Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

March 1, 2011 - 3:15am

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?"

January 31, 2011 - 8:00am

An article in The Atlantic magazine alleging that general aviation security is lax to nonexistent prompted an outcry from GA organizations last month.

November 11, 2010 - 11:23am

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.

October 27, 2010 - 10:00am

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.

October 12, 2010 - 6:08am

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.

September 3, 2010 - 5:50am

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.

August 3, 2010 - 1:07pm

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.

February 23, 2010 - 10:30am

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.

November 24, 2009 - 8:47am

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.

October 30, 2009 - 8:33am

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.

 
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