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CBP actions draw media attention

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2014

The recent warrantless stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.

FBOs report new inquiries from CBP

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2014

FBOs nationwide report a sudden increase in the number of calls from law enforcement asking for information about general aviation flights and pilots.

AOPA asks CBP head to investigate stops

Article | Mar 13, 2014

AOPA is asking the newly confirmed head of Customs and Border Protection to investigate the ongoing stops of general aviation aircraft that are being made without probable cause or reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.

FAA issues VIP TFRs for southeast Florida

Advocacy | Mar 03, 2014

The FAA has issued VIP TFRs covering Southeast Florida, including Miami.

San Diego finalizes rule to vet flight schools

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a rule imposing local certification requirements for flight schools training foreign students despite community opposition.

Senators ask DHS for more complete answers about CBP stops

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security has answered some questions about the monitoring, stops, and searches of general aviation aircraft, but Senate GA Caucus members are seeking more information.

Calif. county orders security checks

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

San Diego County in California is moving forward an ordinance that creates a significant new burden for flight schools.

Fighting for your freedom

Pilot Magazine | Jan 23, 2014

After a routine flight, you land at your destination, taxi to the ramp—and then you’re unexpectedly approached by more than half a dozen armed law enforcement officers, including a couple with rifles in hand.

TFR advisory issued for State of the Union address

Advocacy | Jan 17, 2014

The FAA has issued a flight advisory about restrictions in connection with the 2014 State of the Union Address on Jan. 28.

New repair station security rule reflects AOPA concerns

Advocacy | Jan 16, 2014

A new security rule for repair stations handling large aircraft reflects concerns AOPA raised as far back as 2009.

House passes bill giving GA input on TSA plans

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2013

The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.

Senators demand answers from DHS, CBP

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2013

Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.

Senators demand details on GA stops

Article | Oct 31, 2013

Senators sent a strongly worded letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding records of aircraft stops, and opposing searches of domestic general aviation flights.

Colorado pilots receive Sharples award for advocacy efforts

Article | Oct 10, 2013

When Colorado’s Grand Junction Regional Airport took ill-conceived stances on security, leasing, and other issues that were negatively impacting general aviation access to the airport, Dave Shepard and Steve Wood stepped up to protect pilots’ rights.

Graves: IG report 'vital' to probe of pilot searches

Article | Oct 03, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security should await an inspector general's investigation into stops and searches of general aviation pilots by Customs and Border Protection agents.

Congress seeks investigation into CBP searches

Article | Sep 12, 2013

AOPA President Mark Baker is seeking support from Congress over Customs and Border Protection stops and searches of domestic GA flights.

Number of searches falls in face of questions

Article | Sep 12, 2013

The number of pilots being stopped and searched by Customs and Border Protection officials appears to be on the decline after AOPA raises questions about the agency's actions.

New San Francisco banner-towing ban usurps FAA authority

Article | Aug 01, 2013

A new San Francisco ordinance prohibits using aircraft “to display any sign or advertising device” above the America’s Cup boat races.

Leadership vacuum complicates correcting CBP excesses

Article | Jul 18, 2013

A lack of oversight may have allowed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to overstep the bounds of its police functions.

AOPA building case against customs

Article | Jun 27, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have responded to AOPA with a call from the Freedom of Information Office, promising to explore the delay in responding to AOPA’s letter to acting Customs Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. AOPA isn’t waiting for answers and is building a case against CBP to take the issue to the next level.

Fresh reports of aircraft searches, CBP has little to say

Article | May 23, 2013

AOPA coverage of general aviation aircraft searches conducted by federal officials prompted similar reports, but the government has yet to explain the practice.

Pilot detained, searched for mysterious reasons

Article | May 16, 2013

A routine stop led to an extensive search of aircraft and occupants, a practice that may be becoming a (troubling) routine.

AOPA announces Airport Watch program to national audience in Washington, D.C.

Article | Mar 25, 2013

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Internationalbrief

Article | Mar 24, 2013

Brief: Modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights The modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights goes into effect on Dec. 18 and becomes mandatory on May 18, 2009.

TSA chief urged to break security plan impasse

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

Restrictive security rules in effect at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport have choked off access to general aviation facilities, killing off businesses and driving other tenants from the premises, said AOPA and elected officials in letters urging the head of the Transportation Security Administration to intercede in stalled local efforts to fix the problem.