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AOPA thanks TSA Administrator John Pistole for his service

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2014

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole announced Oct. 16 that he would retire from the helm of the agency on Dec. 31. According to the TSA, Pistole is the longest serving administrator the agency has had. His nomination to head the TSA was confirmed in 2010.

TOP DOWN CBP REVIEW PROMISES BETTER TRAINING PROCEDURES

News release | Oct 08, 2014

A promised top-down review of general aviation (GA) enforcement practices by Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Office of Air and Marine shows that the agency has heard GA concerns, but the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will remain vigilant to ensure the rights and freedoms of pilots are respected, the association said Wednesday.

CBP review promises better training and procedures

Advocacy | Oct 08, 2014

A top-down review of CBP's enforcement practices shows the agency has heard GA concerns, but AOPA will remain vigilant to protect pilot rights.

‘Great day to be at an airport’

Article | Oct 04, 2014

Rain the night before may have dampened the grass at Frederick Municipal Airport, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of about 3,000 attendees who turned out for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Maryland Oct. 4.

SoCal pilots descend on Chino

Article | Sep 21, 2014

AOPA’s fifth regional fly-in of 2014 brought 329 aircraft and some 2,500 people to Chino, California, Sept. 20.

Briefing: Spokane Fly-In

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

“I want to spend every day here!” cried a small boy as the fourth 2014 regional AOPA Fly-In in Spokane, Washington, came to a close at Felts Field (SFF) on Saturday, August 16.

Guest Editorial: Getting the job done

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

It’s my job to make sure we put member needs first in all our advocacy efforts.

Baker: Medical reform is AOPA's top priority

Article | Jul 30, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker reiterated his position that the FAA must respond to the association’s request for action on the long-dormant third class medical reform petition.

Dunn speaks at GA issues conference

Advocacy | Jul 16, 2014

Questionable searches of GA aircraft by Customs and Border Protection and the fight to keep Santa Monica Municipal Airport open were among the topics discussed by AOPA's Bill Dunn at the recent American Association of Airport Executives General Aviation Issues and Security Conference.

AOPA WELCOMES MOVEMENT TOWARDS PILOT'S BILL OF RIGHTS 2

News release | Jun 30, 2014

A draft outline for a new Pilot’s Bill of Rights unveiled today calls for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to act on third class medical reform within 180 days of the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act becoming law and would also limit Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) authority to stop and search general aviation (GA) aircraft unless there is reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.

Inhofe seeks to expand Pilot’s Bill of Rights

Advocacy | Jun 30, 2014

On June 30, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) launched a website detailing what he is calling the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2. The draft indicates that the bill would limit Customs and Border Protection’s authority to stop and search GA aircraft and require the FAA to act on third class medical certification reform within 180 days of the bill becoming law.

Baker takes GA cause to Homeland Security secretary

Advocacy | Jun 27, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson June 26 to discuss issues important to general aviation pilots, particularly Customs and Border Protection stops of innocent pilots flying within U.S. borders.

Pilots feel the love at Colorado’s Loveland Fly-In

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2014

While pancakes were frying on the griddle early June 21, pilots were flying in to Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport in Loveland, Colo., for the Colorado Pilots Association’s annual Aviation Expo and Fly-In.

Guest Editorial: Giving pilots a voice

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Border protection is incredibly important, but targeting the general aviation community demonstrates a lack of respect for legal protections enjoyed by all Americans.

CBP to be 'more judicious' in stopping GA aircraft after AOPA applies pressure

Advocacy | May 28, 2014

Less than one month after AOPA President Mark Baker met with Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, CBP has publicly said that it will be more careful in targeting general aviation aircraft for search.

President's Position: Flying fun

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

Flying is fun. Or at least it should be. Most of us can give 100 well-thought-out reasons why we fly—transportation, business, convenience, efficiency, productivity.

AOPA tells CBP commissioner to end GA stops

Advocacy | Apr 30, 2014

During a meeting April 30, AOPA President Mark Baker told the head of Customs and Border Protection that egregious encounters with general aviation pilots and aircraft must end.

GA stops and searches continue

Advocacy | Apr 24, 2014

A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.