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AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

GA leaders seek relief for losses from TFRs Six association presidents have requested that the Transportation Security Administration work with general aviation on ways to reduce business losses sustained under airspace restrictions during presidential travel. In a letter to TSA Administrator John H.

FAA’s flight-tracking plan puts security, privacy at risk

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2011

AOPA is urging the FAA to reconsider plans to curtail pilots' use of a program that shields information about their flights from public view.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

NATIONAL ACTION TSA to AOPA: Security program won’t target small airports The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confirmed that a new proposal for general aviation security will not target small airports; instead, the proposal will focus on aircraft. During the American Association of Airport Executives Aviation Security Summit in Arlington, Virginia, TSA Assistant Administrator John Sammon said that a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking working its way through the TSA would reflect the input from AOPA and other GA stakeholders shared in industry working-group meetings held last year.

GA's supporters on Capitol Hill

Article | Oct 01, 2010

General aviation continues to face threats in Washington, D.C. There still is a need to remain vigilant on the matter of FAA funding, and other issues also require that GA have friends on Capitol Hill.

DOT reports on medical information security, data-sharing

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2010

A report from the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General has identified 15 recommendations for improving the security of airmen's medical information and the process of identifying pilots with current medical certificates who are receiving disability pay.

AOPA security training gets nod

Article | Apr 01, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration has begun directing flight instructors and flight school employees to AOPA's “GA Security” online course for initial and yearly recurrent security awareness training.

Brownback cautions against restrictions on GA

Advocacy | Mar 01, 2010

As lawmakers and regulators consider the proper response to the Feb. 18 crash of a Piper Cherokee into an office building in Austin, Texas, a supporter of general aviation in Congress says unnecessary restrictions on GA are not the answer.

House seeks to rein in emergency security directives

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2009

The TSA could have to clear a checkpoint, so to speak, if Congress gets its way. A bill introduced in the House Sept. 30 would modify the TSA’s authority to issue security directives using emergency procedures.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

NATIONAL Senate FAA reauthorization would speed ADS-B equipage by Sarah Brown An FAA reauthorization bill introduced in the Senate in July would set the course for modernization of the national airspace system and fund the FAA for the next two years without the introduction of user fees. The two-year authorization would focus on the acceleration of NextGen air traffic control modernization, including establishing deadlines for the adoption of GPS technology such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

Congress congratulates AOPA on turning 70 The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a resolution congratulating AOPA on reaching its seventieth anniversary, and commending the association for seven decades of work on behalf of America’s general aviation pilots and aircraft owners.

GA must stand united, Congressmen say

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

All segments of general aviation - from business aviation to light sport aviation—must stand united in the fight against user fees, said Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) during an open legislative forum Aug. 1 at EAA AirVenture.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

General Aviation Serves America AOPA has kept membership dues low, just $39 a year for the past 19 years. We’re proud of that record, but it also means we need to ask for your help when we face major challenges, as we do today.

Time to renew your TSA security awareness training?

Article | Apr 01, 2009

Spring is in the air, and many of us want to get back into flying or start flying. For a flight instructor, spring begins a busy flying season.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Aviation gets $3 billion in proposed stimulus package Plans for a proposed economic stimulus package will include money for aviation infrastructure, specifically for airport improvements, according to an executive summary of the House Democrats’ stimulus legislation recently released by House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.). AOPA has strongly encouraged lawmakers to include general aviation in any economic stimulus proposal, raising the issue with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team as far back as November of last year.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

TSA chief acknowledges GA industry is security conscious During an aviation security hearing recently before the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation, Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley said that there is a strong general aviation community that is security conscious and is cognizant of its security responsibilities. Airport Watch, the AOPA/TSA initiative, encourages GA pilots to “Lock Up.

Answers for Pilots: Lock 'em up!

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

The recent years of heightened security have impacted many aspects of our lives, and general aviation has gotten its share of scrutiny. There are 19,000 general aviation landing facilities in the United States—from grass strips to metropolitan airports—that fill a vital role in air transportation and the national economy, and each airport has its own unique security needs.

AOPA urges pilots to be on high alert during Super Bowl

Article | Feb 01, 2008

AOPA urges pilots to be on high alert during Super Bowl Don’t risk making a mistake that draws negative media attention to the general aviation community. Security measures and temporary flight restrictions will be in place before, during, and after the Super Bowl.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Check out these portable security devices Who imagined that small airplanes would ever be feared as "weapons of mass destruction?" Did anyone ever foresee the day when would-be pilots would learn the rudiments of flying using a computer-based flight-training program and be emboldened enough to head for a local airport, break into a light airplane and take off on a joyride? In years past, airport lore described less strenuous times when devil-may-care fellows "borrowed" a friend's airplane as a lark—and there was even a day in the past when a crop duster pilot "moved" a company airplane until his paycheck cleared the bank—but times have changed, and this small-airplane-as-weapon business is a song of a different beat. Airplane security—and airport security—is much more important now than it has ever been.

Loran notice

Article | Nov 01, 2007

[Federal Register: January 8, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 4)] [Notices] [Page 796-797] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:fr08ja07-82] ======================================================================= ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [USCG-2006-24685] Long Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN) Program; Office of Navigation and Spectrum Management AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS, Office of the Secretary, DOT. ACTION: Notice; request for public comments.

Letters

Article | Sep 01, 2007

Beyond the border I enjoyed the article on the use of Predator UAVs by Homeland Security ("Beyond the Border," July Pilot), but I couldn't help thinking that the same mission could be performed in a much more cost-effective manner using a FLIR (forward looking infrared camera) equipped general aviation aircraft. The military uses UAVs primarily because they can loiter over "bad guy country" for long periods of time without risking a pilot or requiring the extensive support (suppression of air defenses, armed search and rescue on call, escorts, tankers) that manned aircraft need.

New Airport Watch signs pop up across country

Article | Apr 01, 2007

New Airport Watch signs pop up across country AOPA is kicking off the new year with a push to remind pilots to "lock up and look out" by following Airport Watch tips every time they go to the airport — whether they are flying or shooting the breeze. The association is mailing new Airport Watch signs to nearly 5,300 public-use airports across the country for display at prominent entry points to the facilities.

First 100 hours legislative dash includes aviation security

Article | Apr 01, 2007

First 100 hours legislative dash includes aviation security Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) accepts the speaker's gavel from Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Federal officials hear pilots' ire at first ADIZ public meeting

Article | Dec 01, 2006

Federal officials hear pilots' ire at first ADIZ public meeting Doug Gould (FAA) and Col. Randy Morris (Department of Defense), two of the 10 federal officials facing pilots detailing ADIZ problems at the public meeting Thursday.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

AOPA Legal Counselor John S. Yodice has been a pilot for more than 35 years and owns a Cessna 310.