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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.