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FAA funding secured through September 2015

Advocacy | Dec 16, 2014

Congress has passed an omnibus spending bill that keeps the FAA, and other government agencies, funded through September 2015.

IFR Fix: Timing the handoff

IFR Fix | Dec 12, 2014

No one likes to blow a radio exchange with ATC, but it's not possible to know exactly when a handoff from one center sector to another, or from a center to approach, is going to happen.

AOPA advocates for pilots on proposed California overflight regs

Advocacy | Dec 11, 2014

AOPA continues to advocate for pilots’ access to airspace on what has become a multi-year effort by the California Department of Parks and Recreation to regulate airspace over its state wilderness areas, cultural preserves, and national preserves.

AOPA, FAA ease holiday travel headache in Massachusetts

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2014

While East Coast travelers faced challenging conditions in the air and on the ground leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, AOPA and the FAA worked quickly to ease general aviation pilots’ travel concerns stemming from a vice presidential TFR.

FAA site makes finding notams easier

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Finding the notams relevant to your planned flights just got easier. The FAA's new online search tool streamlines the burdensome and confusing process of wading through scores of safety notices filled with obscure acronyms.

New FAA rule allows more sim time for instrument training

Advocacy | Dec 03, 2014

The FAA has doubled the number of training device hours pilots may count toward an instrument rating following a request from AOPA.

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.

Chicago fire review released

Article | Nov 25, 2014

The FAA is working to automate a contingency plan developed on the fly when Chicago Center was taken out by arson from within Sept. 26.

NTSB: FAA may enforce regs on unmanned aircraft

Article | Nov 18, 2014

An unmanned aircraft is subject to enforcement of regulations prohibiting reckless operation of aircraft, the NTSB said Nov. 18 in a decision sending the case of photographer Raphael Pirker back to an administrative law judge.

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.

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.

Restoration of weather observer urged for Gulkana, Alaska

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is urging the FAA to restore canceled weather augmentation services at Alaska’s Gulkana Airport.

AOPA ready to work with FAA on ADS-B Out mandate

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is standing ready to work with the FAA and industry to break down the barriers to meeting the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. At the top of the association’s list of concerns is lowering the cost to comply.

FAA says fuel taxes must fund aviation

Advocacy | Nov 06, 2014

The FAA has clarified its rule regarding the use of state and local fuel tax revenues, saying that the money must be used for aviation purposes.

Too expensive

Pilot Magazine | Nov 06, 2014

We are almost exactly five years away from a big deadline set by the FAA. On January 1, 2020, all aircraft will have to be equipped for ADS-B Out if they want to fly inside airspace that requires a Mode C transponder today.

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.

AOPA delivers strong message on mandate

Advocacy | Oct 30, 2014

AOPA’s message that the cost to equip is too high and must drop substantially was heard loud and clear at a “call to action” summit on ADS-B.

AOPA CALLS ON FAA TO ADDRESS SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH ADS-B MANDATE

News release | Oct 28, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA ) must address the serious concerns of the general aviation industry before pushing ahead with a mandate to install ADS-B Out equipment by Jan. 1, 2020, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) told the agency in a strongly worded letter.

AOPA tells FAA mandate unworkable without changes

Article | Oct 28, 2014

The FAA must address the serious concerns of the general aviation industry before pushing ahead with a 2020 ADS-B mandate, AOPA told the FAA administrator.

Tragedy close to home

Article | Oct 24, 2014

A collision near Frederick Municipal Airport Oct. 23 claimed three lives and left the local aviation community–including AOPA–in mourning.