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THOUSANDS ATTEND FIRST AOPA REGIONAL FLY-IN

News release | 2014, 04 28

More than 2,500 people took part in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) 2014 regional fly-in held in San Marcos, Texas on Saturday. This was the first of seven fly-ins AOPA will host this year.

AOPA WELCOMES THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL RULEMAKING

News release | 2014, 04 02

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on April 2 said that it welcomed the FAA’s announcement that it will launch a rulemaking process that could result in expanding the number of pilots allowed to fly without obtaining a third-class medical certificate.

FAA RESPONDS TO AOPA CONCERNS IN NEW SLEEP APNEA GUIDELINES

News release | 2014, 04 01

Responding to concerns raised by AOPA and others, the FAA has drafted new guidelines for dealing with potential cases of sleep apnea in the pilot population. Under the draft guidelines announced April 1, pilots will not be disqualified based on body mass index (BMI) alone and pilots will be issued medical certificates even if they are referred for additional evaluation.

AOPA Launches Rusty Pilots Initiative To Help Lapsed Pilots Get Back In The Air

News release | 2014, 03 27

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today launched an easy and fun new way for pilots who have gotten away from flying to get back in the cockpit.

Wisconsin State Assembly Passes Aviation Tax Breaks

News release | 2014, 03 20

The Wisconsin Assembly today passed AOPA-supported legislation that will save aircraft owners and operators millions of dollars on maintenance and repairs while keeping vital aviation jobs in the state.

Wagstaff To Serve As AOPA Ambassador

News release | 2014, 03 19

Patty Wagstaff brings excitement about flying everywhere she goes, and as an AOPA Ambassador her mission is to share that energy with pilots and aviation enthusiasts at AOPA events across the country.

AOPA Unveils New Guide To Start Flying Clubs

News release | 2014, 03 12

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) released on Wednesday a helpful new tool that will steer members through the critical steps of starting a flying club. “AOPA’s Guide to Starting a Flying Club” identifies the most important aspects to consider when bringing a club from inception to full operation.

AOPA APPLAUDS SENATE BILL TO EXPAND THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL EXEMPTION TO MORE PILOTS

News release | 2014, 03 11

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would expand the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) third-class medical exemption, reserved for sport pilots for the past decade, to a larger pilot population and more types of aircraft.

AOPA THANKS HERSMAN FOR SERVICE AT NTSB

News release | 2014, 03 11

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association extended its thanks to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman for her nearly 10 years of service. Hersman announced March 11 that she would be stepping down at NTSB for a position as president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

AOPA PROMISES STRONG OPPOSITION TO NEWEST USER FEE PLAN

News release | 2014, 03 04

AOPA said Tuesday it would continue to reject aviation user fees after the White House released its 2015 budget proposal, which calls for a $100-per-flight “surcharge” to pay for air traffic control services.