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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.

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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).