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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.

The right man for the times

Pilot Magazine | Aug 19, 2013

Craig Fuller’s first bit of advice to the new AOPA president: Get to know the members.

Small-airplane revitalization bill soars in House

Article | Jul 17, 2013

The U.S. House has passed an AOPA-backed bill setting a deadline for the FAA to overhaul Part 23 aircraft certification regulations.

AOPA Praises House Action On Small Aircraft Revitalization Act

News release | Jul 11, 2013

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today heralded a significant legislative step toward making general aviation aircraft safer and more affordable as the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to adopt changes to its Part 23 aircraft certification regulation.

House committee supports small aircraft revitalization bill

Article | Jul 10, 2013

A bill backed by a House committee sets a 2015 deadline for the FAA to revamp small-airplane certification rules.

President’s Position: Regulatory delays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

During most AOPA Town Hall gatherings, I remind participating members that AOPA's founders created our organization in 1939 largely because they feared that a government about to enter a world war just might regulate general aviation out of existence. Nearly 75 years later, our mission is grounded in similar concerns--raised not by the prospect of war but by the growing power of regulatory agencies, many of which operate with increasing autonomy and minimal oversight.

Senate joins bid to speed aircraft cert reform

Article | May 30, 2013

Bipartisan action in Congress to revitalize general aviation manufacturing by overhauling aircraft certification requirements has gained momentum.

Senators to FCC: Drop 121.5 MHz ELT ban proposal

Article | May 03, 2013

General aviation aircraft owners would spend an aggregate $500 million on dated technology under a revived Federal Communications Commission proposal to eliminate emergency locator transmitters that operate on 121.5 MHz, said five U.S. senators.

President's Position: Paranoia?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

During the past few weeks, I have found myself thinking more than once of the adage: “You’re not paranoid if people really are out to get you.” For months, the administration in Washington, D.C., said sequestration simply would not happen. But, then it did.

Graves encourages GA activism

Article | Apr 13, 2013

Pleased with the success of a House of Representatives campaign to garner support opposing a federal $100-per-flight user fee for general aviation, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) encouraged Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo attendees to assure that their representative and senators are members of the respective GA caucuses.

‘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.