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Wyoming's Hot Springs County Airport opens

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2015

Aviation safety was enhanced and night operations began when the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis, Wyoming, opened to the public Nov. 7.

Idaho's Big Creek Lodge taking shape

Article | Oct 21, 2015

Seven years after a fire leveled Idaho’s historic Big Creek Lodge, the structure is rising from ashes with the help of pilots, donations, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Santa Monica puts airport ahead of homelessness

Advocacy | Sep 02, 2015

Santa Monica has made taking control of airport property one of its top three priorities, ahead of homelessness and education.

Iowa lawmakers back trio of GA bills in overtime session

Article | Jul 07, 2015

A trio of measures benefiting Iowa and its pilots passed the General Assembly in June before lawmakers gaveled their 2015 session to a close. Five extra weeks of wrangling produced three AOPA-backed bills clarifying aviation education, land use, and development in the state.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

P&E Technique

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

“Simulated electrical fire,” I said. “What are you going to do?”

Seaplane ‘footprint’ small in Adirondack Park

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2014

Seaplanes “require no roads, trails or infrastructure to support their use,” wrote AOPA President Mark Baker in a letter to the Adirondack Park Administration.

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.

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.

City-supported initiative passes in Santa Monica

Article | Nov 05, 2014

Santa Monica's city-sponsored Measure LC passes, while AOPA's backed initiative to give control of the Santa Monica Municipal Airport's future to voters is rejected. But AOPA isn't giving up the fight to protect the airprot.

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.

Virginia county rejects development near airport

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2014

The Stafford County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors has denied a rezoning request for a development project that AOPA had opposed as an incompatible land use near the Stafford Regional Airport.

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.

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.