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‘No user fees’ movement builds on Capitol Hill

Article | Apr 04, 2013

A record 223 members of Congress have stepped up to mount an attack against aviation user fees. The House members sent a letter to President Barack Obama April 5 stating that user fees are the “wrong approach.” Their support comes in advance of the Obama administration’s budget proposal, scheduled to be released April 10, which is widely anticipated to once again call for $100-per-flight user fees for certain commercial and general aviation operations.

Congressional GA Caucus leaders, AOPA target new members

Article | Apr 03, 2013

The House and Senate General Aviation caucuses faced a challenge after the 2012 general election: recruiting new members to the caucuses after losing 39 members in the House who retired or lost their seats, and three members in the Senate who retired. The House and Senate caucuses previously had 190 and 39 members, respectively.

Arkansas legislature creates Aerospace and Aviation Caucus

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Members of the Arkansas legislature have founded the Arkansas Aerospace and Aviation Legislative Caucus, created to “promote a business-friendly environment through common-sense legislation that supports the growth of the Arkansas aerospace and aviation industries.” The newly formed caucus is the brainchild of Arkansas Rep. Joe Jett (D), a pilot, aircraft owner, and AOPA member, along with Sen.

GA’s defenders speak out in House Budget Committee

Article | Mar 20, 2013

General aviation’s defenders in Congress continue to speak out against tax proposals intended to further the Obama administration’s claim that the industry benefits from tax loopholes. Two members of the House Budget Committee took on that charge during the committee’s consideration of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution.

Harrison Ford rallies support for ATC towers

Article | Mar 20, 2013

Editor’s note: The FAA on March 22 named the 149 federal contract towers that will begin closing April 7. “It’s about safety and jobs,” reiterated Harrison Ford time and time again as he addressed the House General Aviation Caucus March 19.

AOPA rallies Congress on tower sequestration cuts

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2013

AOPA is working with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to help find supporters in the Senate for his amendment that would preserve the FAA Contract Tower Program (CTP), which is being threatened by automatic sequestration cuts.

Moran punches new holes in tax ‘loophole’ charge

Advocacy | Mar 07, 2013

Another defender of general aviation in Congress has struck back at attempts to characterize the industry as a beneficiary of tax loopholes and other economic favoritism.

User fee opponents on the move again in Congress

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2013

General aviation's allies in the House of Representatives are wasting no time making sure that any proposal to implement aviation user fees runs into the customary (and overwhelming) resistance in Congress.

Federal sequestration impact on GA flight safety, operations

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2013

President Barack Obama and Congress are in the throes of debate over federal sequestration. The cuts will take place automatically March 1 unless Congress acts to stop them. The impact on our ability to fly and operate our aircraft in the manner in which we are accustomed could be severely impacted if the sequester takes effect.