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Less Mail in 2013

Jan 11, 2013

As I drove into work today, I saw two rainbows. And, it instantly changed my perspective on the day and my outlook on the coming year. I truly believe 2013 is a new beginning and after this morning, one with a pot of gold at the end, for all of us!

As I drove into work today, I saw two rainbows. And, it instantly changed my perspective on the day and my outlook on the coming year. I truly believe 2013 is a new beginning and after this morning, one with a pot of gold at the end, for all of us!

2012 was a challenging year economically and it required us to look at how we might market membership a bit differently in 2013. We identified efficiencies, looked at ways to streamline our communications to you, and identified new ways to improve member satisfaction.

What does that mean for you? In the coming months, many members will notice fewer communications from AOPA membership—particularly in membership renewals. So, please be sure to renew on time or better yet, sign up for Automatic Annual Renewal ! It will reduce the clutter in your mailbox and allow us to spend money on protecting your freedom to fly instead of trying to get you to renew! I hear a lot of feedback from AOPA members, including frequent requests for less mail from AOPA—so I hope this will be a welcomed change for you.

Your membership is critical to this organization, and your voice matters. I assure you that AOPA will continue to listen to your feedback and deliver real value for your dues dollar. The power of AOPA’s membership, – nearly 400,000 strong – is put to use every day as we carry on the fight to keep flying safe and affordable for GA pilots.

What’s ahead for 2013?

First and foremost, we will continue to preserve your freedom to fly, building on our past success defending against user fees, GA tax increases, and threats to local airports. We will also expand our new FlyQ suite of digital flight planning tools, which gives you robust flight planning, airport information, and aviation weather wherever you go. Additionally, AOPA has launched the Center to Advance the Pilot Community to help increase the pilot population and secure the future of general aviation. Click here if you&rsquod like to learn more about what AOPA is working on for 2013.

Thank you for your continued membership. We are looking forward to a tremendous year...and hopefully a couple pots of gold at the end of the rainbows!

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AOPA PAC

Jan 10, 2013

AOPA’s Political Action Committee continues to be a strong force in Washington DC thanks to all of the AOPA members who supported our efforts in 2012.

AOPA’s Political Action Committee continues to be a strong force in Washington DC thanks to all of the AOPA members who supported our efforts in 2012.

Our strength in 2013 will again come from member AOPA PAC contributions. Beginning early 2013, we’re going to be facing enormous challenges in Congress. User fees will be back on the table, along with “sequestration” budget cuts, Avgas tax increases, and more. We’re going to need all the help we can get to win these political fights. And we won’t have the strong backing in Congress that we need unless we stand by our friends now, when they need our help most. Visit www.aopa.org/members/pac/ to make a contribution.

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AOPA Debonair Sweepstakes

Jan 10, 2013

AOPA’s Debonair Sweepstakes is underway! This time, AOPA is giving away a completely restored 1963 Beechcraft Debonair B33 with an all-new ergonomic interior, the latest avionics, and up-to-date airframe mods.

AOPA’s Debonair Sweepstakes is underway!  This time, AOPA is giving away a completely restored 1963 Beechcraft Debonair B33 with an all-new ergonomic interior, the latest avionics, and up-to-date airframe mods.  This unique airplane will truly be a modern classic with a one-of-a-kind look and appeal. 

You have a chance to make the Debonair yours – or win one of 74 other prizes we’re giving away – just by renewing your AOPA membership.  Visit www.aopa.org/sweeps to learn more and follow the restoration progress.

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Printed airport directory an essential cockpit backup

Jan 03, 2013

Technology has made great strides to make flying easier and more user friendly, but what happens when that technology fails? The 2013/2014 AOPA Airports Print Directory is still considered an essential cockpit resource for thousands of pilots for good reason.

Technology has made great strides to make flying easier and more user friendly, but what happens when that technology fails? The 2013/2014 AOPA Airports Print Directory is still considered an essential cockpit resource for thousands of pilots for good reason.

Containing crucial information on more than 5,000 public-use airports, seaplane bases, and heliports—including more than 7,000 FBOs and businesses—the AOPA Airports Directory puts all the vital information you need quickly within reach in an easy-to-use format. Airport diagrams; aeronautical charts; international landing facilities; Customs and Border Protection information and entry requirements for Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean; and AWOS, ATIS, and FSS frequencies and telephone numbers are all included.

