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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.

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.

Second launch: Swearingen design gets update

Article | May 07, 2014

The Utah firm that purchased the SJ30 type certificate in 2011 has broken ground on the first phase of a planned factory.

Residents seek control of Santa Monica's future

Advocacy | Mar 27, 2014

A group of Santa Monica residents is seeking an amendment to the city charter that would put key decisions about airport property to voters.

AOPA urges Santa Monica advocates to speak up

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2014

AOPA is urging supporters of embattled Santa Monica Municipal Airport to speak up and correct misinformation about the airport and its value to the community.

Idaho governor signs airport land-use bill

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2014

The governor of Idaho has signed a bill requiring land-use planning agencies to consider airport needs.

AOPA, NBAA file friend of the court brief in Santa Monica suit

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2014

AOPA and NBAA explain the importance of Santa Monica Municipal Airport in a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit over the airport’s future.

AOPA digs into state issues as legislatures convene

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

With 46 state legislatures in session this year, AOPA’s experts are gearing up to weigh in on proposals that affect the way you fly.

Fairbanks eyes GA expansion

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2014

Airport officials in Fairbanks, Alaska, are poised to add new lots to the general aviation side of the field.

Idaho Senate considers airport planning bill

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2014

The Idaho Senate is considering an airport planning bill that would require planning agencies to consider airport needs.

Pilots petition to save runway

Advocacy | Dec 05, 2013

Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.

AOPA to pilots: Get involved in Garrett airport planning

Article | Nov 26, 2013

Pilots have the opportunity to weigh in as Garrett County Airport updates its master plan study.

IFR Fix: Full steam ahead?

Article | Jul 23, 2013

How should an instrument trainee choose between a "steam gauge" aircraft and a glass cockpit?

Motel project approval ignored airport safety zone

Advocacy | Oct 24, 2012

AOPA is challenging a California town's approval of a construction project that would build a Motel 6 partially located in a runway safety zone.

Kalispell Council sets hearing on airport master plan

Advocacy | May 02, 2012

Since 1929, the Kalispell (Mont.) City Airport has been a resource for pilots, a fixture in the community, and a regional economic asset. On May 7, pilots can show their support for the facility by participating in a city council public hearing on updating the airport master plan.

Hangar project confirms airport's turnaround

Advocacy | Apr 24, 2012

Airport advocates in Venice, Fla., are welcoming completion of a $1.15 million hangar facility as strong evidence that a turnaround that began at the airport last year is gaining momentum.

Overview Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act

Article | Dec 15, 2003

Overview Vision 100—Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act TITLE I—AIRPORT AND AIRWAY IMPROVEMENTS Subtitle A—Funding of FAA Programs Airport Planning and Development Grants. Section 101: Authorizes $3.4 billion in FY2004; $3.5 billion in FY2005; $3.6 billion in FY2006; and $3.7 in FY2007 for the FAA's Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

AOPA Action in California

Article | Oct 01, 2003

California legislative roundup A.B.332: "Airports: land-use commissions." The existing State Aeronautics Act provides for the establishment of airport land use commissions (ALUCs) in counties in which a public-use airport is located. It does not, however, include school districts as local agencies and does not require a local agency to notify the ALUC or the California Department of Transportation of a proposed override of an ALUC determination.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2003

AOPA Membership Passes Milestone! 400,000 Strong The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association surpassed 400,000 members — a new record for the world's largest civil aviation organization — on Tuesday, July 29, 2003. That figure also places AOPA among the top 100 associations of any kind in the nation.

California Action

Article | Oct 01, 2001

AOPA says changing traffic pattern won't fix incompatible land use In a recent letter to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, AOPA expressed its strong opposition to a plan to move the traffic pattern at Sacramento Mather Airport to make way for incompatible land use near the field. The proposed pattern change would affect Runway 4L/22R and would extend the downwind and final legs of the pattern by about 2,500 feet in an attempt to distance aircraft operations from the likely site of an elementary school.

California Action

Article | Oct 01, 2000

LA County's airports get new management All five Los Angeles County airports are under new management. Brackett Field, Compton Airport, El Monte Airport, General William J.

California Action

Article | Oct 01, 1999

AOPA Flights Mandatory Curfew at San Jose In a strongly worded letter to the FAA, AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Bill Dunn declared AOPA's opposition to an application to impose a passenger facility charge (PFC) at San Jose International Airport, and recommended that the airport be prohibited from receiving any federal funding until it complies with an FAA decision ending a mandatory curfew at the airport. In the letter, Dunn pointed out that AOPA believes the airport has violated its responsibilities under the Airport Improvement Program by enforcing an apparently illegal curfew on airport users.