March 20, 2014 - FAA Releases Report on ASSET 2: In-Depth Review of the 497 Unclassified Airports. For the Executive Summary and Summary, click here. For the Report, click here. For the list and disposition of the 497 airports, click here.
July 8, 2013 - FAA releases “one-stop-shop” for airport sponsors to use as a resource when contemplating an airport recycling, reduction, and waste reuse program to further their waste minimization initiatives. Read more here.
June 27, 2013 - The FAA releases its 2013 NextGen implementation plan, including a chapter dedicated to the benefits to general aviation. Read more here.
March 21, 2013- No Vote on Contract Tower Amendment - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has just announced there will be no vote on the Moran Amendment to keep 173 control towers open, and no vote on any amendment that would allow the Administration flexibility to shift the effects of sequestration.
GAAC thanks Senator Jerry Moran for his leadership and determination. And, we thank you for your hard work. We will keep you posted on next steps.
March 14, 2013- Call Your Senators TODAY! - 2:30 PM Update: Bipartisan Amendment to Senate Continuing Resolution
Momentum is building for the amendment filed by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) to provide $50 million to keep contract towers open by redirecting unobligated funds from FAA's facilities and research accounts.
March 13, 2013 -
Bipartisan Amendment to Senate Continuing Resolution
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) has filed Amendment #45 to provide $50 million to keep contract towers open by cutting that funding for the FAA's facilities and research accounts. Of the nearly two dozen amendments that have been filed so far, this one has the most cosponsors and the most bipartisan support...more
March 12, 2013 - GAAC working hard to save the Federal Contract Tower Program: 173 airports that are part of the Federal Contract Tower (FCT) Program received notice last week that their towers will be closed on April 7. Those airports can appeal to FAA that closing their tower will have a national impact. Appeals are due on March 13, and final decisions will be made on March 18..more
February 1, 2013 - ACI-NA released a report on airport capital needs over the next five years. It estimates a need of $71.3 billion, an 11 percent decrease from the last such report in 2011. Non-commercial airports account for $13.4 billion (18.7 percent) of the total $71.3 billion. This includes: reliever airports that account for $3.1 billion (4.4 percent) and other general aviation airports that account for $10.2 billion (14.3 percent).
January 23, 2013 - GA Congressional Caucus Member Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) to head the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Aviation Subcommittee, with Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) to take the top Democratic spot on the panel.
August 6, 2012 - When we asked if you wanted an opportunity to help shape the future of aviation, you all responded with a resounding yes.
Here's your chance to make your voice heard. After dozens of GAAC conference calls and hundreds of e-mails, it's time to move our association up a notch by meeting in person at the nation's capitol. Join us in Washington, D.C. on September 18 and 19 for GAAC's first group advocacy event.
November 21, 2011 - On Friday, November 18th, President Obama signed into law a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration for Fiscal Year 2012. The bill includes funding for AIP, NextGen and research for GA’s transition to unleaded avgas. It also includes a directive to the DOT to keep the Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program
Read more about it
August 2, 2011 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- A stalemate that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration will continue into September. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Senate Democrats were unwilling to accept cuts in subsidies for rural air service.
House Republicans had demanded the $16.5 million in subsidy cuts as part of a bill to continue the FAA's operating authority. Senate Democrats repeatedly tried and failed to pass their own bill without the cuts.
May 17, 2011 -
The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have each passed their own version of the FAA Reauthorization bill. GAAC is advocating targeted members of the House and Senate that will make the decision on what is included in the final bill. GAAC wants to ensure that this measure has the best possible outcome for our nation’s general aviation airports.
To see a copy of GAAC's advocacy letter to leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure's Aviation Subcommittee,
please click here
May 12, 2011 - We want to ensure that the FAA Reauthorization bill is as beneficial to GA airports as possible. Attached is a document that compares current law/FAA policy to provisions in the House and Senate FAA Reauthorization bills. As you know, both the House and Senate have passed their respective FAA Reauthorization bills and must now come together to finalize the measure. The mechanism for doing so is called a House-Senate conference where Representatives and Senators are chosen to make a final decision on any differences between the two bills. Read more about it
March 2, 2011 – Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program - On February 28, 2011, the FAA released a fact sheet regarding the Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program. Of note to GA airports, the FAA will be making AIP funds available to conduct wildlife hazard assessments.