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Shuster calls for bold thinking on FAA reauthorization

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Aviation leaders in Congress should make the renewal of the FAA reauthorization bill something “big, bold, and transformational,” Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Oct. 21.

Spotlight on medical reform at Homecoming

Article | Oct 08, 2014

The FAA hopes to have its proposal for medical certification reform out for public comment by the end of the year, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told AOPA President Mark Baker at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Industry to senators: Don't close GA airport

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

An industry group led by AOPA is asking the Senate not to pursue legislation that would close Missouri’s St. Clair Regional Airport.

Senior AME speaks out in support of medical reform

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

As the push for third class medical reform continues on Capitol Hill and with the Department of Transportation and Office of Management and Budget, Senior Aviation Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue is expressing his support for the effort by reaching out to fellow AMEs with compelling reasons of why pilot safety won’t be affected by medical reform.

Briefing: Savings in the states

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

Over the past two years, AOPA has been able to actively save members who own their own aircraft an average of $179.22 per year.

Caucus members work to speed up medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 28, 2014

Members of the House General Aviation Caucus are asking the Department of Transportation to expedite rulemaking for third-class medical reform.

House passes bill to make tax break permanent

Advocacy | Jul 15, 2014

The House has passed a bill to renew and make permanent a tax break affecting some business purchases of aircraft.

FAA faces ‘programmatic challenges’ with NextGen

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2014

The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton testified June 25.

Inhofe seeks to expand Pilot’s Bill of Rights

Advocacy | Jun 30, 2014

On June 30, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) launched a website detailing what he is calling the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2. The draft indicates that the bill would limit Customs and Border Protection’s authority to stop and search GA aircraft and require the FAA to act on third class medical certification reform within 180 days of the bill becoming law.

AOPA asks House to protect airport funding

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2014

General aviation airports rely on federal money, making it vitally important that Congress maintain Airport Improvement Program funding at least at current levels, AOPA President Mark Baker testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee.

Baker briefs caucus on importance of medical reform

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2014

Third class medical reform is critical to growing general aviation, AOPA President Mark Baker told the House General Aviation Caucus during a briefing June 17.

NextGen mandate too expensive, AOPA member tells House committee

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

The FAA should leverage existing cockpit technologies to move NextGen forward before mandating new equipment, an AOPA member told the House Small Business Committee.

House approves $15.7 billion for FAA

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

The House has voted to approve a GA-friendly bill that would give the FAA $15.7 billion for the 2015 fiscal year.

Guest Editorial: Giving pilots a voice

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Border protection is incredibly important, but targeting the general aviation community demonstrates a lack of respect for legal protections enjoyed by all Americans.

Support for medical reform grows

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

Op-Ed: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

The third class medical is an example of an old, well-intended rule that needs to be updated. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita explains how the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act aims to do just that.

Medical reform legislation reaches milestone

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Legislation that would exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process has achieved a new milestone with 100 co-sponsors signing on to the House bill.

Longtime GA advocate Jim Oberstar dies

Article | May 03, 2014

Longtime general aviation advocate and friend of AOPA former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar died May 3. His work on Capitol Hill to protect GA will leave a lasting impression.

Michigan group seeks support for medical exemption bill

Advocacy | Apr 10, 2014

The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is asking the FAA and the state’s congressional delegation to support legislation that would let more pilots fly without medical certification.

Washington governor signs tower bill

Advocacy | Apr 09, 2014

Meteorological evaluation towers (METs) are proliferating, and hard to spot. Washington has joined a growing list of states protecting pilots.

AOPA WELCOMES THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL RULEMAKING

News release | Apr 02, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on April 2 said that it welcomed the FAA’s announcement that it will launch a rulemaking process that could result in expanding the number of pilots allowed to fly without obtaining a third-class medical certificate.

FAA announces rulemaking on third-class medical

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2014

The FAA has announced plans to go through a rulemaking process that could result in thousands more pilots being allowed to fly without a third class medical.