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EA plus helpful even when disaster doesn't strike

Feb 19, 2013

Utilize the expertise of the EA+ assistance coordinators for news updates about your destination or to find lost luggage.

The name Emergency Assistance Plus can conjure up some uneasy feelings. Isn’t that what I’d need if I had an accident while traveling? Well yes, EA+ is there for you with 24-hour emergency and medical assistance should an accident strike, but those aren’t the only benefits available to you.

Utilize the expertise of the EA+ assistance coordinators to help provide updated information about your destination such as the latest news about weather, travel in the area, and any special events that are taking place at the time of your visit. EA+ can even help track down any luggage that doesn’t find its way to your final destination.

Although what makes EA+ so essential is the access to top-quality emergency assistance services, there are also lots of not-so-well-known benefits you can take advantage of any time you are planning a trip.

Not already enrolled? Sign up today!

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Volunteers Needed International Learn to Fly Day

Feb 08, 2013

To promote air mail service and aviation in 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the U.S. Postmaster-General created a National Air Mail Week campaign in which 210 Minnesota cities adopted special seals and pilots from around the state delivered the mail to Wold-Chamberlain Field for a major celebration. The 75th anniversary of this event coincides with International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, May 18, an annual event to support flying through airport open houses, flights and special events.

Volunteers Needed: International Learn to Fly Day

To promote air mail service and aviation in 1938, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the U.S. Postmaster-General created a National Air Mail Week campaign in which 210 Minnesota cities adopted special seals and pilots from around the state delivered the mail to Wold-Chamberlain Field for a major celebration. The 75th anniversary of this event coincides with International Learn to Fly Day on Saturday, May 18, an annual event to support flying through airport open houses, flights and special events.

AirSpace Minnesota, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that celebrates the region’s past, present and future aviation legacy, is organizing a commemorative event to reinforce the importance of Minnesota airports and aviation to Minnesota’s economic past and future. On May 18 , Minnesota communities are invited to send a pilot representative to a celebration in the Twin Cities. The concept includes:

• A send-off event at each airport with participation from postmasters, mayors, historical societies and other business and community leaders.

• Arrival at the Anoka and Flying Cloud MAC reliever airports. Pilots will be welcomed and photographed on arrival.

• Shuttle to a ceremony adjacent to MSP at Fort Snelling, where all pilots will deliver their commemorative item and be thanked by dignitaries. An exciting social event featuring the Piccard family (for whom Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek was named) and other special guests and activities will follow.

“This is a unique opportunity for our aviation community to engage in a coordinated media effort that highlights the value of aviation in a dynamic, high profile way,” said Dale Klapmeier, Co-Founder & CEO of Cirrus Aircraft and AirSpace Minnesota Board Chair. “We hope people will have fun with this and use it as a great kick start to cross-promote all the wonderful summer aviation events available in our region.”

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Whats the 1 thing more than 50 of our members have in common

Feb 08, 2013

What’s the #1 thing more than 50% of our members have in common?

What’s the #1 thing more than 50% of our members have in common?

They don’t get renewal notices in the mail.   

If you’ve already signed up for AOPA’s Automatic Annual Renewal program , you know what I’m talking about.  You enjoy no bills, invoices, or checks to write and you have the peace of mind knowing your membership is always current.

How can you sign up for this great program?  It’s simple: 

Plus, when you enroll in the program, you’ll get a $4 discount on your AOPA membership dues and will receive FIVE additional entries into the AOPA Debonair Sweepstakes*, increasing your  chances of winning the sweepstakes airplane— a completely restored 1963 Beechcraft Debonair B33!  

You’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re saving your association money and doing something good for the environment by eliminating the need to send renewal notices and forms.  And what’s even better is the money AOPA saves by sending fewer renewal mailings goes directly to providing you with more services and advocacy.

Join more than 200,000 of your fellow AOPA members and enroll in AOPA’s Automatic Annual Renewal program today by going online to www.aopa.org/aar, calling AOPA’s member services staff at 800/USA-AOPA, or by checking the Automatic Annual Renewal option on your renewal form. The credit card you provide will be charged once a year, in your renewal month, and you’ll receive an automatic confirmation from AOPA. Your transaction is secure, and you can cancel at any time.

*See our official sweepstakes rules

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Get AOPA Pilot on your iPad mobile phone

Feb 01, 2013

Millions received new iPads, iPad minis, Android tablets, and smartphones over the holidays. Pilots quickly discovered the value of such devices in the cockpit, but the best part about these convenient tablets is their versatility.

Millions received new iPads, iPad minis, Android tablets, and smartphones over the holidays. Pilots quickly discovered the value of such devices in the cockpit, but the best part about these convenient tablets is their versatility. For pilots, the usefulness continues outside the cockpit, especially for viewing aviation e-books and magazines.

AOPA Pilot and Flight Training are among the aviation magazines viewable through an iPad app. The enhanced digital editions can also be viewed on most any other electronic device, from Android to PC desktop.
Once you access the magazine, enjoy “flipping” through the pages as they come to life with extra content, including videos, polls, and more. You can click on ads and links within stories to go right to the sites that interest you while reading the magazine. Best of all, with the digital edition, you’ll be among the first to receive your copy with an email notification—no more waiting at your mailbox.

You can switch from the print to digital edition for free, or pay $10 to add the digital edition to your existing print subscription.

Also consider AOPA’s e-books, “The Best of ‘Never Again,’ Vol. 1” and “The Best of ‘Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents,’ Vol. 1,” available for purchase on AOPA’s website with a special introductory price for members who are logged in.

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Matching gift prompts impressive return

Jan 24, 2013

A $60,000 matching grant and challenge from longtime AOPA Foundation supporter Bennett Dorrance inspired members to donate $300,000 to preserve and protect the freedom to fly.

Pilot, philanthropist, and longtime AOPA supporter Bennett Dorrance issued a challenge, and donors responded with one of the most successful campaigns in AOPA Foundation history.

Dorrance pledged to match $60,000 in donations to the AOPA Foundation, and AOPA members responded with that and more, adding $300,000 to the $60,000 donated by Dorrance.

AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg said donors “responded with amazing generosity,” providing funds that are critical to the AOPA Foundation’s mission in an amount that “greatly exceeded our expectations” for the 2012 campaign.

Tax-deductible donations to the AOPA Foundation support an array of initiatives and activities, all geared toward preserving the freedom to fly. The foundation supports the Air Safety Institute, which conducts safety seminars and research, and has produced a broad catalog of online courses, safety quizzes, videos, and other training products. The funds raised will also go toward efforts to support the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, protect endangered airports, and support the foundation’s new Giving Back initiative, which supports student pilot scholarships and youth and military memberships, and grants funds to nonprofits doing good work through general aviation.

Dorrance, a member, is also the developer of Scottsdale Hangar One in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The AOPA Foundation relies on donations from those who believe that general aviation is worth protecting and preserving. Your contributions help the foundation take on the difficult challenges affecting pilots and aircraft owners that membership dues alone cannot support. Play your part and donate today at www.AOPAFoundation.org.

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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 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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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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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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