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Hauslein named to AOPA Board of Trustees

Mar 14, 2012

James N. Hauslein has been named to the AOPA Board of Trustees. Hauslein currently serves as managing director of Hauslein + Company Inc., a private equity firm. From 1991 to 2001, he served as chairman of the board and CEO for Sunglass Hut International Inc., the world's largest specialty retailer of branded nonprescription sunglasses and lifestyle watches.

James N. Hauslein has been named to the AOPA Board of Trustees.

“We are delighted to have someone with Jim’s aviation experience and business acumen join AOPA’s Board of Trustees. I think he is a great addition to an already strong board, and his expertise will be a great asset for our mission,” said Board of Trustees Chairman William Trimble.

Hauslein currently serves as managing director of Hauslein & Company Inc., a private equity firm. From 1991 to 2001, he served as chairman of the board and CEO for Sunglass Hut International Inc., the world's largest specialty retailer of branded nonprescription sunglasses and lifestyle watches, with nearly 2,000 company-owned stores in more than 18 countries worldwide.

Under Hauslein’s leadership, from 1987 through 2001, Sunglass Hut grew from approximately $23 million in revenue to more than $725 million, and from just under 100 stores to approximately 2,000 company-owned stores throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Sunglass Hut was acquired by Luxottica (NYSE: LUX) in 2001.

Hauslein has served on several public and private company boards and several philanthropic boards, including the Boys Club of New York, the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C., the American Swiss Foundation, the Chairman's Council of Conservation International in Washington, D.C., and the Pine School in Hobe Sound, Fla.

“As a private pilot, I’m very excited to join AOPA’s Board of Trustees. I look forward to working with CEO Craig Fuller and the rest of the board to help grow general aviation and help keep flying accessible and affordable,” said Hauslein.

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Strength in Numbers AOPA AV8RS is born

Mar 08, 2012

My team and I have been working for months to develop a youth membership —one where we can make an early connection with young people, engage them and get them excited about aviation. And, hopefully, help get them on the path to become a pilot. The result? AOPA AV8RS—The Pilots of Tomorrow officially launched at the end of July!

My team and I have been working for months to develop a youth membership —one where we can make an early connection with young people, engage them and get them excited about aviation. And, hopefully, help get them on the path to become a pilot. The result? AOPA AV8RS—The Pilots of Tomorrow officially launched at the end of July!

Much like having a child, our new membership category has been a labor of love. We researched, talked to young people, talked to some of you, our members, and then researched some more. We learned a lot from the research—about what kids want, what they don’t want, and how we can connect with them. And, we learned a lot from you.

There are a lot of great aviation programs out there for youth—and we wanted to complement those programs, because, let’s face it, getting a pilot certificate is not easy. It truly will take a village to nurture and support the next generation of pilots.

AOPA AV8RS is for students aged 13 through 18 and will provide them with ongoing experiences and resources that will involve and engage them in aviation and AOPA for years to come. The membership is offered to teens at no cost thanks to the generous contributions of AOPA members and other donations.

We’ve put together a great package for the AOPA AV8RS including a digital subscription to Flight Training magazine, opportunities to join AOPA AV8RS online social communities through Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and YouTube, access to dedicated blog and special content at www.aopa.org/av8rs, chances to win scholarships and much more.

I hope you will refer a teen to AOPA AV8RS, just go to www.aopa.org/av8rs . To help subsidize the cost of an AOPA AV8R membership, please visit www.aopafoundation.org/donateav8rs.

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No Risk Whatsoever When You Enroll in Emergency Assistance Plus

Mar 05, 2012

Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) is a service intended to fill the gap when accidents, illness or other problems arise away from home for expenditures that health insurance doesn’t cover. Pilots have active lifestyles so we’re constantly on the go, making the chances of an away-from-home emergency a likely occurrence. You can read all about EA+ and its many benefits online.

Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) is a service intended to fill the gap when accidents, illness or other problems arise away from home for expenditures that health insurance doesn’t cover. Pilots have active lifestyles so we’re constantly on the go, making the chances of an away-from-home emergency a likely occurrence. You can read all about EA+ and its many benefits online.

