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Article | Feb 26, 2013, ATP Flight School's pilot recruitment tool, is now available for all pilots.

Idaho bills would restructure aviation fees to boost revenue

Advocacy | Feb 14, 2013

AOPA is analyzing the impact of a proposed aviation fee restructuring in Idaho that would raise rates for pilots to increase revenue for the state’s Aeronautics Division by an estimated $153,500.

Rep. Pompeo: GA too important to be misunderstood

Advocacy | Jan 25, 2013

A congressman from Kansas who believes that general aviation is too important an economic engine to be misunderstood by policymakers has launched an education campaign to correct common misconceptions.

Heard at Summit

Article | Oct 15, 2012

Find out what people had to say at AOPA Aviation Summit in this highlight of some of the notable quotes heard during the show.

AOPA honors Sen. John Thune with Hartranft award

Advocacy | Oct 12, 2012

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee's aviation subcommittee, was tapped as the 2012 recipient of AOPA's Joseph B. "Doc" Hartranft Jr. Award Oct. 12 for his tireless work on behalf of general aviation in Congress.

Is your aircraft transmitting outdated data?

Advocacy | Sep 28, 2012

The FAA is observing several instances of incorrect registration data loaded onto Mode S transponder units; and statistics indicate a potential increase in lapsed aircraft registrations.

Summit advance registration extended to Oct. 1

Article | Sep 19, 2012

The early registration discount for AOPA Aviation Summit Oct. 11 through 13 has been extended to Oct. 1.

Cessna leading LSA registration race

Article | Sep 06, 2012

If you look at total aircraft registered, as seen on, then Flight Design still leads the light sport aircraft market based on the 347 aircraft it has sold, with Cessna Aircraft Co. coming in second with 253 sold. But if you look at who is registering LSA aircraft the fastest, then Cessna wins with 71 registered in the first six months of 2012.

ARROW: Checking your registration more important than ever

Article | Aug 13, 2012

Is your registration certificate still valid? Checking an aircraft registration certificate is not as simple as it used to be.

Re-registration opens for aircraft with October certificates

Article | Jul 10, 2012

Owners of aircraft registered prior to Oct. 1, 2010 should check the mail for an FAA notice of required re-registration. Aircraft registered in September of any year must register by July 31, and processing delays could ground aircraft after Sept. 30 until a new registration arrives by mail. The FAA urges owners to check the schedule and allow sufficient time for processing.

Event at 'hidden gem' takes 258 passengers aloft

Article | Jun 05, 2012

Near-perfect weather and an enthusiastic crowd were an ideal recipe for Learn to Fly Day at the Frederick (Md.) Municipal Airport on June 2. The event, sponsored by AOPA and the airport, drew an estimated 600 people throughout the day; volunteer pilots flew 258 passengers.

FAA revises flight-data blocking rules

Advocacy | May 14, 2012

After a mandate from Congress last year, the FAA had to reverse a policy of publicly disseminating private aircraft flight data; now it is going a step further by publishing new procedures that would give owners and operators broader control over their flight information's disclosure. The agency will accept comments on its notice of proposed process until June 8.

Re-registration open for aircraft with Sept. certificates

Advocacy | May 10, 2012

The FAA requires all aircraft registered prior to Oct. 1, 2010, to re-register, and online applications from owners of aircraft registered in September of any year are being accepted through July 31.

Strong start for GA in Transportation appropriations bill

Advocacy | Apr 26, 2012

Support for key general aviation initiatives was evident in the $15.9 billion provided for the FAA as part of the Department of Transportation funding bill for fiscal 2013 that was passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.

American Bonanza Society to hold convention during Summit

Article | Apr 18, 2012

AOPA and the American Bonanza Society have partnered to hold each group's annual convention together with the common goal to create more value for attendees by offering relevant content.

AOPA Aviation Summit Registration now open

Article | Apr 18, 2012

From the return of the highly anticipated Parade of Planes, a Palm Springs exclusive, to resort parties and outdoor adventures, AOPA Aviation Summit in sunny Palm Springs, Calif., offers an experience like no other. New learning opportunities offer more than 100 hours of engaging education that uses hands-on demonstrations and practice activities to help you retain and recall the information when you need it most.

Alaska borough repeals aircraft tax

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2012

Aircraft owners in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Alaska will save $75 to $125 a year on registration fees now that the Borough Assembly has voted to repeal a registration tax.

Borough to vote on aircraft registration tax repeal

Advocacy | Feb 29, 2012

Acting on a recommendation from its aviation advisory board, the Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, Borough Assembly plans to vote March 6 to eliminate its aircraft registration tax.


Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Since the economic collapse of 2008, business aviation has been a lightning rod of controversy. Thoughtless auto executives who individually flew their corporate jets to Washington, D.C., to ask for corporate handouts turned tail and sulked home rather than stand and defend the role business aviation plays in the success of a company.

GA groups steadfast in fight for pilots’ privacy rights

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2011

In a full-court press against a Department of Transportation plan that would threaten pilots' privacy rights by dismantling the Block Aircraft Registration Request program, the National Business Aviation Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, and AOPA filed a petition July 1, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit "to prevent the order from taking effect before it has ruled on the appeal."

FAA’s flight-tracking plan puts security, privacy at risk

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2011

AOPA is urging the FAA to reconsider plans to curtail pilots' use of a program that shields information about their flights from public view.

House passes FAA reauthorization bill

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2011

The House voted 223-196 to approve a bill that would reauthorize the FAA's operations and programs for four years, at an overall funding level of $59.7 billion.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Here is a new wide-ranging FAA rule that will significantly affect all United States “N”-registered civil aircraft—essentially all of general aviation in this country. It becomes effective next month, on October 1, 2010.

Aircraft re-registration requirement on horizon

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2010

A rule requiring aircraft re-registration is awaiting FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt's signature and could go into effect this fall. Currently, there is a one-time aircraft registration with a $5 fee; the new rule would require that aircraft be re-registered every three years, and the fee for that is yet unknown.

Fly-Outs: July

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

It's July and summer is in full swing. What a great time to celebrate your freedom to fly.