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Changes to flight services planned

Advocacy | Mar 26, 2015

The FAA and AOPA are seeking comment on planned changes to flight services, including a new flight plan format scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

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.

Mark on the Hill

Video | Mar 26, 2015

A hectic day on the hill for AOPA President Mark Baker. He worked on key G-A issues including third class medical reform, the high cost to equip for the FAA's 2020 ADS-B Out Mandate, and FAA funding.

Baker meets with key legislators on GA issues

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker met with key allies in Congress to seek support on critical issues, including third class medical reform.

North Dakota’s aviation growth presents challenges

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

A growing general aviation sector has an annual $1.5 billion impact in North Dakota, making support of the state’s 89 public-use airports a priority, AOPA said.

Michigan liability protection bill clears House committee

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

A bill to provide liability protection for Michigan landowners who permit public use of their airstrips for recreational aviation has gained a legislative committee's approval.

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.

Pilots should note upcoming TFR over Florida

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2015

The FAA has issued a flight advisory and notam to alert pilots of an upcoming presidential temporary flight restriction over the Palm City, Florida, area on March 28 and 29.

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.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 gains support

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2015

Support continues to grow for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of protections for pilots.

AOPA presents Hartranft Award to Rep. Shuster

Advocacy | Mar 19, 2015

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) received the 2014 Joseph B. Hartranft Award from AOPA President Mark Baker during a March 18 presentation on Capitol Hill.

NY event focuses on aviation funding, competitiveness

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

More aviation jobs, a competitive tax structure, and a fully funded airport improvement program were objectives pressed at an Aviation Advocacy Day event in Albany, New York.

Tax exemption, liability protection bills backed in Missouri

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

Missouri aircraft dealers would sell more aircraft to out-of-state purchasers if lawmakers pass a bill exempting the sales from state sales-and-use taxes, AOPA said.

Aviation growing despite ‘muted recovery'

Article | Mar 17, 2015

The FAA sees a 'favorable' outlook for general aviation in its annual report, but fewer student and private pilots.

Aspen ATX100G ADS-B transceiver gets FAA OK

Article | Mar 17, 2015

Aspen Avionics has received FAA certification for its ATX100G ADS-B transceiver, which provides both ADS-B In and Out capabilities using a 978-MHz UAT datalink.

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.

AOPA, EAA leaders meet to solidify ties

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2015

Third class medical reform, the FAA’s hangar use policy, ADS-B, and growing the pilot population are among many issues that leaders of AOPA and EAA discussed during a meeting designed to further strengthen ties between the organizations.

Pilots Bill of Rights 2 - Call to action a success

Video | Mar 12, 2015

We asked, you listened. Now Members of Congress are up to their ailerons in letters that support third class medical reform legislation.

FAA urges light sport makers to move on ADS-B, angle of attack

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

The FAA is urging the manufacturers of special light sport aircraft (SLSAs) to establish pathways for the installation of ADS-B Out equipment and angle of attack indicators in their aircraft.

FAA recommends replacing Velcro-style ELT fasteners

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

The FAA on March 10 encouraged aircraft owners and operators with emergency locator transmitters secured by hook-and-loop fasteners to switch voluntarily to a metal strap type restraint.

Alaska airspace complex comments sought

Advocacy | Mar 11, 2015

AOPA has expressed concerns over aspects of a proposed expansion of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Pilots are encouraged to comment by April 10.

Aviation bills backed in Texas

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A series of bills that would protect pilots, aviation businesses, and landowners who welcome aviators are under consideration in Texas.

Case closed

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A New York pilot got more than he bargained for when he made a fuel stop in Pennsylvania on a flight to Chicago: a bill from the commonwealth demanding payment of a tax equal to 6 percent of the value of his Cessna 210N single-engine airplane.

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.

Protecting access in Michigan

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill to protect private landowners who allow aircraft operations, and, in turn, protect backcountry access for aviators.