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Senate passes FAA reauthorization

Advocacy | Apr 19, 2016

The Senate has passed FAA reauthorization legislation, including third class medical reform.

FAA reauthorization debated in Senate

Advocacy | Apr 07, 2016

The full Senate has begun debating FAA reauthorization, passing amendments designed to increase security and rejecting a proposal to prevent airlines from shrinking seats.

Senate passes amended FAA funding extension

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2016

The Senate has passed an amended version of a House bill to keep the FAA running through July 15, but changes introduced in the Senate mean the measure must now return to the House for final approval before it can become law.

FAA reauthorization moves to full Senate

Advocacy | Mar 16, 2016

Legislation to reauthorize the FAA through the 2017 fiscal year moves to the full Senate after passing the Senate Commerce Committee on March 16.

House passes FAA funding extension

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2016

The House has passed an extension to keep the FAA running through July 15 and collecting excise taxes on fuel through March 2017.

Next steps for medical reform

Advocacy | Jan 14, 2016

With Congress back in session, the question on the minds of many pilots is, “What’s next for third class medical reform?”

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.

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.

Senate committee to review medical reform

Article | Dec 07, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has set Dec. 9 to review the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2.

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.

Medical reform legislation set for markup

Advocacy | Nov 11, 2015

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has set Nov. 18 as the date to move the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2.

Support for medical reform continues to grow

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2015

Efforts to move medical reform legislation through Congress continue as support for the measure, known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, grows steadily.

AOPA says medical reform is closer than ever before

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2015

As support for the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 wins co-sponsors

Advocacy | Sep 19, 2015

The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 has achieved a potentially important milestone, with 67 senators signing on as co-sponsors of the bill to reform the third class medical process and provide legal protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions.

Larger issues could delay medical reform, reauthorization

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2015

Ongoing controversy over issues including the debt ceiling, funding for the federal government, and the Iran nuclear deal are likely to delay both FAA reauthorization and third class medical reform, AOPA leaders said.

Member help still needed on medical reform

Advocacy | Jul 30, 2015

Although Congress is about to break for its August recess, AOPA members should keep calling their elected officials and asking them to co-sponsor the Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2), said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Coon.

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.

FAA administrator appears at Oshkosh

Advocacy | Jul 23, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta delivered an hour-long address at EAA AirVenture on July 23 that said little about the subjects general aviation pilots care most about: third class medical reform, avgas, and streamlining certification rules for aircraft manufacturers.

Medical reform could be added to highway bill

Advocacy | Jul 22, 2015

An amendment to the Senate highway bill that includes third class medical reform language has been filed by Sens. Joe Manchin and John Boozman.