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New group seeks to protect, promote GA in Washington

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Pilots in Washington State have another voice advocating for them on airport, economic, legislative, and public perception issues: the Washington State Aviation Alliance.

Nurturing GA

Advocacy | Jan 28, 2015

Few states match Massachusetts when it comes to supporting airports, and the enthusiasm continues to be nurtured by AOPA and many others.

New England digs out

Article | Jan 28, 2015

The blizzard of Jan. 26 and 27 impacted airports around New England, and prompted some creativity as cleanup began.

DOT sets date to complete review of proposed medical reforms

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The Department of Transportation has announced plans to complete its review of proposed third class medical reforms on Jan. 26, even as AOPA pledges to keep pushing for legislative action.

AOPA pushes DOT to end medical reform delay

Article | Jan 13, 2015

AOPA members and the general aviation community are frustrated by the DOT’s long delay in reviewing medical reforms proposed by the FAA.

A look back at the top stories of 2014

Article | Dec 30, 2014

A tall (but true) tale of a rare aircraft find in Texas, progress on third class medical reform, amazing aviation videos, pilot saves, new aircraft from Mooney, and one pilot’s surprise of a lifetime topped the most-read stories of 2014.

New Hampshire airports seek 'dependable' funding

Advocacy | Dec 17, 2014

Members of New Hampshire’s airports community exchanged ideas on how to secure dependable funding at the annual meeting of the Granite State Airport Management Association.

Despite concerns, San Luis Obispo eyes development near airport

Advocacy | Dec 10, 2014

AOPA has notified San Luis Obispo, California, that the association opposes the city’s move to allow “incompatible” land development close to the county’s regional airport.

Membership News & Notes: Talking to the FAA

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

AOPA doesn’t just fight issues at individual airports, we also engage with the FAA on policy issues that affect airports—and how we use them—all across the country.

AOPA promises to keep working toward overdue medical reform

Advocacy | Nov 26, 2014

Third class medical reform is taking too long, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good.

Fuel farm could increase Georgia airport’s economic impact

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Installing a fuel farm at Berrien County Airport in Nashville, Georgia, could increase the airport’s economic impact on the local community from its last reported $682,200 to nearly $1 million, according to AOPA.

Kansas, Iowa measure demand for lake access

Advocacy | Nov 20, 2014

Kansas and Iowa officials are reaching out to pilots to measure interest in gaining seaplane access to lakes under Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction.

Pennsylvania working to grow its aviation economy

Advocacy | Nov 19, 2014

Pennsylvania is showing its aviation community that there is no need to fly out of state for aircraft maintenance or repairs.

FAA must address key GA issues, AOPA tells Congress

Advocacy | Nov 18, 2014

AOPA President Mark Baker highlighted issues affecting general aviation oversight, regulation, and certification during testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Nov. 18.

Pilots urged to complete Lake Hood Seaplane Base survey

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2014

AOPA is urging pilots who use the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage, Alaska, to participate in a master planning survey.

Medical reform legislation adds co-sponsors

Advocacy | Nov 14, 2014

Support continues to grow for the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, with nine new co-sponsors signing on following midterm elections.

Key GA supporters hold on to seats in Congress

Advocacy | Nov 05, 2014

Many key GA supporters will stay in Congress following the Nov. 4 midterm elections. But retirements and election losses will leave the General Aviation Caucuses in both the House and Senate with some rebuilding to do in 2015.