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Bills to improve safety, save money advance in Texas

Advocacy | May 07, 2015

Bills to mark and register meteorological evaluation towers, expand a tax exemption for aircraft maintenance, provide free state airport directories, and continue to provide a sale-for-resale tax exemption for leased aircraft, top AOPA's priorities in Texas.

AOPA at work on Iowa legislation

Advocacy | May 06, 2015

AOPA is hard at work in Iowa where the association is trying to pass legislation to save flight schools money and protect airports from encroachment.

AOPA advances GA-friendly legislation in Missouri

Advocacy | May 06, 2015

AOPA met with lawmakers to advocate for bills to specifically include aviation in Missouri’s recreational-use statute and create a fly-away exemption.

Doolittle Raiders celebrate honor, say goodbye to friends

Article | May 06, 2015

It took 72 years, 11 months, 28 days, and an act of Congress, but the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders finally received the Congressional Gold Medal for their heroic raid bombing Japan's mainland in 1942.

State legislators to learn benefits of GA in webinar

Advocacy | Apr 28, 2015

Members of the National Conference of State Legislatures will learn about the economic impact general aviation has on jobs and the economy at the local, state, and national levels during a webinar May 1.

Oklahoma bill limits wind turbines' encroachment

Advocacy | Apr 28, 2015

An Oklahoma bill should enhance flight safety by setting a minimum mile-and-a-half distance from airports for the construction of new wind-energy turbines.

Event launches Colorado’s spring flying season

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2015

Colorado aviators came together to strengthen ties, enhance safety of flight, and enjoy each other’s company in an annual meet-and-greet event at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.

NY tax exemption saves aircraft owners thousands

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2015

New Yorkers who are considering buying an aircraft that will be based in the state can save at least 4 percent starting Sept. 1 since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption as part of the new state budget.

Controversial fee increases defeated in North Dakota

Advocacy | Apr 14, 2015

Legislation that would have cost AOPA members in North Dakota up to $175,000 in total increased aircraft registration charges has failed in the state Senate.

Oregon advances airfield protection

Article | Apr 14, 2015

A bill that would clarify protections for landowners who allow aircraft operations advanced in Oregon, unopposed in the state House of Representatives.

Bad bills beaten back in New Mexico

Advocacy | Apr 08, 2015

New Mexico will not increase taxes on aviation fuels and divert the fresh funds to other parts of the state budget, thanks in part to AOPA's protests of proposed legislation.

States value aviation

Advocacy | Apr 07, 2015

States across the country are again declaring the value of aviation, including jobs and other economic benefits that aviation creates or makes possible.

Aviation tax cut included in NY budget

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2015

After more than a decade of advocacy, a hard-won aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption has passed the New York legislature as part of a new budget.

Michigan liability protection bill clears House committee

Advocacy | Mar 25, 2015

A bill to provide liability protection for Michigan landowners who permit public use of their airstrips for recreational aviation has gained a legislative committee's approval.

Zoning threatens Washington airport

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2015

AOPA is working with local residents in Eatonville, Washington, to prevent changes to a development plan that would adversely affect Swanson Airport.

NY event focuses on aviation funding, competitiveness

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

More aviation jobs, a competitive tax structure, and a fully funded airport improvement program were objectives pressed at an Aviation Advocacy Day event in Albany, New York.

Tax exemption, liability protection bills backed in Missouri

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2015

Missouri aircraft dealers would sell more aircraft to out-of-state purchasers if lawmakers pass a bill exempting the sales from state sales-and-use taxes, AOPA said.

Aviation bills backed in Texas

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A series of bills that would protect pilots, aviation businesses, and landowners who welcome aviators are under consideration in Texas.

Oregon aviation groups back fuel-tax increase

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Influential members of Oregon’s aviation community have thrown their support behind proposed tax legislation that would provide about $8.5 million in additional revenue for airports.

Protecting access in Michigan

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill to protect private landowners who allow aircraft operations, and, in turn, protect backcountry access for aviators.

Illinois bill would lower aviation taxes, support airports

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2015

A bill introduced in the Illinois Senate Feb. 18 would expand an aircraft maintenance sales tax exemption, lower taxes on aviation fuel, and dedicate fuel tax revenue to fund airport improvements.

Nevada lawmakers take up tax-abatement bill

Advocacy | Feb 26, 2015

AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.