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Congressional leaders agree to government funding

Advocacy | Jul 31, 2012

When the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, leadership in Congress has indicated there should be no threat of a government shutdown under a six-month funding deal reached by House and Senate leadership. "While this is good news, it does nothing to prevent sequestration from taking effect in 2013," said AOPA President Craig Fuller.

AOPA, EAA brief pilots on medical exemption request

Advocacy | Jul 26, 2012

AOPA and Experimental Aircraft Association staff outlined their efforts to help pilots bypass the "treadmill of bureaucracy" that can accompany the medical certification process in a forum at EAA AirVenture July 24.

Acting FAA chief: Realizing NextGen benefits a priority

Advocacy | Jul 26, 2012

Acting FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said the agency is focused on accelerating the arrival of NextGen benefits for both commercial and GA users, and called on pilots to renew their commitment to safety at a forum hosted by EAA at AirVenture July 26.

Aspen announces Connected Pilot TSO

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Aspen Avionics announced July 24 that Connected Pilot, the first in what will be a series of Connected Panel products--providing a wireless link between certified avionics in the aircraft panel and iPads or other portable smart electronic devices--has received technical standard order approval from the FAA.

FAA plans greater role in LSA certification

Advocacy | Jul 05, 2012

The FAA is requesting comments on a plan to increase the agency's involvement in special light sport aircraft certification.

July 2 deadline looms for driver's license medical effort

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

The opportunity to fly venerable aircraft like the Cessna 172 or Piper Archer during day-VFR conditions with one passenger by completing a medical awareness online course and carrying a driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate is motivating thousands of pilots to take action and expand their flying years.

Time running out to support medical exemption

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

If using medical self-certification and a driver's license to fly single-engine aircraft with 180-horsepower or less, four seats or fewer, and fixed landing gear for recreational purposes is up your alley, now is your chance to make that scenario a reality. With only 20 days to support the AOPA/EAA medical exemption request, submit comments supporting it now.

AOPA helps Congress battle regulatory 'tsunami'

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2012

AOPA, responding to a congressional invitation to identify regulatory drag on jobs and the economy, named six existing or proposed regulations threatening the well-being of the $150 billion general aviation industry.

EASA certifies first three light aircraft under new rules

Article | Jun 07, 2012

It's a step in the right direction, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association: European regulators have certified the first three aircraft under new rules that create a European analog to the U.S. light sport aircraft category--with a more complex approval process.

AOPA Online Members Only -- AOPA ePilot Volume 1, Issue 1

Article | Jun 07, 2012

Departments GA News AOPA in Congress Inside AOPA Quiz Me! Upcoming Events Picture of the Week Weekend Weather 1. Mooney offers faster Ovation 2.