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Baker, a self-proclaimed 'airport kid,' sets tone for AOPA

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Like many of the hundreds of pilots packed in the ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas Oct. 10, AOPA President Mark Baker was an “airport kid.”

Fuller questions FAA support for third-class medical exemption

Article | Apr 13, 2013

Reporting on a recent meeting with FAA Administration Michael Huerta, AOPA President Craig Fuller said support in the agency for the third-class medical certificate exemption seemed to be waning. “High-level FAA staffers told us the exemption was not a priority for the agency,” Fuller said, referring to a meeting earlier between FAA executives and leadership teams from AOPA and EAA.

Hightower out at EAA

Article | Oct 22, 2012

In a surprise move, Experimental Aircraft Association President and CEO Rod Hightower stepped down on Oct. 22 and newly elevated EAA Chairman Jack Pelton agreed to run the 175,000-member organization on an interim basis

Pilots voice support for medical petition

Advocacy | Sep 27, 2012

The FAA received more than 16,000 comments on the petition by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association for an exemption that would give pilots who fly recreationally the option of getting a third class medical or instead participating in a recurrent online education program that would educate them how better to self-assess their fitness to fly.

Medical petition comment period closing

Advocacy | Aug 29, 2012

An extended comment period closes Sept. 14, with thousands of pilots having already made the case for easing the burden of a third-class medical. But AOPA is urging those who haven't yet expressed their support to submit comments soon.

Broad support for medical petition at AirVenture

Advocacy | Aug 02, 2012

Many pilots and aviation supporters who attended EAA AirVenture took the opportunity to submit comments to the FAA on the AOPA/Experimental Aircraft Association medical petition, which would allow pilots to fly recreationally under certain conditions by completing an online medical awareness course, performing self-assessment before every flight, and using their driver's license in lieu of a third class medical.

AOPA, EAA brief pilots on medical exemption request

Advocacy | Jul 26, 2012

AOPA and Experimental Aircraft Association staff outlined their efforts to help pilots bypass the "treadmill of bureaucracy" that can accompany the medical certification process in a forum at EAA AirVenture July 24.

Log support for AOPA/EAA medical petition at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Attendees at EAA AirVenture can stop by the AOPA Tent to express support for a request by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association that would reduce the burden of the third class medical.

New chance to comment on medical petition

Advocacy | Jul 09, 2012

More than 14,000 pilots made their voices heard under a tight deadline to comment on a joint petition by AOPA and EAA to allow pilots to fly under certain circumstances without being required to hold a third-class medical certificate. The FAA has now granted more time for pilots to speak up, and explain to regulators how medical self-certification informed by knowledge gained from an online course will enhance operational safety while eliminating a significant burden for many pilots.

More time for medical exemption comments sought

Advocacy | Jul 05, 2012

AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association are seeking a 70-day extension to the comment period for the medical exemption request that would allow pilots to complete an online medical awareness course, do a self-assessment before every flight, and use their driver's license in lieu of a third class medical to fly some of the most popular aircraft on the market during day-VFR conditions. The comment period for the medical exemption petition officially ended July 2, and the FAA has not yet granted the request for addition time to comment.