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Developer cancels plans for power plant near Oregon airport

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2016

A developer has dropped controversial plans to build a large energy plant near Oregon’s Portland-Troutdale Airport. Safety concerns led AOPA and local pilot groups to actively oppose the plan for more than four years.

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.

Texas seeks comments on tower-marking rules

Advocacy | Nov 23, 2015

The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed rules for enforcing a flight-safety law passed this year requiring the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers.

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.

Oregon pilots celebrate good news on Salem Class D airspace

Advocacy | Sep 22, 2015

Salem, Oregon, pilots operating at Independence State Airport are celebrating after protests caused the FAA to think twice about doubling the Class D airspace for neighboring McNary Field Airport.

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.

Tower threatens decades-old family airfield

Advocacy | Jun 08, 2015

Randy Craft fights to keep a telecommunications tower from closing his family’s 40-year-old airfield and AOPA weighs in to help.

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.

Oklahoma bill limits wind turbines' encroachment

Advocacy | Apr 28, 2015

An Oklahoma bill should enhance flight safety by setting a minimum mile-and-a-half distance from airports for the construction of new wind-energy turbines.