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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.

TFRs set for GOP convention in Tampa

Advocacy | Aug 23, 2012

The FAA has issued a flight advisory notifying pilots of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that will be in effect Aug. 26 to 30 associated with the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Industry groups call for unleaded avgas funding

Advocacy | Aug 08, 2012

Funding of $5.5 million in FY2014 to support a comprehensive unleaded avgas program would allow the FAA to implement key elements of an advisory group's recent recommendations, industry groups told the FAA and Department of Transportation in early August.

Mayor's airport-closure bid could cost millions

Advocacy | Aug 01, 2012

The city of St. Clair, Mo., would face an extended, expensive task if the mayor opts to pursue his four-year campaign to close the regional airport, AOPA told officials at a meeting July 31.

Road warrior

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2012

Saving airports one day at a time

FAA official worries pilot shortage could impact safety

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Boeing continues to predict a worldwide pilot shortage becoming acute in years to come, and one FAA official told The Associated Press that there is a concern that airlines may be forced to hire pilots who lack the "right stuff." An industry representative hastened to point out that safeguards are in place, and safety remains a top priority.

House urges curb on TSA ‘emergency’ rules

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

The House has called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to curb its use of emergency authority to impose long-term security regulations and directives not tied to a specific threat.

Calling the bottom for aircraft sales

Article | May 31, 2012

In the aviation marketplace, some aircraft dealers are expressing new optimism, even as prices continue to slip, says Vref, an aviation industry source of aircraft value reference based in Cottonwood, Ariz.

Despite downturn, aircraft manufacturing critical

Article | May 31, 2012

Aviation groups said a newly released report on the state of the business aircraft industry highlights challenges facing the sector and confirms the "critical importance" of aircraft manufacturing to the nation's industrial base.

Colorado-Kansas MOA plan modification urged

Advocacy | May 30, 2012

More steps must be taken to mitigate the impact on general aviation of proposed changes to the Cheyenne Military Operations Area in western Kansas and eastern Colorado, AOPA said in formal comments on the proposal.

Will Big Oil bring back an airport?

Advocacy | May 04, 2012

Revitalizing a dormant general aviation airport doesn't happen every day, but a surge in oil industry activity in North Dakota has raised that hope in one community--and pilots can help make it happen.

Aviation 'critical' to Washington state economy

Advocacy | May 03, 2012

Pilots in Washington state have a new resource for demonstrating the "critical" contribution aviation makes to their communities, and beyond.

Kalispell Council sets hearing on airport master plan

Advocacy | May 02, 2012

Since 1929, the Kalispell (Mont.) City Airport has been a resource for pilots, a fixture in the community, and a regional economic asset. On May 7, pilots can show their support for the facility by participating in a city council public hearing on updating the airport master plan.

Aviation funding bill passes Michigan House

Advocacy | May 01, 2012

The Michigan House has passed an AOPA-backed bill that would fund state aeronautics accounts without increasing the already-high state tax on aviation fuel and other products.

Politician’s bid to close Pa. airport growing costly

Advocacy | May 01, 2012

Pennsylvania's Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport is federally obligated to remain open in perpetuity and it boasts an annual economic impact of $10.5 million. So, how could it face the threat of closure?

Alaska borough repeals aircraft tax

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2012

Aircraft owners in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Alaska will save $75 to $125 a year on registration fees now that the Borough Assembly has voted to repeal a registration tax.

Florida legislature approves aviation tax exemption

Advocacy | Mar 09, 2012

The business climate looks brighter for general aviation in Florida now that the state House and Senate have agreed on an economic-development package with sales-tax exemptions for aircraft repairs and equipment.

100LL suit charges inaction; GA groups point to progress

Advocacy | Mar 08, 2012

The environmental group Friends of the Earth made good on a May 2011 threat March 7, when it announced it had filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over piston aircraft's use of leaded avgas.

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.