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RAF uses grant to study effect of aircraft on wildlife

Article | Sep 29, 2014

An AOPA Foundation grant is helping fund a wildlife study for the Recreational Aviation Foundation.

Montana’s GA community throws a party

Advocacy | Aug 18, 2014

Montana pilots will have two reasons to celebrate when they fly in to Seeley Lake Airport on Sept. 13.

California protects landowners who allow GA ops

Article | Jun 24, 2014

California has joined the ranks of states extending liability protection to landowners who allow general aviation activities.

Calif. Assembly committee passes recreational-use liability bill

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

A bill that adds general aviation to the recreational-use code unanimously passed the California Assembly’s Judiciary Committee.

Michigan legislature mulls recreational-use bill

Advocacy | May 12, 2014

The Michigan legislature is considering a bill to provide liability protection for owners of private airfields.

Baker honors pilots for protecting backcountry flying

Advocacy | Apr 24, 2014

Two men had a vision to protect pilots’ access to backcountry airstrips in Montana, but discovered a nationwide need.

Death Valley airstrip’s future at stake in management plan

Advocacy | Mar 13, 2014

The National Park Service is weighing the future of one of California’s remaining backcountry airstrips in a land management plan.

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.

President's Position: Working together

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

America may be the land of the rugged individualist, but there are times when it’s best not to go it alone. That goes for organizations as well as people.

Pilot's Choice grants fund mission work, new-pilot outreach

Article | Nov 20, 2013

An organization dedicated to transporting rescue, shelter, and foster animals was selected as the top charity in Lightspeed Aviation Foundation's 2013 Pilot's Choice Awards.

Propelling GA with a united front

Article | Oct 24, 2013

A united front by the aviation associations can bring about positive change, but changing FAA priorities and budget challenges threaten to give airlines an upper hand.

Unique fundraiser supports backcountry organization

Article | Oct 15, 2013

The Recreational Aviation Foundation sold embroidered shirts from Goodwill as a fundraiser at AOPA Aviation Summit.

Recreational Aviation Foundation to lead noise study

Article | Oct 11, 2013

It’s an accusation among public land managers that general aviation doesn’t have a good response to yet: the perception that aircraft noise has a negative impact on wildlife.

Appeals court opinion seen lifting threat to backcountry airstrips

Article | Aug 06, 2013

A federal appeals court ruling largely upheld the status of several backcountry airstrips in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in north-central Montana.

Website promotes Colorado backcountry aviation

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Pilots visiting a new website will find photography, webcam views, and ideas to help them select destinations for a Colorado backcountry outing.

BLM: Backcountry aviation deserves protection

Article | Jun 27, 2013

The “recreational experiences” of pilots who fly into Colorado’s spectacular backcountry have earned official recognition in a draft resource management plan for public lands in the state.

Oklahoma governor signs recreational aviation bill

Article | May 14, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law May 13 that provides tort liability protection for private owners of aviation landing facilities.

Forest Service extends comment deadline on proposed planning rule

Article | May 08, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service has extended the deadline to comment on a new planning rule that would develop, revise, and amend land management plans to include aviation.

Graves encourages GA activism

Article | Apr 13, 2013

Pleased with the success of a House of Representatives campaign to garner support opposing a federal $100-per-flight user fee for general aviation, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) encouraged Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo attendees to assure that their representative and senators are members of the respective GA caucuses.

Hearing set on Oregon liability-limit bill

Article | Apr 11, 2013

An AOPA-backed bill to provide liability protection to owners of private airstrips in Oregon was scheduled for a legislative committee hearing April 12. AOPA encourages members to weigh in with lawmakers and urge their support.

Lightspeed Foundation announces grant finalists

Article | Apr 11, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller and Lightspeed Aviation President Allan Schrader announce the finalists for the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot’s Choice Awards. To applause and laughter, the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation announced the finalists for its annual Pilot’s Choice Awards grants program on April 11 at the Sun ’n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.

Talks seen opening Florida airstrip to public

Article | Apr 10, 2013

A state-owned airfield in the Florida Panhandle could become a recreational destination for pilots if the nonprofit Recreational Aviation Foundation and the Florida Forest Service complete an expected agreement on access in the next few months. The Montana-based Recreational Aviation Foundation says a “let’s find a way” approach has prevailed during discussions about aircraft access to Blackwater Airfield, a 4,000-foot former firefighting grass airstrip in the Blackwater River State Forest.