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New ATP rule clarification offered before Aug. 1 changes

Pilots should be clear on the new ATP certificate requirements that will go into effect on Aug. 1.

Jul 22, 2014

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FAA issues SAIB for some Piper Aircraft models

The FAA has released a special airworthiness information bulletin for certain Piper Aircraft models covering the fuel selector valve.

Jul 21, 2014

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Santa Monica Airport land use change makes November ballot

The committee for Santa Monicans For Open and Honest Development Decisions has received notification that a ballot measure on land use changes at Santa Monica Municipal Airport has officially qualified for the November 2014 ballot.

Jul 18, 2014 | comments
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Medical Petition

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Action on third class medical ‘soon,’ Huerta tells Baker

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told AOPA President Mark Baker that rulemaking prompted by a request to expand the driver’s license medical standard should be released for public comment soon during a visit to AOPA headquarters July 17.

Jul 17, 2014 | comments

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Baker briefs caucus on importance of medical reform

Third class medical reform is critical to growing general aviation, AOPA President Mark Baker told the House General Aviation Caucus during a briefing June 17.

Jun 17, 2014 | comments

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Support for medical reform grows

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

May 29, 2014 | comments
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Avgas

News release

FAA TO BEGIN EVALUATION OF UNLEADED FUEL CANDIDATES

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.

Jul 10, 2014

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Nine fuels vie to replace leaded avgas

The FAA has accepted nine fuels to be evaluated as potential replacements to avgas, marking a milestone in the search for an unleaded GA fuel.

Jul 10, 2014 | comments

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Groups ask EPA to reconsider position on avgas

Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.

Apr 24, 2014 | comments
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Part 23

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U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES $15.7 BILLION IN FAA FUNDING FOR 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday voted to provide $15.7 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration in fiscal year 2015, representing a slight increase from the current $15.6 billion funding level.

Jun 11, 2014

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Aircraft shipments up

Aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2014 showed signs of continued recovery, with increases in both piston and business jet sales.

May 02, 2014

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Racing to a safer cockpit

Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.

Apr 24, 2014 | comments
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Capitol Hill

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House passes bill to make tax break permanent

The House has passed a bill to renew and make permanent a tax break affecting some business purchases of aircraft.

Jul 15, 2014

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FAA faces ‘programmatic challenges’ with NextGen

The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton testified June 25.

Jul 01, 2014

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Inhofe seeks to expand Pilot’s Bill of Rights

On June 30, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) launched a website detailing what he is calling the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2. The draft indicates that the bill would limit Customs and Border Protection’s authority to stop and search GA aircraft and require the FAA to act on third class medical certification reform within 180 days of the bill becoming law.

Jun 30, 2014 | comments
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Airport Advocacy

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Santa Monica Airport land use change makes November ballot

The committee for Santa Monicans For Open and Honest Development Decisions has received notification that a ballot measure on land use changes at Santa Monica Municipal Airport has officially qualified for the November 2014 ballot.

Jul 18, 2014 | comments

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Dunn speaks at GA issues conference

Questionable searches of GA aircraft by Customs and Border Protection and the fight to keep Santa Monica Municipal Airport open were among the topics discussed by AOPA's Bill Dunn at the recent American Association of Airport Executives General Aviation Issues and Security Conference.

Jul 16, 2014

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AOPA joins complaint to keep Santa Monica airport open

AOPA has joined with aviation businesses, organizations and individuals in a complaint filed with the FAA July 2 to ensure that Santa Monica Airport remains open after 2015.

Jul 07, 2014
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State Legislation

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‘Sunset’ provision stripped from Missouri tax exemption

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that will keep the state’s sales tax exemption on aircraft parts and materials in effect.

Jul 10, 2014

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Collaboration, teamwork, face time

AOPA Northwest Regional Manager David Ulane traveled to the capital of the state where he is based on July 1 to build on successful collaborations.

Jul 03, 2014

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California grants much-needed funds for airport improvement

Money has been transferred into the California Department of Transportation’s aeronautics account, opening up funds for airport improvements around the state.

Jul 02, 2014
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NextGen

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FAA faces ‘programmatic challenges’ with NextGen

The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton testified June 25.

Jul 01, 2014

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NextGen mandate too expensive, AOPA member tells House committee

The FAA should leverage existing cockpit technologies to move NextGen forward before mandating new equipment, an AOPA member told the House Small Business Committee.

Jun 11, 2014 | comments

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Dragon Lady stopped traffic

A glitch in a new national air traffic computer system related to a U-2 flight plan grounded flights around the country April 30. The FAA reports the issue has been resolved.

May 06, 2014 | comments
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Security

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Small airport, huge losses

Thieves working in the night carefully removed avionics from more than a dozen aircraft parked in hangars and on the ramp at Jerry Sumners Sr. Aurora Municipal Airport in Aurora, Missouri, taking something from nearly everyone.

Jul 16, 2014 | comments

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Baker takes GA cause to Homeland Security secretary

AOPA President Mark Baker met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson June 26 to discuss issues important to general aviation pilots, particularly Customs and Border Protection stops of innocent pilots flying within U.S. borders.

Jun 27, 2014 | comments

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President's trip to SoCal sparks TFRs

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Palm Springs, Anaheim, and Laguna Beach areas of Southern California June 13 through 16.

Jun 11, 2014
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