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Medical reform could be added to highway bill

Advocacy | Jul 22, 2015

An amendment to the Senate highway bill that includes third class medical reform language has been filed by Sens. Joe Manchin and John Boozman.

Iowa lawmakers back trio of GA bills in overtime session

Article | Jul 07, 2015

A trio of measures benefiting Iowa and its pilots passed the General Assembly in June before lawmakers gaveled their 2015 session to a close. Five extra weeks of wrangling produced three AOPA-backed bills clarifying aviation education, land use, and development in the state.

Aviation funding gets needed boost in Ohio

Advocacy | Jul 07, 2015

Ohio’s new $71 billion state budget contains a “significant” increase in funding for airport projects.

Pro-GA bills protect pilots, fund airports in Michigan

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2015

General aviation pilots in Michigan are poised to benefit from a windfall of pro-GA bills working their way through the state legislature.

New Texas laws benefit GA

Advocacy | Jun 25, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a number of general-aviation-friendly bills into law after the state legislature adjourned June 1.

Medical reform moving forward

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2015

Third class medical reform efforts continue to move forward, and AOPA will pursue every possible avenue to ensure that pilots get the relief they need, the association said June 23.

New airport site selected for northern Minnesota

Advocacy | Jun 23, 2015

A new airport site has been selected to bring general aviation access to Lake of the Woods County in remote northern Minnesota near the U.S.-Canada border.

Ohio budget amendment would protect aviation dollars

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2015

An Ohio Senate Finance Committee amendment to the state's operating budget bill would ensure that airport improvement funds are not diverted to other purposes.

Washington governor praises GA in proclamation

Advocacy | Jun 02, 2015

General aviation is vital to the state of Washington’s economy and transportation system and contributes to the well-being of its citizens, proclaimed Gov. Jay Inslee.

Bills to improve safety, save money advance in Texas

Advocacy | May 07, 2015

Bills to mark and register meteorological evaluation towers, expand a tax exemption for aircraft maintenance, provide free state airport directories, and continue to provide a sale-for-resale tax exemption for leased aircraft, top AOPA's priorities in Texas.

Baker reinforces reform message in House

Advocacy | Apr 30, 2015

AOPA President Mark Baker reinforced his message that medical and certification reform are critical to the future of general aviation during a House roundtable.

Grant put to good work

Article | Apr 29, 2015

A California pilot group demonstrated the power of general aviation to respond in times of need, putting an AOPA Foundation grant to good use.

Minnesota sets public meetings on airport zoning

Advocacy | Apr 29, 2015

Minnesota’s aviation community will have opportunities to weigh in on proposed changes to airport zoning laws at a series of outreach meetings.

Light the way

Article | Apr 28, 2015

Once part of a national network that guided pilots of the 1930s through treacherous terrain, Montana’s airway beacons are both historic and functional.

NY tax exemption saves aircraft owners thousands

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2015

New Yorkers who are considering buying an aircraft that will be based in the state can save at least 4 percent starting Sept. 1 since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the aircraft sales-and-use tax exemption as part of the new state budget.

FAA releases list of instrument approaches to be eliminated

Advocacy | Apr 14, 2015

The FAA has identified 736 VOR and NDB instrument approach procedures it would eliminate during the establishment of the NextGen satellite-based air traffic system.

Zoning threatens Washington airport

Advocacy | Mar 20, 2015

AOPA is working with local residents in Eatonville, Washington, to prevent changes to a development plan that would adversely affect Swanson Airport.

Landing fees proposed for Alaska’s Deadhorse Airport

Advocacy | Mar 09, 2015

The state of Alaska, facing declining revenue from oil and related sources, may begin charging weight-based landing fees at Deadhorse Airport.

Call me an optimist

Pilot Magazine | Mar 09, 2015

It seems appropriate, this spring, to talk about just how optimistic I am about getting third class medical reform. And I do believe we can get this done.

Aviation groups bring safety, cost concerns to Iowa lawmakers

Advocacy | Mar 04, 2015

Eliminating unnecessary cost burdens for flight training providers and assuring obstruction-free land development around airports were among legislative priorities that AOPA raised with Iowa lawmakers.