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Medical reform legislation reaches milestone

Advocacy | May 06, 2014

Legislation that would exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process has achieved a new milestone with 100 co-sponsors signing on to the House bill.

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.