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Certification reform will be delayed, FAA tells Congress

Article | Jul 25, 2014

The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.

Certification reform will be delayed, FAA tells Congress

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2014

The FAA will miss a December 2015 deadline to reform aircraft certification processes by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.

Budget plan protects GA

Advocacy | Jan 15, 2014

Key general aviation programs are protected under an omnibus spending bill passed by the House and Senate. It also prohibits new aviation user fees.

FAA names operators of unmanned aircraft test sites

Advocacy | Dec 30, 2013

The FAA has selected six organizations to operate sites for testing unmanned aircraft systems.

2013 advocacy lays groundwork for a busy New Year

Advocacy | Dec 30, 2013

Many of the advocacy efforts begun and sustained throughout 2013 are laying the groundwork for even bigger battles in 2014, and AOPA is ready.

HondaJet ready for FAA flight tests

Article | Dec 20, 2013

With FAA type inspection authorization and certified engines, the HondaJet seems on a fast track toward final FAA certification.

Fly Well: Drug wars

Pilot Magazine | Dec 19, 2013

Shooting approaches at Brown Field Municipal Airport (SDM) in San Diego, California, just north of the Mexican border, might include interesting liaisons...

Baker, Pelton lead expanded collaboration effort

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2013

AOPA and EAA leaders will expand the collaboration begun in recent years, pledging to cooperate on wide-ranging issues from youth programs to member events.

Membership Highlights: Working for you

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

Protecting Your Right to Fly: Taking on regulatory and legislative threats to general aviation has remained the association’s primary focus for more than 70 years.

Aviation Legends: Walter Extra

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

For 25 years, German aircraft designer and former aerobatic competitor Walter Extra has created a unique combination of unmatched style, performance, refinement, and reliability.

New law gives GA reason to be thankful

Advocacy | Nov 27, 2013

Just as many were headed out of Washington, D.C., to begin the Thanksgiving holiday, the general aviation community found one more reason to be thankful as the long-awaited Small Airplane Revitalization Act became law.

Super Legend wins light sport certification

Article | Nov 17, 2013

Another aircraft has entered the crowded light sport aircraft pool, this time a more powerful Super Legend from American Legend Aircraft in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Aircraft certification bill to reduce cost of flying

Article | Nov 14, 2013

Congress on Nov. 14 gave final approval to a bill that requires the FAA to streamline the certification methods for smaller general aviation aircraft, advancing an initiative that should reduce the cost of upgrading existing aircraft and bringing new aircraft to market.

Cert. reform hearing highlights frustrations, work ahead

Article | Oct 31, 2013

Congress continues to focus on certification reforms, but much work remains before a more efficient, cost-effective system is in place.

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.

Nextant scores huge jet order

Article | Oct 23, 2013

Nextant takes another leap ahead of Beechcraft in competition to refurbish the Hawker 400 fleet.

GE boosts fuel efficiency in Passport engine

Article | Oct 21, 2013

GE Aviation has improved performance and reduced fuel burn in its Passport engine.

GA Caucus briefed on efforts to double safety, halve cost

Article | Sep 26, 2013

AOPA met recently with key senators and staffers to talk about ways to make general aviation aircraft twice as safe at half the cost.

NTSB notes slight decline in GA accident rate

Article | Aug 08, 2013

The general aviation accident rate declined slightly in 2012, based on preliminary data used by federal officials.

Avidyne IFD540, 440 near certification

Article | Aug 02, 2013

Avidyne Corp. has completed the design phase of its IFD540 and IFD440 GPS navigators and expects to submit the 540 for certification by the end of 2013.

FAA: 'Innovation' the goal of aircraft certification reform

Article | Jul 26, 2013

On July 26, the FAA released the report by its Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee following the panel's 18-month study.

Small-airplane revitalization bill soars in House

Article | Jul 17, 2013

The U.S. House has passed an AOPA-backed bill setting a deadline for the FAA to overhaul Part 23 aircraft certification regulations.

AOPA Praises House Action On Small Aircraft Revitalization Act

News release | Jul 11, 2013

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today heralded a significant legislative step toward making general aviation aircraft safer and more affordable as the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to adopt changes to its Part 23 aircraft certification regulation.

