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Maryland GA airports generate $550.7 million in business

Article | Apr 04, 2013

General aviation activity in the state of Maryland created $358.5 million in personal income and $550.7 million in business sales between 2011 and 2012, according to a new report, “Economic Impact of Airports,” from the Maryland Aviation Administration. GA also created 6,274 jobs during the period.

Congressional GA Caucus leaders, AOPA target new members

Article | Apr 03, 2013

The House and Senate General Aviation caucuses faced a challenge after the 2012 general election: recruiting new members to the caucuses after losing 39 members in the House who retired or lost their seats, and three members in the Senate who retired. The House and Senate caucuses previously had 190 and 39 members, respectively.

Arkansas legislature creates Aerospace and Aviation Caucus

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Members of the Arkansas legislature have founded the Arkansas Aerospace and Aviation Legislative Caucus, created to “promote a business-friendly environment through common-sense legislation that supports the growth of the Arkansas aerospace and aviation industries.” The newly formed caucus is the brainchild of Arkansas Rep. Joe Jett (D), a pilot, aircraft owner, and AOPA member, along with Sen.

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.