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Wyoming's Hot Springs County Airport opens

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2015

Aviation safety was enhanced and night operations began when the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis, Wyoming, opened to the public Nov. 7.

Fee lifted at Block Island airport

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2015

The Rhode Island Airport Corp. has suspended a $20 daily “facility fee” at Block Island State Airport following complaints from pilots and AOPA.

Florida GA caucus takes off

Advocacy | Oct 29, 2015

The newly launched Florida General Aviation Caucus focused on the economic impact of general aviation in the state during its Oct. 22 inaugural first meeting.

Agreement allows continued Christmas tree harvesting

Article | Oct 29, 2015

Recent airspace changes at Salem, Oregon, to improve safety for IFR operations at McNary Field will not stunt the state's vibrant Christmas tree farming activities when the airfield experiences instrument conditions.

Pilot Briefing: AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Sep 29, 2015

The FAA has rescinded a sweeping notam regarding the reliability of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance.

Oregon pilots celebrate good news on Salem Class D airspace

Advocacy | Sep 22, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport are celebrating after protests caused the FAA to think twice about doubling the Class D airspace for neighboring McNary Field Airport.

Getting drones up there

Article | Sep 22, 2015

Many of the institutions that are emerging as leaders of drone integration research came together Sept. 15 at Mississippi State University.

AOPA helps Oregon pilots seek Class D relief

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport should soon get some airspace relief after AOPA communicated numerous concerns to the FAA's Western Service Center to mitigate the Class D airspace expansion at neighboring McNary Field Airport.

Santa Monica puts airport ahead of homelessness

Advocacy | Sep 02, 2015

Santa Monica has made taking control of airport property one of its top three priorities, ahead of homelessness and education.

Louisiana economic study makes case for aviation

Advocacy | Aug 19, 2015

Louisiana's general aviation airports contribute $967 million a year, and generate payrolls of $297 million, distributed among 9,307 jobs, according to an economic study.

Advocacy team busy during legislative ‘off season’

Advocacy | Aug 13, 2015

AOPA attended the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee's annual meeting in Boston July 29 through 31. The association also attends national Democratic legislative conferences.

Santa Monica airport tenants face higher rents

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2015

Businesses leasing property at Santa Monica Municipal Airport will face higher rates and shorter lease terms after the Santa Monica City Council approved changes to more than 70 lease agreements on July 14.

Iowa lawmakers back trio of GA bills in overtime session

Article | Jul 07, 2015

A trio of measures benefiting Iowa and its pilots passed the General Assembly in June before lawmakers gaveled their 2015 session to a close. Five extra weeks of wrangling produced three AOPA-backed bills clarifying aviation education, land use, and development in the state.

Aviation funding gets needed boost in Ohio

Advocacy | Jul 07, 2015

Ohio’s new $71 billion state budget contains a “significant” increase in funding for airport projects.

South Carolina axes aircraft maintenance tax

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

South Carolina pilots can soon fly a little farther: An aviation-friendly bill that passed the state House and Senate eliminates sales tax from general aviation aircraft maintenance.

Washington governor praises GA in proclamation

Advocacy | Jun 02, 2015

General aviation is vital to the state of Washington’s economy and transportation system and contributes to the well-being of its citizens, proclaimed Gov. Jay Inslee.

State legislators to learn benefits of GA in webinar

Advocacy | Apr 28, 2015

Members of the National Conference of State Legislatures will learn about the economic impact general aviation has on jobs and the economy at the local, state, and national levels during a webinar May 1.

States value aviation

Advocacy | Apr 07, 2015

States across the country are again declaring the value of aviation, including jobs and other economic benefits that aviation creates or makes possible.

Kentucky to study aviation sector growth

Advocacy | Apr 03, 2015

The state of Kentucky has commissioned a study to analyze the aviation industry’s overall economic impact and foster its growth.

Bill would impose escalating tax on leaded fuel

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2015

AOPA is urging members in Oregon to speak out against a proposed “punitive, non-specific and unreasonable increase” in the tax on avgas before a legislative committee considers the bill April 6.

Santa Monica changes airport leases, makes way for park land

Advocacy | Mar 26, 2015

At a contentious meeting March 24, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to change lease terms for some tenants at Santa Monica Municipal Airport and convert segments of airport property to park land.

