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Proposed rule would restore sim time credits

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

The FAA has issued an NPRM that would allow pilots to count more sim time toward earning an instrument rating.

Drones: Where do we go from here?

Article | Jun 16, 2015

Representatives of drone associations, research institutes, and universities; drone enthusiasts; and those curious about the growing drone industry gathered June 14 at the UAS Academy near Warrenton, Virginia, for RoboFest 2015.

EPA says greenhouse gases from aviation pose a threat

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a proposed endangerment finding saying that greenhouse gas emissions from commercial aircraft pose a threat to public health.

Aviation advocates hard at work in California

Advocacy | Apr 29, 2015

California benefits from a strong airport system, and that system generates fuel-tax revenue that should go to the support of aviation infrastructure, AOPA said.

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.

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.

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.

Proposed rule sets limits on small UAS

Advocacy | Feb 15, 2015

The FAA has announced a proposed rule governing the use of commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that would address many of AOPA's concerns, including setting certification requirements for operators and requiring see-and-avoid capabilities.

EPA denies petition to change avgas decision

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the most recent petition from environmental groups that asked the agency to reconsider a 2012 decision not to immediately pursue an endangerment finding for leaded avgas.

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

FAA withdraws rule to restore simulator time

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2015

The FAA has withdrawn a rule that would have allowed 20 hours of simulator instruction to count toward the instrument rating.

Revised proposal still calls for early ECi cylinder retirement

Advocacy | Jan 12, 2015

The FAA has released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking affecting ECi cylinders, but AOPA says the new proposal doesn't do enough to mitigate the impact on aircraft owners.

California Prop 65 avgas lawsuit settled

Article | Dec 15, 2014

The Center for Environmental Health, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit, has settled a 2011 lawsuit it brought against numerous aviation fuel suppliers in the state, the group announced Dec. 12.

Seaplane ‘footprint’ small in Adirondack Park

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2014

Seaplanes “require no roads, trails or infrastructure to support their use,” wrote AOPA President Mark Baker in a letter to the Adirondack Park Administration.

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.

Advocacy a key theme at Massachusetts airports conference

Advocacy | Oct 29, 2014

Getting the job done on the local and national levels requires long-term planning, a hands-on approach, and keeping the effort moving, said Sean Collins, AOPA’s Eastern regional manager.

Shuster calls for bold thinking on FAA reauthorization

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Aviation leaders in Congress should make the renewal of the FAA reauthorization bill something “big, bold, and transformational,” Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Oct. 21.

Louisiana range needs more airspace

Advocacy | Oct 09, 2014

Live fire training that sends mortars and artillery to 9,400 feet will require changes to restricted areas in Louisiana.

Changes sought for Missouri restricted-area complex

Advocacy | Oct 09, 2014

The Army has requested to raise ceilings in restricted area R-4501B to a uniform 4,300 feet msl.

Comments support heater AD inspection provisions

Advocacy | Oct 08, 2014

AOPA has submitted formal comments to the FAA on a proposed airworthiness directive to update the inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) Inc. combustion heaters.

Medical advisory board supports third class reform

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.