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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.

Illinois bill would lower aviation taxes, support airports

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate Feb. 18 would expand an aircraft maintenance sales tax exemption, lower taxes on aviation fuel, and dedicate fuel tax revenue to fund airport improvements.

Landing fees proposed for Alaska’s Deadhorse Airport

Advocacy | Mar 09, 2015

The state of Alaska, facing declining revenue from oil and related sources, may begin charging weight-based landing fees at Deadhorse Airport.

Aviation groups, East Hampton officials seek noise solution

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2015

AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.

West Virginia adds liability protection for airfield owners

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 18 signed into law a bill that will add liability protection for land owners who allow aircraft operations at their privately owned airstrips and farms.

Montana funds airport improvements

Advocacy | Feb 12, 2015

Montana awarded more than $700,000 in grants and loans to airports across the state Jan. 22, reinvesting general aviation fuel taxes into the aviation system.

Pilots: What impact do airport LED systems have on ops?

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2015

Do you operate at airports or heliports that have LED systems? If so, AOPA, the FAA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and multiple professional pilot organizations want to hear from you.

California airport holds Aviation Day

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

An annual celebration of aviation in Imperial County, California, drew a large number of local residents to the Imperial County Airport.

Nurturing GA

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Few states match Massachusetts when it comes to supporting airports, and the enthusiasm continues to be nurtured by AOPA and many others.

Aircraft taxes should go into aviation fund, AOPA says

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.