In addition, the directory provides you with more than 40,000 restaurants and local attractions, as well as car rental and taxi service listings for each airport.

Don’t get caught empty handed on your next trip. The directory costs $19.95 for AOPA members. Order your copy of the AOPA Airports Directory today or call 800/872-2672.

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AOPA Insurance customer uses airplane to carry rescue dogs

Jan 02, 2013

Steve Sweeney recently put his pilot certificate to use transporting rescue dogs for the group Wings of Rescue. Like thousands of other AOPA members, he depended on AOPA Insurance Services to protect his aircraft.

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Steve Sweeney describes learning to fly as his “22-year excursion,” as he took his first lesson in 1973 but didn’t earn his private pilot certificate until 1995. And recently Sweeney has found his true passion in volunteer work. Working with a group called Wings of Rescue, Sweeney transports rescue dogs.

He has 2,800 hours of flying time, mostly in his first airplane, a Cessna 182. As a California-based, self-employed database business developer, he had need for greater speed. “What’s more, I always wanted a pressurized airplane,” Sweeney said, “so three years ago I traded up to a P210.”

His involvement with Wings of Rescue began when he received a letter in the mail about the organization, which transports rescue pets—mainly dogs—from one geographic area to another where the animals stand a better chance of being adopted, rather than euthanized. A future Wings of Rescue mission will fly 60 chihuahuas from Los Angeles to New York City.

Sweeney said, “My wife, Megan, told me that this is something we must do. I had always thought that once you have a pilot’s license, you have an obligation to share it so we called and volunteered.” Sweeney and his wife took part in their first airlift on Dec. 7, 2012.

Founded by AOPA members Cindy Smith and Yehuda Netanel, Wings of Rescue differs from other dog rescue organizations in that its goal is to consolidate missions from different pro-adoption groups in order to maximize the efficiency of the aircraft. In addition, Smith and Netanel have recruited larger airplanes to fly the rescue missions so that more dogs can be saved. Sweeney flew his mission in his Cessna P210, but a recent mission included a Piper Meridian, TBM, and King Air.

Whether making the entire trip, or serving as a feeder flight for a longer mission, Steve and Megan have thoroughly enjoyed the rescue flights. As for the dogs, Sweeney described them as “incredibly good passengers.” In sum, Sweeney said, “I love flying, I love my airplane and I love sharing it with the dogs.”

Thousands of AOPA members like Sweeney depend on AOPA Insurance Services to protect their aircraft. With such a valued asset carrying precious cargo—whether family, friends, or man’s best friend like Sweeney—pilots know they can rely on AOPA Insurance Services to understand their particular aviation needs and provide the security and protection they need. For a free, no-strings quote, go to the website.

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Looking ahead to 2013

Dec 27, 2012

2013 will be a pivotal year for AOPA, with issues to address that will affect members’ flying in the short and long term, according to AOPA President Craig Fuller.

2013 will be a pivotal year for AOPA, with issues to address that will affect members’ flying in the short and long term, according to AOPA President Craig Fuller.

“For 2013, AOPA has developed priorities that help us advance our freedom to fly: protecting the freedom to fly through our unflagging commitment to advocacy; sharing the freedom to fly by providing information and extending knowledge through our print and electronic media outlets; and building on the freedom to fly by inspiring and engaging the next generation of pilots, while helping today’s pilots find cost effective ways to spend more time flying,” said Fuller. Below, key AOPA executives outline their priorities in 2013.

Melissa Rudinger, senior vice president of government affairs, said that since the Obama administration is continuing, she expects 2013 will look a lot like 2012. “But with the looming debt crisis, the challenges become greater because there’s more pressure on the federal government to find new revenue streams,” she said. “The government will look at all possibilities to raise revenue, including possibly calling for user fees.”

AOPA also faces cuts in programs that are vital to general aviation, said Rudinger. The big issues the government affairs team sees in 2013 are making sure the transition to NextGen continues for the viability of the system; fighting off user fees; continuing to push the FAA to reduce regulatory barriers on GA; hoping for positive news on the exemption for a third class medical; working on the Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee; and continuing to move ahead on an alternative fuel to 100LL.

Lorraine Howerton, vice president of government affairs and the face of AOPA on Capitol Hill, said her main priority is to ensure that the community is not assessed user fees. “If we have to come up with ways to participate in our fair share of deficit reduction, we want to ensure that it won’t adversely affect the freedom to fly or the pilot population,” she stated.

