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Urgent action needed to support medical reform; ALPA actively opposed

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2015

Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.

Aviation sector to benefit from Nevada tax change

Advocacy | Jul 15, 2015

A new law gives Nevada aviation businesses and potential entrepreneurs the opportunity to seek tax abatements on aircraft and components.

New tax law encourages aircraft purchasers to buy in Missouri

Article | Jul 09, 2015

An AOPA-backed aircraft tax exemption for out-of-state buyers will help boost Missouri’s economic engine and benefit aircraft mechanics and pilots considering the purchase of Missouri-based aircraft.

Airports to benefit from tax revenue in Washington state

Advocacy | Jul 09, 2015

A revenue bill signed by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee contains a provision ensuring that money collected from aviation excise taxes will fund airport grants.

Iowa lawmakers back trio of GA bills in overtime session

Article | Jul 07, 2015

A trio of measures benefiting Iowa and its pilots passed the General Assembly in June before lawmakers gaveled their 2015 session to a close. Five extra weeks of wrangling produced three AOPA-backed bills clarifying aviation education, land use, and development in the state.

Aviation funding gets needed boost in Ohio

Advocacy | Jul 07, 2015

Ohio’s new $71 billion state budget contains a “significant” increase in funding for airport projects.

Pilots flock to South Carolina's Southeast Aviation Expo

Article | Jul 02, 2015

AOPA joined the South Carolina Aviation Association at its pilot-focused 2015 Southeast Aviation Expo for some Southern hospitality, education, and entertainment.

Pro-GA bills protect pilots, fund airports in Michigan

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2015

General aviation pilots in Michigan are poised to benefit from a windfall of pro-GA bills working their way through the state legislature.

New Texas laws benefit GA

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a number of general-aviation-friendly bills into law after the state legislature adjourned June 1.

Oregon private airfield owners get protection with new law

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

Oregon becomes the twenty-seventh state to protect airstrip owners from liability after an AOPA-backed bill was signed into law, opening doors to recreational opportunities and increased public access.

AOPA-BACKED TAX RELIEF BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

News release | Jun 17, 2015

AOPA-BACKED TAX RELIEF BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Florida business aviators consider GA caucus

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

Florida is considering establishing a state general aviation caucus and alliance to champion and promote Sunshine State aviators and their businesses.

Bay State eyes aircraft tax

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

General aviation advocates have banded together against a proposed return of aircraft taxes, the removal of which in 2002 sparked a Massachusetts aviation boom.

AOPA-backed tax exemption signed into law

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed an AOPA-backed bill to remove a 6 percent sales tax on maintenance performed on general aviation aircraft.

Ohio budget amendment would protect aviation dollars

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

An Ohio Senate Finance Committee amendment to the state's operating budget bill would ensure that airport improvement funds are not diverted to other purposes.

Nebraska trims tax

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

Nebraska lawmakers have approved a $10,000 tangible personal property tax exemption for business aircraft.

South Carolina axes aircraft maintenance tax

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

South Carolina pilots can soon fly a little farther: An aviation-friendly bill that passed the state House and Senate eliminates sales tax from general aviation aircraft maintenance.

Law strengthens tower marking requirements

Advocacy | Jun 01, 2015

Pilots in Nebraska will soon have additional protection under a new law that adds teeth to requirements for marking meteorological evaluation towers (METs).

Oregon advances private airfield protection

Article | May 28, 2015

Oregon lawmakers have moved a bill out of committee that would protect private airfield owners from liability.

Land-use regs protect airports in Snohomish, Washington

Article | May 28, 2015

Snohomish County in Washington has revised land-use regulations to improve airport compatibility and protections.

Tower-marking bill signed in Texas

Advocacy | May 27, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill to require the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers, a known hazard to aviation.

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.