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Bettles Airport lighting system crucial for pilots

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

AOPA is opposing an FAA proposal to decommission Bettles Airport’s approach lighting system because such a move could negatively impact IFR operations at the airport.

Membership News & Notes: ‘Loud and clear,’ says Huerta

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation (USDOT) for review, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Hangar policy comment deadline extended

Article | Sep 03, 2014

The FAA has granted a 30-day extension on the comment period for its hangar use policy and AOPA is encouraging members to submit their thoughts.

AOPA members urged to weigh in on Ohio airports study

Advocacy | Sep 03, 2014

As the final version of the Ohio Office of Aviation's Airports Focus Study is being prepared, AOPA members are being asked to offer feedback on a report that will help set future funding priorities for general aviation facilities in the state.

Snohomish County begins airport land-use compatibility study

Advocacy | Sep 02, 2014

Washington state’s Snohomish County has launched a land-use compatibility initiative that targets six general aviation airports.

New Colorado study designed to help GA airports

Advocacy | Sep 02, 2014

General aviation airports in Colorado will get sustainability help from a new study underway.

AOPA opposes Virginia development

Advocacy | Aug 27, 2014

A proposal to build hundreds of homes next to Stafford Regional Airport in Virginia is ill-advised, AOPA has told local officials.

Santa Monica advocates rally support for ballot initiative

Advocacy | Aug 26, 2014

Advocates for Santa Monica Municipal Airport gathered Aug. 25 to rally support for Measure D, a ballot initiative that would require voter approval before the airport can be closed or redeveloped.

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.