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Medical advisory board supports third class reform

Advocacy | Sep 29, 2014

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

AOPA MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD SUPPORTS THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 29, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

Watchdog report highlights problems with NextGen mandate

Advocacy | Sep 25, 2014

A new report from the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General says delays, cost overruns, and technical problems continue to plague the FAA's implementation of ADS-B.

AOPA RESPONDS TO FEDERAL WATCHDOG REPORT CRITICIZING FAA ON ADS B IMPLEMENTATION

News release | Sep 25, 2014

A new report from the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General is critical of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) progress on ADS-B implementation, pointing out delays, cost overruns and inadequate benefits. These and other problems, including inaccurate data that has led to enforcement actions against pilots, mean the FAA may not be able to fully justify the investments taxpayers and pilots have made in the system, according to the report released Sept. 24.

Rokita: Medical reform will happen

Advocacy | Sep 22, 2014

As momentum builds for the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), a co-author of the bill expressed optimism on AOPA Live This Week that medical certification reform will happen, either by FAA rulemaking or legislation.

AOPA WELCOMES FAA SUMMIT TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES OF ADS-B MANDATE

News release | Sep 19, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) welcomed a Sept. 18 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announcement that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) by the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline. ADS-B is a critical component of the NextGen air traffic modernization program.

FAA to address barriers to NextGen mandate at industry summit

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

The FAA announced Sept. 18 that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B, a move welcomed by AOPA.

AOPA SEEKS FLEXIBILITY IN FEDERAL HANGAR REGULATIONS

News release | Sep 18, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is pressing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer pilots and aircraft owners more flexibility when it comes to the use of hangars at airports that have received federal funding.

AOPA seeks more flexibility in hangar use

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

AOPA is asking the FAA to be more flexible when it comes to determining what constitutes acceptable use of airport hangars.

GA GROUPS OPPOSE U.S. SENATE BILL THAT WOULD CLOSE MISSOURI'S ST. CLAIR REGIONAL AIRPORT

News release | Sep 18, 2014

– The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and three other general aviation groups Wednesday asked key members of the U.S. Senate to forgo legislation that could close St. Clair Municipal Airport (K39) near St. Louis, and instead follow established Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) procedures for the potential closure of airports that have accepted federal grants.

Industry to senators: Don't close GA airport

Advocacy | Sep 18, 2014

An industry group led by AOPA is asking the Senate not to pursue legislation that would close Missouri’s St. Clair Regional Airport.

FLYING PHYSICIANS URGE SWIFT MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 15, 2014

The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.

AOPA hosts fuels presentation at NASAO conference

Advocacy | Sep 11, 2014

State and local aviation officials recently learned about the latest efforts to transition from 100LL avgas to an unleaded fuel and got an update on the initiative to reform third class medical certification.

Bettles Airport lighting system crucial for pilots

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

AOPA is opposing an FAA proposal to decommission Bettles Airport’s approach lighting system because such a move could negatively impact IFR operations at the airport.

FAA lists approved ATP training programs online

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

The FAA is taking steps requested by AOPA to help ATP applicants locate the resources they need to pursue their training.

FAA: Draft certification standards 'moving forward'

Advocacy | Sep 10, 2014

The FAA expressed optimism that draft airman certifications standards now entering a multi-phase test process will improve the training and testing of future pilots.

FAA selects four unleaded fuels for testing

Advocacy | Sep 08, 2014

The FAA has selected four unleaded aviation fuels to undergo initial testing at the agency's William J. Hughes Technical Center. Two fuels developed by Swift Fuels and one fuel each developed by Shell and TOTAL will undergo laboratory and rig testing beginning this fall and concluding in fall 2015.

Membership News & Notes: ‘Loud and clear,’ says Huerta

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

The FAA has sent a proposal to reform the third class medical certification process to the Department of Transportation (USDOT) for review, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

SENATORS URGE QUICK ACTION ON THIRD-CLASS MEDICAL REFORM

News release | Sep 04, 2014

Eleven U.S. senators, all co-sponsors of a bill to reform the third-class medical process, are asking the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed medical reform rule.

Pilot Counsel: Revisiting shared expenses

Pilot Magazine | Sep 04, 2014

Two recent legal interpretations by the FAA’s chief counsel deal with the time-honored privilege of a private pilot—and a commercial and ATP pilot while exercising only private pilot privileges—to conduct a shared-expense flight.

Hangar policy comment deadline extended

Article | Sep 03, 2014

The FAA has granted a 30-day extension on the comment period for its hangar use policy and AOPA is encouraging members to submit their thoughts.

Senators urge quick action on medical reform

Advocacy | Sep 03, 2014

Eleven senators are the latest to ask the Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget to take quick action on third class medical reform.

Fire risk prompts AD

Advocacy | Aug 25, 2014

Citing one known fatal accident, the FAA has proposed stricter inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) combustion heaters.