Political Action Committee

AOPA 75th Anniversary

Month of May is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's 75th anniversary.

PAC News/Issues:

AOPA is currently lobbying for legislation to expand the 3rd class medical certificate, and we fought back against the FAA’s unilateral policy-making on Sleep Apnea.  We are also working to limit Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) authority to stop and search law-abiding pilots and GA aircraft unless there is reasonable suspicion of illegal activity or probable cause to do so.  Other key issues include: finding an alternative to leaded aviation gasoline; protecting the interests of GA as the FAA and Congress work towards modernizing our air traffic control system or NextGen; working in states to cut costs, protect funding, and keep aviation accessible;  protecting Santa Monica airport from closure; and leading an effort to transform pilot testing and training.

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Congressional Hearing 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
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.

Powder River MOA
Powder River MOA
1:56 min

The Air Force wants to expand the Powder River training complex to cover parts of Montana, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota. AOPA is working to address the impact this will have on G-A pilots in the area as the airspace proposal moves to the next stage.

Progress expected on medical reform, patience still needed
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
FAA Modernization Hearing on Capitol Hill
3:53 min

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

Santa Monica Airport Vote
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
Election Results
2:15 min

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

Inspector General Report on ADS-B
Inspector General Report on ADS-B
2:27 min

An Inspector General report suggests the costs of ADS-B outweigh the benefits.

Customs and Border Protection Win
Customs and Border Protection Win
1:32 min

A Customs and Border Protection review concludes there are “opportunities for improvement” and notes that changes have been implemented to increase accountability; improve training; and use CBP personnel, rather than local law enforcement, for stops of GA aircraft.

Dr Richard Sloan FPA
Dr Richard Sloan FPA
6:26 min

The president of the Flying Physicians Association, Dr. Richard Sloan, says 80% of FPA members support medical certificate reform and see little value to the current Third Class Medical Certificate.

Rep. Rokita on medical certificate reform
Rep. Rokita on medical certificate reform
12:12 min

The co-author of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana) provides an update on medical certificate reform. Rokita says reform will happen, one way or the other.

Fight for Santa Monica looks promising
Fight for Santa Monica looks promising
5:09 min

The battle has been ongoing for more than five decades, but things are looking up in our fight to keep Santa Monica Airport. Find out what you can do to help.

Huerta-Baker interview
Huerta-Baker interview
7:26 min

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visits AOPA headquarters and talks with AOPA President Mark Baker about medical certificate reform, replacing 100LL, the FAA budget and other issues of interest to general aviation pilots.

CBP backs down
CBP backs down
3:18 min

One month after AOPA President Mark Baker met with Customs and Border Protection officials, the agency tells national news media it is changing its program so it won't needlessly affront law-abiding pilots.

CBP Press coverage
CBP Press coverage
0:20 min

Another major newspaper reveals Customs and Border Patrol's stops of innocent pilots.

Superior cylinders AMOC
Superior cylinders AMOC
0:55 min

Alternative means of compliance provides way for grounded aircraft to get back in the air.

ECi cylinder AD
ECi cylinder AD
2:04 min

AOPA opposes proposed airworthiness directive on ECi cylinders as unnecessary and overly expensive.

AOPA 75th anniversary
AOPA 75th anniversary
6:00 min

AOPA Board of Trustees member R. Anderson Pew and AOPA President Mark Baker talk about AOPA's past and future.

Santa Monica Airport
Santa Monica Airport
1:26 min

Santa Monica city council considers yet another ploy to close the airport.

Danger Drones
Danger Drones
2:17 min

Federal officials search for operator of drone that crashed into St. Louis skyscraper. AOPA renews call for timely regulations on small unmanned aerial systems.

About AOPA PAC:

AOPA PAC is an integral part of AOPA's efforts to promote the legislative and political interests of all aircraft owners and pilots. AOPA PAC is an independent fund of voluntary, personal contributions. The fund is strictly regulated by the Federal Election Commission and is used by political candidates to defray campaign costs. AOPA PAC is a completely non-partisan entity. Its primary goal is to elect a pro-general aviation majority in Congress.

Under federal law, AOPA is prohibited from giving dues money to candidates for federal office. Therefore, AOPA PAC has been created to identify and contribute money to qualified candidates who weigh the interests of general aviation when considering legislation. In addition to our proven friends in Congress, AOPA PAC works to cultivate new members and candidates who are supportive of the industry.

The AOPA PAC provides members with another collective tool to ensure the needs of general aviation are recognized in Congress. By contributing through AOPA PAC, your dollars are pooled with contributions from other pilots and aircraft owners nationwide. This means that each dollar you give carries far greater weight than if you contributed on your own. By acting through the PAC, you are part of a focused and effective campaign to achieve maximum returns from limited dollars.

By acting through the PAC, AOPA members are part of a focused and effective campaign on behalf of general aviation to achieve maximum returns from limited dollars.  The PAC allows us to back our friends in Congress who support us day-to-day in defense of our freedom to fly.

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