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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.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Actor Harrison Ford on the Hill Actor and avid pilot Harrison Ford shared his love of flying with members of the congressional general aviation caucuses on Capitol Hill in April and discussed the importance of GA to economic development, humanitarian efforts, and medical services. In a discussion with AOPA President Craig Fuller, caucus members, and industry leaders, Ford stressed the importance of sharing aviation with the next generation of pilots and preserving the American freedom to fly.

GA in the halls of Congress

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

When general aviation is threatened in Washington, D.C., legislators need to be informed and engaged. This happens effectively through a caucus, a group within a legislative body that shares a common interest.

'AOPA Pilot' Online

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

The Ultimate Cross-Country/Road Trip “Like a band of gypsies, we head on down the highway”—and skyway. It’s the Fun to Fly Road and Runway Rally and our intrepid editors headed south to Sun ’n Fun in an unofficial race that took the meaning out of the word race.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

You’ve heard me talk about the work being done through the GA caucuses in the House and Senate. Each caucus serves as a forum for senators and members of Congress to discuss the role of general aviation and the issues that affect the future of GA flying (see “GA in the Halls of Congress,”).

State of the Association: MISSION: engagement

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

The Earth had scarcely stopped shaking after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake—centered 15 miles west-southwest of its capital, Port-au-Prince, on January 12—when general aviation pilots in the United States began asking how they could help. Although Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince was overwhelmed, GA soon began ferrying medical supplies, relief workers, and other aid directly to Haiti’s smaller airports, including Cap-Haïtien and Jacmel.

President's Position: Join the force

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

All this year, we’ve been talking about getting engaged in aviation and the many simple ways we can all take action to protect our freedom to fly. Along the way I’ve discovered most of the AOPA members I meet don’t know about some of the most basic and vital tools we have for protecting aviation—AOPA’s three fundraising programs.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2010

On the first of February, the aviation community re-viewed the 2011 federal budget proposal offered by President Barack Obama and quickly learned that something amazing had happened. The $9.6 billion aviation user fee proposal hinted at during the previous year had vaporized.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

As January arrives, we launch ourselves into a new year and a new decade. And, I complete my first year in the left seat at AOPA (see “Pilot to Pilot: Aviation’s New Vision,”).

Election 2002

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

Since September 11, 2001, general aviation has faced major hurdles, including the months-long suspension of VFR operations in 30 major metropolitan areas nationwide. Much of the credit for breaking the impasse belongs to the sympathetic and able actions of legislators knowledgeable about general aviation.