The current climate in Washington is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t always avert participating in cost cutting, said Howerton. “So if we have to do this, we want to do it in a way that will have the least amount of harm to GA. We want to make sure key members of Congress know the impact of cuts to GA,” she said. “The fiscal cliff is scary. Sequestration is scarier.”

Another priority is to boost the numbers of the House GA Caucus, which lost 44 members, said Howerton. “These members are critical to ensuring that Congress act responsibly when it comes to GA issues. Most importantly, we need to educate members on what GA is—and is not,” she stated. “We need to be aware of these and mobilize our members to avoid legislative malfeasance.”

Greg Pecoraro, vice president, regional affairs, noted that while the economy continues to recover from the recession, pressure on state and local government budgets remains. “My priority is twofold—to ensure the cost of aviation is not increased by state action, while making sure there’s adequate funding for states’ roles in aviation,” he said.

On the local level, financial pressures remain on airports, said Pecoraro. “Airports are facing scarce dollars, with less revenue generated by airports because of the decline of the economy and aviation activities,” he said. “Ideally, we want airports open, but budget constraints are creating challenges, including neighborhood pressures to close them or restrict operations and developers seeing facilities as prime real estate.”

Local governments are looking for ways to generate more revenue, said Pecoraro. “In some cases, airports that are self-sufficient are being eyed as a way to balance budgets,” he said. “They can’t do it, but it doesn’t mean they won’t try. In 2013, we will continue our efforts to show the value that airports bring to the community.”

2012 was a busy year for AOPA’s efforts to grow the pilot population, including the hiring of Adam Smith as senior vice president of the new Center to Advance the Pilot Community. “In 2013, we will fully staff the center so it can see what works, share the information widely, and use it to improve every aspect of the aviation experience,” he said.

A major initiative under the center is the AOPA Flying Club Network, a key part of growing the pilot population, said Smith. “In 2013, the network will offer marketing and promotion to existing flying clubs, help new clubs get going with starter kits that include examples of standard operating procedures and sample legal documents, and create a national network of flying clubs,” he said.

The center will also continue its work in helping student pilots complete their training through the Flight Training Student Retention Initiative, continue to oversee the Flight Training Excellence Awards, and ensure that it continues to distribute Flight Training Field Guides to help schools, instructors, and students create the kind of collaborative training environment that engenders success, said Smith.

Heidi Williams, vice president of air traffic services and modernization, said a big priority in 2013 is the FAA’s cost recovery plan for digital charting products. “The FAA has indicated that they plan on having a proposal in January 2013, and have it implemented by October 2013,” she said. “They say they will go through the rulemaking process, but it’s still an aggressive timeline. And it means changes in fee structures for our members.”

Also of importance in 2013 covers NextGen, with new and emerging products being delivered to the market, said Williams. “There are implications to the FAA’s budget and how that will impact NextGen and NextGen technologies. The big unknown is what the fiscal cliff will mean for NextGen,” she said.

Tied in with the FAA’s budget is the legacy versus NextGen technology, said Williams. “There are costs to maintain legacy and new services like WASS, and FAA can’t continue to do both,” she stated. “FAA is in the process of developing criteria to decommission certain navigational aids. It plans to hold public discussion and release the criteria and that will be of great interest to AOPA and its members.”

Craig Spence, director-general of IAOPA, said his major priority for 2013 will be to solidify the regional base for the organization. “Look at European region -- they are best organized of all. As ICAO begins to look at implementation of its global air navigation plan and what’s known as Aviation System Block Upgrades, it will be implementing these on a universal, but more important regional basis,” he said. What is good for CESAR and NextGen may not be good for Asian region. So solidifying IAOPA in those regions in order to discuss the issue with ICAO regional staff will be extremely important.”

Greater GA representation at key events is also going to be important, said Spence. “Many of worldwide aviation events are commercial in nature, and show organizers want to have GA as part of their forum,” he said. “Presenting GA’s case to the world will be another priority in 2013.”

Finally, Spence, in his role as vice president of operations and international affairs, said he expects the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for the Large Aircraft Security Program to be released in 2013. “We’ll be working closely with the Transportation Security Administration and the industry to minimize the impact on GA,” he said. “We also plan on joining with other industry stakeholders to address the problem of TFRs and the impact they are having on GA.”

