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Senate appropriators pass FAA funding plan

Advocacy | Apr 25, 2016

The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would provide $16.4 billion in funding to the FAA for the 2017 fiscal year.

Houston flooding swamps airports

Article | Apr 21, 2016

A Texas deluge rivaling the torrents typically brought by Gulf of Mexico hurricanes flooded several Houston airports after 18 inches of rain fell during a short period of time April 18.

New rulemaking for small drones

Advocacy | Feb 25, 2016

AOPA will represent general aviation on an FAA committee created to develop a regulation that would allow small drones to fly close to people.

Droners register in droves

Article | Jan 27, 2016

The FAA reports that nearly 300,000 hobbyists took advantage of the limited-time opportunity to register their drones at no cost.

FAA announces drone registration rules

Advocacy | Dec 14, 2015

The owners of small recreational drones will have to register their aircraft before making their first outdoor flight under new rules announced Dec. 14.

Aviation funding reform plan clears Michigan Senate

Advocacy | Dec 08, 2015

Michigan would free up millions of dollars to invest in its aviation system under a funding reform plan passed by the state Senate.

Alaska considers increasing fuel tax

Article | Dec 03, 2015

Because of the dramatically low price of crude oil, Alaska is facing a budget short fall in excess of $3 billion. Consequently, the state government is looking for ways to decrease services or find supplemental streams of revenue.

Texas seeks comments on tower-marking rules

Advocacy | Nov 23, 2015

The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed rules for enforcing a flight-safety law passed this year requiring the marking and registration of meteorological evaluation towers.

FAA releases drone registration recommendations

Advocacy | Nov 23, 2015

The FAA has released the recommendations of its drone registration task force ahead of anticipated record holiday sales of drones.

Wyoming's Hot Springs County Airport opens

Advocacy | Nov 17, 2015

Aviation safety was enhanced and night operations began when the new Hot Springs County Airport near Thermopolis, Wyoming, opened to the public Nov. 7.