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Houston mayor experiences GA first hand

Article | Apr 09, 2014

It started with a tweet and ended with Houston’s mayor enjoying the view from above in a general aviation aircraft.

AOPA prepares for second California Aviation Day

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2014

Aviation organizations are preparing to attend the second annual California Aviation Day in Sacramento under an effort to show legislators the importance of general aviation in the state.

Residents seek control of Santa Monica's future

Advocacy | Mar 27, 2014

A group of Santa Monica residents is seeking an amendment to the city charter that would put key decisions about airport property to voters.

AOPA challenges city to let voters decide SMO future

Advocacy | Mar 26, 2014

AOPA speaks up for preserving Santa Monica’s embattled airport and challenges city council members to let voters decide its future.

AOPA urges Santa Monica advocates to speak up

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2014

AOPA is urging supporters of embattled Santa Monica Municipal Airport to speak up and correct misinformation about the airport and its value to the community.

AOPA, NBAA file friend of the court brief in Santa Monica suit

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2014

AOPA and NBAA explain the importance of Santa Monica Municipal Airport in a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit over the airport’s future.

AOPA fights back over incomplete story on GA airport spending in Wisconsin

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2014

AOPA sets the record straight in an inaccurate story on Airport Improvement Program grant spending in Wisconsin.

AOPA digs into state issues as legislatures convene

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

With 46 state legislatures in session this year, AOPA’s experts are gearing up to weigh in on proposals that affect the way you fly.

Idaho Senate considers airport planning bill

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2014

The Idaho Senate is considering an airport planning bill that would require planning agencies to consider airport needs.

AOPA leaders see Santa Monica challenges up close

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2014

AOPA leaders recently visited Santa Monica Municipal Airport, where they saw the challenges and urged tenants, pilots, and business owners to work together.

Liability protection closer for Wisconsin private airfields owners

Article | Jan 16, 2014

A key Wisconsin assembly committee has passed a bill to provide liability protection for private airfield owners.

News video touts benefits of Boulder Municipal Airport

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2014

A video highlights how Boulder Municipal Airport was a community asset during devastating floods in September.

A battle GA must win

Article | Dec 30, 2013

The latest battle to preserve Santa Monica Municipal Airport has implications for hundreds of other airports around the country.

GA leaders seek funding for avgas replacement certification

Article | Dec 24, 2013

GA leaders ask House and Senate appropriations subcommittee leaders to fund programs that will keep efforts to find alternatives to leaded avgas moving forward.

New bill would expand driver’s license medical

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2013

The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.

Business flying 'fuels' Missouri aviation growth

Article | Nov 20, 2013

Economic activity generated by Missouri’s airports grew 17.1 percent in the last decade, fueled by business aviation.

Event Spotlight

Article | Nov 11, 2013

Five aircraft loaded with clothes, blankets, food, and toys left airports around Maryland and flew to Carl A. Spaatz Field in Reading, Pennsylvania. It was part of the NASA Goddard Flying Club’s annual Wings of Warmth event.

Colorado growing return on aviation investments

Article | Oct 24, 2013

General aviation airports in Colorado will pump $2.4 billion into the state’s economy in 2013, an annual increase of $500 million compared to 2008.

President's Position: Thank you!

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

With this month’s column, I conclude five enjoyable years in the left seat at AOPA. You and I have shared an extraordinary journey through some very challenging times.

Redbird Skyport offers dollar-a-gallon avgas

Article | Aug 28, 2013

Dollar-a-gallon avgas can be had in Texas in October, as companies collaborate seeking data.

Ohio seeks GA pilot input on airports study

Article | Aug 27, 2013

The Ohio Department of Transportation is asking pilots to weigh in on the state's Airports Focus Study

Senate confirms Anthony Foxx as transportation secretary

Article | Jun 27, 2013

Anthony Foxx has been confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Transportation in a unaninous Senate vote.