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Details of long-awaited FAA reauthorization bill revealed

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2016

An FAA reauthorization bill that includes medical reform, user fees, and plans to separate air traffic control functions from the FAA has been announced.

House appropriators reject idea of privatized ATC

Advocacy | Feb 02, 2016

House appropriations leaders have said they won’t support any plans to remove air traffic control from congressional oversight as part of FAA reauthorization.

Senators warn against air traffic spinoff

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2016

In a strongly worded letter to the leadership of the Senate Transportation Committee, appropriators said they oppose separating air traffic control from the FAA.

Next steps for medical reform

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

With Congress back in session, the question on the minds of many pilots is, “What’s next for third class medical reform?”

Big issues, steady progress highlight 2015 advocacy

Article | Dec 29, 2015

Addressing the big issues that will affect the way we fly for decades to come requires a big commitment, and 2015 has been a year marked by steady progress on some of the biggest issues of all.

Aviation funding reform plan clears Michigan Senate

Advocacy | Dec 08, 2015

Michigan would free up millions of dollars to invest in its aviation system under a funding reform plan passed by the state Senate.

Alaska considers increasing fuel tax

Article | Dec 03, 2015

Because of the dramatically low price of crude oil, Alaska is facing a budget short fall in excess of $3 billion. Consequently, the state government is looking for ways to decrease services or find supplemental streams of revenue.

Record membership for House GA Caucus

Advocacy | Nov 10, 2015

Membership in the House General Aviation Caucus has reached an all-time high, with 274 representatives taking part in the group.

Wyoming welcomes new Hot Springs County Airport

Advocacy | Oct 26, 2015

Aviation safety will be enhanced and night operations will begin when the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis, Wyoming, opens to the public on Nov. 7.

New airport to rise amid oil boom

Article | Oct 15, 2015

Sloulin Field International Airport was never intended to handle the crush of traffic that an oil boom brings.

FAA funding extension passes Senate

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2015

Funding for the FAA will be extended through March 31, 2016, under legislation passed by the House and Senate just ahead of the deadline.

House passes FAA funding extension

Advocacy | Sep 28, 2015

The House has passed a measure to extend FAA funding through March 31, 2016.

FAA extension bill introduced in House

Article | Sep 25, 2015

Leaders of two key House committees have introduced a bill to extend FAA funding through March 31, 2016.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 wins co-sponsors

Advocacy | Sep 19, 2015

The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 has achieved a potentially important milestone, with 67 senators signing on as co-sponsors of the bill to reform the third class medical process and provide legal protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions.

Voters oppose privatizing ATC

Advocacy | Sep 17, 2015

Voters nationwide strongly oppose privatizing the air traffic control system, according to a survey released Sept. 17.

Larger issues could delay medical reform, reauthorization

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2015

Ongoing controversy over issues including the debt ceiling, funding for the federal government, and the Iran nuclear deal are likely to delay both FAA reauthorization and third class medical reform, AOPA leaders said.

President's Position: It's the little things

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

We spend a lot of time around here talking about the big issues—FAA reauthorization, third class medical reform, and user fees.

Airport funding makes gains in Washington state

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

Aircraft excise taxes collected by the State of Washington will exclusively fund airport improvement projects under a transportation appropriations bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Member help still needed on medical reform

Advocacy | Jul 30, 2015

Although Congress is about to break for its August recess, AOPA members should keep calling their elected officials and asking them to co-sponsor the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2), said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Coon.