AOPA Pilot Magazine - May 2021 - 69

JIM COON

AOPA senior vice president
government affairs and advocacy
ANY GOOD COACH KNOWS the best teams
are made up of a strong offense and defense,
and that's exactly how AOPA continues to succeed at promoting and protecting your freedom to
fly. In the past five years, we've gone on the offensive, creating cost-saving initiatives to help pilots fly more often
and more affordably. And we've defended GA against
harmful regulations and legislation.
These efforts include a significant update to Part 61
of the federal aviation regulations in 2018, which allows
broader use of aircraft and simulator technology to reduce
the cost of flight training and proficiency. Our persistent
effort is expected to save the GA community approximately
$113.5 million over five years.  
Another regulation that is expected to put money
back in pilots' wallets-nearly $70 million over the next
10 years-is third class medical reform. Already more
than 60,000 pilots strong, BasicMed eliminates some
of the red tape associated with regular and special issuance medicals and gives the power back to the pilots
and their personal physicians. Pilots and their doctors
finally can have an open conversation about their fitness to fly.

We're also fighting to save you money where you
live and fly-by bringing transparency to FBO fees and
GA ramps so you can make informed decisions before
you fly. While some FBOs have made their fees available online, many have not, and we will continue to
push on this. Our AOPA-led coalition of more than 300
general aviation organizations is urging the FBO industry
and airport community to pay attention to their responsibilities for protecting airport access for all pilots and insisting on publicly
disclosed fees online, whether piston or turbine, and using standardized labels for GA parking ramps on airport diagrams.
Our work with the FAA to streamline the pathway for bringing
modern equipment into the existing GA fleet through non-TSOed
avionics is another cost-saving initiative. By giving pilots easy
access to more affordable options, such as solid-state attitude
indicators, and other safety enhancing devices-and saving thousands of dollars at the same time-we are improving safety and
reliability and lowering costs. AOPA also championed a provision
in the National Defense Authorization Act, which became law
and requires the FAA and the Department of Defense to provide
real-time status of special-use airspace directly into the cockpit.
Implementing a system like this could save $100 million annually
in fuel burn (for all sectors of aviation) and improve our environment by significantly reducing carbon emissions.
aopa.org/advocacy

" What is AOPA doing
to reduce the cost
of flying? "

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