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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.

AOPA AV8RS PROGRAM AWARDS FOUR FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS

News release | 2014, 02 25

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) AV8RS youth membership program has awarded four scholarships totaling $20,000 to teens who are pursuing flight training in high school and college.

COURT DISMISSES LAWSUIT OVER SANTA MONICA AIRPORT

News release | 2014, 02 14

In a landmark decision yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge sided with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

UPDATED VERSION OF AOPAS FLYQ EFB OFFERS INCREASED SAFETY AND IFR FEATURES

News release | 2014, 02 12

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and partner Seattle Avionics have released Version 1.3 of the popular iPad application, FlyQ EFB, with new functions that include ADS-B traffic display, night mode, instrument procedure overlays and more.

AOPA AND NBAA FILE AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

News release | 2014, 02 10

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in support of a Federal Aviation Administration motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit over the future of Santa Monica, Calif., Municipal Airport.

NTSB INCLUDES AVIATION WEATHER AND HELICOPTER OPERATIONS ON 'MOST WANTED' LIST OF SAFETY ISSUES

News release | 2014, 01 16

The National Transportation Safety Board’s 2014 “Most Wanted” list of transportation safety concerns includes, “General Aviation: Identify and Communicate Hazardous Weather,” and “Address Unique Characteristics of Helicopter Operations,” as two of 10 issues it says should get increased focus in the coming year.

U.S. SENATE MEASURE WOULD FORCE FAA TO CONDUCT RULE-MAKING BEFORE ADOPTING SLEEP APNEA STANDARD

News release | 2014, 01 16

The U.S. Senate Thursday joined the House when several senators introduced legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to follow a rule-making procedure before it adopts a controversial new standard concerning sleep apnea and pilots

AOPA ANNOUNCES DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR REGIONAL FLY-INS ACROSS THE U. S.

News release | 2014, 01 06

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today announced the dates and locations of its first-ever regional fly-ins to be held nationwide throughout 2014. The Association will host six fly-ins as well as an “AOPA Homecoming” in Frederick, Md., giving AOPA members throughout the United States a chance to interact and share ideas with AOPA President Mark Baker, mingle with one another over breakfast and lunch, and take part in safety briefings, aviation clinics and flying activities.