Advocacy

Preserving your freedom to fly

What to do if stopped by law enforcement

how do you feel about cbp stopping pilotsWith a growing number of reports from law-abiding pilots stopped by armed federal agents on the ramp, AOPA has prepared a kneeboard checklist on how to handle the situation.

Download the checklist

Legislative Affairs

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From state houses to Capitol Hill, AOPA's dedicated government affairs team works to protect pilots' freedom to fly. Their priority is to keep pilots in the air by preventing onerous security measures, crippling taxes and user fees, and burdensome pilot, airport, and airspace regulations.

Airports & State Advocacy

supporting airports

Through AOPA staff, a network of seven regional managers, and a corps of 2,500 Airport Support Network volunteers, AOPA advocates for its members at the state and local level to protect general aviation and America’s community airports.

Air Traffic Services & Technology

ADS-B NextGen

Air Traffic Services & Technology staff monitor possible changes to airspace access that may affect general avaition, and also stay on top of the quickly-changing front of technology.

Get involved

Volunteer for ASN

Join the more than 2,500 Airport Support Network volunteers who work to protect America's general aviation airports. Learn how you can safeguard the security of your local airport through the Airport Watch program.

Regulatory & Certification Policy

regulatory & cerfication

AOPA serves members and provide advocacy on behalf of general aviation on matters affecting airmen, aircraft, operations, and international harmonization. Find out some of what's happening in these areas of interest.

Security & Borders

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The Security & Borders staff work to keep general aviation secure and help maintain international harmony while advocating to keep onerous regulations from burdening pilots.

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Support the AOPA Political Action Committee

Help put strength in AOPA’s Legislative efforts—and demand that Congress protect your freedom to fly—by making a voluntary contribution to AOPA PAC today!

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Views from the Regions

Seaplane pilots: Whitehorse Schwatka Lake Plan comments needed by Sept 1

Seaplane pilots spoke up last fall when a survey was conducted regarding the use of Whitehorse’s Schwatka Lake. In fact, 84% of the comments received were aviation oriented! Now, the City of Whitehorse is about to consider the Draft Schwatka … Continue reading Read More

August 26, 2014

Flying Clubs: A low-cost way to ‘own’ an airplane, and much more…

Early in my flying career, I learned a painful lesson about flight schools in Fairbanks. Some of them are ephemeral, and don’t operate year round! After passing my check ride in September, I happily exercised my new private pilot privileges, … Continue reading Read More

August 25, 2014

Successful Pinch Hitter in Houston

As you might remember… fellow aviator and friend Linda Street-Ely and I planned and organized a Pinch Hitter course (non-pilot flying companions learn the fundamentals of flying, how to talk with ATC controllers, basic emergency procedures, etc) for the Houston … Continue reading Read More

August 19, 2014

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