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Massachusetts governor signs bill funding airports

Advocacy | Apr 23, 2014

AOPA and the Massachusetts Airport Management Association defeat an effort to cut $34 million from the Massachusetts transportation bond bill.

Calif. officials educated on proposed park overflights reg

Advocacy | Apr 22, 2014

AOPA met with key California legislative staffers to educate them on a proposed overflight of parks regulation.

GA proves its worth in whirlwind week

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2014

AOPA’s Central Southwest regional manager recently put GA’s utility to the test with a whirlwind trip covering four states, seven airports, and nine meetings.

Wisconsin governor signs aviation liability bill

Advocacy | Apr 16, 2014

Wisconsin’s governor has signed a bill adding aviation to an existing recreational-use statute.

Michigan group seeks support for medical exemption bill

Advocacy | Apr 10, 2014

The Michigan Aeronautics Commission is asking the FAA and the state’s congressional delegation to support legislation that would let more pilots fly without medical certification.

Hawaii seeks airport rules input

Advocacy | Apr 09, 2014

Pilots in Hawaii have a chance to help shape revisions to rules governing hangar use.

Washington governor signs tower bill

Advocacy | Apr 09, 2014

Meteorological evaluation towers (METs) are proliferating, and hard to spot. Washington has joined a growing list of states protecting pilots.

Aviation tax exemption becomes law in Wisconsin

Advocacy | Apr 03, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed an AOPA-backed aviation sales tax exemption into law that will save pilots and aircraft owners millions of dollars and keep business in the state.

Oklahoma poised to protect pilots

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2014

Legislation being considered in Oklahoma would require markings on meteorological towers that will make them more visible, and likely save lives.

Wisconsin passes money-saving legislation

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2014

Wisconsin lawmakers have passed AOPA-supported legislation to create a sales tax exemption for parts and labor used in aircraft maintenance.

AOPA seeks broader benefits from Michigan reforms

Article | Mar 20, 2014

AOPA is asking Michigan lawmakers to expand proposed tax cuts to include avgas and create a reliable funding stream to support the state’s aviation infrastructure.

AOPA works for Texas pilots

Article | Mar 19, 2014

Texas is certainly an aviation-minded state, though AOPA has still worked hard in recent years to keep the Lone Star skies friendly to general aviation.

Calif. Senate reviews recreational land-use liability bill

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2014

California’s Senate Judiciary Committee is mulling a measure to limit liability on recreational land use.

Missouri mulls aviation tax measure

Advocacy | Mar 18, 2014

The Missouri legislature is considering removing the expiration date on the aircraft parts tax exemption.

Indiana legislature passes aviation sales tax exemption bill

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2014

Companies performing aircraft maintenance in Indiana are a step closer to realizing a 7-percent sales tax exemption on parts used for aircraft maintenance.

Idaho governor signs airport land-use bill

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2014

The governor of Idaho has signed a bill requiring land-use planning agencies to consider airport needs.

Kansas advances tax relief

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2014

Tax relief legislation backed by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association is advancing in Kansas.

Money-saving tax law signed in New Mexico

Advocacy | Mar 10, 2014

A new law in New Mexico will exempt parts and labor used in aircraft maintenance from the gross receipts tax, saving aircraft owners millions.

Members urged to contact Washington state representatives

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2014

A bill to move aircraft tax revenues to the state aviation fund needs member support to get through the Washington State House.

Members urged to support Wisconsin tax exemption

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2014

AOPA is urging members in Wisconsin to contact their state legislators in support of a sales tax exemption that could save pilots millions.

San Diego finalizes rule to vet flight schools

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a rule imposing local certification requirements for flight schools training foreign students despite community opposition.

Nebraska seeks wind-test tower safety upgrade

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA is working to support a bill under consideration in Nebraska’s legislature to strengthen requirements for the anti-collision marking of temporary meteorological evaluation towers.