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FAA funding extension passes Senate

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2015

Funding for the FAA will be extended through March 31, 2016, under legislation passed by the House and Senate just ahead of the deadline.

Medical reform moving forward

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2015

Third class medical reform efforts continue to move forward, and AOPA will pursue every possible avenue to ensure that pilots get the relief they need, the association said June 23.

Baker to key lawmaker: User fees a no-go

Advocacy | Jun 18, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker met with the head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week to discuss FAA reauthorization and the critical issues affecting general aviation.

Any change to ATC system must protect GA, AOPA says

Article | Jun 15, 2015

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee announced June 15 that he would seek to separate ATC functions from the FAA.

AOPA focuses on reform at congressional roundtable

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2015

The FAA needs to reform its regulatory and certification processes, including changing the third class medical, AOPA told a House Aviation Subcommittee roundtable.

No user fees in White House budget plan

Advocacy | Feb 03, 2015

For the first time in years, President Barack Obama's new budget proposal does not include any new user fees for general aviation.

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.


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.


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.