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New repair station security rule reflects AOPA concerns

Advocacy | Jan 16, 2014

A new security rule for repair stations handling large aircraft reflects concerns AOPA raised as far back as 2009.

House passes bill giving GA input on TSA plans

Advocacy | Dec 04, 2013

The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.

Jet convention hears from national leaders

Article | Oct 22, 2013

A member of Congress and a past Treasury secretary addressed the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas Oct. 22 on a variety of topics from aviation user fees that were proposed as long ago as 1973 to the economy. General aviation faces a growing threat on many fronts.

Cell phone call solves lost-com emergency

Article | Jul 11, 2013

When the electrical system of his Beech Bonanza quit after takeoff, Raymond Cody's iPad and cell phone came in handy.

AOPA announces Airport Watch program to national audience in Washington, D.C.

Article | Mar 25, 2013

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TSA chief urged to break security plan impasse

Advocacy | Feb 21, 2013

Restrictive security rules in effect at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport have choked off access to general aviation facilities, killing off businesses and driving other tenants from the premises, said AOPA and elected officials in letters urging the head of the Transportation Security Administration to intercede in stalled local efforts to fix the problem.

Response, lessons learned from sheriff in glider arrest

Article | Jan 17, 2013

Law enforcement officers who arrested a glider pilot for flying legally in airspace over a nuclear power plant were not familiar with operations of that type of aircraft, and some made mistaken assumptions about the airspace over the plant, the sheriff told AOPA after the incident drew criticism from pilots.

Flight schools shouldn’t be scapegoat for foreign student vetting

Advocacy | Jul 19, 2012

A Government Accountability Office report released July 18 indicates that foreign students in the United States received flight training--and earned their pilot certificate--even though some had entered the country illegally or had overstayed their authorized period. The breakdown in oversight occurred from a lack of communication among governmental agencies, not a lack of compliance from flight training providers, AOPA says.