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2004 AOPA Annual Report

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

AOPA puts a powerful team to work for members every day As I come to work each day, I am inspired by the team of professionals that has created the world's largest aviation association. As strategist and author Lance Secretan has said, "Leadership is about inspiration — of oneself and of others....

Washington ADIZ will close to GA during presidential inauguration

Article | Apr 01, 2005

Washington ADIZ will close to GA during presidential inauguration Security officials have declared that President George W. Bush's inauguration January 20 is a "national security event." The FAA, responding to orders from the Defense and Homeland Security departments, has issued a notam prohibiting all general aviation VFR flight within or above the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) during the inaugural ceremonies and parade.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Government Report Praises Government, Industry Efforts to Secure GA Airports A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued recently acknowledged the relative lack of threat from general aviation aircraft, and concluded that continued partnerships between the GA industry and the government — such as AOPA's Airport Watch program — are vital to the long-term security at the nation's nearly 19,000 GA landing facilities. Titled "General Aviation Security: Increased Federal Oversight Is Needed but Continued Partnership With the Private Sector Is Critical to Long-Term Success," the report — the result of more than a year of study — says, "The public/private partnership has been strengthened...through the teaming of TSA [Transportation Security Administration] and general aviation industry associations," such as AOPA.

AOPA Action

Article | Feb 01, 2005

AOPA, TSA Cooperate to Refine Alien Flight-Training Rule By the time the alien flight training/citizenship validation rule went into effect for all pilots on December 20, 2004, it was a markedly different rule than originally imposed, thanks largely to the hands-on efforts of AOPA. "AOPA was the first aviation association to raise a red flag when the Transportation Security Administration issued the interim final rule last September without any notice or the usual public comment period," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Dealing with airport security Airport security has become a major issue in the aviation industry, as any air traveler will tell you. But security now extends far beyond the excruciating lines in the terminal building to certain considerations for the general aviation airport user.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

AOPA to Help TSA Fix Citizenship Validation Rule AOPA has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to fix the citizenship validation/alien flight training rule while still addressing national security concerns, and perhaps to create a model for future development of TSA aviation-related rules. After hearing the grave concerns of AOPA members during his appearance at AOPA Expo on October 22, 2004, in Long Beach, California, Rear Adm.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

L.A. airport police see firsthand the benefits of AOPA's Airport Watch Four officers from the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Police made a special visit to AOPA Expo last October specifically to learn more about AOPA's Airport Watch.

AOPA Expo 2004

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

Long Beach hosts a jam-packed AOPA Expo For three fall days — October 21, 22, and 23 — 11,185 AOPA members gathered like bees to honey at the Long Beach Convention Center in sunny Southern California to take in the latest in general aviation technology, to pose important questions to the heads of both the FAA and Transportation Safety Administration — two agencies that directly affect members' flying activities — and to meet and schmooze with fellow fliers and AOPA staff members from President Phil Boyer on down. During a year when AOPA membership stayed above 400,000, and the GA accident rate continued to decline, AOPA members and staff had plenty to celebrate — and celebrate they did by flocking to the exhibit hall to learn about the latest products and walking the flight line to get a look at the AOPA Win-A-Twin Piper Twin Comanche and 73 other airplanes featured in the static display.

AOPA Action

Article | Oct 01, 2004

AOPA to Pilots: Take Election Security Concerns Seriously The 2004 presidential election is only a few weeks away, and security officials remain extremely concerned that terrorists will try to disrupt or influence the outcome with renewed attacks within the United States. The specter of the attacks on Spanish trains in March, which helped sway national elections there, looms large for security agencies in the United States.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Phil Boyer, a former ABC-TV executive, has been president of AOPA since January 1991. The Thursday morning in late August began routinely at the office with my normal quick review of the overnight e-mails.

Election 2004

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

General aviation's allies in the November election As an AOPA member, you are key to AOPA's political strength. With more than 400,000 members who reside in nearly every congressional district, we are an organization that cannot be easily ignored.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

General Counsel John S. Yodice represents AOPA and its members in litigation and rulemaking matters.

