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Senate appropriators pass FAA funding plan

Advocacy | Apr 25, 2016

The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would provide $16.4 billion in funding to the FAA for the 2017 fiscal year.

FAA talks drone integration

Article | Apr 21, 2016

The FAA held its first UAS Symposium April 19 and 20, seeking feedback from the unmanned aircraft community on drone integration into the National Airspace System.

Senate passes FAA reauthorization

Advocacy | Apr 19, 2016

The Senate has passed FAA reauthorization legislation, including third class medical reform.

Dollars for drone safety

Article | Apr 13, 2016

AirMap, the Santa Monica, California, firm founded by pilot Ben Marcus, has raised $15 million to support safe integration of drones.

FAA reauthorization debated in Senate

Advocacy | Apr 07, 2016

The full Senate has begun debating FAA reauthorization, passing amendments designed to increase security and rejecting a proposal to prevent airlines from shrinking seats.

Micro drone recommendations issued

Advocacy | Apr 06, 2016

A government-industry panel charged with making recommendations for creating a “micro drone” category has submitted its formal report to the FAA.

FAA tasks panel with addressing TFR issues

Advocacy | Apr 04, 2016

The FAA has formally tasked an industry committee with making recommendations for improving temporary flight restriction graphics in response to AOPA concerns about inconsistencies and errors in the way the airspace is depicted.

FAA hosts GA Safety Summit

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2016

AOPA emphasized the role of innovation, technology, and regulatory reform in improving safety during the FAA's General Aviation Safety Summit.

Drone sightings steady

Article | Mar 31, 2016

The FAA released a new set of reports of unmanned aircraft sightings March 25, followed by new rules for commercial operators.

FAA announces unleaded fuel finalists

Advocacy | Mar 29, 2016

The FAA has selected two unleaded fuels to move to the next phase of testing for use in general aviation aircraft.

AOPA helps drone operators unravel FAA rules

Advocacy | Mar 22, 2016

Drone pilots operating near airports can get help deciphering FAA guidance and learn more about best practices from a new AOPA fact sheet.

Senate passes amended FAA funding extension

Advocacy | Mar 17, 2016

The Senate has passed an amended version of a House bill to keep the FAA running through July 15, but changes introduced in the Senate mean the measure must now return to the House for final approval before it can become law.

AOPA seeks funding for contract towers

Advocacy | Mar 16, 2016

Aviation organizations including AOPA are asking lawmakers in the House and Senate to protect funding for contract control towers.

FAA reauthorization moves to full Senate

Advocacy | Mar 16, 2016

Legislation to reauthorize the FAA through the 2017 fiscal year moves to the full Senate after passing the Senate Commerce Committee on March 16.

House passes FAA funding extension

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2016

The House has passed an extension to keep the FAA running through July 15 and collecting excise taxes on fuel through March 2017.

Senate unveils FAA reauthorization plan

Advocacy | Mar 09, 2016

The Senate Commerce Committee has unveiled its own version of FAA reauthorization legislation, which it will mark up on March 16.

Proposed rule will streamline GA aircraft certification

Advocacy | Mar 09, 2016

The FAA has announced a proposed rule that would make it easier, faster, and less expensive to get modern safety equipment into general aviation aircraft.

Air Force may miss ADS-B deadline

Article | Mar 07, 2016

Top U.S. Air Force officials have told a House subcommittee that they won't make the FAA's 2020 deadline for installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast position reporting equipment.

FAA funding extension expected

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2016

Another short-term extension of the FAA’s current funding seems increasingly likely as FAA reauthorization legislation is further delayed in the House.

New rulemaking for small drones

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2016

AOPA will represent general aviation on an FAA committee created to develop a regulation that would allow small drones to fly close to people.

Changes to pilot testing and certification set for June

Advocacy | Feb 23, 2016

The FAA is on track to meet a June 2016 goal of transitioning to an updated system for those seeking an airplane private pilot certificate or instrument rating.

Drone deadline arrives

Article | Feb 17, 2016

Drone owners who fly for fun (not profit) have registered in big numbers: 342,000 of them just ahead of the Feb. 19 deadline.

AOPA opposes user fees as reauthorization moves to full House

Advocacy | Feb 11, 2016

AOPA is standing firm in its opposition to user fees as FAA reauthorization legislation moves to the full House.

No user fees and modest upticks in White House budget for FAA

Advocacy | Feb 09, 2016

The president’s latest budget plan does not include user fees but does offer increased funding for NextGen modernization and air traffic services.

AOPA files new Part 16 complaint against Santa Monica

Advocacy | Feb 08, 2016

Santa Monica, California, has diverted airport funds, charged excessive and unreasonable landing fees, and denied leases on airport property, according to a new Part 16 complaint filed by AOPA and others.