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Life-changing flights

Article | Jul 17, 2014

Challenge Air has given hundreds of children with special needs a brief flight in a general aviation aircraft with lasting benefits.

Wisconsin members asked to take online tax survey

Advocacy | Jul 08, 2014

AOPA members in Wisconsin are asked to take a survey showing the benefits of a new maintenance tax exemption.

Collaboration, teamwork, face time

Article | Jul 03, 2014

AOPA Northwest Regional Manager David Ulane traveled to the capital of the state where he is based on July 1 to build on successful collaborations.

A busy session

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

AOPA logged many hours advocating for pilots in Louisiana in the recent legislative session, working with lawmakers on a series of bills.

Colorado petition seeks aviation license plate

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

Colorado aviation associations are seeking support for an initiative that would let residents showcase their passion for aviation in a new way: a “Support Aviation” license plate.

Economic impact report touts Wyoming airports

Advocacy | Jun 05, 2014

Wyoming’s airports make “a notable contribution” to the state’s economy, enhancing residents’ quality of life, according to an economic impact report.

Washington state celebrates aviation

Article | Jun 05, 2014

General aviation enhances the lives of Washington state residents, said Gov. Jay Inslee in proclaiming June "General Aviation Appreciation Month."

Colorado recognizes GA for fourth straight year

Advocacy | Jun 04, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has recognized the value of general aviation to his state by declaring June 2014 Colorado General Aviation Appreciation Month, the fourth consecutive year Hickenlooper has designated a month for GA.

All 50 states recognize importance of aviation

Article | May 28, 2014

All 50 states have issued proclamations or a letter stating the importance of general aviation.

Santa Monica council considers competing amendment

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

The Santa Monica City Council is considering putting its own charter amendment regarding the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport on the ballot in November.

AOPA repeats call to withdraw ECi cylinder AD

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

AOPA is once again asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

New website gathers support for Santa Monica

Advocacy | May 08, 2014

A new website is making it easier to support an amendment that would put decisions about Santa Monica Municipal Airport land in the hands of voters.

Washington state study warns of airport funding gaps

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Washington state’s 134 public-use airports will need nearly $4 billion in funding, according to a new report.

AOPA seeks mitigations for Powder River Training Complex

Advocacy | May 01, 2014

AOPA has filed formal comments seeking a number of mitigations to reduce the impact of the proposed Powder River Training Complex.

City to appeal SMO ruling

Advocacy | Apr 11, 2014

Santa Monica will appeal a court decision dismissing a lawsuit seeking to release the city from its obligation to keep SMO open and operating.

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.

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.