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AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

MEMBERSHIP FlyQ Web The smartest thing in online flight planning now available Online flight planning just got a facelift and upgrade, courtesy of AOPA. The new online flight planner, FlyQ Web, is the latest addition to the AOPA FlyQ suite of digital flight-planning tools.

California airports support 117,000 jobs

Article | Mar 25, 2013

California airports provide 117,273 direct jobs with a multiplier effect of 386,016 total state jobs related to commercial aviation, according to a new report by the California Airports Council. The report covers the 30 commercial service airports in the state, all of which also serve general aviation.

FAA to close 149 towers

Article | Mar 21, 2013

The FAA on March 22 announced the 149 federal contract towers that will be closing as a result of sequestration. The impacted towers will close over a four-week period beginning April 7.

Moran punches new holes in tax ‘loophole’ charge

Advocacy | Mar 07, 2013

Another defender of general aviation in Congress has struck back at attempts to characterize the industry as a beneficiary of tax loopholes and other economic favoritism.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2013

From our January cover story on the Czech Republic-designed Bristell to a look at the Cessna Skycatcher as a trainer and an industry overview, we focused on the LSA market. I was disappointed to see the Bristell LSA on the cover of AOPA Pilot.

General aviation defended against ‘loophole’ charge

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

Senate Finance Committee member Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) voiced exasperation with the Obama administration for "seemingly endless attacks" on the aviation industry in public statements and proposals to reduce the federal deficit.

Proposed F-16 squadron relocation raises safety concerns

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

AOPA identified safety, environmental, and airspace-access issues that should be addressed in an environmental impact study of an Air Force proposal to move its 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

TSA chief urged to break security plan impasse

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

Restrictive security rules in effect at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport have choked off access to general aviation facilities, killing off businesses and driving other tenants from the premises, said AOPA and elected officials in letters urging the head of the Transportation Security Administration to intercede in stalled local efforts to fix the problem.

Across general aviation, 'sequester' impacts loom

Advocacy | Feb 14, 2013

With a March deadline fast approaching for once-unthinkable automatic federal budget cuts under sequestration, AOPA and the GA community are sizing up the possible impact. Could 2,000 controllers lose their jobs? Would more than 200 airports lose their tower? And could it be the end of airshows?

Sanctuary boundary study raises new overflight concerns

Advocacy | Jan 10, 2013

The possible expansion of boundaries of two national marine sanctuaries in California could result in new restrictions on overflights of the affected areas, AOPA said.

Oceanside renames airport to honor former Tuskegee Airman

Advocacy | Jan 08, 2013

California’s Oceanside City council has renamed Oceanside Municipal Airport to honor former Tuskegee Airman Bob Maxwell for his efforts to save the facility from closure in 2006.

AOPA Legacy Society assures GA’s future

Article | Dec 20, 2012

Here’s a good reason to act on the decision to make a long-term commitment to support general aviation: GA pilots are helping science improve the health of our planet.

Coast-to-coast efforts boost safety, economies in 2012

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2012

AOPA’s new regional managers worked with headquarters staff to defend pilots’ access to airports, promote tax and economic policies that keep the general aviation industry healthy, and keep the skies safe for GA pilots.

Colorado measuring economic clout of aviation

Advocacy | Dec 13, 2012

In Colorado, the state's Division of Aeronautics is asking airport users to participate in its research for a 2013 Economic Impact Study for Colorado Airports.

'Hat in the Ring' invests in aviation's future

Article | Dec 13, 2012

Don Bernard likes to say that submarines and aircraft have a lot in common. The medium in which they operate may differ, but with the right skills and instruments, you can get them where they are going.

Texas honors general aviation’s ‘critical’ role

Advocacy | Dec 06, 2012

If you want to see a wide cross-section of the length, breadth, economic impact, and community support that GA offers, surveying the Lone Star State’s GA activity is a good way to start.

Indiana airports generate jobs, serve communities

Advocacy | Nov 14, 2012

Hoosier airports mean Hoosier jobs. That was the clear message of a new economic impact study that credits Indiana's 69 public-use airports with generating $14.1 billion in economic activity and supporting employment for more than 69,000 workers.

Online tool estimates airports' economic clout

Advocacy | Nov 02, 2012

You can look up facts and figures to estimate an airport's economic impact, but what does the future hold? One state has a tool to help find answers.

Pilots urged to weigh in on sanctuary boundary expansion

Advocacy | Oct 04, 2012

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) should analyze the impact on general aviation of its proposal to expand the boundaries of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Oklahoma, New Mexico celebrate aviation

Advocacy | Sep 12, 2012

Proclamations recognizing the role general aviation plays to support the health, safety, and prosperity of the community at large have been issued by governors in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Small businesses sound off on user fees

Advocacy | Sep 12, 2012

A restaurant-supply business with 48 employees and a promising future gets its competitive edge from general aviation, but could be "devastated" by proposed aviation user fees.

Oregon awards $7.25 million for airport improvements

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

Public-use airports in Oregon will benefit from more than $7.25 million in funding for projects approved by the state's Transportation Commission under the ConnectOregon IV program.