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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.

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.

Pilots urged to be on alert during California manhunt

Article | Feb 09, 2013

Authorities are asking for the aviation community's help in the search for a former Los Angeles police officer accused of killing three people and injuring others.

Response, lessons learned from sheriff in glider arrest

Article | Jan 17, 2013

Law enforcement officers who arrested a glider pilot for flying legally in airspace over a nuclear power plant were not familiar with operations of that type of aircraft, and some made mistaken assumptions about the airspace over the plant, the sheriff told AOPA after the incident drew criticism from pilots.

Secret 'no-fly zone'?

Article | Jan 10, 2013

Robin Fleming was arrested for breach of peace after flying his sailplane over the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station at an altitude of 1,518 feet msl—by his estimates, about 1,000 feet over the power plant’s dome. Why?

TFRs set for GOP convention in Tampa

Advocacy | Aug 23, 2012

The FAA has issued a flight advisory notifying pilots of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that will be in effect Aug. 26 to 30 associated with the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Flight schools shouldn’t be scapegoat for foreign student vetting

Advocacy | Jul 19, 2012

A Government Accountability Office report released July 18 indicates that foreign students in the United States received flight training--and earned their pilot certificate--even though some had entered the country illegally or had overstayed their authorized period. The breakdown in oversight occurred from a lack of communication among governmental agencies, not a lack of compliance from flight training providers, AOPA says.

House urges curb on TSA ‘emergency’ rules

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

The House has called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to curb its use of emergency authority to impose long-term security regulations and directives not tied to a specific threat.

WTOP report misled on aviation security

Advocacy | Jun 06, 2012

AOPA and five other aviation associations represent the bulk of those who make and fly general aviation aircraft, and work closely with security officials and the FAA to keep aviation safe.

Access solution emerging in Grand Junction

Advocacy | May 22, 2012

General aviation tenants facing constrained access under security rules at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport expressed hope that progress is emerging from months of negotiations with officials.

Senators to DHS: Expedite repair-station rule

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must promptly complete its rules covering aircraft repair station security - freeing aircraft manufacturers to compete and releasing the FAA from a ban on certifying foreign repair facilities, said members of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Fuller: Protect GPS from current, future threats

Advocacy | Feb 08, 2012

A conditional approval of LightSquared's use of the mobile satellite spectrum in 2011 put GPS signals at risk of dangerous interference, but Congress has the power to protect GPS from present and future threats, AOPA President Craig Fuller told a House subcommittee Feb. 8.