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AOPA thanks TSA Administrator John Pistole for his service

Advocacy | Oct 16, 2014

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole announced Oct. 16 that he would retire from the helm of the agency on Dec. 31. According to the TSA, Pistole is the longest serving administrator the agency has had. His nomination to head the TSA was confirmed in 2010.

AOPA THANKS TSA ADMINISTRATOR JOHN PISTOLE FOR HIS SERVICE

News release | Oct 16, 2014

AOPA THANKS TSA ADMINISTRATOR JOHN PISTOLE FOR HIS SERVICE

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.

House urges curb on TSA ‘emergency’ rules

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

The House has called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to curb its use of emergency authority to impose long-term security regulations and directives not tied to a specific threat.

WTOP report misled on aviation security

Advocacy | Jun 06, 2012

AOPA and five other aviation associations represent the bulk of those who make and fly general aviation aircraft, and work closely with security officials and the FAA to keep aviation safe.

Access solution emerging in Grand Junction

Advocacy | May 22, 2012

General aviation tenants facing constrained access under security rules at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport expressed hope that progress is emerging from months of negotiations with officials.

Senators to DHS: Expedite repair-station rule

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must promptly complete its rules covering aircraft repair station security - freeing aircraft manufacturers to compete and releasing the FAA from a ban on certifying foreign repair facilities, said members of the Senate Commerce Committee.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

NATIONAL ACTION TSA to AOPA: Security program won’t target small airports The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confirmed that a new proposal for general aviation security will not target small airports; instead, the proposal will focus on aircraft. During the American Association of Airport Executives Aviation Security Summit in Arlington, Virginia, TSA Assistant Administrator John Sammon said that a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking working its way through the TSA would reflect the input from AOPA and other GA stakeholders shared in industry working-group meetings held last year.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft theft insurance

Article | Nov 01, 2010

Imagine your shock if you walked into your hangar and saw that it was empty. Your airplane was missing.

AOPA security training gets nod

Article | Apr 01, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration has begun directing flight instructors and flight school employees to AOPA's “GA Security” online course for initial and yearly recurrent security awareness training.

House seeks to rein in emergency security directives

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2009

The TSA could have to clear a checkpoint, so to speak, if Congress gets its way. A bill introduced in the House Sept. 30 would modify the TSA’s authority to issue security directives using emergency procedures.

GA must stand united, Congressmen say

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2009

All segments of general aviation - from business aviation to light sport aviation—must stand united in the fight against user fees, said Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) during an open legislative forum Aug. 1 at EAA AirVenture.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

General Aviation Serves America AOPA has kept membership dues low, just $39 a year for the past 19 years. We’re proud of that record, but it also means we need to ask for your help when we face major challenges, as we do today.

Time to renew your TSA security awareness training?

Article | Apr 01, 2009

Spring is in the air, and many of us want to get back into flying or start flying. For a flight instructor, spring begins a busy flying season.

AOPA Action

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Aviation gets $3 billion in proposed stimulus package Plans for a proposed economic stimulus package will include money for aviation infrastructure, specifically for airport improvements, according to an executive summary of the House Democrats’ stimulus legislation recently released by House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.). AOPA has strongly encouraged lawmakers to include general aviation in any economic stimulus proposal, raising the issue with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team as far back as November of last year.