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AOPA MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD SUPPORTS THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | 2014, 09 29

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

IAOPA HOLDS 27TH WORLD ASSEMBLY IN BEIJING

News release | 2014, 09 26

Leaders of the International Council of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations’ (IAOPA) 73 worldwide affiliates – representing more than 400,000 general aviation aircraft owners and pilots – convened in Beijing earlier this month for their 27th biennial World Assembly to discuss challenges confronting the world’s general aviation community.

AOPA RESPONDS TO FEDERAL WATCHDOG REPORT CRITICIZING FAA ON ADS B IMPLEMENTATION

News release | 2014, 09 25

A new report from the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General is critical of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) progress on ADS-B implementation, pointing out delays, cost overruns and inadequate benefits. These and other problems, including inaccurate data that has led to enforcement actions against pilots, mean the FAA may not be able to fully justify the investments taxpayers and pilots have made in the system, according to the report released Sept. 24.

AOPA WELCOMES FAA SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES OF ADS-B MANDATE

News release | 2014, 09 19

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) welcomed a Sept. 18 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announcement that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) by the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline. ADS-B is a critical component of the NextGen air traffic modernization program.

AOPA SEEKS FLEXIBILITY IN FEDERAL HANGAR REGULATIONS

News release | 2014, 09 18

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pressing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer pilots and aircraft owners more flexibility when it comes to the use of hangars at airports that have received federal funding.

GA GROUPS OPPOSE U.S. SENATE BILL THAT WOULD CLOSE MISSOURI'S ST. CLAIR REGIONAL AIRPORT

News release | 2014, 09 18

– The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and three other general aviation groups Wednesday asked key members of the U.S. Senate to forgo legislation that could close St. Clair Municipal Airport (K39) near St. Louis, and instead follow established Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) procedures for the potential closure of airports that have accepted federal grants.

FLYING PHYSICIANS URGE SWIFT MEDICAL REFORM

News release | 2014, 09 15

The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.

NTSB STUDY ON MEDICATION, DRUG USE RELEASED

News release | 2014, 09 09

– A new study on pilot drug use released by the National Transportation Safety Board today is incomplete and its conclusions should be regarded with caution, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) said Tuesday.

SENATORS URGE QUICK ACTION ON THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | 2014, 09 04

Eleven U.S. senators, all co-sponsors of a bill to reform the third-class medical process, are asking the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed medical reform rule.

HOUSE GA CAUCUS SEEKS SPEEDY MEDICAL REFORM

News release | 2014, 08 28

HOUSE GA CAUCUS SEEKS SPEEDY MEDICAL REFORM

AOPA'S LANDSBERG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

News release | 2014, 08 25

AOPA’S LANDSBERG ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

KEY LAWMAKERS WORK TO EXPEDITE MEDICAL REFORM

News release | 2014, 08 20

– Key lawmakers are asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Administration to expedite a review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

AOPA LEADS INDUSTRY EFFORT TO SPEED MEDICAL REFORM

News release | 2014, 08 18

In an effort led by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), seven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation and the Administration to expedite a review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

AOPA ANNOUNCES TRANSITION BACK TO JEPPESEN FOR ONLINE FLIGHT PLANNER SERVICE

News release | 2014, 08 13

Starting in 2015, AOPA will return to the AOPA Internet Flight Planner (AIFP) powered by Jeppesen, thus retiring the current flight planner, FlyQ Web.

MEDICAL REFORM MOVES AHEAD, AOPA PROMISES VIGILANCE

News release | 2014, 07 31

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third-class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation for review, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced Thursday.

AOPA ANNOUNCES EXIT FROM EFB MARKET

News release | 2014, 07 25

Over the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) developed its digital flight planning tools into a suite of products that put flight planning capability, airport directory information and aviation weather in pilots’ hands. AOPA partnered with Seattle Avionics to create FlyQ EFB, an electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad application, and FlyQ Pocket, a smartphone application.

AOPA TESTING NEW WAYS TO OPEN DOORS TO AVIATION

News release | 2014, 07 25

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) wants to open new doors to aviation by exploring the concept that aircraft ownership can be made more accessible and affordable through the development of “Reimagined Aircraft,” the Association announced Friday.

JUDGE DISMISSES PATENT LAWSUIT AGAINST AOPA

News release | 2014, 07 24

JUDGE DISMISSES PATENT LAWSUIT AGAINST AOPA

AOPA ISSUES CALL FOR AIRPORTS TO HOST 2015 REGIONAL FLY-INS

News release | 2014, 07 23

AOPA ISSUES CALL FOR AIRPORTS TO HOST 2015 REGIONAL FLY-INS

AOPA MOVES TO A NEW, CENTRAL LOCATION FOR AIRVENTURE 2014

News release | 2014, 07 22

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has a new, expanded location at AirVenture this year, across from the historic brown arch that serves as the gateway to the airshow and fly-by action at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH).

FAA TO BEGIN EVALUATION OF UNLEADED FUEL CANDIDATES

News release | 2014, 07 10

The search for viable replacements to leaded avgas is moving to the next stage as the FAA prepares to begin evaluating fuels submitted for testing through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). July 1 marked the deadline for candidate fuels to be submitted into this program.

Air show star Michael Goulian to serve as AOPA Ambassador

News release | 2014, 07 10

Legendary air show and racing pilot Michael Goulian will serve as an “AOPA Ambassador,” the Association announced Thursday.

AOPA JOINS COMPLAINT TO KEEP SANTA MONICA AIRPORT OPEN

News release | 2014, 07 03

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has joined with aviation businesses, organizations and individuals in a complaint filed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) July 2 to ensure that Santa Monica Airport remains open after 2015.

AOPA WELCOMES MOVEMENT TOWARDS PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS 2

News release | 2014, 06 30

A draft outline for a new Pilot’s Bill of Rights unveiled today calls for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to act on third class medical reform within 180 days of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act becoming law and would also limit Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) authority to stop and search general aviation (GA) aircraft unless there is reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.

AOPA CONGRATULATES CHRISTOPHER HART ON NOMINATION AS NTSB CHAIR

News release | 2014, 06 27

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker today welcomed the nomination of Christopher Hart as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).