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FAA TO BEGIN EVALUATION OF UNLEADED FUEL CANDIDATES

News release | Jul 10, 2014

The search for viable replacements to leaded avgas is moving to the next stage as the FAA prepares to begin evaluating fuels submitted for testing through the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI). July 1 marked the deadline for candidate fuels to be submitted into this program.

Nine fuels vie to replace leaded avgas

Advocacy | Jul 10, 2014

The FAA has accepted nine fuels to be evaluated as potential replacements to avgas, marking a milestone in the search for an unleaded GA fuel.

AOPA joins complaint to keep Santa Monica airport open

Advocacy | Jul 07, 2014

AOPA has joined with aviation businesses, organizations and individuals in a complaint filed with the FAA July 2 to ensure that Santa Monica Airport remains open after 2015.

AOPA JOINS COMPLAINT TO KEEP SANTA MONICA AIRPORT OPEN

News release | Jul 03, 2014

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has joined with aviation businesses, organizations and individuals in a complaint filed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) July 2 to ensure that Santa Monica Airport remains open after 2015.

Proposed expansion of PA-28 fuel selector AD withdrawn

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

The FAA on June 27 withdrew a proposal to expand an airworthiness directive that requires replacing the fuel selector valve cover on certain Piper PA-28-series aircraft.

FAA faces ‘programmatic challenges’ with NextGen

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2014

The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton testified June 25.

Four things to know about unmanned aircraft

Article | Jun 30, 2014

Titans of aerospace and startups alike gathered in Grand Fork, N.D., June 25 and 26 to discuss the future of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. Here’s what a general aviation pilot should know about the emerging industry.

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.

FAA reasserts enforcement authority over model aircraft

Advocacy | Jun 24, 2014

The FAA is warning model aircraft operators not to fly with first-person-view goggles or for hire in new guidance prompted by an uptick in reports of reckless model aircraft use.

AOPA urges competitive process for FSS changes

Article | Jun 13, 2014

AOPA is asking the FAA to use an open, competitive process to determine the future of flight services.

NextGen mandate too expensive, AOPA member tells House committee

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2014

The FAA should leverage existing cockpit technologies to move NextGen forward before mandating new equipment, an AOPA member told the House Small Business Committee.

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVES $15.7 BILLION IN FAA FUNDING FOR 2015

News release | Jun 11, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday voted to provide $15.7 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration in fiscal year 2015, representing a slight increase from the current $15.6 billion funding level.

FAA approves first commercial unmanned flights over land

Article | Jun 11, 2014

The Puma AE, a hand-launched aircraft with a wingspan of nine feet, will survey Alaskan roads and infrastructure for energy corporation BP.

Membership News & Notes: Saving SMO

Pilot Magazine | Jun 06, 2014

A group of Santa Monica residents has launched a ballot initiative that would give city residents a say in the future use of Santa Monica Municipal Airport property, and AOPA has pledged to support the effort.

AOPA Live This Week - June 5, 2014

Video | Jun 06, 2014

Super Cub number 1, restored by two master craftsman. First flight of Solar Impulse Two. The FBI is on the trail of criminals with lasers lighting up aircraft. The latest on NextGen.

Letters: AOPA 75 Years

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

Our May 2014 issue was dedicated to the anniversary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, encouraging members to comment, reflect—and correct.

Companies seek approval for unmanned aerial filming

Article | Jun 04, 2014

Seven aerial photo and video production companies are asking the FAA for permission to use small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for television and movie filming, the FAA announced June 2.

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.

FBI: $10,000 bounty for laser-pointing perps

Article | Jun 04, 2014

After a temporarily blinding green laser flashed into the cockpit of a Robinson R22 on a training flight at North Carolina’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport on May 6, the CFI and student helped police track down the person shining the laser. Now, the FBI is offering to reward those who provide information on laser incidents that lead to the arrest of such individuals.

Support for medical reform grows

Advocacy | May 29, 2014

With 111 co-sponsors in the House, legislation to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical continues to gain momentum.

HondaJet progresses

Article | May 20, 2014

Honda Aircraft Co. reported the new HondaJet remains on track for delivery in 2015, with a new color option unveiled in Geneva.

Superior AMOC gets grounded aircraft flying

Advocacy | May 20, 2014

Aircraft that have been grounded by an airworthiness directive affecting some Superior Air Parts replacement cylinder assemblies can get back in the air thanks to an alternative means of compliance approved by the FAA on May 19.

FAA sets deadline for Cheyenne MOA comments

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

The FAA is accepting comments for the U.S. Air Force's Cheyenne Low and High military operations areas after a modification to the southwest corner of the proposed special-use airspace was made.