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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.

Aviation groups bring safety, cost concerns to Iowa lawmakers

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2015

Eliminating unnecessary cost burdens for flight training providers and assuring obstruction-free land development around airports were among legislative priorities that AOPA raised with Iowa lawmakers.

Power plant a hazard

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2015

AOPA has added the voice of the world’s largest pilot group to the chorus of those opposed to a Connecticut power plant plan.

Tower-marking rules approved in Oklahoma

Advocacy | Dec 30, 2014

Oklahoma’s new rules will require the marking, painting, and flagging of towers that are at least 50 feet high.

Proposed hotel too tall for site near Maryland airport

Advocacy | Nov 25, 2014

AOPA has urged College Park, Maryland, to make approval of a hotel construction project near the city airport conditional on reducing the building’s height.

Final approval sought for Oklahoma tower-marking rules

Advocacy | Nov 18, 2014

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has adopted emergency rules to require the marking of meteorological evaluation towers.

Oklahoma to finalize tower-marking rules

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

AOPA is strongly supporting an emergency rulemaking proceeding that will allow the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission to finalize rules for marking meteorological evaluation towers.

Oklahoma governor signs tower marking bill

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a revised bill that will regulate the appearance of meteorological evaluation towers less than 200 feet tall.

Colorado mandates tower marking

Advocacy | May 22, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed on May 17 legislation that will require marking of towers less than 200 feet tall.

Colorado considers tower marking

Advocacy | Apr 23, 2014

Colorado is poised to join a growing list of states taking action to protect pilots from a hard-to-see hazard: unmarked meteorological towers.

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.