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Top 10 AOPA announcements of 2012

Dec 17, 2012

Launches of a television-style webcast, free memberships for youth, and a network of flying clubs are among AOPA’s top announcements of 2012.

It was a busy year for AOPA in the announcements department. Below we summarize the top 10 achievements of 2012, in no particular order.

  1. AOPA Live This Week . This television-style webcast, created by Executive Producer Warren Morningstar and hosted by AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines, offers a comprehensive look at the most interesting stories in general aviation. The show also has its own public channel on Roku, an Internet-enabled box that allows viewers to stream content instantly on their televisions.
  2. AV8RS . This free membership program, launched in July, targets young aviators aged 13 to 18. This new membership category was designed to make an early connection with young people, with the goal of continuing to engage them throughout their pilot life cycle.
  3. Center to Advance the Pilot Community . The center was launched in October with the broad mandate to rebuild the declining pilot population. The center’s initiatives include the Flight Training Student Retention Initiative, the Flight Training Excellence Awards, the MyFlightTraining website, and the Flight Training Field Guides.
  4. AOPA Flying Club Network . Launched in October, the network is part of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community’s goal to reverse the decline in the pilot population. The goal is to have 1,000 clubs up and running within five years.
  5. FAR Part 23 rewrite. AOPA is one of 55 members of this FAA aviation rulemaking committee working to speed regulatory changes without compromising safety.
  6. Flight Training Excellence Awards . This new awards program attracted 2,400 nominations and named five winners. The awards were created in order to allow AOPA to identify and recognize the highest levels of achievement for flight schools and instructors, with the goal of encouraging others to adopt the characteristics of success.
  7. Flight Training Field Guides . The flight training field guides were created as an insider’s guide for students, flight schools, and instructors.
  8. AOPA FlyQ EFB . This iPad app, launched in November, is the latest addition to the AOPA family of digital flight planning products. The new app is a complete pre-and in-flight planning tool that provides airport directory information, aviation weather, and flight planning.
  9. Progress in transition to an unleaded fuel . AOPA and other members of the General Aviation Avgas Coalition applauded FAA in September for creating a Fuels Program Office as part of the ongoing effort to establish an unleaded avgas transition program.
  10. Third-class medical exemption request . AOPA and EAA jointly filed a request in March with the FAA to request this exemption. At latest count the petition has received 16,230 comments.
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Want to get more out of your membership?

Dec 03, 2012

We’re always looking for new ways to bring even more value to your membership, especially ways to help you be a better pilot.

We’re always looking for new ways to bring even more value to your membership, especially ways to help you be a better pilot, learn about fun places to fly, brush up piloting skills and learn more about issues that could impact your freedom to fly.   Our new expanded webinar program,AOPA Webinars: Stay Smart will do all of that and more!

Members who call into our Pilot Information Center tell us it is one of their most valued benefits.  With  18 aviation experts (the majority flight instructors), we’d be hard-pressed to handle the workload if every one of our nearly 400,000 members called in—but, knowing it is such a valued benefit, we wanted to figure out a way to share their expertise with a larger audience.    Hence, the AOPA Webinars: Stay Smart series was born!

The webinar program will bring great topics to your desktop where you can ask questions and learn from others’ questions on topics like aircraft ownership, safety, medical, legal, flight training techniques and advocacy.  What’s even better is the majority of the webinars are free for members (some are exclusive for AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services participants).

So, watch the Member Benefits bulletin monthly for a list of upcoming webinars.  We’ve got a great line-up for June.

Topics this month include:

6/13:  Thunderstorm Avoidance: ATC, Datalink, and You
6/18:  Flight Schools-Making the Most of Your CFI Team
6/19:  Aircraft Maintenance:  Keeping the Cost Down
6/20:  For your iPad, Introducing AOPA FlyQ EFB
6/26:  Flying Club Insurance
6/27:  The Big C: Cancer and Your Medical*

You do need to register and seats are limited, so sign up now.

If you have any questions call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672), Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. ET with your question and one of our friendly expert staff will be happy to assist you.

*Participation in AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services Program is required

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AOPA President Mark Baker letter to members

Dec 03, 2012

AOPA President Mark Baker has announced that for only the second time in the past 24 years, the association will increase member dues. Beginning Sept. 1, membership dues will be $59 a year.

