Preserving your freedom to fly

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

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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

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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

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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


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

The 2015 #FlyKansas Air Tour

What does 530, 145, 172, 9.8, 10, 10, 4, 35, 30, 800 mean? How does… flying about 530 nautical miles which, in a 145 hp Cessna 172, equated to about 9.8 Hobbs hours to 10 airports in 10 different cities … Continue reading Read More

October 7, 2015

PIREPs: More Needed…

We need more Pilot Reports! Alaska has the lowest density of aviation weather stations in the country. It would take 2.4 times as many stations as we have today to equal the average density of AWOS and ASOS stations that … Continue reading Read More

October 5, 2015

Apache Fly-in/Camp-out/STOL competition in Rockdale, TX

This is the second backcountry fly-in I attend in two weeks. I warn you… it may be addicting… However, this one was quite a bit different than the one at Mystic Bluffs, NM. Everybody was able to fly into this … Continue reading Read More

September 11, 2015

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