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‘No user fees’ movement builds on Capitol Hill

Article | Apr 04, 2013

A record 223 members of Congress have stepped up to mount an attack against aviation user fees. The House members sent a letter to President Barack Obama April 5 stating that user fees are the “wrong approach.” Their support comes in advance of the Obama administration’s budget proposal, scheduled to be released April 10, which is widely anticipated to once again call for $100-per-flight user fees for certain commercial and general aviation operations.

Congressional GA Caucus leaders, AOPA target new members

Article | Apr 03, 2013

The House and Senate General Aviation caucuses faced a challenge after the 2012 general election: recruiting new members to the caucuses after losing 39 members in the House who retired or lost their seats, and three members in the Senate who retired. The House and Senate caucuses previously had 190 and 39 members, respectively.

Harrison Ford rallies support for ATC towers

Article | Mar 20, 2013

Editor’s note: The FAA on March 22 named the 149 federal contract towers that will begin closing April 7. “It’s about safety and jobs,” reiterated Harrison Ford time and time again as he addressed the House General Aviation Caucus March 19.

Obama signs Pilot's Bill of Rights

Advocacy | Aug 03, 2012

AOPA commends President Barack Obama for signing into law the Pilot's Bill of Rights on Aug. 3. The legislation guarantees pilots under investigation by the FAA expanded protection against enforcement actions via access to investigative reports, air traffic control and flight service recordings, and it also requires the FAA to provide the evidence being used as the basis of enforcement at least 30 days in advance of action.

Congressmen expect long fight over user fees

Advocacy | Jul 27, 2012

Members of the House GA Caucus, including co-chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), said the fight over user fees is far from over, and every pilot should be prepared to speak up. Graves and three colleagues fielded questions from the audience at a town hall meeting at EAA AirVenture.

House backs Pilot’s Bill of Rights

Advocacy | Jul 23, 2012

Legislation that would guarantee transparency of FAA investigations involving airmen certificate decisions is now headed to the White House, following House approval of the Pilot's Bill of Rights on July 23. The push for this final affirmative vote was made on the opening day of the world's largest airshow, where it was introduced in 2011.

GA Caucus hits NPS air-tour regulation

Advocacy | May 22, 2012

Leaders of the House General Aviation Caucus in Congress are working to block a provision in the Highway Reauthorization bill that would give the National Park Service unprecedented regulatory authority over air tour operators overseen by the FAA.

GA supporters in Senate join fight against user fees

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2012

Another letter is headed to the White House to tell the president that the administration's proposed $100-per-flight user fee faces a cold welcome on Capitol Hill.