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COURT DISMISSES LAWSUIT OVER SANTA MONICA AIRPORT

News release | Feb 14, 2014

In a landmark decision yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge sided with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

Judge dismisses Santa Monica suit

Advocacy | Feb 14, 2014

U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Feb. 13 granted a motion from the Department of Justice and FAA to dismiss the city of Santa Monica’s lawsuit to release it from its obligation to operate Santa Monica Municipal Airport as an airport. But AOPA cautions that the fight to save the airport is far from over.

AOPA opposes recommendation to phase out 121.5 MHz ELTs

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2014

Rather than being forced to junk working emergency locator transmitters, pilots should be free to choose the best technology for their missions, AOPA is telling the Federal Communications Commission.

Foundation Focus: If you believe

Pilot Magazine | Feb 12, 2014

Perhaps the most famous group of American pilots in World War I was the 94th Aero Squadron.

Advocates seek tax-exempt aircraft sales in Florida

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2014

AOPA and members of Florida’s aviation industry will work to pass a tax exemption for aircraft sales and purchases in the Sunshine State.

AOPA fights back over incomplete story on GA airport spending in Wisconsin

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2014

AOPA sets the record straight in an inaccurate story on Airport Improvement Program grant spending in Wisconsin.

WV private airstrips, farms could get liability protection

Advocacy | Feb 07, 2014

The West Virginia House mulls a bill to extend limited liability protection to farms and private airstrips.

AOPA digs into state issues as legislatures convene

Advocacy | Feb 06, 2014

With 46 state legislatures in session this year, AOPA’s experts are gearing up to weigh in on proposals that affect the way you fly.

Idaho Senate considers airport planning bill

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2014

The Idaho Senate is considering an airport planning bill that would require planning agencies to consider airport needs.

Wash. Senate mulls aviation tax revenue bill

Advocacy | Feb 05, 2014

The Washington state Senate is considering a bill that would give aircraft excise taxes to the state Department of Transportation's Aviation Division.

FBOs in a bind: No more freebies?

Article | Jan 30, 2014

With the traditional FBO business model being squeezed on two fronts, industry consultants recently pitched an overhaul that could prove a tough sell.

Homebuilt aircraft could be protected from double taxation

Advocacy | Jan 29, 2014

A bill under consideration in the South Dakota Senate would save homebuilt aircraft from double taxes.

Untapped potential

Article | Jan 23, 2014

Basic and advanced aviation training devices are more advanced than ever, yet still struggle to realize the potential that many have envisioned.

TBM 850 turboprop deliveries up in 2013

Article | Jan 22, 2014

Daher-Socata delivered 40 new TBM 850 single-engine turboprops in 2013, a 5-percent increase over 2012 and a gain of market share.

Waypoints: Toward an unleaded fuel

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

Shell Aviation’s December announcement that it is entering an unleaded avgas for FAA testing was perhaps the biggest general aviation news of 2013.

Piper Malibu

Article | Jan 16, 2014

If you want to fly high and fast, Plus One Flyers based at four airports near San Diego California, has the airplane for you – the Piper Malibu.

News video touts benefits of Boulder Municipal Airport

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2014

A video highlights how Boulder Municipal Airport was a community asset during devastating floods in September.

Hat in the Ring helps fund GA programs

Article | Jan 10, 2014

The Hat in the Ring Society helps fund programs to preserve general aviation.

Maintenance: Spark plug gapping and replacement

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 08, 2014

Learn how to save money by doing your own spark plug maintenance. A&P Jeff Simon explains how to clean, gap, and reinstall spark plugs on your aircraft.

Houghton out, Reno at crossroads

Article | Jan 06, 2014

The Reno Air Racing Association, citing ongoing financial woes, has opted to do without the services of its longtime leader.

Chandelle Flying Club touts convenient, economical flying

Article | Jan 03, 2014

The Chandelle Flying Club was created to offer members convenient, economical flying.

A battle GA must win

Article | Dec 30, 2013

The latest battle to preserve Santa Monica Municipal Airport has implications for hundreds of other airports around the country.