North Dakota’s aviation growth presents challenges

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

A growing general aviation sector has an annual $1.5 billion impact in North Dakota, making support of the state’s 89 public-use airports a priority, AOPA said.

AOPA asks members to support Santa Monica

Advocacy | Mar 23, 2015

AOPA is asking pilots who live near Santa Monica, California, and know the value of Santa Monica Municipal Airport to take immediate action to support the airport.

NY event focuses on aviation funding, competitiveness

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

More aviation jobs, a competitive tax structure, and a fully funded airport improvement program were objectives pressed at an Aviation Advocacy Day event in Albany, New York.

Pilot Briefing: Saving Airports

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Fort Worth Alliance Airport opened on December 14, 1989, and celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last December.

Call me an optimist

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

It seems appropriate, this spring, to talk about just how optimistic I am about getting third class medical reform. And I do believe we can get this done.

Aviation groups bring safety, cost concerns to Iowa lawmakers

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2015

Eliminating unnecessary cost burdens for flight training providers and assuring obstruction-free land development around airports were among legislative priorities that AOPA raised with Iowa lawmakers.

Honeywell projects steady helicopter sales

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Despite a dramatic decline in 2014 helicopter deliveries, forecasters at Honeywell Aerospace project a steady stream of deliveries over the next five years.

Bill to raise aviation fuel tax opposed

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

Two bills that would increase aviation fuel taxes and tap some proceeds for nonaviation purposes could place New Mexico in conflict with federal grant guarantees.

Bills would lower tax on auto fuel used in aircraft

Advocacy | Feb 24, 2015

Legislation introduced in both houses of the Minnesota Legislature would tax automobile fuel used in approved aircraft at the same rate as aviation fuel.

Event spotlights Washington State’s aviation funding gap

Advocacy | Feb 12, 2015

The state of Washington will require about $12 million a year to fund improvements for its 134 public-use airports over the next 20 years.

Aviation showcased at annual Kansas gathering

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2015

Yasmina Platt, AOPA’s Central-Southwest regional manager, was in Topeka, Kansas, on Feb. 3 to attend Kansas Aviation Day at the state Capitol building.

Pennsylvania touts aviation sector

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2015

Pennsylvania economic development officials have taken another step in their effort to promote the competitive edge of the state’s $23.6 billion aviation sector.

Nurturing GA

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Few states match Massachusetts when it comes to supporting airports, and the enthusiasm continues to be nurtured by AOPA and many others.

Aircraft taxes should go into aviation fund, AOPA says

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Under a current Washington law, only 10 percent of the aircraft excise taxes that aircraft owners pay go to the Washington State Division of Aeronautics, while the other 90 percent go into the general fund. AOPA is advocating for legislation that would direct 100 percent of the tax to aviation use.

Graves and Veasey to lead House GA Caucus

Advocacy | Jan 23, 2015

The House General Aviation Caucus will be led by co-chairs Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas).

Florida tax exemption not being uniformly applied

Advocacy | Jan 20, 2015

AOPA is working to make sure that members are not taxed for tax-exempt aircraft parts and services in Florida.

New Hampshire airports seek 'dependable' funding

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2014

Members of New Hampshire’s airports community exchanged ideas on how to secure dependable funding at the annual meeting of the Granite State Airport Management Association.

Powder River environmental statement finalized

Advocacy | Dec 01, 2014

The U.S. Air Force has released its final environmental impact statement for an enormous military airspace complex, but the statement appears to largely overlook concerns raised by the general aviation community.

Waypoints: Flying versus the Kardashians

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

Recent headlines noting gasoline prices dipping below $3 a gallon have caused many pilots to wonder why avgas prices—which stubbornly remain above $6 a gallon in many locations.

Membership News & Notes: Talking to the FAA

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

AOPA doesn’t just fight issues at individual airports, we also engage with the FAA on policy issues that affect airports—and how we use them—all across the country.

Pilot participation sought for North Dakota surveys

Advocacy | Nov 25, 2014

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission is seeking the participation of pilots and businesses that rely on general aviation in two separate online surveys.

Fuel farm could increase Georgia airport’s economic impact

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Installing a fuel farm at Berrien County Airport in Nashville, Georgia, could increase the airport’s economic impact on the local community from its last reported $682,200 to nearly $1 million, according to AOPA.

Pilots urged to complete Lake Hood Seaplane Base survey

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2014

AOPA is urging pilots who use the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to participate in a master planning survey.