Dear AOPA member,

I am writing today because I wanted to tell you personally that, for only the second time in the past 24 years, we’ve made the tough decision to increase AOPA member dues. Beginning Sept. 1, regular membership dues will be $59 a year. 

Raising dues isn’t a decision we made lightly or in a vacuum. We know that the cost of flying is an important consideration for our members, and AOPA dues are part of that cost. So before taking this step, we collected feedback from more than 2,000 members like you. Those members told us that the work we do on their behalf is important and must continue today and long into the future. I hope you’ll agree. As a result of member feedback, we are also providing you with added options that will help tailor your membership to meet your needs.

Thanks to you, our mission continues

Right now, we are working to create an environment where many more people can share in the experience of general aviation, where we can reverse the rising cost of flying, and where all of us can fly more often and much later in life than we ever imagined. With your support and engagement, we are working to create a general aviation community that is stronger and more vibrant than ever before. We can bring our vision to life by fighting hard to protect our freedoms, by opening the hangar doors to anyone who wants to experience aviation, and by removing the barriers that prevent people from starting or continuing to fly.

As your aviation association, it’s our mission to help you do what you love—to get you flying and keep you flying for as long as possible. Advocacy is an important part of that mission, and we are engaged in more intense and successful advocacy efforts than ever before.

When we stand up to federal agencies like Customs and Border Protection, they take action to make sure the rights of law-abiding pilots are respected. When we work closely with regulatory agencies, we prevent government from chipping away at your freedoms with rules and regulations that are impractical, expensive, restrictive, or just plain ineffective. When we work with friends in Congress, we stop user fees, promote legislation that supports general aviation, and get long-overdue action on medical reform.

We know you count on AOPA to represent your aviation interests at every level of government and to provide you with specialized services tailored to how, what, and why you fly. We support you with unique member hotlines, award-winning magazines, outstanding websites, best-in-class safety education, and all the other services you rely on. And we work to build a stronger, more connected general aviation community that will help GA thrive for generations to come.

All of these efforts rely on member dues to some extent. Your dues cover about 30% of AOPA’s annual operating costs, with revenues from other sources like advertising and sponsorships covering the rest.

Since I came on board less than a year ago, we have significantly cut operating costs by doing things like eliminating four executive positions, reducing mailings to save postage, and selling the Caravan. As a result, our 2014 operating budget is the lowest it has been since 2006.

But even with cuts, the basic cost of doing business has gone up in America. Things like technology to operate the websites and postage to mail the magazines are a lot more expensive these days. At the same time, companies in every industry, including GA, are spending less on advertising, significantly reducing an important source of revenue.

As AOPA’s president, it is my job not only to make sure we are good stewards of your membership dollars, but also to make sure your association is here to serve you and pilots like you for another 75 years.  That’s why, after careful consideration, we decided that the time had come to raise dues.

The new options and answers when you need them

To give you more choices so that you pay only for what you need, we’ve added the new membership options with bundled pricing for some of our most popular services. The options range from a $49 e-Membership to a $179 Premier Plus Membership which includes Pilot Protection Services Plus at a discounted rate. We’ve even got lifetime membership options so you can invest in the future of GA and enjoy all the benefits of AOPA membership without ever paying dues again. You can see more details about each membership option online.

Members with expiration dates of August 31, 2014, or later will receive renewal information in the coming weeks and months with the new dues rates. I know some of you will have questions and concerns. As always, we want to hear from you. Feel free to contact us at dues@aopa.org. Your comments are important and, while we may not be able to respond to each one, we will read every message we receive.

All of us at AOPA share your passion for aviation. We are committed to strengthening GA, growing our community, and protecting our uniquely American freedom to fly. We pledge to be good stewards of your dues dollars, and we appreciate the trust you place in us. Thank you for your membership and your commitment to a strong future for general aviation.

Sincerely,

Mark Baker

Mark Baker

AOPA President

Learn more about the dues increase from these frequently asked questions.

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A good nights sleep

Dec 03, 2012

Have any of you checked out the FAR/AIM recently? Often characterized as more of an aid to good sleep than an exciting read, the 2012 edition contains something that should wake you up. In Chapter 8, Section 1, the manual points out that obstructive sleep apnea is a factor in aviation accidents.

