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AOPA, FAA ease holiday travel headache in Massachusetts

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2014

While East Coast travelers faced challenging conditions in the air and on the ground leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, AOPA and the FAA worked quickly to ease general aviation pilots’ travel concerns stemming from a vice presidential TFR.

AOPA thanks TSA Administrator John Pistole for his service

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2014

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole announced Oct. 16 that he would retire from the helm of the agency on Dec. 31. According to the TSA, Pistole is the longest serving administrator the agency has had. His nomination to head the TSA was confirmed in 2010.

AOPA THANKS TSA ADMINISTRATOR JOHN PISTOLE FOR HIS SERVICE

News release | Oct 16, 2014

AOPA THANKS TSA ADMINISTRATOR JOHN PISTOLE FOR HIS SERVICE

CBP review promises better training and procedures

Advocacy | Oct 08, 2014

A top-down review of CBP's enforcement practices shows the agency has heard GA concerns, but AOPA will remain vigilant to protect pilot rights.

TFR to suspend flights at Maryland’s ‘DC-3’ airports

Advocacy | Jul 31, 2014

Operations at the so-called “DC-3 airports” in Maryland will be suspended Aug. 4 through 7 under a temporary flight restriction.

Small airport, huge losses

Article | Jul 16, 2014

Thieves working in the night carefully removed avionics from more than a dozen aircraft parked in hangars and on the ramp at Jerry Sumners Sr. Aurora Municipal Airport in Aurora, Missouri, taking something from nearly everyone.

Baker takes GA cause to Homeland Security secretary

Advocacy | Jun 27, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson June 26 to discuss issues important to general aviation pilots, particularly Customs and Border Protection stops of innocent pilots flying within U.S. borders.

President's trip to SoCal sparks TFRs

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Palm Springs, Anaheim, and Laguna Beach areas of Southern California June 13 through 16.

CBP to be 'more judicious' in stopping GA aircraft after AOPA applies pressure

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

Less than one month after AOPA President Mark Baker met with Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, CBP has publicly said that it will be more careful in targeting general aviation aircraft for search.

AOPA tells CBP commissioner to end GA stops

Advocacy | Apr 30, 2014

During a meeting April 30, AOPA President Mark Baker told the head of Customs and Border Protection that egregious encounters with general aviation pilots and aircraft must end.

No joy for some pilots flying into JYO

Advocacy | Apr 24, 2014

The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.

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.