Security notams canceled

Article | Sep 01, 2004

Security notams canceled Jan. 9, 2004 — The FAA tonight canceled four security notams that had been imposed during the time the "Code Orange" alert was in effect.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

The Long View: AOPA Looks Out for GA's Future Interests AOPA has become well known, especially since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, for its rapid response to fast-developing situations like pop-up temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) and imminent threats to local airports. But AOPA spends as much time scanning the horizon for issues that could become the problems of tomorrow as it does dealing with the problems of today.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

The last time I had a fighter on my wing was during the Cold War, and I was the leader of a two-ship formation. As a pilot with the 146th Fighter Squadron assigned to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) I was combat-qualified in the F-102, a single-seat delta-wing supersonic fighter-interceptor, and most of our missions involved practice intercepts designed to keep us sharp in the face of the constant threat of Soviet bombers.

2003 AOPA Annual Report

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

AOPA — more than 400,000 members strong Numbers count — in business, in boardrooms, and especially in government. In 2003, your association achieved a record membership number of more than 400,000, a number that ensures your voice — the voice of general aviation — is heard in the halls of government.

Chilling Effect

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Like everyone in the United States on September 11, 2001, the staff of Florida Flight Training Center was glued to the television. They watched the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapse one after the other, and they saw the Pentagon in flames.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

AOPA President Phil Boyer is a former executive with ABC. With more than 400,000 members, whenever anything negative about general aviation becomes public, it isn't long before more than one pilot contacts someone at AOPA headquarters with the news.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

Transportation Security Officials to Use GA Recommendations for New Guidelines In a tacit acknowledgement of the wide range of security requirements at general aviation airports and the wisdom of asking the people who know, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently accepted proposed guidelines from a general aviation panel on ways to improve GA airport security. AOPA's Airport Watch program is the backbone of the new FAA security guidelines, which are the work of a special committee made up of representatives from AOPA and virtually every facet of the aviation industry.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

AOPA President Phil Boyer welcomes the challenges of a new year. As I sit down to write my column it's the first Monday in January and my first day back in the office in the new year.

Overview Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act

Article | Dec 15, 2003

Overview Vision 100—Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act TITLE I—AIRPORT AND AIRWAY IMPROVEMENTS Subtitle A—Funding of FAA Programs Airport Planning and Development Grants. Section 101: Authorizes $3.4 billion in FY2004; $3.5 billion in FY2005; $3.6 billion in FY2006; and $3.7 in FY2007 for the FAA's Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

AOPA expresses concern over the four national security TFRs in effect in the Puget Sound area

Article | Dec 04, 2003

Admiral Vern Clark Chief of Naval Operations Department of the Navy 2000 Navy Pentagon Washington, DC 20350-2000 RE: Flight Restrictions: Washington State Department of Defense Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) Dear Admiral Clark: I am contacting you directly as president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) expressing our concern over the four national security temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in effect in the Puget Sound area of Washington state since shortly after 9/11. These restrictions have a tremendous adverse operational impact on aviation in the Puget Sound area that has prompted some members of Congress to ask for an evaluation of the need for continuing these restrictions.

AOPA tells San Luis Obispo TFR over nuclear plant unnecessary

Article | Oct 16, 2003

Mr. Mike Ryan Chairperson San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors Room 370, County Government Center San Luis Obispo, California 93408 RE: Flight Restrictions over Diablo Canyon Nuclear Storage Facility Dear Mr.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

Mark R. Twombly used to enjoy aerial sightseeing trips around Washington, D.C., in a Cessna 172.

AOPA defends GA against unfounded nuclear plant fears

Article | Sep 02, 2003

Secretary U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff Washington, DC 20555-0001 Re: Docket PRM-50-80 Dear Secretary: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), representing over 400,000 general aviation pilots, would like to take this opportunity to provide comments on Docket PRM-50-80 regarding Nuclear Power Plant security and outline to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the San Louis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP), and the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS) the proactive approach the general aviation community has taken with post-9/11 security measures as discussed in the petition.