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Answers for Pilots: Aircraft theft insurance

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Imagine your shock if you walked into your hangar and saw that it was empty. Your airplane was missing.

Pilot Counsel

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Last month’s column on flight instructor liability stirred a more general question about the effectiveness of so-called “liability release forms” (sometimes called “covenants not to sue” and “exculpatory agreements”) that purport to protect against the liability that could result from the operation of a general aviation aircraft (“Pilot Counsel: Instructor Liability Still a Concern,” October 2010 AOPA Pilot). We have tried to track the “effectiveness” cases and report them to you as they develop.

AOPA Action in California

Article | Oct 01, 2007

Sunroad to pay the price for hazardous building AOPA is using a time-lapse camera on the Internet to watch the deconstruction of the top floors of the Sunroad building near Montgomery Field in San Diego. It was determined to be 20 feet too high by the FAA, and now the top 20 feet must be removed to conform to the approved 160 feet.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

John S. Yodice is AOPA's legal counselor.

AOPA Action in California

Article | Jul 01, 2007

San Diego mayor discovers building is too tall It took two hard-hitting stories in The San Diego Union-Tribune for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders to discover that a 180-foot building built by Sunroad Enterprises near Montgomery Field is a threat to air navigation. That has been the opinion of the FAA, of the state Division of Aeronautics, of local pilots, and of AOPA, which is party to a lawsuit against Sunroad.

AOPA Action in California

Article | Apr 01, 2007

San Diego battles developer over Montgomery Field Opposing sides have begun firing the big guns involving investigations and $40 million lawsuit in the battle over a 180-foot-tall building near Montgomery Field. The FAA has declared that the portion of the Sunroad Centrum building that projects above 160 feet agl is a hazard to navigable airspace.

AOPA Action in California

Article | Mar 01, 2007

A 'nasty' fight develops in San Diego Local pilots, San Diego city attorneys, state officials, and AOPA are battling Sunroad Enterprises in the Superior Court of California because Sunroad refuses to shorten a new tall building located seven-tenths of a mile from a Montgomery Field runway. The FAA has determined that the height of the building at 180 feet not only would pose a threat to visual aircraft operations but also would affect circling minimums for IFR aircraft, and the agency has asked repeatedly that the building be deconstructed down to 160 feet.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

John S. Yodice and his associates provide legal counsel to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

- Oshkosh 2006 Airplane News

Article | Jul 29, 2006

AOPA Online -- Oshkosh 2006 Airplane News Today's Feature Light sport industry on track, except for flight schools Cessna proof-of-concept model Flight Design CT Sky Arrow 600 Sport Evektor Sport Star Sting Sport T211 Thorpedo Far more models have been introduced, 38 light sport models in all, than was expected when the new category of aircraft was created, but flight schools have been slow to incorporate them into their fleets. That's the opinion of one of the top leaders in the sportplane movement, Ron Wagner, who heads the Experimental Aircraft Association sport pilot team, manages the sportplane display at the Oshkosh AirVenture Mall, and manages a national tour each year for sportplane manufacturers to show their aircraft.

Letters

Article | Jul 01, 2006

Cubs for a new generation I really liked Alton Marsh's "Cubs for a New Generation" (May Pilot). Although I am a private pilot flying a Cessna 172D, I have been watching these two airplanes since the advent of sport pilot/light sport aircraft.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

John S. Yodice, legal counsel for AOPA and IAOPA, owns and flies a Cessna 310.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Truckee-Tahoe Airport seen as battleground Are the three board members of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport District planning on violating rules that came with past FAA airport grants? It looks that way to supporters, and AOPA officials have identified Truckee-Tahoe Airport as the potential site of the country's next big airport battle. After winning a majority of the five airport board seats last year, noise opponents have now delayed accepting an additional $450,000 in federal grant money that might restrict their ability to impose noise or growth limits on the airport.

AOPA Action in California

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

AOPA fights residential development on Long Beach airport AOPA has launched another salvo in the ongoing battle to protect Long Beach/Daugherty Field from an incompatible housing development. In letters to the Long Beach Economic Development Commission and Airport Advisory Commission, AOPA said no safety review of the Southern California development had been conducted.

President's Position

Article | Jun 01, 2004

Phil Boyer travels the country advocating for AOPA's 400,000 members. It has always been my philosophy that when the airlines are profitable and happy, we have fewer conflicts with them in general aviation.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

Phil Boyer serves AOPA's more than 400,000 members around the world. Every day the 220 people who work for your association are involved in specific problems and opportunities that affect general aviation.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

One of the worst disasters that can befall an aircraft owner is to be involved in a serious aircraft accident. No argument.

President's Position

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

Phil Boyer has served as president of AOPA since 1991. On September 11, 2001, I would maintain that the Federal Aviation Administration lost control of U.S.

AOPA Action in California

Article | Oct 01, 2002

AOPA Expo in California AOPA Expo 2002 takes place from October 24 through 26 in Palm Springs. Visitors can get a preview of the excitement on Wednesday, October 23, when more than 80 aircraft taxi through the streets of Palm Springs.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

AOPA, Caltrans, RCRC cooperate on GA initiatives AOPA's regional representative for California, John Pfeifer, has been leading efforts to increase cooperation between state groups in developing initiatives to support general aviation. At meetings in December and January, Pfeifer worked with the Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC) and the California Division of Aeronautics to find ways to support the state's general aviation airports through state and federal assistance programs.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Each year at AOPA Expo — our association's convention — we hold an insurance seminar and invite representatives of the leading general aviation insurers to respond to our members' questions. I moderate the seminar.

California Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2002

Dunsmuir closed despite pilot efforts Just when pilots believed that a long-running dispute over obstructions at Dunsmuir Municipal-Mott Airport was about to be resolved, the airport was closed. AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Ken Pool said the December closure came as a surprise because airport advocates believed negotiations to remove dangerously tall trees were progressing in the right direction.

California Action

Article | Aug 01, 2001

Court says San Jose curfew discriminates against GA AOPA's contention that the nighttime curfew at San Jose International Airport discriminates against general aviation operations has been validated by a federal district court. The court ruled in June that the curfew was unjustly discriminatory to GA aircraft.

Letters

Article | Jul 01, 2001

Praise for turbonormalizing I thoroughly enjoyed Steven W. Ells' "AOPA Bonanza Sweepstakes: Up, Up, and Away" (May Pilot) about turbonormalizing.

California Action

Article | Jun 01, 2001

Residential subdivision approved despite Chico land use plan An airport land use plan that called for limiting residential development near Chico Municipal Airport was not enough to stop the Butte County Board of Supervisors from giving developers the green light to build 20 large homes about one-third of a mile from the end of Runway 13R. The board of supervisors voted in March to override the 1999 land use plan after attorneys for the developer provided the panel with the specific information it needed to legally override that plan.

Son of a Pioneer

Article | Apr 01, 2001

Steve Pitcairn has preserved his father's airmail and Autogiro heritage Stephen Pitcairn died of cancer on March 29, 2008. He was 83.