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AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

AOPA Contradicts FAA's GA Forecast Numbers, Sees Brighter Future In a major address before industry leaders in April, AOPA President Phil Boyer disputed new FAA figures forecasting a decline in the number of student pilots. Boyer told participants that the erroneous forecast could drag down the entire GA industry just as it is struggling to recover from restrictions imposed after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

New Mexico Scientist Wins AOPA 2001 Membership Sweepstakes Bonanza A scientist from Los Alamos, New Mexico, has won the 2001 AOPA Membership Sweepstakes Beechcraft Bonanza. The sleek 1966 V35 model had been transformed over the past year into the highest-technology aircraft ever awarded by AOPA.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

AOPA Expo Celebrates Return of GAPilots Push Airport Preservation, GA Restoration At AOPA Expo 2001 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in November, nearly 10,000 pilots and their friends and families celebrated the return of general aviation to "normal" — or as near to normal as possible following the September 11 terrorist attacks. This year's AOPA Expo also emphasized the need to preserve airports and educate government officials and the public.

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Article | Nov 01, 2001

What AOPA is Doing to Keep You Flying America's Aviation Crisis: A 'Watershed Moment' for General Aviation AOPA efforts to restore general aviation flying started just hours after the September 11 terrorist attacks and on many fronts. "Through this entire tragic crisis, AOPA staff members worked very long days and many nights to help members return to flying," said AOPA President Phil Boyer.

California Flying

Article | Sep 01, 2001

High in the Cuyamaca Mountains in North San Diego County is the charming Gold Rush town of Julian. Elevation 4,220 feet, Julian nestles into the Cuyamacas, which from the air appear like chocolate-chip cookie dough in reverse.

AOPA Action

Article | Dec 01, 2000

Conferees Reach Final Agreement on FAA Spending Bill House and Senate conferees reached final agreement in October on some $12 billion in FAA funding for fiscal year 2001, a $2 billion increase. The agreement provides more funds for AOPA-backed priorities, including modernization of ATC and FSS equipment, fuel research, and GPS approaches.

Ground School for the Press

Article | Feb 01, 2000

It is early morning in the newsroom of a typical American daily newspaper. You are one of the several reporters covering news on the local beats.

Pilot Counsel

Article | Feb 01, 2000

We in general aviation have a relatively unique federal law on the statute books. It is called the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994.

AOPA Action

Article | Feb 01, 2000

AOPA Works with Media on Serious New York-Area Accidents AOPA helped to quell rampant misinformation following two major crashes in northern New Jersey that affected urban neighborhoods. The first, a November 26, 1999, fatal crash of an IFR Beech Bonanza, resulted in 22 injuries (three serious) to persons on the ground.

AOPA Expo '99

Article | Dec 01, 1999

AOPA's convention reflects a vibrant general aviation industry Ebullient means "overflowing with enthusiasm, excitement, or vivacity; high-spirited; exuberant." And from the seminar rooms to the exhibit hall, the excitement was palpable at AOPA Expo '99, which took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 21 through 23. A record attendance of 9,749 helped AOPA to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in high style — and during the party, guests were able to visit exhibits from a record 463 vendors in the new Atlantic City Convention Center, see some 60 new or refurbished aircraft on static display, and choose from among more than 90 hours of educational seminars.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Oct 01, 1999

AlliedSignal to acquire NavRadio NavRadio, the innovative company in Golden, Colorado, that is leading the way toward uplinked weather and other data for the general aviation pilot, has been purchased by AlliedSignal Aerospace Avionics and Lighting. AlliedSignal Aerospace President Frank Daly said that his company intends to lead the revolution toward high-speed data transmission needed to support graphical weather in the cockpit.

Max Karant Awards for Excellence in Aviation Coverage

Article | Sep 01, 1999

Max Karant Awards for Excellence in Aviation Coverage Each year, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association honors fair, accurate, and insightful coverage of general aviation issues by non-trade news media with the Max Karant Journalism Award. Eligible stories are published or broadcast for public consumption, and are judged by AOPA media professionals.

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Article | Feb 01, 1999

AOPA Commends FAA For Eliminating 'On-The-Spot' Tickets, But Still Wants More Details AOPA is optimistic about the FAA's modified "streamlined administrative action process," a new alternative to an "on-the-spot" ticket program proposed in 1998, but is reserving judgment until more details are known. AOPA was particularly pleased that FAA Administrator Jane Garvey eliminated the on-the-spot issuance of administrative actions ("tickets"), forestalling possible confrontations between FAA inspectors and pilots.

