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April 9, 2014 - GAAC joins industry letter to Transportation Appropriations leadership urging full funding for contract towers.
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.
February 25, 2014 - GAAC member, McKinney National Airport in the news
October 28, 2013 - GAAC joins industry coalition urging dedicated funding for contract towers. Contract Tower Letter
October 9, 2013 - Congratulations to GAAC member Massachusetts Airport Management Association for your hard work securing yesterday’s announcement by Governor Deval Patrick as General Aviation Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. News Release Aviation Month 2013 October 4 2013.pdf
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.
June 27, 2013 - GAAC Executive Director Jennifer Imo quoted in Airport Business magazine article on contract tower program. Read article here.    
May 10, 2013 - The FAA has finally announced it will fund all contract towers through September. GAAC is proud to have been an integral part of this successful lobbying initiative. A job well done by all! http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=14634  
March 22, 2013- Final Closure List Released - Earlier this afternoon, the FAA informed airports of its final decision on tower closures. Only  24 airports' appeals were granted to maintain federal funding for operations through the Federal Contract Tower Program.
March 21, 2013- Petition Urging White House to Keep Towers Open - There is currently a petition on the White House website asking the Administration to prevent tower closures. In order to receive a response, it must get 100,000 signatures by April 4. Click here and sign today.
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 18, 2013- Support Still Growing for Continued Funding for the Contract Tower Program - Attached is an updated list of cosponsors of the Moran Amendment (#55) to the Senate Continuing Resolution (H.R. 933).  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged on Friday that the Senate will move the bill today, even though it is bogged down by nearly 100 amendments.
March 14, 2013 - 6:00 PM Update: 21 Bipartisan Senators from Across the Country Are Supporting Continued Funding for the Contract Tower Program! - Contact your Senate offices not on the list and ask that they support the Moran amendment (#55 - amendment number changed from 45 to 55 with the additional cosponsors). There are now 21 co-sponsors.
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 13, 2013 - GAAC releases draft letter to Congress on the impacts of sequestration on GA.   GAAC Sequestration Letter
February 5, 2013 - GA advocate Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) issues “Dear Colleague” letter on the facts of GA depreciation.  "Dear Colleague" Letter
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 - GAAC releases guidance on how to reduce runway incursions.  Read the Guidance.
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.
October 2, 2012 - FAA working with GAAC to improve based aircraft inventory. Based Aircraft
September 27, 2012 - - GAAC Releases Action Items for 2012-2013   2012-2013 Action Items
August 27, 2012 - GAAC formally requests to be added to the mailing list of recognized industry organizations that can provide comments to FAA’s Draft Advisory Circulars. GAAC AC Request Letter
August 17, 2012 - GAAC submits comments to FAA on proposed changes to siting and designation of parachute landing areas.   Parachute Landing Comments
GAAC 2012 Fly-In Agenda UPDATE:August 27, 2012 - - Please click below to see the latest updates on The GAAC 2012 Fly-In. Fly-In Agenda
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. 
July 24, 2012 - Congress has approved the Pilot’s Bill of Rights (S.
July 23, 2012 - The FAA releases its "Aviation Environmental and Energy Policy Statement" with a goal of reducing aviation's impact on energy and the environment.
May 15, 2012 - The FAA releases its much-anticipated GA Airport Study:  General Aviation Airports – A National Asset.
April 18, 2012 - GAAC sends letter of support for AIP and 95/5 cost share for smaller airports to Senate Appropriations Committee. Click below to read more about it: Letter of support for AIP and 95/5 cost share
April 18th, 2012 - Tell the White House - NO USER FEES!
March 2, 2012 - GAAC helps secure 195 Congressional signatures in letter to President Obama opposing aviation user fees. Letter opposing Aviation user fees
February 22, 2012 - Ask your Congressional leaders to get involved in the fight against user fees and Letter to President Obama, Signatures
February 1, 2012 - FAA Reauthorization Conference Report Released.  For details on how GAAC’s priorities fared in the Report click here.
January 31, 2012 - GAAC sends letters to Congress as the FAA Reauthorization bill moves and concerns continue to swirl around the President's upcoming FY 2013 Budget proposal.  For copies of each letter, please click here:  GAAC's FAA Reauthorization Priorities, GAAC's Letter to Congress on FY 2013 Budget Concerns
January 23, 2012 - Movement on FAA Reauthorization, ASSET and Budget.  Read more about it
January 3, 2012 - GAAC initiates 288 letters to congress in opposition to user fees Read more about it
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
October 27, 2011 - GAAC joins aviation industry group opposing user fees Read more about it
October 21, 2011 - GAAC speaks to State aviation groups Read more about it
October 20, 2011 - GAAC sends follow-up memorandum to FAA. Read more about it
October 18, 2011 - FAA talks to GAAC about ASSET initiative Read more about it
October 5, 2011 - GAAC submits comments and recommendations to FAA on the process to categorize GA airports. Read more about it
September 22, 2011 - GAAC Executive Director addresses Alabama Airport Conference Read more about it
September 21, 2011 - GAAC joins industry stakeholders in letter opposing user fees Read more about it
September 20, 2011 - GAAC announces the appointment of Robert Mark as the group’s Communications Director. Read more about it
September 15, 2011 - 22nd FAA authorization signed into law Read more about it
September 12, 2011 - House to vote on clean FAA authorization extension tomorrow and President Obama unveils American Jobs Act.  Read more about it
September 9, 2011 - House to introduce 22nd FAA authorization extension today Read more about it
August 31, 2011 - GAAC working with FAA as it moves to classifying GA airports Read more about it
August 11, 2011 - Legislation introduced to give furloughed FAA workers back pay Read more about it
August 5, 2011 - President Obama signs FAA authorization extension into law 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.
July 25, 2011 - GAAC mentioned in aviation alphabet groups opposing user fees. Read more about it.
July 22, 2011 - Partial FAA Shutdown at Midnight Tonight Read more about it
July 20, 2011 - GAAC mentioned as other organizations join the effort to oppose dismantling BARR program. Read more about it.
July 11, 2011 - GAAC joins NBAA and others to oppose efforts to dismantle BARR program. Read more about it
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
May 12, 2011 - Small Airports Get Another Voice - Read the article by Bobbi Thompson, a member of our Executive Committee, here
April 13, 2011 - PRESS RELEASE - GA Airports Get Organized - A group of general aviation airport operators that began meeting in late 2010 has officially formed a national coalition to exclusively represent the interests of general aviation airports Read the press release.
April 4, 2011 - House passed FAA reauthorization - Here is an update on the House-passed FAA reauthorization.  GAAC’s Federal Committee will be working on a strategy to address AIP funds and the EAS program as the House and Senate iron out their differences in the final bill.  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.
February 18, 2011 – Movement on FAA Reauthorization - Last night the Senate has passed its FAA reauthorization bill (S. 223) as amended. The vote on final passage was 87 to 8. Read more about it
February 15, 2011 – FAA Annual Forecast - FAA Annual Forecast Released Today Read more about it
February 15, 2011 – FAA Annual Forecast - FAA Annual Forecast Released Today Read more about it
February 15, 2011 – President’s FY 2012 Budget Request - President Obama’s proposed FY 2012 Budget preserves AIP funds for GA airports. Read more about it