Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig Fuller is expressing disappointment that as part of his $3.8 trillion fiscal year 2013 budget, the president has included a $100 per-flight fee to fund the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control services.
Recreational aviation and backcountry strips in US Forest Service lands recently received a much-needed lift, according to a report at AOPA.org, which notes that Forest Service planners must now consider aviation in their plans, whether it be preserving or maintaining backcountry strips. Read the full report here.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has promoted Heidi Williams to Vice President, Air Traffic Services and Modernization. Craig Spence, Vice President of Operations and International Affairs, will continue to lead AOPA’s security advocacy efforts and will take on greater responsibilities related to international activities.
AOPA is calling for the Federal Communications Commission to revoke LightSquared’s conditional approval to develop a mobile-satellite network, noting that “a technical committee that analyzed test data has concluded that the transmissions pose intractable interference problems for aviation navigation and other uses of GPS.” Read the full report here.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig L. Fuller recently unveiled a new initiative designed to encourage best practices and recognize flight training providers who put those practices to work every day through the AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards.
The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, held in Sebring, Florida, Jan. 19-22, posted record-breaking attendance this year.