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User-fee resistance (again) on the move

Advocacy | Feb 22, 2012

General aviation's supporters in Congress are moving again to resist the Obama Administration's latest effort to impose fees on users of the air traffic system.

Illinois bill would raise aviation fees

Advocacy | Feb 07, 2012

A proposed hike in aviation registration fees would only "further depress" a tax-burdened aviation economy in Illinois, AOPA said, urging officials to reject the plan.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

Responding to member concerns, AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association will request an exemption that would allow many pilots flying the most common single-engine aircraft recreationally to use a driver's license and self-certification medical standard.

AOPA Aviation Summit commits to Palm Springs in 2012, 2014

Article | Jan 11, 2012

AOPA has committed to hold general aviation's premier trade show and convention, AOPA Aviation Summit, at the Palm Springs Convention Center Oct. 11 through 13, 2012, and Oct. 9 through 11, 2014. The return to Palm Springs also means the return of the popular Parade of Planes, traveling the mile from Palm Springs International Airport to the convention center. Palm Springs is the only city that allows for this option.

Safety Pilot:

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Life always comes with an expiration date. While it's kind of a downer - confronting your own mortality - I'm buoyed by the comments of Freddy Heineken, the late beer magnate. Freddy was reputed to have said something to the effect that the universe got along just fine in the four to five billion or so years before he came along. It didn't bother him much during that rather long gestation period, so presumably it would be about the same afterward. We all have a variety of faith and psychological coping mechanisms to deal with the hereafter.

Rally GA: Walking the Walk

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

After years of evangelizing general aviation in person, in print, and online, Florida blogger Jamie Beckett became a public servant so that he could walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Beckett ran for city commissioner in Winter Haven in 2009.

There's no place like home

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

It’s the morning of April 6, and Carl Brewer is feeling pretty good. He’s just won reelection to his second term as mayor of Wichita, the largest city in Kansas and self-proclaimed Air Capital of the World.

Sales revival

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Sales of new general aviation aircraft fell off a cliff in 2009 and remained depressed until the fourth quarter of last year. And then, airplane-dealer phones started ringing again.


Article | Dec 01, 2010

In this challenging downturn, economic forecasting makes weather forecasting look like a piece of cake. At least in meteorology you have physical properties that can’t be changed.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2010

AOPA weighs in on U.S. DOT draft and wonders ‘Where is GA?’ There is a hole in the U.S.

19-hour TFR to shut down Las Vegas

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2010

Las Vegas will essentially be closed to general aviation pilots trying to fly into the area for parts of July 8 and 9. A 19-hour presidential temporary flight restriction will shut down all three major GA airports in the area: McCarran International, Henderson Executive, and North Las Vegas.

DOT’s draft five-year plan all but ignores GA

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2010

There is a hole in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s draft five-year plan. The plan, which covers the period from 2010 to 2015, almost completely ignores general aviation and its economic importance to the nation, AOPA found.

Hope for 121.5

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2010

There's still hope for your 121.5 MHz ELT. The FCC on June 15 released notice of a rule that would prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or continued use of 121.5 MHz ELTs, but AOPA reached out to the FCC, FAA, and several other affected organizations immediately to oppose the rule.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

You’ve heard me talk about the work being done through the GA caucuses in the House and Senate. Each caucus serves as a forum for senators and members of Congress to discuss the role of general aviation and the issues that affect the future of GA flying (see “GA in the Halls of Congress,”).

Look, Ma, no lead

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Sitting at a computer console worthy of a place in NASA’s mission control center, George Braly, co-founder of General Aviation Modifications Inc., begins pushing the buttons and flipping the switches that start a Continental TNIO-550 mounted on a test stand. Another extreme workout session for the oft-tortured engine is about to begin.

Exclusive interview: General aviation’s watchdog in Congress

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

Hearing legislators speak by sound bite on 24-hour news channels, it is easy to assume they are as devoid of in-depth knowledge on a particular subject as the news anchor himself. But spend time with congressional leaders and you quickly discover how passionate and knowledgeable they can be on key issues.

Clogged arteries

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2009

Some in aviation blame general aviation for airport delays. So we asked former Inspector General of the U.S.

Money well spent

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Like many airports, Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville, Indiana, had everything ready to go for a project that would improve airport safety and facilitate economic development in the area—everything except the funding. After 35 or 40 years of use, the asphalt of Runway 18/36 had cracks that needed to be resealed every year and the FAA rated the surface as “fair,” said Dan Montgomery, president of Montgomery Aviation, an FBO at the airport.


Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

Flying in a fragile world Thank you so much for the series of articles on how aviation is improving its environmental record (“Flying in a Fragile World,” July 2009 AOPA Pilot). For so long I have felt that AOPA and pilots in general are so anti-environment that it has been embarrassing and painful.

A Special Report: GA and the Environment

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

General aviation is leading the way to a healthier environment Every day across the United States and around the world general aviation airplanes are at work helping society. You know the missions—many of you participate in them: Firefighting, moving food and critical medical supplies, transporting patients, shuttling equipment and parts to keep a factory going, flying sales people efficiently around a large territory while spurring economic activity.

GA and the Environment: Appalachian Spring

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

Spring has arrived in the craggy, fog-shrouded mountains of North Carolina—but entire hillsides of spruce fir and hemlock trees won’t awaken from their winter rest. Hundreds of acres of trees, already weakened by a long drought, have fallen victim to insects.

Answers for Pilots: Birds in the news

Article | Apr 01, 2009

News coverage of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s celebrated landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January, just a few minutes after the Airbus A320 he was flying struck a flock of large birds on takeoff from LaGuardia Airport, has raised birdstrike awareness and spurred conversations on the topic across the country. Those of us who fly particularly admire Sully’s ditching success and applaud the safe rescue of all on board.

AOPA Action

Article | Feb 01, 2009

Invest in aviation infrastructure, groups tell Congress If Congress were to include the aviation sector in its economic stimulus packages, more than 40,000 high-paying jobs would be created, aviation safety would be improved, and there would be positive effects for the environment, according to a coalition of aviation organizations. The group of 12, including AOPA, told Senate and House leaders that the industry’s proposals would “not only achieve short-term economic stimulus goals, but would also lead to long-term efficiencies and economic growth.” The proposals also would improve environmental stewardship.

Pilot to Pilot: A Pilot First

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Although he has had a fascinating career in public policy, Craig Fuller’s passion is flying. As with so many other AOPA members, the new AOPA president seems to work to support his flying endeavors.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Stalled in the Senate The U.S. Senate failed to garner enough votes to limit debate on the FAA funding bill after debate centered around nonaviation issues.