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Senate appropriators pass FAA funding plan

Advocacy | Apr 25, 2016

The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would provide $16.4 billion in funding to the FAA for the 2017 fiscal year.

Senate passes FAA reauthorization

Advocacy | Apr 19, 2016

The Senate has passed FAA reauthorization legislation, including third class medical reform.

FAA reauthorization debated in Senate

Advocacy | Apr 07, 2016

The full Senate has begun debating FAA reauthorization, passing amendments designed to increase security and rejecting a proposal to prevent airlines from shrinking seats.

House passes bill to resume WASP inurnments at Arlington

Advocacy | Mar 23, 2016

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed AOPA-supported legislation that would once again allow Women Airforce Service Pilots to have their ashes placed in Arlington National Cemetery, restoring a privilege that was revoked in 2015.

FAA funding extended into July

Advocacy | Mar 21, 2016

Funding for the FAA has been extended through July 15, following House passage of a bill to keep the agency operating.

Senate passes amended FAA funding extension

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2016

The Senate has passed an amended version of a House bill to keep the FAA running through July 15, but changes introduced in the Senate mean the measure must now return to the House for final approval before it can become law.

AOPA seeks funding for contract towers

Advocacy | Mar 16, 2016

Aviation organizations including AOPA are asking lawmakers in the House and Senate to protect funding for contract control towers.

FAA reauthorization moves to full Senate

Advocacy | Mar 16, 2016

Legislation to reauthorize the FAA through the 2017 fiscal year moves to the full Senate after passing the Senate Commerce Committee on March 16.

House passes FAA funding extension

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2016

The House has passed an extension to keep the FAA running through July 15 and collecting excise taxes on fuel through March 2017.

Senate unveils FAA reauthorization plan

Advocacy | Mar 09, 2016

The Senate Commerce Committee has unveiled its own version of FAA reauthorization legislation, which it will mark up on March 16.

Focus moves to Senate on FAA reauthorization

Article | Feb 26, 2016

The focus on FAA reauthorization is moving to the Senate as controversial House legislation to privatize air traffic control services is taken out of play.

AOPA supports Arlington inurnments for WASPs

Article | Feb 26, 2016

AOPA is supporting legislation that would once again allow Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) to have their ashes placed in Arlington National Cemetery.

FAA funding extension expected

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2016

Another short-term extension of the FAA’s current funding seems increasingly likely as FAA reauthorization legislation is further delayed in the House.

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.