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AOPA asks House to protect airport funding

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2014

General aviation airports rely on federal money, making it vitally important that Congress maintain Airport Improvement Program funding at least at current levels, AOPA President Mark Baker testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES $15.7 BILLION IN FAA FUNDING FOR 2015

News release | Jun 11, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday voted to provide $15.7 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration in fiscal year 2015, representing a slight increase from the current $15.6 billion funding level.

House approves $15.7 billion for FAA

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

The House has voted to approve a GA-friendly bill that would give the FAA $15.7 billion for the 2015 fiscal year.

What if?

Pilot Magazine | Apr 08, 2014

Over the 75 years since AOPA’s founding, its principal goal has been to prevent GA from suffering a fate analogous to Bambi’s. Yes, AOPA’s charter gives the association three main goals: to make flying easier, safer, and more fun.

AOPA PROMISES STRONG OPPOSITION TO NEWEST USER FEE PLAN

News release | Mar 04, 2014

AOPA said Tuesday it would continue to reject aviation user fees after the White House released its 2015 budget proposal, which calls for a $100-per-flight “surcharge” to pay for air traffic control services.

White House budget contains user fee despite opposition

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2014

Despite vocal opposition from Congress and the aviation community, President Obama’s latest budget proposal again calls for a $100-per-flight user fee.

Congressional leaders say no to user fees

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

Key congressional leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama reminding him of their strong opposition to user fees in advance of his upcoming budget.

Budget plan protects GA

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2014

Key general aviation programs are protected under an omnibus spending bill passed by the House and Senate. It also prohibits new aviation user fees.

2014 budget could favor FAA

Advocacy | Dec 23, 2013

The budget deal is good news for the FAA, but it’s too soon to say exactly how much money will go to the agency.

EAA petitions court to nix FAA ATC fees

Article | Jul 08, 2013

EAA is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals to provide relief from fees imposed by the FAA to cover AirVenture air traffic control costs.

Waypoints: All in the family

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

Just as it's important to check in with those whacky relatives in your extended family from time to time, it's good that general aviation keeps tabs on what is happening in our extended aviation family. What crazy Aunt Mary says to Cousin Suzie can sometimes have widespread consequences in the family.

EAA mobilizes against AirVenture user fees

Article | Jun 04, 2013

EAA is calling on pilots for help to prevent user fees from being imposed on EAA AirVenture 2013. EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said imposing such a fee puts "a price tag" on safety.

AOPA Objects to FAA Plan to charge for AirVenture Controllers

News release | May 22, 2013

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today denounced an FAA plan to charge the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for the travel costs, per diem expenses and overtime pay of the air traffic controllers it deploys to staff Air Venture, EAA’s annual aviation fly-in, expo and airshow and the largest gathering of civil aircraft on earth.

FAA’s plan for AirVenture ATC user fees ‘troubling’

Article | May 22, 2013

AOPA on May 22 denounced an FAA plan to charge the Experimental Aircraft Association for the travel costs, per diem expenses, and overtime pay of the air traffic controllers it deploys to staff EAA AirVenture.

President's Position: Paranoia?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

During the past few weeks, I have found myself thinking more than once of the adage: “You’re not paranoid if people really are out to get you.” For months, the administration in Washington, D.C., said sequestration simply would not happen. But, then it did.

AOPA warns user fee proposal could cripple GA

Article | Apr 10, 2013

The White House on April 10 released a budget proposal that includes a $100-per-flight user fee—a charge AOPA warns could be disastrous for general aviation.

AOPA applauds as 223 member of Congress send letter opposing user fees

Article | Apr 05, 2013

More than half the members of the U.S. House of Representatives put their opposition to aviation user fees on record Friday in a letter sent to President Obama.

‘No user fees’ movement builds on Capitol Hill

Article | Apr 04, 2013

A record 223 members of Congress have stepped up to mount an attack against aviation user fees. The House members sent a letter to President Barack Obama April 5 stating that user fees are the “wrong approach.” Their support comes in advance of the Obama administration’s budget proposal, scheduled to be released April 10, which is widely anticipated to once again call for $100-per-flight user fees for certain commercial and general aviation operations.

User fee opponents on the move again in Congress

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2013

General aviation's allies in the House of Representatives are wasting no time making sure that any proposal to implement aviation user fees runs into the customary (and overwhelming) resistance in Congress.

Four things that didn't happen in 2012

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2012

If you used GPS for navigation this year, you may be an unwitting beneficiary of efforts by AOPA and other aviation advocates to preserve your freedom to fly.

Small businesses sound off on user fees

Advocacy | Sep 12, 2012

A restaurant-supply business with 48 employees and a promising future gets its competitive edge from general aviation, but could be "devastated" by proposed aviation user fees.

Congressmen expect long fight over user fees

Advocacy | Jul 27, 2012

Members of the House GA Caucus, including co-chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), said the fight over user fees is far from over, and every pilot should be prepared to speak up. Graves and three colleagues fielded questions from the audience at a town hall meeting at EAA AirVenture.