General aviation is an extraordinary industry with a terrible appellation. How is it that the industry spawned by the heroic efforts of the Wright brothers, the industry that gave birth to the jewel of the U.S.'s industrial might–the aerospace industry–and the industry that includes the magic of teaching anyone interested how to fly, goes by the generic-sounding term "general aviation?"
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
An article in The Atlantic magazine alleging that general aviation security is lax to nonexistent prompted an outcry from GA organizations last month.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Summit kicked off today at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. The summit’s opening keynote session summarized results of a study conducted by Apco Insight not on why 75 to 80 percent of new student pilots quit flying without earning a pilot certificate but on how to help motivate students by aligning the training experience with their expectations.
Walter J. Gengarelly Jr. (Jan. 29, 1935 - Sept. 24, 2010)
It is always tough to lose one of your own, and all of us here at AIN are saddened with the passing of our good friend Walter Gengarelly, who died Sept. 24, 2010, after undergoing heart surgery a few weeks earlier.
AOPA president Craig Fuller is wondering if Chicago’s Meigs Field could be reopened, now that mayor Richard Daley has announced he won’t seek re-election. On March 30, 2003, Daley closed the airport by sending bulldozers to rip up the runway in the middle of the night.
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group's annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) last week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group’s annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
Aviation–and in particular general aviation–dodged a financial bullet early last month when the Obama Administration released a Fiscal Year 2011 budget request that contained no new user fees for aviation.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has submitted a motion to serve as a friend of the court in the City of Santa Monica’s appeal to uphold its ordinance banning Category C and D jet traffic from Santa Monica Airport. Last year, the city tried to enact the ordinance, but the FAA issued a cease-and-desist order that was later backed by a temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court.
Two powerful members of the House aviation subcommittee are circulating a letter urging President Obama not to include general aviation user fees in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.