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House GA Caucus reaches new record

Article | Sep 20, 2013

The House GA Caucus has reached a new membership record, marking the first time more than half of all House members have joined the group.

Big jets a no-show at AirVenture

Article | Aug 01, 2013

Military displays and airshow acts nowhere to be found at EAA AirVenture, thanks to federal budget cuts known as "sequestration."

Small-airplane revitalization bill soars in House

Article | Jul 17, 2013

The U.S. House has passed an AOPA-backed bill setting a deadline for the FAA to overhaul Part 23 aircraft certification regulations.

House committee supports small aircraft revitalization bill

Article | Jul 10, 2013

A bill backed by a House committee sets a 2015 deadline for the FAA to revamp small-airplane certification rules.

President’s Position: Regulatory delays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

During most AOPA Town Hall gatherings, I remind participating members that AOPA's founders created our organization in 1939 largely because they feared that a government about to enter a world war just might regulate general aviation out of existence. Nearly 75 years later, our mission is grounded in similar concerns--raised not by the prospect of war but by the growing power of regulatory agencies, many of which operate with increasing autonomy and minimal oversight.

Senate joins bid to speed aircraft cert reform

Article | May 30, 2013

Bipartisan action in Congress to revitalize general aviation manufacturing by overhauling aircraft certification requirements has gained momentum.

‘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.