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Braden Airpark closure bid voted down

Advocacy | Apr 23, 2014

A Pennsylvania airpark with an uncertain future will have six more months for its supporters to sell officials on a plan for its continued operation.

GA proves its worth in whirlwind week

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2014

AOPA’s Central Southwest regional manager recently put GA’s utility to the test with a whirlwind trip covering four states, seven airports, and nine meetings.

Smith Field: Airport of dreams

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2014

Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.

City to appeal SMO ruling

Advocacy | Apr 11, 2014

Santa Monica will appeal a court decision dismissing a lawsuit seeking to release the city from its obligation to keep SMO open and operating.

Hawaii seeks airport rules input

Advocacy | Apr 09, 2014

Pilots in Hawaii have a chance to help shape revisions to rules governing hangar use.

Houston mayor experiences GA first hand

Article | Apr 09, 2014

It started with a tweet and ended with Houston’s mayor enjoying the view from above in a general aviation aircraft.

Airports and their stories

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Airports are where our dreams come true. But although these gateways to the sky are revered by pilots and those who love aviation, they often are vilified by neighbors and damned by detractors.

Membership News & Notes: AOPA supports Able Flight

Pilot Magazine | Apr 04, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker presented an $8,000 check to Able Flight Executive Director Charles Stites to help the organization with its efforts to offer free flight training to the disabled.

Residents seek control of Santa Monica's future

Advocacy | Mar 27, 2014

A group of Santa Monica residents is seeking an amendment to the city charter that would put key decisions about airport property to voters.

An airport thanks its users, including GA

Advocacy | Mar 27, 2014

When Louisiana’s Lafayette Regional Airport wanted to express its gratitude to the community for record-breaking passenger volume, it created a rewards program.