“FAA reauthorization legislation that passed out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Feb. 11 was beset by concerns from the aviation industry, partisan struggles, and jurisdictional questions before being set aside this week. Medical and certification reforms, long-term funding for projects like modernization, airports, and unleaded fuels—these are the issues that matter to the general aviation community. Throughout this process AOPA has made it clear that we won’t accept user fees in any form on any segment of general aviation and that third-class medical reform remains a top priority. Steady funding for the FAA is important not only for day-to-day operations but for maintaining progress on big initiatives like NextGen modernization and the move to unleaded aviation fuel. Lawmakers understand this and AOPA will keep working with both houses of Congress to ensure that final legislation reflects those needs and protects the future of general aviation.” - Mark Baker, President, AOPA
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly by creating an environment that gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy aviation and all it has to offer. As the world’s largest community of pilots and aviation enthusiasts with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., Wichita, Kans., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA’s events, initiatives, and services bring current and future pilots together and make aviation more accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.