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Fight for Santa Monica shifts

Advocacy | Jun 26, 2015

AOPA is calling on members to act as the battle over Santa Monica Airport shifts to Congress.

New airport site selected for northern Minnesota

Advocacy | Jun 23, 2015

A new airport site has been selected to bring general aviation access to Lake of the Woods County in remote northern Minnesota near the U.S.-Canada border.

Airports and Oklahomans: The perfect match

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

Two Oklahoma communities that have injected new life into their local airports are reaping rewards from their efforts.

Oregon private airfield owners get protection with new law

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

Oregon becomes the twenty-seventh state to protect airstrip owners from liability after an AOPA-backed bill was signed into law, opening doors to recreational opportunities and increased public access.

Befriending neighbors

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

After noise complaints raised tension in recent years, a Cape Cod airport has bonded with the community through airplanes, classic cars, fire engines, and ice cream.

House passes transportation appropriations bill

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

A major transportation funding bill passes the House while an AOPA-opposed amendment to limit operations at Bob Hope Airport in California is defeated.

Tower threatens decades-old family airfield

Advocacy | Jun 08, 2015

Randy Craft fights to keep a telecommunications tower from closing his family’s 40-year-old airfield and AOPA weighs in to help.

Meetings scheduled on Houston Executive control tower plan

Advocacy | Jun 04, 2015

The FAA will hold two informal meetings in June on a proposal to amend the airspace around Texas Houston Executive Airport.

Oregon advances private airfield protection

Article | May 28, 2015

Oregon lawmakers have moved a bill out of committee that would protect private airfield owners from liability.

Land-use regs protect airports in Snohomish, Washington

Article | May 28, 2015

Snohomish County in Washington has revised land-use regulations to improve airport compatibility and protections.

Idaho aviators gather for fifth annual expo

Advocacy | May 27, 2015

General aviation pilots in Idaho gathered in Idaho Falls for the fifth annual Idaho Aviation Expo on May 15 and 16.

Judge rules for airport(s)

Article | May 22, 2015

A New Jersey judge issued an eloquent ruling this month affirming the property rights of airport owners and blasting a town’s attempt to usurp them.

AOPA at work on Iowa legislation

Advocacy | May 06, 2015

AOPA is hard at work in Iowa where the association is trying to pass legislation to save flight schools money and protect airports from encroachment.

New Hampshire airport's fate goes to town vote

Advocacy | May 06, 2015

Residents will vote May 12 on the future of Parlin Field in Newport, New Hampshire, with many supporters rallying behind their local airport.

Minnesota sets public meetings on airport zoning

Advocacy | Apr 29, 2015

Minnesota’s aviation community will have opportunities to weigh in on proposed changes to airport zoning laws at a series of outreach meetings.

Baker talks GA issues over ice cream

Article | Apr 27, 2015

Protecting airports, growing the pilot community, and making aircraft accessible were among the topics AOPA President Mark Baker emphasized in a Pilot Town Hall and ice cream social at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo April 25.

‘An airport to watch’

Article | Apr 23, 2015

The Rotary Aviation Zone, a wheelchair-accessible observation tower and picnic shelter with picnic tables, is taking shape near the control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Town enacts noise rules

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2015

The town of East Hampton, New York, voted April 16 to approve local limitations on aircraft operations, with fines and other penalties.

Event launches Colorado’s spring flying season

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2015

Colorado aviators came together to strengthen ties, enhance safety of flight, and enjoy each other’s company in an annual meet-and-greet event at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.

Helicopter solution still sought

Advocacy | Apr 10, 2015

Local officials in East Hampton, New York, appear to be backing off imposing the most restrictive of helicopter rules, though concern remains.

Santa Monica changes airport leases, makes way for park land

Advocacy | Mar 26, 2015

At a contentious meeting March 24, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to change lease terms for some tenants at Santa Monica Municipal Airport and convert segments of airport property to park land.

AOPA asks members to support Santa Monica

Advocacy | Mar 23, 2015

AOPA is asking pilots who live near Santa Monica, California, and know the value of Santa Monica Municipal Airport to take immediate action to support the airport.

Zoning threatens Washington airport

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2015

AOPA is working with local residents in Eatonville, Washington, to prevent changes to a development plan that would adversely affect Swanson Airport.

AOPA asks East Hampton to reconsider restrictions

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2015

AOPA has joined other aviation associations in urging town leaders to reconsider four proposed municipal laws that would impose extensive restrictions on East Hampton Airport in New York.

Oregon aviation groups back fuel-tax increase

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Influential members of Oregon’s aviation community have thrown their support behind proposed tax legislation that would provide about $8.5 million in additional revenue for airports.