EA+ and AOPA are so sure that this program is beneficial to you that you can apply for the program at no risk. This means you apply for EA+ at which time you’ll be sent a detailed description of the services and benefits EA+ offers. You’ll have 30 days to decide whether EA+ is right for you. If it is, great – do nothing. If it isn’t, just let EA+ know, and your full annual membership will be refunded.

It’s a total iron-clad 100% money-back guarantee!

While you’re checking out EA+, be sure to note that one of the membership options is that EA+ will make sure your airplane is professionally flown back to your home base should you be unable to fly yourself due to accident or illness. That benefit alone is worth the yearly membership fee.

Your AOPA membership earns you a discounted rate for EA+. Look at the options and apply today.

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Whats the Difference between Title Opinion and Title Insurance

Mar 05, 2012

When it comes time to choose between a Title Insurance and Title Opinion, there’s one right choice – at least according to Clay Healey, president of AIC Title Service. Which one? Healey says the difference comes down to having someone on your side versus having someone who you’re fighting.

When it comes time to choose between a Title Insurance and Title Opinion, there’s one right choice – at least according to Clay Healey, president of AIC Title Service. Which one? Healey says the difference comes down to having someone on your side versus having someone who you’re fighting.

A title opinion is written by a law firm and basically is a lawyer’s opinion as to who owns the aircraft. A title opinion works great unless ownership is challenged, for example, by a tax lien. Clay jokes, “Did you ever know one lawyer who would admit he was wrong?” Clay says he hasn’t, and therein lies the problem with a title opinion. Clay says you’ll be battling the lawyer who will dig in to maintain the accuracy of his original opinion.

On the other hand, when you secure title insurance, that insurance company is on your side. The title insurance company will work to prove you’re right which Clay sees as a tremendous, yet simple advantage. He says, “With an opinion, there’s a fight against you with lawyers. With title insurance, the insurance company will fight on your behalf.

According to Clay, some banks still require a title opinion, but he adds, “Many banks are living in an archaic time and really haven’t stepped into the right way of doing business.” He equates it to how property was previously sold. He says, “In the early 1900s, most land was transferred by lawyers until title companies began to spring up in the 1960s and 1970s. Title companies provide a faster turnover of land and turned into the preferred process of selling and buying land.” He says the same thing is happening in aviation.

When you’re buying an aircraft, choosing a title opinion or title insurance is an important decision. Educate yourself on the difference so you make the choice that’s right for your particular situation.

Want to know more about title insurance? Visit AOPA’s partner, AIC Title Service's website which is chockfull of information written in plain language in a pilot-friendly manner.

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New post at AOPA to lead effort to boost pilot population

Mar 05, 2012

As the pilot population continues to dwindle, AOPA and others in the industry are working together on numerous fronts to help reverse that trend and ensure a vibrant future for general aviation. To support its efforts, AOPA is searching for a leader to head the association's new center that focuses on advancing the pilot community.

As the pilot population continues to dwindle, AOPA and others in the industry are working together on numerous fronts to help reverse that trend and ensure a vibrant future for general aviation. To support its efforts, AOPA is searching for a leader to head the association’s new center that focuses on advancing the pilot community.

“Very few positions in GA” would allow an individual to have a “profound impact on something they care deeply about,” said AOPA Chief Operating Officer Rob Moran. “This is a chance to have a real impact” on the GA community.

The Vice President of the Center to Advance the Pilot Community would lead efforts to build community among pilots, improve the flight training drop-out rate, encourage nonflying pilots to return to the sky, reach out to youth, and conduct research and education activities.

The passionate, action-oriented leader would develop and execute plans based on AOPA-commissioned research that delves deeply into the flight training industry. In addition, ongoing efforts such as the flight training retention initiative and AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards would evolve through this position.

AOPA’s research indicates a lack of a sense of community as a factor in why some students do not complete flight training. This leader will develop programs to help foster pilot community, not only to help student pilots feel accepted but to encourage current pilots to continue or get back into flying; one avenue this new position will be charged with is researching flying clubs and ways they can help build community.

