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AOPA, NBAA file amicus brief in Santa Monica appeal

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

Power plant a hazard

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2015

AOPA has added the voice of the world’s largest pilot group to the chorus of those opposed to a Connecticut power plant plan.

President's Position: The volunteer spirit

Pilot Magazine | Jan 08, 2015

AOPA members are always ready to step up and help. In fact, members regularly call us, asking us to help them find volunteer opportunities.

Objections renewed to new Islip landing fees

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

AOPA continues to urge the town of Islip, New York, to rescind a revised landing fee schedule.

Colorado airport designated Emily Warner Field

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

A Colorado county airport will bear the name of a history-making pilot after local officials voted to honor her pioneering aviation career.

New Hampshire airports seek 'dependable' funding

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2014

Members of New Hampshire’s airports community exchanged ideas on how to secure dependable funding at the annual meeting of the Granite State Airport Management Association.

Despite concerns, San Luis Obispo eyes development near airport

Advocacy | Dec 10, 2014

AOPA has notified San Luis Obispo, California, that the association opposes the city’s move to allow “incompatible” land development close to the county’s regional airport.

Mediator proposed in East Hampton airport debate

Advocacy | Dec 02, 2014

AOPA is calling on municipal officials of East Hampton, New York, to seek the services of an independent mediator to address a long-running dispute.

Tax exemptions draw aviation business to Colorado Springs

Advocacy | Dec 02, 2014

A Colorado city that once touched off an “exodus” of general aviation aircraft from its airport by taxing aircraft, parts, and related equipment has reversed course.

President's Position: Getting to know you

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

In many ways, 2014 was the “year of engagement” for AOPA—although that might be a little misleading. Perhaps I should call it the first year of engagement.

Membership News & Notes: Talking to the FAA

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

AOPA doesn’t just fight issues at individual airports, we also engage with the FAA on policy issues that affect airports—and how we use them—all across the country.

Proposed hotel too tall for site near Maryland airport

Advocacy | Nov 25, 2014

AOPA has urged College Park, Maryland, to make approval of a hotel construction project near the city airport conditional on reducing the building’s height.

Pilots, community transform two Oregon airports

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Two general aviation airports located two miles apart in a remote section of northeast Oregon are coming alive, thanks to pilots and area residents.

Fuel farm could increase Georgia airport’s economic impact

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Installing a fuel farm at Berrien County Airport in Nashville, Georgia, could increase the airport’s economic impact on the local community from its last reported $682,200 to nearly $1 million, according to AOPA.

AOPA: Nez Perce-Clearwater plan should protect airstrips

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Revisions to the U.S. Forest Service’s plan for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in Idaho should allow safety-related improvements to existing airstrips and open the door to creation of new airstrips, AOPA said in comments on the revisions Nov. 12.

Pilots urged to complete Lake Hood Seaplane Base survey

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2014

AOPA is urging pilots who use the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to participate in a master planning survey.

Restoration of weather observer urged for Gulkana, Alaska

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is urging the FAA to restore canceled weather augmentation services at Alaska’s Gulkana Airport.

FAA says fuel taxes must fund aviation

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2014

The FAA has clarified its rule regarding the use of state and local fuel tax revenues, saying that the money must be used for aviation purposes.

Advocacy a key theme at Massachusetts airports conference

Advocacy | Oct 29, 2014

Getting the job done on the local and national levels requires long-term planning, a hands-on approach, and keeping the effort moving, said Sean Collins, AOPA’s Eastern regional manager.

Watsonville Fly-In marks golden anniversary

Article | Oct 23, 2014

When it comes to celebrating aviation, the folks in Watsonville, California, don’t take a back seat to anyone.

Voters Decide campaign plans election push for Santa Monica

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2014

The Voters Decide campaign is making a pre-election push for a ballot measure to put the future of SMO into the hands of voters.

Closure threat ends for Lost Nation Airport

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2014

A cloud of closure has been lifted from an Ohio airport after supporters made the case to local officials that the airport contributes value to the local economy.

What’s in your hangar?

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

For more than 25 years, the FAA has taken the position that hangars at federally funded airports should be reserved for aeronautical use.

Houston Executive gets new tower

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

A new air traffic control tower is slated to open at Houston Executive Airport Oct. 1.