May 6, 2014
By Benét J. Wilson
AOPA Western Pacific Regional Manager John Pfeifer attended the annual Arizona Airports Association conference in Yuma April 28 and 29 as part of AOPA’s active engagement in promoting and protecting airports.
Pfeifer gave an update on AOPA’s activities in the state as part of a panel about industry updates and trends. Other sessions included an Arizona Department of Transportation update, the impact of aviation on the Arizona economy, and grants.
Many of the approximately 150 airport managers, local officials, and consultants in attendance at the conference were also AOPA members.
“AOPA has long been involved with Arizona Airports Association and was actively involved in the legislature this year in helping to defeat a bill that threatened to raise fees on many general aviation aircraft,” said Pfeifer. “Airports are vital to AOPA members, and AOPA continues to be actively involved in state airport associations.”
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
Department of Transportation,
The FAA announced Sept. 18 that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B, a move welcomed by AOPA.
Changes to departure and arrival procedures in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport airspace will take effect Sept. 18, and AOPA is cautioning pilots to plan ahead for the new procedures.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pressing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer pilots and aircraft owners more flexibility when it comes to the use of hangars at airports that have received federal funding.
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