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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 [] [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.


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.

First ADIZ public meeting this Thursday

Article | Nov 01, 2006

First ADIZ public meeting today Security officials likely to get an earful The first of two ADIZ public meetings that AOPA had pushed for is set to start today at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia, Maryland. The second is next week, January 18, at the Airport Marriott in Dulles, Virginia.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

AOPA Remains Concerned About Possibility of User Fees Although government officials have repeatedly said they would not impose "user fees" on general aviation, they have referred to a "cost-based revenue structure," which means users could be charged directly for what it costs the government to do business. Even if a new funding structure initially does not affect GA, the implementation of any user-fee system would pave the way for forcing fees on GA.


Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Flight of mistakes Regarding the article "Flight of Mistakes" (January Pilot), I found it both informative and interesting. If ever Murphy's law were to be validated, this series of events would do it.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Mineta Discusses ADIZ, User Fees at AOPA Expo Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced on November 3 that he directed the FAA to extend the comment period to February 6 and hold an AOPA-requested public meeting on its plan to make the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) permanent. Mineta's announcement, made during the opening general session of AOPA Expo 2005 in Tampa, came one day after the close of the original comment period.

AOPA tells TSA that air cargo regulations adversely impact GA

Article | Dec 01, 2005

AOPA tells TSA that air cargo regulations adversely impact GA Association suggests other ways to improve security Beware of unintended consequences. That's the warning AOPA sent to the Transportation Security Administration.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

The Washington, D.C., ADIZ is eight nautical miles from AOPA President Phil Boyer's home airport in Frederick, Maryland. In his book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, author Richard Bach, AOPA 200827, attempts to put forth the message "impossible is nothing." His small story, first published in 1970, has had a profound influence on many of us to become pilots, or appreciate the "bird-like" freedom of flight.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

AOPA issued a national pilot alert in October, asking every one of its more than 406,000 members to take action to prevent a future Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) from restricting the freedom to fly. AOPA believes the threat is so serious that it issued only its third national pilot alert in more than a decade.

Super Bowl TFR shuts out GA

Article | Nov 01, 2005

Super Bowl TFR shuts out GA Boaters, others have greater access This year's Super Bowl will be subject to unprecedented security measures — matching those given to President Bush when he travels. The Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, will be surrounded by a 10-nm no-fly zone and a de facto air defense identification zone (ADIZ) from 10 to 30 nm in which pilots must be on an active flight plan and "squawk and talk" with air traffic control.

Federal judge, former prosecutor nominated to head homeland security

Article | Nov 01, 2005

Federal judge, former prosecutor nominated to head homeland security Too soon to know how he'll approach GA President Bush on Tuesday announced the nomination of Judge Michael Chertoff as Homeland Security secretary in the White House Roosevelt Room (White House photo). President Bush on Tuesday nominated federal appeals court Judge Michael Chertoff to be secretary of Homeland Security, replacing Tom Ridge.

Air Safety Foundation flight instructor refresher courses to offer security awareness training

Article | Nov 01, 2005

Air Safety Foundation flight instructor refresher courses to offer security awareness training TSA orders training for all CFIs by January 18 All active flight instructors must complete TSA-mandated security awareness training by next Tuesday, January 18. To help CFIs comply, the AOPA Air Safety Foundation is adding the training at no additional cost to each of its Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics nationwide, starting this weekend.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2005

AOPA Opposes Proposal to Make Washington, D.C. - Area Flight Restrictions Permanent AOPA opposes an FAA proposal released in August that would codify flight restrictions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

AOPA President Phil Boyer flies his Cessna 172 from Frederick, Maryland. Lately members come up to me and comment, "Boy, am I glad I don't have your job!" They are usually referring to the rash of airspace incursions in the Washington, D.C., area or one of the recent airport security issues.

TSA adopts several AOPA suggestions on alien flight training/citizenship validation rule

Article | Jun 01, 2005

TSA adopts several AOPA suggestions on alien flight training/citizenship validation rule Reduces, but doesn't eliminate, rule hassles What it means to you U.S. citizen: You must prove citizenship before beginning primary, instrument, or multiengine training in an aircraft under 12,500 pounds.