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Medical reform gains momentum

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2014

The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.

FAA needs to speed unmanned-aircraft rulemaking

Advocacy | Apr 08, 2014

A judge’s recent ruling that cast doubt on the FAA’s power to regulate small unmanned aircraft systems underscores the need for a safety framework.

Charlotte T-route changes will improve GA's airspace access

Advocacy | Mar 26, 2014

The FAA has issued a final rule modifying RNAV terminal routes (T-routes) in Charlotte, N.C., effective May 29.

Analysis shows FAA underestimated ECi cylinder AD impact

Advocacy | Mar 24, 2014

New analysis published by the FAA shows that the agency underestimated the impact of a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

Advocacy takes center stage at Montana conference

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

AOPA staff members updated attendees of the Montana Aviation Conference Feb. 27 through March 1 on the association's involvement in issues that affect pilots.

Calif. agency seeks comments on state park flight restrictions

Advocacy | Mar 05, 2014

Members are being asked to comment on a California proposal restricting flights over state parks.

FAA should drop flawed airway changes, seek input

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA will request that the FAA drop a proposal to eliminate some airway segments in connection with the scheduled decommissioning of the Peck, Mich., VOR.

Hearing reveals FAA behind on NextGen, UAS, consolidation

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

A House aviation subcommittee hearing has revealed that FAA is woefully behind on numerous key mandates associated with NextGen, unmanned aircraft, and facilities consolidation.

Waypoints: Toward an unleaded fuel

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

Shell Aviation’s December announcement that it is entering an unleaded avgas for FAA testing was perhaps the biggest general aviation news of 2013.

U.S. SENATE MEASURE WOULD FORCE FAA TO CONDUCT RULE-MAKING BEFORE ADOPTING SLEEP APNEA STANDARD

News release | Jan 16, 2014

U.S. SENATE MEASURE WOULD FORCE FAA TO CONDUCT RULE-MAKING BEFORE ADOPTING SLEEP APNEA STANDARD

2013 advocacy lays groundwork for a busy New Year

Advocacy | Dec 30, 2013

Many of the advocacy efforts begun and sustained throughout 2013 are laying the groundwork for even bigger battles in 2014, and AOPA is ready.

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.

Jim Coon to head AOPA Advocacy

Article | Dec 19, 2013

AOPA has named Jim Coon as senior vice president of government affairs and advocacy. Coon has years of experience working with Congress and the aviation industry.

Vacant hangars, new owners

Article | Nov 29, 2013

The new owners of a privately owned, public-use airport in an enviable New Jersey location have big plans, and vacant hangars.

FAA issues final rule on air carrier pilot training

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2013

The FAA has published a final rule that stresses basic pilot skills and better tracking of remedial training for crewmembers to avoid "events that, although rare, are often catastrophic," such as the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y.

Airport executives, pilots share advocacy goals

Article | Oct 03, 2013

Aviation advocates and professional airport managers share many goals, and stronger ties between the two groups can help accomplish those mutual objectives.

AirVenture 2013

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

EAA AirVenture is traditionally viewed as a showcase for the lighter end of general aviation, with the emphasis on the Experimental, amateur-built category.

AOPA shares GA perspective as Calif. lawmakers study 100LL

Article | Sep 26, 2013

California lawmakers investigating leaded avgas heard from AOPA about the importance of keeping the fuel available and supporting efforts to find a safe, viable alternative.

New blog spotlights AOPA's advocacy

Article | Sep 25, 2013

AOPA members know that advocacy is a vital component of the association’s mission of preserving the freedom to fly. How does the advocacy process work?

AOPA keeps pressure on as CBP moves to keep records secret

Article | Sep 24, 2013

Customs wants to keep records secret, but AOPA says the agency needs to slow down and give Congress time to investigate.

AOPA supports performance-based regulation

Article | Sep 18, 2013

AOPA supports the FAA's approach to regulating cockpit vision systems, and calls on the agency to implement a performance-based approach—regulations that do not specify equipment or technology, but rather focus on results—more broadly.

AOPA asks FAA to withdraw proposed cylinder AD

Article | Sep 05, 2013

AOPA and six other organizations are asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that would affect thousands of Continental engines and provide more detailed justification for the plan.

FAA final rule modifies Northeast airways

Article | Sep 03, 2013

The FAA has issued a final rule to modify airways in the Northeast.