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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.