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Changes to flight services planned

Advocacy | 2015, 03 26

The FAA and AOPA are seeking comment on planned changes to flight services, including a new flight plan format scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

Santa Monica changes airport leases, makes way for park land

Advocacy | 2015, 03 26

At a contentious meeting March 24, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to change lease terms for some tenants at Santa Monica Municipal Airport and convert segments of airport property to park land.

Baker meets with key legislators on GA issues

Advocacy | 2015, 03 25

AOPA President Mark Baker met with key allies in Congress to seek support on critical issues, including third class medical reform.

AOPA asks members to support Santa Monica

Advocacy | 2015, 03 23

AOPA is asking pilots who live near Santa Monica, California, and know the value of Santa Monica Municipal Airport to take immediate action to support the airport.

Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 gains support

Advocacy | 2015, 03 19

Support continues to grow for the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, which would reform the third class medical process and provide a wide range of protections for pilots.

AOPA presents Hartranft Award to Rep. Shuster

Advocacy | 2015, 03 19

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) received the 2014 Joseph B. Hartranft Award from AOPA President Mark Baker during a March 18 presentation on Capitol Hill.

FAA urges light sport makers to move on ADS-B, angle of attack

Advocacy | 2015, 03 11

The FAA is urging the manufacturers of special light sport aircraft (SLSAs) to establish pathways for the installation of ADS-B Out equipment and angle of attack indicators in their aircraft.

FAA needs to be more efficient, House leaders tell Huerta

Advocacy | 2015, 03 03

The FAA needs to be more efficient and complete critical projects, House leaders said during a hearing on FAA reauthorization.

AOPA issues call to action on Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Advocacy | 2015, 03 02

AOPA is calling on its members to take immediate action to build support for new legislation that would reform the third class medical process and provide other protections for general aviation pilots.

AMEs get video guidance on new sleep apnea policy

Advocacy | 2015, 02 26

The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.

Medical reform legislation introduced in House, Senate

Advocacy | 2015, 02 26

New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.

AOPA focuses on reform at congressional roundtable

Advocacy | 2015, 02 25

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

AOPA connects with members at Northwest Aviation Conference

Article | 2015, 02 23

AOPA connected with hundreds of pilots, aircraft owners, and aviation enthusiasts during the thirty-second Northwest Aviation Conference held in Puyallup, Washington, Feb. 21 and 22.

AOPA says ECi rule is not justified

Advocacy | 2015, 02 21

The FAA’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on ECi cylinders is not justified and doesn’t account for economic and safety issues, AOPA said in formal comments.

Proposed rule sets limits on small UAS

Advocacy | 2015, 02 15

The FAA has announced a proposed rule governing the use of commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that would address many of AOPA's concerns, including setting certification requirements for operators and requiring see-and-avoid capabilities.

No user fees in White House budget plan

Advocacy | 2015, 02 03

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

EPA denies petition to change avgas decision

Advocacy | 2015, 01 29

The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the most recent petition from environmental groups that asked the agency to reconsider a 2012 decision not to immediately pursue an endangerment finding for leaded avgas.

New sleep apnea policy to take effect

Advocacy | 2015, 01 23

A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.

AOPA, NBAA file amicus brief in Santa Monica appeal

Advocacy | 2015, 01 23

AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

GA groups urge FAA to lower barriers to ADS-B

Article | 2015, 01 23

Fourteen aviation organizations have banded together to urge the FAA to take immediate steps to lower barriers to ADS-B equipage.

Graves and Veasey to lead House GA Caucus

Advocacy | 2015, 01 23

The House General Aviation Caucus will be led by co-chairs Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas).

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

Advocacy | 2015, 01 22

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

Boozman, Manchin to head Senate GA Caucus

Advocacy | 2015, 01 22

Sens. John Boozman (R-Arkansas) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), both staunch supporters of general aviation, have announced they will co-chair the Senate GA Caucus.

AOPA supports LSA status for road-worthy airplane

Advocacy | 2015, 01 20

AOPA is asking the FAA to grant weight and stall-speed exemptions needed to certify the Terrafugia Transition as a light sport aircraft.

FAA withdraws rule to restore simulator time

Advocacy | 2015, 01 15

The FAA has withdrawn a rule that would have allowed 20 hours of simulator instruction to count toward the instrument rating.