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Groups ask Congress to protect veterans' flight training

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

Seven general aviation associations, including AOPA, have sent a joint letter asking Congress to stop legislation that would curtail funding for flight training for veterans.

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.

Baker reinforces reform message in House

Advocacy | Apr 30, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker reinforced his message that medical and certification reform are critical to the future of general aviation during a House roundtable.

Baker tells Senate reform is key to GA future

Advocacy | Apr 28, 2015

Regulatory reforms are key to ensuring the future of general aviation, AOPA President Mark Baker testified before the Senate Aviation, Operations, and Security Subcommittee.

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.

Senate committee presses Huerta on FAA initiatives

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta appealed to a Senate committee for “stability and predictability” in funding for his agency during an April 14 FAA reauthorization hearing.

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.

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.

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | Mar 02, 2015

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

AOPA focuses on reform at congressional roundtable

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2015

The FAA needs to reform its regulatory and certification processes, including changing the third class medical, AOPA told a House Aviation Subcommittee roundtable.

No user fees in White House budget plan

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2015

For the first time in years, President Barack Obama's new budget proposal does not include any new user fees for general aviation.

Graves and Veasey to lead House GA Caucus

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

The House General Aviation Caucus will be led by co-chairs Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas).

Building connections

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

AOPA Central Southwest Regional Manager Yasmina Platt nurtured the goodwill of Arkansas lawmakers, helping arrange for them an inside look at air traffic technology.

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

Boozman, Manchin to head Senate GA Caucus

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

Sens. John Boozman (R-Arkansas) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), both staunch supporters of general aviation, have announced they will co-chair the Senate GA Caucus.

AOPA WELCOMES SENS. BOOZMAN AND MANCHIN AS GA CAUCUS CO-CHAIRS

News release | Jan 22, 2015

AOPA WELCOMES SENS. BOOZMAN AND MANCHIN AS GA CAUCUS CO-CHAIRS

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.

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.

AOPA promises to keep working toward overdue medical reform

Advocacy | Nov 26, 2014

Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.

FAA must address key GA issues, AOPA tells Congress

Advocacy | Nov 18, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker highlighted issues affecting general aviation oversight, regulation, and certification during testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Nov. 18.