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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.