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Obstacle-marking bill clears Michigan House

Advocacy | Nov 03, 2015

A Michigan bill that would require the marking and registration of towers used to gather weather information has passed the state House of Representatives.

Michigan weather towers threaten pilot safety

Advocacy | Oct 07, 2015

AOPA testified in support of Michigan legislation requiring the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers to preserve the safety of pilots.

Federal law would preempt Michigan drone rules

Advocacy | Sep 16, 2015

State legislatures should let the FAA address management challenges in the National Airspace System despite local concerns about drone flights, AOPA said.

Friend of GA takes leadership role in California Senate

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2015

A longtime AOPA member and co-chair of the California Aviation Caucus has taken on the influential role of Senate Republican Leader for the state.

President's Position: It's the little things

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

We spend a lot of time around here talking about the big issues—FAA reauthorization, third class medical reform, and user fees.

Airport funding makes gains in Washington state

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2015

Aircraft excise taxes collected by the State of Washington will exclusively fund airport improvement projects under a transportation appropriations bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Tax fight renewed

Advocacy | Jul 29, 2015

AOPA and other industry groups are sounding familiar refrains in opposition to the return of a proposed repeal of aviation tax exemptions.

Ohio expands airport grants after funding increase

Advocacy | Jul 28, 2015

Ohio has announced a significant expansion of its fiscal year 2016 airport grant program, the result of funds being added to aviation programs during negotiations over the new state budget.

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.


News release | Jun 17, 2015


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.