In the December 2011 AOPA Pilot magazine (" Perchance to dream" page 32), I wrote an article about obstructive sleep apnea and covered a number of aspects of this common condition that leads to potential for cockpit problems. It astonishes me how often people dismiss serious health issues, and given that our pilot population skews male with an average age in their 50s, common sense tells you there are snorers out there—often a key indicator of sleep apnea.

Have any of you checked out the FAR/AIM recently? Often characterized as more of an aid to good sleep than an exciting read, the 2012 edition contains something that should wake you up. In Chapter 8, Section 1, the manual points out that obstructive sleep apnea, where partial blockage of the airway leads to snoring, disturbed sleep, and thereby daytime weariness, is a factor in aviation accidents. As such, pilots presenting for their aviation physical may be asked about snoring and other symptoms, and if they appear overweight the doctor will calculate the body mass index; if over 30 or if the neck collar is greater than 17 inches, sleep studies may be recommended.

We have all seen the news reports of air traffic controllers and commercial pilots who have been caught having a snooze at inappropriate times, and we also know that fatigue plays a role in motor vehicle accidents and probably in some aviation accidents. It makes sense to be aware of the dangers of sleep apnea for your own health and the sanity of your bed partner. Now there is a compelling reason to be aware and take action to preserve your flying privileges. Lose weight, change your diet, and get tested and treated. And sleep well in your bed so that you can fly well in your airplane.

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Emergency Assistance Plus not just for dire emergencies

Dec 03, 2012

When you're away from home, anything that disrupts travel can seem like an emergency. Fortunately, you don't have to be critically ill to take advantage of the many benefits of EA+.

When you’re away from home, anything that disrupts travel can be an emergency; you don’t have to be critically ill to take advantage of the many benefits of Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+). The program comes to the rescue for serious medical situations and death while away from home, but it also helps with minor yet annoying travel disruptions.

For example, EA+ is on your side to help track down lost luggage. The organization knows the ins and outs of how the airlines work, so you want EA+ on your side when your bags go missing. EA+ also helps with lost documents: passport, driver’s license, visas, and lost or stolen credit cards, too. It’s easy to pick up the phone and call EA+ when you find yourself with the dilemma of something gone wrong on a trip.

EA+ also will smooth the way with a “no limit” emergency cash transfer assistance—against a valid credit card, of course, but you won’t face a frustrating phone tree with anonymous clerks in case you find yourself with no cash and no wallet when away from home. This service becomes particularly valuable when outside the country where toll-free numbers may not work. You can simply call EA+.

There are lots of big reasons to join EA+—knowledgeable assistance in case you face a serious medical emergency away from home for one—but there are a dozen small reasons to join as well. With EA+ on your side, an annoying emergency can be solved by making one phone call.

There’s no better time to join EA+. It’s simple, and you can apply online. For just $89 for an individual and $109 for a family plan, you can’t go wrong. You may not control when an emergency strikes, but you can be prepared when it does.

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Holiday shopping AOPA offers pilot products discounts

Nov 21, 2012

From stunning aviation photographs to deals on aircraft parts and supplies, AOPA makes shopping for the pilot on your list easy this holiday season.

From stunning aviation photographs to deals on aircraft parts and supplies, AOPA makes shopping for the pilot on your list easy this holiday season.

The association offers products that broadcast pilots’ love of aviation and facilitate their flying—and members can get exclusive deals on pilot supplies and more from aviation and nonaviation companies.

A number of companies offer deals to AOPA members through the Lifestyles Member Discounts program; pilots can save on anything from avionics to training resources. Deals include a $10 gift card for a purchase of $100 or more from AOPA Strategic Partner Aircraft Spruce for members who order using the code from the Lifestyles page. AOPA’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide highlights more training, flight planning, and pilot products. AOPA insignia merchandise is available in the AOPA Store, including the AOPA ornament.

Aviation enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the inspiring image of an aircraft in flight. Through the AOPA photo gallery store, AOPA photographers’ favorite aviation photographs are now available as prints, framed prints, and gifts. The gallery offers a wide selection from common manufacturers as well as rarer birds, from the whisper-quiet, electric E-Spyder to the rumbling Ford Tri-Motor.

You can express your passion for aviation and support the AOPA Foundation by purchasing any of 26 aviation-themed Christmas and holiday cards, or support the next generation of pilots by donating an AV8RS youth membership. Also, consider the gift of membership for someone who could benefit from the tools, resources, and support AOPA offers to pilots and aspiring pilots.

