Airports & State Advocacy

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Through AOPA staff, a network of seven regional managers, and a corps of 2,500 Airport Support Network volunteers, AOPA advocates for its members at the state and local level to protect general aviation and America’s community airports.

Air Traffic Services & Technology

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Air Traffic Services & Technology staff monitor possible changes to airspace access that may affect general avaition, and also stay on top of the quickly-changing front of technology.

Get involved

Volunteer for ASN

Join the more than 2,500 Airport Support Network volunteers who work to protect America's general aviation airports. Learn how you can safeguard the security of your local airport through the Airport Watch program.

Regulatory & Certification Policy

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AOPA serves members and provide advocacy on behalf of general aviation on matters affecting airmen, aircraft, operations, and international harmonization. Find out some of what's happening in these areas of interest.

Security & Borders


The Security & Borders staff work to keep general aviation secure and help maintain international harmony while advocating to keep onerous regulations from burdening pilots.

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Support the AOPA Political Action Committee

Help put strength in AOPA’s Legislative efforts—and demand that Congress protect your freedom to fly—by making a voluntary contribution to AOPA PAC today!

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Views from the Regions


AOPA members are well informed and politically active so it is with some trepidation that I write this blog. My apology if it seems a bit too basic but sometimes it’s just too easy to overlook the obvious. With Primary … Continue reading Read More

July 28, 2014

Special VFR changes at Anchorage

Special VFR (SVFR) procedures allow us to get in or out of Class B, C, D or E surface areas when the weather is below basic VFR, but still good enough to fly. In some parts of Alaska they are … Continue reading Read More

July 24, 2014

Pinch Hitter in Houston

As I travel the region… I often hear that non-pilot flying companions (business associates or friends, for example)/spouses/significant others don’t often ride along in GA aircraft because they are not comfortable with flying or just are not very interested. Many who regularly … Continue reading Read More

July 21, 2014

Advocacy Insider

Victor airways are obsolete

For decades, Victor airways have enabled navigation across the National Airspace System. These “highways in the sky” serve as the skeleton of our navigation infrastructure, connecting hundreds of VORs through a spider web of routes crisscrossing the country. But half of the VORs anchoring these airways are about to be decommissioned. How will we get […] Read More

January 24, 2014

The most exciting part of my workday

Every day, Monday through Friday, excepting Federal holidays, the National Archives and Records Administration publishes the Federal Register. It is an exhaustive listing of proposed regulations, policies, and more for the entire federal government. Perhaps I exaggerated this article’s title a bit. The Federal Register is not (usually) the most exciting part of my day. […] Read More

January 3, 2014

We can start ignoring NOTAMs pretty soon

Pilots have a love/hate relationship with NOTAMs.  We love that they can alert us to things like closed runways or temporary flight restrictions.  But we hate reading through dozens of NOTAMs for unlit, 300 foot towers when we plan to cruise at 8,000 feet.  The really important NOTAMs are buried in a long list of […] Read More

November 26, 2013