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Santa Monica advocates rally support for ballot initiative

Advocacy | Aug 26, 2014

Advocates for Santa Monica Municipal Airport gathered Aug. 25 to rally support for Measure D, a ballot initiative that would require voter approval before the airport can be closed or redeveloped.

JUDGE DISMISSES PATENT LAWSUIT AGAINST AOPA

News release | Jul 24, 2014

JUDGE DISMISSES PATENT LAWSUIT AGAINST AOPA

Judge dismisses patent case against AOPA

Article | Jul 24, 2014

A U.S. District Court judge in Oregon has dismissed a $66 million patent infringement lawsuit against AOPA.

Residents submit signatures for Santa Monica ballot measure

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

Supporters of an initiative to let voters decide the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport have submitted enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

Lawsuit against AOPA suffers jurisdictional setback

Article | May 19, 2014

A U.S. District Court magistrate in Portland, Ore., has recommended that a patent infringement lawsuit against AOPA be dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Santa Monica council considers competing amendment

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

The Santa Monica City Council is considering putting its own charter amendment regarding the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport on the ballot in November.

Jury sides with small developer in chart suit

Article | Apr 29, 2014

A Massachusetts software firm has been awarded $43.1 million in damages by a federal jury in Denver, which found Jeppesen Sanderson violated a 2009 contract.

City to appeal SMO ruling

Advocacy | Apr 11, 2014

Santa Monica will appeal a court decision dismissing a lawsuit seeking to release the city from its obligation to keep SMO open and operating.

NASA sleuths solve 'jelly doughnut' mystery

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Where did the jelly doughnut come from?

President's Position: A reprieve, not a rout

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

The entire general aviation community has a victory to celebrate, even as we recognize that this win is by no means final.

Santa Monica advocates prep for next round

Advocacy | Feb 27, 2014

AOPA leaders were in Santa Monica this week, pledging their continuing support to protect the embattled airport.

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, NBAA file friend of the court brief in Santa Monica suit

Advocacy | Feb 10, 2014

AOPA and NBAA explain the importance of Santa Monica Municipal Airport in a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit over the airport’s future.

AOPA AND NBAA FILE AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

News release | Feb 10, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in support of a Federal Aviation Administration motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit over the future of Santa Monica, Calif., Municipal Airport.

AOPA leaders see Santa Monica challenges up close

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2014

AOPA leaders recently visited Santa Monica Municipal Airport, where they saw the challenges and urged tenants, pilots, and business owners to work together.

FAA asks court to dismiss lawsuit over Santa Monica

Advocacy | Jan 13, 2014

The FAA is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over use of Santa Monica airport property, saying the challenge comes decades too late.

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.

Foundation Focus: What have we done for you lately?

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

What have we done for you lately? That’s a question that every membership association and charitable foundation should be prepared to answer.

AOPA Calls Lawsuit to Close Santa Monica Airport Meritless

News release | Nov 01, 2013

AOPA Calls Lawsuit to Close Santa Monica Airport Meritless

Lawsuit to close Santa Monica airport meritless, AOPA says

Article | Oct 31, 2013

The city of Santa Monica filed a lawsuit Oct. 31 against the FAA, a move AOPA says lacks any merit in law and is clearly another desperate bid by the city to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

AOPA responds to patent infringement lawsuit

Article | Oct 08, 2013

AOPA responded to the SD Holdings patent infringement lawsuit against FlyQ Web on Oct. 7, requesting dismissal due to the fact there is no basis for SDH’s patent infringement allegations against AOPA’s online aviation flight planning tool that is available to members free of charge.

AOPA: Court decision aids safe transition to unleaded avgas

Article | Mar 28, 2013

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling has freed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from having to make an accelerated endangerment finding on emissions from general aviation aircraft.

EPA defends action on leaded avgas

Advocacy | Aug 02, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency defended its course of action on leaded avgas in July, urging the court to dismiss a lawsuit designed to push the agency toward proposing emissions standards for lead from general aviation aircraft.

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."

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.

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."

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.