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Sporty's unveils Cessna 172LITE project

Article | Dec 18, 2014

A refurbished Cessna 172N that will offer more cost-effective flight training is at the heart of the Cessna 172LITE project, announced Dec. 17 by Sporty’s.

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.

FAA deputy administrator a new pilot

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2014

Many student pilots are nervous come checkride day. When you’re a top official at the agency responsible for the safe operation of the largest airspace system in the world, it can add to the pressure.

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.

Congress passes tax incentives

Article | Dec 17, 2014

A tax incentive long used to stimulate investment in equipment, including aircraft, awaits the president’s signature.

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.

FAA funding secured through September 2015

Advocacy | Dec 16, 2014

Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.

California Prop 65 avgas lawsuit settled

Article | Dec 15, 2014

The Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit, has settled a 2011 lawsuit it brought against numerous aviation fuel suppliers in the state, the group announced Dec. 12.

Congressional Hearing on Drones

Video | Dec 12, 2014

With near misses with drones in the news there is growing concern among pilots over this new source of flying FOD, and AOPA weighed in during a House subcommittee hearing on the topic.

AOPA APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF PILOTS TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

News release | Dec 11, 2014

AOPA APPLAUDS APPOINTMENT OF PILOTS TO HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

More pilots to join Transportation Committee

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2014

The GA community hopes to have new allies on the powerful House Transportation Committee as two new pilots, including one AOPA member, join the group.

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.

AOPA advocates for pilots on proposed California overflight regs

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2014

AOPA continues to advocate for pilots’ access to airspace on what has become a multi-year effort by the California Department of Parks and Recreation to regulate airspace over its state wilderness areas, cultural preserves, and national preserves.

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.

Technology needed to navigate a changing Arctic

Advocacy | Dec 10, 2014

General aviation provides vital service to the isolated communities of the Arctic within Alaska, despite a critical lack of supporting infrastructure.

Cub's coronation

Article | Dec 09, 2014

So probable is it that anyone you meet knows something about the little yellow airplane pilots call the J-3 Cub that the phenomenon helped persuade Pennsylvania’s legislature to bestow official recognition on the aircraft this year.

Great Lakes Aviation Conference set for January

Advocacy | Dec 08, 2014

The Great Lakes Aviation Conference continues to be the premier aviation event in Michigan, said Bryan Budds, AOPA Great Lakes regional manager.

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Airspace Win in Nantucket

Video | Dec 05, 2014

Over Thanksgiving AOPA was able to work with the FAA to fix a TFR that closed the Nantucket airport to VFR operations.

Powder River MOA

Video | Dec 05, 2014

The Air Force wants to expand the Powder River training complex to cover parts of Montana, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota. AOPA is working to address the impact this will have on G-A pilots in the area as the airspace proposal moves to the next stage.

AOPA, FAA ease holiday travel headache in Massachusetts

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2014

While East Coast travelers faced challenging conditions in the air and on the ground leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, AOPA and the FAA worked quickly to ease general aviation pilots’ travel concerns stemming from a vice presidential TFR.

New FAA rule allows more sim time for instrument training

Advocacy | Dec 03, 2014

The FAA has doubled the number of training device hours pilots may count toward an instrument rating following a request from AOPA.

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.