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FLYING PHYSICIANS URGE SWIFT MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 15, 2014

The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.

AOPA hosts fuels presentation at NASAO conference

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

State and local aviation officials recently learned about the latest efforts to transition from 100LL avgas to an unleaded fuel and got an update on the initiative to reform third class medical certification.

SENATORS URGE QUICK ACTION ON THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 04, 2014

Eleven U.S. senators, all co-sponsors of a bill to reform the third-class medical process, are asking the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed medical reform rule.

Senators urge quick action on medical reform

Advocacy | Sep 03, 2014

Eleven senators are the latest to ask the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on third class medical reform.

Caucus members work to speed up medical reform

Advocacy | Aug 28, 2014

Members of the House General Aviation Caucus are asking the Department of Transportation to expedite rulemaking for third-class medical reform.

AOPA LEADS INDUSTRY EFFORT TO SPEED MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Aug 18, 2014

In an effort led by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), seven influential general aviation organizations are asking the Department of Transportation and the Administration to expedite a review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed rulemaking on third-class medical reform.

Medical reform moves forward

Advocacy | Jul 31, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation for review, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced July 31 at EAA AirVenture.

MEDICAL REFORM MOVES AHEAD, AOPA PROMISES VIGILANCE

News release | Jul 31, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third-class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation for review, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced Thursday.

Baker briefs caucus on importance of medical reform

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2014

Third class medical reform is critical to growing general aviation, AOPA President Mark Baker told the House General Aviation Caucus during a briefing June 17.

NextGen mandate too expensive, AOPA member tells House committee

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

The FAA should leverage existing cockpit technologies to move NextGen forward before mandating new equipment, an AOPA member told the House Small Business Committee.

Guest Editorial: Giving pilots a voice

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Border protection is incredibly important, but targeting the general aviation community demonstrates a lack of respect for legal protections enjoyed by all Americans.

Support for medical reform grows

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

Op-Ed: Helping General Aviation Take Off

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

The third class medical is an example of an old, well-intended rule that needs to be updated. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita explains how the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act aims to do just that.

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.

Longtime GA advocate Jim Oberstar dies

Article | May 03, 2014

Longtime general aviation advocate and friend of AOPA former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar died May 3. His work on Capitol Hill to protect GA will leave a lasting impression.

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.

Michigan group seeks support for medical exemption bill

Advocacy | Apr 10, 2014

The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is asking the FAA and the state’s congressional delegation to support legislation that would let more pilots fly without medical certification.

AOPA WELCOMES THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL RULEMAKING

News release | Apr 02, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) on April 2 said that it welcomed the FAA’s announcement that it will launch a rulemaking process that could result in expanding the number of pilots allowed to fly without obtaining a third-class medical certificate.

FAA announces rulemaking on third-class medical

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2014

The FAA has announced plans to go through a rulemaking process that could result in thousands more pilots being allowed to fly without a third class medical.

AOPA APPLAUDS SENATE BILL TO EXPAND THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL EXEMPTION TO MORE PILOTS

News release | Mar 11, 2014

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would expand the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) third-class medical exemption, reserved for sport pilots for the past decade, to a larger pilot population and more types of aircraft.

Congressional leaders say no to user fees

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

Key congressional leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama reminding him of their strong opposition to user fees in advance of his upcoming budget.

Senators ask DHS for more complete answers about CBP stops

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security has answered some questions about the monitoring, stops, and searches of general aviation aircraft, but Senate GA Caucus members are seeking more information.

House passes bill to force rulemaking on sleep apnea

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2014

A bill that would force the FAA to go through rulemaking before imposing any sleep disorder policies passes in the House.

Bill to stop new sleep apnea policy set for vote in House

Advocacy | Feb 07, 2014

A bill that would force the FAA to go through rulemaking before imposing any sleep disorder policies is scheduled for a vote in the House.

Senate introduces sleep apnea bill

Article | Jan 16, 2014

The Senate has introduced legislation that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new sleep apnea requirements.

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

News release | Jan 16, 2014

The U.S. Senate Thursday joined the House when several senators introduced legislation that would require the Federal Aviation Administration to follow a rule-making procedure before it adopts a controversial new standard concerning sleep apnea and pilots

Pilot support surges for GA protection bill

Advocacy | Jan 06, 2014

On one day during each medical-certificate cycle, Richard Smith, a 40,500-hour pilot, spends about a half hour undergoing an aviation medical examination that determines if he is fit to fly. Then comes the rest of the cycle.

Lawmaker seeks support for expanding driver’s license medical

Article | Dec 18, 2013

The sponsor of a bill to expand the number of pilots eligible to fly with a driver’s license medical is asking colleagues for their support.

Call to action: Support sleep apnea bill

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2013

AOPA members are being encouraged to contact their representatives in support of a bill that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process.

New bill would expand driver’s license medical

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2013

The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.

Bill to stop new sleep apnea policy moves forward

Advocacy | Dec 05, 2013

A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.

Senators demand answers from DHS, CBP

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2013

Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.

New law gives GA reason to be thankful

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Just as many were headed out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Thanksgiving holiday, the general aviation community found one more reason to be thankful as the long-awaited Small Airplane Revitalization Act became law.

Aircraft certification bill to reduce cost of flying

Article | Nov 14, 2013

Congress on Nov. 14 gave final approval to a bill that requires the FAA to streamline the certification methods for smaller general aviation aircraft, advancing an initiative that should reduce the cost of upgrading existing aircraft and bringing new aircraft to market.

Senators demand details on GA stops

Article | Oct 31, 2013

Senators sent a strongly worded letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding records of aircraft stops, and opposing searches of domestic general aviation flights.

Barrow honored for work on Capitol Hill

Article | Oct 10, 2013

AOPA honored Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) Oct. 10 with the Joseph B. Hartranft Jr. Award—one of the association’s two highest honors—for his unparalleled work on behalf of general aviation in the House of Representatives.

GA Caucus briefed on efforts to double safety, halve cost

Article | Sep 26, 2013

AOPA met recently with key senators and staffers to talk about ways to make general aviation aircraft twice as safe at half the cost.

House GA Caucus reaches new record

Article | Sep 20, 2013

The House GA Caucus has reached a new membership record, marking the first time more than half of all House members have joined the group.