AOPA Expo '98

Article | Dec 01, 1998

FAA awards TCs, NASA promises technology AOPA members signaled their pleasure at Expo's return to California by turning out in record numbers for Expo '98 in Palm Springs. Nearly 9,800 attendees participated in informative seminars, shopped for the latest gadgets and, of course, soaked up the sunshine during the gathering October 23 through 25.

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Article | Nov 01, 1998

AOPA Asks FAA to Keep 121.5 ELTs, Not Mandate Expensive New 406-MHz ELTs The FAA is supporting an international plan to stop satellite monitoring of 121.5-MHz ELTs and mandate much more expensive 406-MHz beacons for international flights, and AOPA is objecting. "The FAA's position will make current ELTs almost useless," said AOPA President Phil Boyer in a letter to FAA Administrator Jane Garvey.


Article | Oct 01, 1998

It's a rainy night in Copenhagen. A Lear 55C taxies up to the VIP spot on the FBO ramp, its lights diffused and glowing in the damp mist, and its sleek skin shining as the rain flows down its sides.

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Article | Mar 01, 1998

Future FAA Budget a 'Trojan Horse' Hiding Tax Increase and User Fees The Clinton Administration is hiding a $1.7 billion tax increase and GA user fees — starting in the year 2000 — within the proposed FAA budget that was sent to Congress on February 2. "Do all your flying by 1999, because you won't be able to afford to fly after that — if the administration gets what it wants," said AOPA Legislative Action President Phil Boyer.


Article | Jan 01, 1998

Charlotte Kelley's list of accomplishments during her career in aviation takes up eight single-spaced typed pages of her résumé, and still she is not satisfied. It isn't that she wants more glory.

AOPA Expo '97

Article | Dec 01, 1997

AOPA Expo '97 makes a splash in Central Florida From the exhibit halls at the Marriott World Center to the dance floor at the closing banquet — and from the sun-warmed ramp at Orlando Executive Airport to the cold seawater in Sea World of Florida's Shamu Stadium — members from across the country have voted. The verdict is in: AOPA Expo '97, held in Orlando from October 23 through 25, was a class act.

AOPA Action

Article | Nov 01, 1997

Airport Support Network Launched A major AOPA initiative to reverse the loss of public-use general aviation airports — currently more than one every two weeks — was announced at AOPA Expo '97 in Orlando in October. A goal of the Airport Support Network will be to name an AOPA volunteer at potentially every public-use airport in the United States, acting as AOPA's "eyes and ears" for potential problems that could endanger the airport.

Pilot Briefing

Article | Jun 01, 1997

A panel full of garmins Garmin International launched several new products in April at the Aircraft Electronics Association annual convention in Palm Springs, California. The addition of a new audio panel, navigation indicators, and transponder fills several holes in Garmin's blueprint for a complete avionics panel.

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Article | Feb 01, 1997

Meigs Saved On January 6, the eve of an Illinois legislative session in which delegates would have again voted for a state takeover of Chicago's Meigs Field — this time with immediate effect — state and city officials announced an agreement to keep Meigs Field open for another 5 years. Illinois Secretary of Transportation Kirk Brown credited efforts of AOPA and local "Friends of Meigs" pilots with providing the political support and public awareness to force the issue.

Pilot Counsel

Article | Jan 01, 1997

I doubt that any of us missed the widely publicized news accounts of the two U.S.-registered Cessna 337 Skymasters shot down by Cuban MiGs over the Straits of Florida last February. A third Skymaster escaped.

AOPA Expo '96

Article | Dec 01, 1996

Expo breaks its own record in San Jose This year's AOPA Expo in San Jose, California, turned in another record-breaking crowd, surpassing the high-water mark set just last year in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In all, 9,068 attendees packed into the McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose between October 17 and 19.

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Article | Oct 01, 1996

Legal Steps Taken Against Chicago to Stop Meigs Closure AOPA is lead plaintiff in a suit against the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to prevent closure of Meigs Field. Also supporting the action are the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the National Business Aircraft Association, and other business and political interests.