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FAA avgas research funding 'critical'

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2012

The FAA is a critical participant in continuing research to develop an unleaded aviation fuel, said the presidents of five aviation associations in a letter urging congressional support for funding in the agency's fiscal 2013 budget.

100LL suit charges inaction; GA groups point to progress

Advocacy | Mar 08, 2012

The environmental group Friends of the Earth made good on a May 2011 threat March 7, when it announced it had filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over piston aircraft's use of leaded avgas.

Technique: Don’t just shut up...and die

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2012

Recently, I read an article by a pilot who had to cage an engine on a twin--a very real emergency. He was IFR, in weather, and talking with a controller. He advised the controller that he'd shut down an engine and was diverting to a suitable airport. The controller asked whether he was declaring an emergency. The pilot said, "No."

AOPA in the States: The 5-percent solution

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

When Steve Kahn of Bedford, Massachusetts, received a letter from the Maine Revenue Service in May 2007, asking him to complete a use tax certificate and pay tax to Maine on the 2002 Cirrus SR22 he kept at Laurence G. Hanscom Field, he thought it was a mistake. "It was out of the blue," Kahn recalled. "I wrote back, 'This is a mistake - I live in Massachusetts.' When they wrote me and said, 'It’s not a mistake' - that's when I knew I had a real problem."

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Since the economic collapse of 2008, business aviation has been a lightning rod of controversy. Thoughtless auto executives who individually flew their corporate jets to Washington, D.C., to ask for corporate handouts turned tail and sulked home rather than stand and defend the role business aviation plays in the success of a company.

FBOs, fuel distributors counter Calif. avgas lawsuit

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2011

The National Air Transportation Association has announced its backing of a lawsuit brought by fixed-base operators and avgas distributors in California to block enforcement actions that could result from legal proceedings threatened by an environmental organization in May

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.

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.

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.