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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.

Georgia’s private airfields granted liability protections

Advocacy | May 13, 2014

Georgia has passed a measure giving private airstrip owners immunity from civil liability in connection with the recreational use of their airfields.

New website gathers support for Santa Monica

Advocacy | May 08, 2014

A new website is making it easier to support an amendment that would put decisions about Santa Monica Municipal Airport land in the hands of voters.

AOPA attends Arizona airports conference

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

AOPA’s Western Pacific Regional Manager spoke at the recent Arizona Airports Association conference.

Washington state study warns of airport funding gaps

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Washington state’s 134 public-use airports will need nearly $4 billion in funding, according to a new report.

AOPA staffers attend Iowa Aviation Conference

Advocacy | May 01, 2014

Airport Support Network (ASN) volunteers from southeastern Iowa received thanks from AOPA and staffers at the recent Iowa Aviation Conference. Also in the state, AOPA weighs in on an airports zoning bill.