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Washington governor signs tower bill

Advocacy | Apr 09, 2014

Meteorological evaluation towers (METs) are proliferating, and hard to spot. Washington has joined a growing list of states protecting pilots.

Oklahoma poised to protect pilots

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2014

Legislation being considered in Oklahoma would require markings on meteorological towers that will make them more visible, and likely save lives.

Nebraska seeks wind-test tower safety upgrade

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA is working to support a bill under consideration in Nebraska’s legislature to strengthen requirements for the anti-collision marking of temporary meteorological evaluation towers.

Colorado House considers bill to mark, light METs

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2014

A bill in Colorado would require meteorological evaluation towers taller than 50 feet agl to be marked and lit.

Washington state legislature mulls tower marking bill

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2014

Washington state’s legislature is considering a bill to require the marking and lighting of towers more than 25 feet agl.

Wind farm could be hazard to VFR flights

Advocacy | Feb 23, 2012

AOPA is urging the FAA to find that 130 wind turbines proposed for Nantucket Sound near Cotuit, Mass., would pose a hazard to the many low-altitude VFR flights between three area airports. The turbines could also disrupt local radar service, AOPA said.

Google Earth helps tackle Kansas airport obstructions

Advocacy | Jul 14, 2011

A new online tool that works with Google Earth is helping the Kansas Department of Transportation and airport advocates work to avoid the construction of structures that could prove dangerous to aviation.

Wind turbines proposed near Nevada airports

Advocacy | Jul 14, 2011

AOPA is asking members to comment on the possible impact of a proposed wind farm installation near two Carson City, Nev., airports.

Obstructions removed from Georgia airport's approach path

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2009

When a utility company erected two unlit poles under the approach path to Griffin Spalding Airport¿s Runway 32 in March, Dan Gryder did what an AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer (ASNV) should: He reported it to AOPA. The association immediately jumped into action to help resolve the issue.into action to help resolve the issue.

Part 77 obstruction rules might adversely affect GA airports, says AOPA

Article | Sep 22, 2006

Part 77 obstruction rules might adversely affect GA airports, says AOPA AOPA is recommending some additional changes to the FAA's update of airspace protection regulations (Part 77) to protect smaller general aviation airports. "AOPA generally supports the changes the FAA has proposed, but there are some things that might have a negative affect on GA airports," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services.