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National Car Rental offers AOPA members speed choice value

Nov 21, 2012

National Car Rental provides discounts to AOPA members year-round while returning a portion of the rental to support general aviation.

AOPA members know what it means to be in the “driver’s seat.” Crossing the country is second nature to them, and no one knows this better than National Car Rental, the industry leader in customer loyalty for frequent travelers.

As an AOPA strategic partner, National Car Rental provides a discount to members year-round. Each time a member books his or her rental through aopa.org/cars or 866/315-9155, a portion of the rental helps support general aviation.

AOPA members also can take advantage of complimentary enrollment in National’s award-winning Emerald Club. The Emerald Club expedites the rental process for members by offering counter bypass as well as access to National’s “Emerald Aisle,” an exclusive section of the lot where members can personally select any vehicle as long as they reserve a mid-sized car. That means that members can choose the car that best fits their needs&emdash;including a full-size car or larger—and only pay the mid-size price. In addition, Emerald Club members can choose to receive EmeraldAlerts—email communications that include Arrival and Return Alerts, and Drop & GoSM service with convenient e-receipts.

“A frequent traveler has a lot of things on their mind, so we make this as easy as possible for them,” says National’s Assistant Vice President of Marketing Rob Connors. “It’s about speed and putting our customers in control of their trip.”

National also is partnered with Signature Flight Support locations. Upon arrival at one of Signature’s FBOs, AOPA members who are enrolled in the Emerald Club will find a vehicle parked on-site with a representative to greet them with keys. Everything related to the rental is located in the vehicle with no paperwork to complete.

Emerald Club enrollment is free and can be completed online. Enter Contract ID AOPA123 to your profile to save each time you rent, while supporting AOPA.

Already a frequent renter with Avis or Hertz? National offers a status match to AOPA members. Just visit National’s website to learn more.

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Aero Space Reports signs on as third AOPA strategic partner

Nov 19, 2012

AOPA has signed a new Strategic Partner agreement with Aero-Space Reports Inc., one of the leading aircraft title and escrow services providers in the nation.

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AOPA has signed a new Strategic Partner agreement with Aero-Space Reports Inc., one of the leading aircraft title and escrow services providers in the nation. The Oklahoma City, Okla.-based company becomes AOPA’s third strategic partner, joining Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car) and Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.

“The outstanding customer service that Aero-Space Reports delivers throughout an aircraft purchase process is exactly the type of experience we want to make more affordable for our members,” said Ed Thompson, AOPA vice president of corporate partnerships. “We are very excited about the new benefits that this partnership provides for our nearly 400,000 members.”

Just like Enterprise Holdings and Aircraft Spruce, Aero-Space Reports is a family-owned business with deep roots in aviation. The company was founded in 1969 and taken over by Neal Snowden Sr. and his wife, Polly, just a few years later. For the past 20 years, Neal Snowden Jr. and his wife, Vicki, have provided the leadership that has led Aero-Space Reports to become one of the industry’s most respected aircraft title and escrow services businesses.

In addition to offering AOPA members a special rate on bundled services, Aero-Space Reports will be supporting AOPA’s mission and members through sponsorship and aircraft purchase-related education activities.

“Aero-Space Reports could not be more excited about partnering with AOPA, an organization that clearly shares the same core values we strive to practice,” said Snowden, president of Aero-Space Reports. “We understand aircraft purchases can be stressful, and AOPA members need and deserve a company they can trust. With a title search turn-around time of four hours, and never a charge for rush service, we feel confident Aero-Space Reports is the right company for the job.”

To learn more about the services provided by Aero-Space reports, visit the website.

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AOPA honors service with free memberships for active duty military

Nov 11, 2012

Veterans Day offers a reminder of the service and sacrifice of America's military personnel. AOPA is honoring the service of active duty military members by offering them a complimentary one-year membership.

Veterans Day offers a reminder of the service and sacrifice of America’s military personnel. AOPA is honoring the service of active duty military members by offering them a complimentary one-year membership in the association.

AOPA announced the offer in May as part of an effort to reach out to members of the military and support their flying goals. The association offers resources for pilots of all stripes, whether they fly recreationally or for the military.

If you know someone in the military who would enjoy an AOPA membership, please send them to www.aopa.org/military1.

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