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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.

New faces, familiar challenges after election

Advocacy | Nov 08, 2012

As the dust settled from the Nov. 6 elections, aviation advocates began assessing what the new political landscape will mean for the industry and prepared to work with new and familiar faces in Washington, D.C., and in statehouses nationwide.

Voter’s Guide shows lawmakers’ positions on aviation

Advocacy | Oct 10, 2012

With the click of a mouse, AOPA members can use an online tool to determine where their representatives and senators have stood on the issues that matter to general aviation.

Obama signs Pilot's Bill of Rights

Advocacy | Aug 03, 2012

AOPA commends President Barack Obama for signing into law the Pilot's Bill of Rights on Aug. 3. The legislation guarantees pilots under investigation by the FAA expanded protection against enforcement actions via access to investigative reports, air traffic control and flight service recordings, and it also requires the FAA to provide the evidence being used as the basis of enforcement at least 30 days in advance of action.

House backs Pilot’s Bill of Rights

Advocacy | Jul 23, 2012

Legislation that would guarantee transparency of FAA investigations involving airmen certificate decisions is now headed to the White House, following House approval of the Pilot's Bill of Rights on July 23. The push for this final affirmative vote was made on the opening day of the world's largest airshow, where it was introduced in 2011.

Fuller offers legislative update at Florida conference

Advocacy | Jun 13, 2012

AOPA President Craig Fuller used a panel discussion at the Florida Aviation Trades Association's Annual Meeting and Trade Show June 12 to give an update on general aviation topics including user fees, the fall elections, and state advocacy efforts.

GA Caucus hits NPS air-tour regulation

Advocacy | May 22, 2012

Leaders of the House General Aviation Caucus in Congress are working to block a provision in the Highway Reauthorization bill that would give the National Park Service unprecedented regulatory authority over air tour operators overseen by the FAA.

Strong launch sustains pilot club 50 years later

Article | May 15, 2012

One instructor, one Piper J-3 Cub, 27 solos, and more than 100 students in the first 12 months. The Elkins Pilots Club started with a bang 50 years ago and has continued ever since.

GA supporters in Congress seek repeal of fuel fraud provision

Advocacy | Apr 26, 2012

Aviation funding loses $50 million a year, and some jet fuel vendors must cope with costly recordkeeping chores as consequences of government efforts to curb fuel-tax avoidance by nonaviation users of diesel fuel, say members of the House General Aviation Caucus.

GA supporters in Senate join fight against user fees

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2012

Another letter is headed to the White House to tell the president that the administration's proposed $100-per-flight user fee faces a cold welcome on Capitol Hill.

Graves: FAA bill protects GA

Advocacy | Feb 07, 2012

Keeping user fees out of the new FAA reauthorization bill was a "big win" for general aviation--but vigilance and education efforts must continue, said Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the House GA Caucus co-chairman and member of the conference committee that produced the final bill.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights introduced in House

Advocacy | Jan 25, 2012

Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) have introduced a "Pilot's Bill of Rights" measure to give aviators more protection and access to information during FAA enforcement actions, urging their colleagues in a letter to co-sponsor its proposed reforms.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

This is an important moment--the kind that comes around only every four years. We, the people, get to express ourselves concerning the fate of one-third of the the U.S. Senate, all 435 members of the House of Representatives, and the president of the United States.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

As we approach the 2011 holiday season, there is much for which I am grateful and plenty to consider as we prepare for a new year.

AOPA State of the Association

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

General aviation’s situation during 2010 was very much like flying in mountain wave conditions: We experienced both exhilarating updrafts and the occasional big downdraft, and we had to remain keenly alert for rising terrain—as well as changes in the weather. While those conditions are continuing into 2011, signs are pointing to improvement.

Logbook entry

Article | Feb 01, 2011

Defend, innovate, grow. This is the rally call we’ve adopted at Cessna as we work through one of the most devastating down cycles in our company’s 83 years in business.

GA's supporters on Capitol Hill

Article | Oct 01, 2010

General aviation continues to face threats in Washington, D.C. There still is a need to remain vigilant on the matter of FAA funding, and other issues also require that GA have friends on Capitol Hill.

President's Position

Article | Oct 01, 2010

On the hustings—it’s a Middle English term not heard much outside the political arena. Over time, the phrase has come to mean a platform for speaking to an audience about matters of public policy.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

There’s something about summer excursions—they just seem to be more fun, more relaxed, than trips taken at other times of the year. Whether you take off on your own or are joined by your family, summer is a wonderful time to do a little exploring, go someplace new, and try something different.