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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.