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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.

GA community works to replace 100LL

Article | Jun 20, 2013

AOPA and the GA community are committed to an unleaded future and have engaged in a program with the FAA to transition the industry to an unleaded avgas with the least impact on the existing fleet.

FAA solicits fuels in search of unleaded avgas

Article | Jun 10, 2013

The General Aviation Avgas Coalition praised the FAA’s announcement June 10 to formally request sample unleaded fuels for testing as possible replacements to the 100LL aviation gasoline that GA aircraft use today.

GA Avgas Coalition Praises FAA’s Announcement To Solicit Candidate Fuels In Search Of An Unleaded Avgas

News release | Jun 10, 2013

The General Aviation Avgas Coalition praised the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announcement today to formally request sample unleaded fuels for testing as possible replacements to the 100 low-lead (100LL) aviation gasoline (avgas) that general aviation aircraft use today.

AOPA fights to keep Pennsylvania's Braden Airpark open

Article | Jun 05, 2013

GA pilots and businesses could lose access to Pennsylvania's Braden Airpark if an effort to close it comes to fruition.

New GA alliance founded in Colorado

Article | Jun 05, 2013

A newly organized alliance to promote general aviation in Colorado will help present a unified front on aviation issues in the state.

Nebraska proclamation recognizes GA impact

Article | May 29, 2013

Nebraska communities depend heavily on general aviation to keep businesses and tourism on the move.

Letters

Article | May 01, 2013

Remembrances of the fight to save Meigs Field in Chicago brought back memories for many readers. I was crushed when the airport was destroyed by the self-glorified mayor.

California holds first Aviation Awareness Day

Article | Apr 30, 2013

AOPA was among the organizations to participate in the first California Aviation Awareness Day at the Capitol April 24.

‘Significant’ aviation tax removed from Ohio budget

Article | Apr 18, 2013

The Ohio House’s Finance and Appropriations Committee has stripped from the proposed state budget a bid to expand a 5-percent sales tax to services including aircraft rentals and charters. Rejecting the expanded tax should help preserve competitiveness of Ohio’s $5.5 billion aviation industry, AOPA said.

Missouri honors aviation

Article | Apr 17, 2013

Because general aviation and community airports in Missouri play a critical role in the lives of citizens, as well as in the operation of businesses and farms, Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed April 2013 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” The proclamation acknowledges that “the state of Missouri has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports and airport operators.” GA also contributes $2.4 billion to the state’s economy and accounts for 16,000 jobs statewide.

Pilots urged to take Missouri aviation survey

Article | Apr 17, 2013

The state of Missouri is asking visiting pilots and their passengers to fill out a survey as it begins work on a Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study. The report has been commissioned by the aviation section within the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Multimodal Operations Division.

Job growth seen from Colorado tax credit

Article | Apr 16, 2013

A Colorado bill that could boost job growth in the aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) business has passed the House and is headed for action in the state Senate, where AOPA and other industry supporters are urging speedy passage. House Bill 13-1080 would expand an existing state income tax credit of $1,200 per new employee to MRO companies.

AOPA seeks comments on Vista Field Airport’s future

Article | Apr 11, 2013

The Port of Kennewick, sponsor of the Vista Field Airport in Kennewick, Wash., is holding a special meeting and public hearing on April 17 at 7 p.m. to hear public comments on alternatives for the airport.

Maryland GA airports generate $550.7 million in business

Article | Apr 04, 2013

General aviation activity in the state of Maryland created $358.5 million in personal income and $550.7 million in business sales between 2011 and 2012, according to a new report, “Economic Impact of Airports,” from the Maryland Aviation Administration. GA also created 6,274 jobs during the period.

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.

Arkansas legislature creates Aerospace and Aviation Caucus

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Members of the Arkansas legislature have founded the Arkansas Aerospace and Aviation Legislative Caucus, created to “promote a business-friendly environment through common-sense legislation that supports the growth of the Arkansas aerospace and aviation industries.” The newly formed caucus is the brainchild of Arkansas Rep. Joe Jett (D), a pilot, aircraft owner, and AOPA member, along with Sen.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

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