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Montana’s GA community throws a party

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2014

Montana pilots will have two reasons to celebrate when they fly in to Seeley Lake Airport on Sept. 13.

Injunction on new Hillsboro Airport runway denied

Advocacy | Aug 06, 2014

Oregon’s Hillsboro Airport will get a new runway after a federal court denies an injunction against the project.

Pfeifer represents AOPA at airport executives' conference

Article | Jul 31, 2014

AOPA Western Pacific Regional Manager John Pfeifer discussed Santa Monica Airport and regional fly-ins at the recent Southwest Chapter American Association of Airport Executives conference.

Competing Santa Monica ballot measure approved for vote

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2014

Santa Monica voters will be faced with two competing ballot measures in November regarding the future of the California city’s embattled airport.

What’s in your hangar?

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2014

The FAA has drafted a new policy to more clearly define what is and is not an acceptable use of a hangar.

Santa Monica Airport land use change makes November ballot

Advocacy | Jul 18, 2014

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.

Dunn speaks at GA issues conference

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2014

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.

AOPA joins complaint to keep Santa Monica airport open

Advocacy | Jul 07, 2014

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.

Van Nuys breaks ground on piston airplane home

Advocacy | Jul 03, 2014

The Park at Van Nuys Airport broke ground June 23 on a new facility dedicated to propeller aircraft, whose access to the California airport was once threatened by growing corporate use.

Collaboration, teamwork, face time

Article | Jul 03, 2014

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.

Pilots step in to run Sutter County Airport

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

A group of airport supporters officially took over leadership and day-to-day operations of the Sutter County Airport from Sutter County, Calif., July 1.

South Carolina adds recreational-use liability protection

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

South Carolina landowners who allow pilots to fly aircraft onto their property gain liability protection under an amendment to the state recreational-use statute recently signed into law.

Colorado kicks off GA airport sustainability study

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

The Colorado Division of Aeronautics is conducting a general aviation airport sustainability study in an effort to create a set of tools and guidance that will help airports across the state become self-sustaining.

Missouri considers transportation tax

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

Missouri voters will consider on Aug. 5 a Constitutional Amendment that would upgrade transportation infrastructure with a temporary tax increase.

A busy session

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

AOPA logged many hours advocating for pilots in Louisiana in the recent legislative session, working with lawmakers on a series of bills.

Pilots feel the love at Colorado’s Loveland Fly-In

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2014

While pancakes were frying on the griddle early June 21, pilots were flying in to Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport in Loveland, Colo., for the Colorado Pilots Association’s annual Aviation Expo and Fly-In.

Airport upgrades needed in Washington

Advocacy | Jun 19, 2014

Washington's State Department of Transportation is weighing an estimated $3.6 billion in airport upgrades needed in the coming 20 years.

AOPA offers resources for airport managers

Advocacy | Jun 19, 2014

AOPA Eastern Regional Manager Sean Collins recently visited a grassroots New Hampshire airport on a mission to build relationships and tell airport managers about resources AOPA offers specifically for them.

AOPA asks House to protect airport funding

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2014

General aviation airports rely on federal money, making it vitally important that Congress maintain Airport Improvement Program funding at least at current levels, AOPA President Mark Baker testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee.

Residents submit signatures for Santa Monica ballot measure

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

Supporters of an initiative to let voters decide the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport have submitted enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

Calif. Assembly committee passes recreational-use liability bill

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

A bill that adds general aviation to the recreational-use code unanimously passed the California Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.

Membership News & Notes: Saving SMO

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

A group of Santa Monica residents has launched a ballot initiative that would give city residents a say in the future use of Santa Monica Municipal Airport property, and AOPA has pledged to support the effort.

New notam simplifies ops at Leesburg, Va., airport

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

Flying to or from Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport inside the will be less cumbersome starting in June.

Santa Monica council considers competing amendment

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

The Santa Monica City Council is considering putting its own charter amendment regarding the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport on the ballot in November.