President’s Position: Regulatory delays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

During most AOPA Town Hall gatherings, I remind participating members that AOPA's founders created our organization in 1939 largely because they feared that a government about to enter a world war just might regulate general aviation out of existence. Nearly 75 years later, our mission is grounded in similar concerns--raised not by the prospect of war but by the growing power of regulatory agencies, many of which operate with increasing autonomy and minimal oversight.

Senate confirms Anthony Foxx as transportation secretary

Article | Jun 27, 2013

Anthony Foxx has been confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Transportation in a unaninous Senate vote.

Operation Migration needs aircraft support

Article | Jun 12, 2013

An organization dedicated to teaching new generations of endangered whooping cranes their ancestral migration route needs new aircraft.

Life Line Screening, AOPA partner to help pilots keep medicals

Article | Jun 11, 2013

Life Line Screening, the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States, has increased its support of AOPA and the association’s efforts to help pilots retain their medical certificates.

Life Line Screening Supports AOPA's Pilot Medical Initiatives

Article | Jun 11, 2013

Life Line Screening, the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States, has increased its support of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and AOPA’s efforts to help pilots retain their medical certificates.

Senate joins bid to speed aircraft cert reform

Article | May 30, 2013

Bipartisan action in Congress to revitalize general aviation manufacturing by overhauling aircraft certification requirements has gained momentum.

HondaJet CEO confident in light jet market

Article | May 22, 2013

While challenged by engine flight test problems and a struggling economy, the president and CEO of Honda Aircraft remains optimistic that his light jet will be the right airplane at the right time.

GA safety focus of high-level talks

Article | May 16, 2013

AOPA and other associations representing general aviation interests met May 13 with the FAA administrator and senior staff to discuss ongoing efforts to improve safety.

GAMA reports increase in aircraft shipments

Article | May 14, 2013

Makers of general aviation aircraft logged a nearly $1 billion increase in billing for the first three months of the year, a 32-percent increase in total billing over the first quarter of 2012.

Bill would set timeline for aircraft-certification reform

Article | May 09, 2013

Five members of the U.S. House, citing regulations that they say have been overtaken by technology, are seeking to set a year-end 2015 deadline for the FAA to act on recommendations being developed for less costly--and safer--aircraft certification procedures.

Engine testing delays HondaJet certification

Article | May 08, 2013

While Honda Aircraft anticipated delivering three to four of its light jets before the end of 2013, company officials now say certification of the HondaJet is delayed until the end of 2014.

Medical application: Medical disability benefits?

Article | May 07, 2013

Question 18.y. in the FAA medical application form asks if the applicant has ever had medical disability benefits. How does the FAA want you to respond to this question and what does it want your AME to do if you had a positive response?

FAA seeks Icon data for LSA weight increase

Article | May 02, 2013

A decision in the May 2012 request from Icon Aircraft to the FAA for an exemption that would allow Icon’s A5 amphibious aircraft to weigh 250 pounds more than current light sport aircraft limits for seaplanes has again been delayed.

Flight Design delays C4 for Part 23 rewrite

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Flight Design plans to certify the four-place C4 under revised Part 23 standards, delaying first deliveries until 2015. A mockup of the new aircraft was on display at Sun ’n Fun.

ELT ban threatens ‘substantial costs, fleeting benefits’

Article | Apr 02, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission should “immediately abandon” its bid to prohibit the certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or use of 121.5-MHz ELTs, AOPA said in a regulatory filing. From its technological shortcomings to its costs—estimated by the FAA as $500 million—the proposal initiated by the FCC in January should be dropped, and the FCC should defer to the FAA on this and any future regulatory actions where aviation is concerned, AOPA said in extensive formal comments submitted April 1.

Illinois airport's rules fly afoul of FAA regulations

Article | Mar 28, 2013

AOPA has challenged airport rules and regulations adopted by Illinois’ Morris Municipal Airport that it feels are a direct contravention of FAA grant assurances as outlined in 49 USC §47107. “We appreciate the City’s desire to operate the airport in a safe and efficient manner,” wrote Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports, in a letter dated March 25 to Mayor Richard Kopczick.