October 3, 2008
President-elect George W. Bush, a former pilot in the Texas Air National Guard, has told AOPA he will work to keep flying affordable. In an exclusive video address taped earlier this year, he provided unique insight to AOPA members on how his administration will address issues affecting general aviation pilots. President-elect Bush vowed to make sure that the nation's airport and airway system "remains affordable to the hundreds of thousands of private pilots" who use it every year. He stated that he believes that "air safety regulation is a federal responsibility and should be funded out of general revenues." Citing his extensive use of general aviation to visit Texas cities not served by commercial airlines, President-elect Bush signaled his strong support for GA by noting that as governor he oversaw several budgets that increased state funding for Texas airports by 500 percent. In addition, he said he supports "congressional action to increase Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding" to assist GA and ease congestion at the nation's airports.
December 14, 2000
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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