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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.