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AOPA opposes user fees as reauthorization moves to full House

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2016

AOPA is standing firm in its opposition to user fees as FAA reauthorization legislation moves to the full House.

FAA funding hearing highlights disagreements over privatization

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2016

Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard widely differing perspectives on proposed FAA reauthorization legislation at a sometimes tense Feb. 10 hearing.

No user fees and modest upticks in White House budget for FAA

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2016

The president’s latest budget plan does not include user fees but does offer increased funding for NextGen modernization and air traffic services.

Details of long-awaited FAA reauthorization bill revealed

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2016

An FAA reauthorization bill that includes medical reform, user fees, and plans to separate air traffic control functions from the FAA has been announced.

House appropriators reject idea of privatized ATC

Advocacy | Feb 02, 2016

House appropriations leaders have said they won’t support any plans to remove air traffic control from congressional oversight as part of FAA reauthorization.

Senators warn against air traffic spinoff

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2016

In a strongly worded letter to the leadership of the Senate Transportation Committee, appropriators said they oppose separating air traffic control from the FAA.

Next steps for medical reform

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

With Congress back in session, the question on the minds of many pilots is, “What’s next for third class medical reform?”

Big issues, steady progress highlight 2015 advocacy

Article | Dec 29, 2015

Addressing the big issues that will affect the way we fly for decades to come requires a big commitment, and 2015 has been a year marked by steady progress on some of the biggest issues of all.

Third class medical reform FAQs

Advocacy | Dec 09, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever before, but it’s a complex issue and we know you have questions. Here are our answers to the most common questions we’re being asked about third class medical reform.

Closer than ever

Article | Nov 18, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the coming changes, updated Nov. 18 based on the latest developments.

Medical reform legislation set for markup

Advocacy | Nov 11, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has set Nov. 18 as the date to move the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2.

Record membership for House GA Caucus

Advocacy | Nov 10, 2015

Membership in the House General Aviation Caucus has reached an all-time high, with 274 representatives taking part in the group.

Support for medical reform continues to grow

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2015

Efforts to move medical reform legislation through Congress continue as support for the measure, known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, grows steadily.

Drone action urged

Article | Oct 08, 2015

Members of a House panel heard testimony from pilots, the FAA, and other stakeholders Oct. 7 in a hearing focused on drone dangers and benefits.

FAA funding extension passes Senate

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2015

Funding for the FAA will be extended through March 31, 2016, under legislation passed by the House and Senate just ahead of the deadline.

AOPA says medical reform is closer than ever before

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2015

As support for the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure.

FAA extension bill introduced in House

Article | Sep 25, 2015

Leaders of two key House committees have introduced a bill to extend FAA funding through March 31, 2016.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 wins co-sponsors

Advocacy | Sep 19, 2015

The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 has achieved a potentially important milestone, with 67 senators signing on as co-sponsors of the bill to reform the third class medical process and provide legal protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions.