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Advocacy advances aviation in Kansas, New Mexico

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2016

AOPA has been hard at work advocating for general aviation at events in Kansas and New Mexico.

Aviation policy in spotlight at Indiana sessions

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2016

AOPA joined with other aviation organizations at an Aerospace and Aviation Day event at the Indiana Statehouse to press policymakers to strengthen aviation funding.

Pilots: Ask Maryland legislators to lower cost of flying

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2016

A bill that would exempt aircraft repair and upgrade parts from sales tax in Maryland will be heard by the state Budget and Taxation Committee Feb. 3.

Bill would add Wright Flyer to Ohio state seal

Advocacy | Jan 27, 2016

Ohio is the birthplace of heavier-than-air powered flight, and should add the Wright Flyer to the state seal, says one lawmaker.

Pilots get chance to meet with state legislators

Advocacy | Jan 21, 2016

AOPA members have the opportunity to meet with state legislators in New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa to discuss aviation issues and initiatives in their states.

Maryland bills will reduce cost of flying, help shops compete

Advocacy | Jan 12, 2016

Two bills introduced by Maryland lawmakers would lower the cost of flying and help local aircraft repair businesses compete with shops in neighboring states.

Ohio seaplane pilots want equal access

Advocacy | Jan 07, 2016

Ohio seaplane pilots who are facing a battle for permission to land on waterways brought their concerns to lawmakers to continue a dialogue they hope will benefit pilots, the state, and the aviation community.

AOPA urges tower data sharing

Advocacy | Jan 06, 2016

AOPA urged Texas transportation officials to ensure that information about towers used for meteorological monitoring is shared as widely as possible.

Big issues, steady progress highlight 2015 advocacy

Article | Dec 29, 2015

Addressing the big issues that will affect the way we fly for decades to come requires a big commitment, and 2015 has been a year marked by steady progress on some of the biggest issues of all.

Michigan legislature approves aviation funding reform

Advocacy | Dec 21, 2015

Michigan's lawmakers have taken "a huge step in the right direction" by passing AOPA-supported legislation to reform state aviation funding.

FAA issues flight advisory for State of Union Address

Advocacy | Dec 18, 2015

The FAA has issued a flight advisory to notify pilots that restrictions will be in effect Jan. 12 during the State of the Union Address.

Third class medical reform FAQs

Advocacy | Dec 09, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever before, but it’s a complex issue and we know you have questions. Here are our answers to the most common questions we’re being asked about third class medical reform.

Aviation funding reform plan clears Michigan Senate

Advocacy | Dec 08, 2015

Michigan would free up millions of dollars to invest in its aviation system under a funding reform plan passed by the state Senate.

Tax-law changes spur Missouri’s aviation economy

Advocacy | Dec 08, 2015

Missouri’s aviation sector is seeing a surge in activity driven by two tax-law changes.

Closer than ever

Article | Nov 18, 2015

Third class medical reform is closer than ever. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the coming changes, updated Nov. 18 based on the latest developments.

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.