“It would be a dream job for someone who wants to make their mark,” Moran said. Whether AOPA is working to help enthusiasts pursue their dream of flight or protect GA’s future, Moran summarized the association’s efforts for the center and this new position: “We’re in the business of converting dreams to reality, and this offers that opportunity.”

AOPA is seeking applicants with a bachelor's degree in a related area or 10-plus years of management experience in an aviation-related position; a proven ability and track record for developing and executing creative approaches and innovative strategies; a solid management experience and track record in motivating and building strong teams comprised of competent and highly capable individuals; and prior success in developing strong internal and external collaborative relationships.

“Come join us,” Moran said. “It’ll be like a job you’ve never had before.”

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Three new discounts add value to AOPA membership

Feb 29, 2012

Three more companies have joined the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program, a free core membership benefit available to all AOPA members.

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Bank of America finances Marines first aircraft

Feb 22, 2012

Gabriel Glinsky started looking for an airplane to buy when he was deployed to Afghanistan. As a Marine Corps captain and V-22 pilot, Gabe was looking for a GA airplane to use for pleasure flights when he returned home. Although he is an experienced pilot, he had never bought an airplane before, and didn’t quite know what to expect when it came to financing.

Gabriel GlinskyGabriel Glinsky started looking for an airplane to buy when he was deployed to Afghanistan. As a Marine Corps captain and V-22 Osprey pilot, Glinsky was looking for a general aviation airplane to use for pleasure flights when he returned home. Although he is an experienced pilot, he had never bought an airplane before, and didn’t quite know what to expect when it came to financing.

“I filled out the form for Bank of America financing online,” he said. “Actually there was very little paperwork.” The entire deal took less than two weeks, but Glinsky explained that he was the one who prolonged the process since he had to schedule the trip from North Carolina to Colorado for the actual purchase.

Glinsky selected a 1967 Cherokee 180, a favorite airplane from his flight instructing days. He said, “I was a flight instructor before I became a Marine, and I love the way Cherokees look, and I love the way they fly. I picked an aircraft with a fixed gear and a fixed prop, thinking that would be two less things to break. It’s simpler and slower, but costs a whole lot less.”

You could say that Glinsky is a one-man GA stimulus plan. He currently teaches a ground school for interested fellow Marines at Marine Corps Air Station New River North Carolina and takes interested Marines on familiarization flights. He has a class of about 35 Marines, and said that four or five of his ground school students are talking about buying an airplane together. He added, “I am thinking about starting a flying club here for the Marines so we’d purchase a couple of airplanes for the club. My CO and XO are looking to buy an airplane, too, so I’ve sparked a ton of interest.”

As for his experience with Bank of America, Glinsky said, “They made it a pretty painless process, and I didn’t know it would be so easy.” Glinsky has made many trips in his newly purchased airplane. Lucky for him, his fiancée, Jill, loves to fly and accompany him on trips. He recently had his 39-year old transponder fixed, and although he would love a panel upgrade sometime in the future, for now his motto is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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Medication update FAA changes Nyquil use guidelines

Feb 21, 2012

The FAA's guidelines for use of Nyquil have changed, and now require a wait time of 60 hours after the last use before flying. This is pretty conservative, even for the FAA.

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Sponsorship provides discounts service at GA airports

Feb 21, 2012

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an AOPA strategic partner, is now the sponsor of AOPA Airports, an up-to-date directory of public-use airports and fixed-base operators (FBOs) across the United States.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an AOPA strategic partner, is now the sponsor of AOPA Airports, an up-to-date directory of public-use airports and fixed-base operators (FBOs) across the United States.
As the directory’s sponsor, Enterprise will offer AOPA members a discount on its everyday low rental rates and the opportunity to reserve rental cars directly through a link on the online edition of AOPA Airports.

Enterprise provides service and, at most locations, vehicle delivery to more than 3,000 general aviation facilities nationwide. The “Book Now” link located on the AOPA Airports page will allow members to book a vehicle with the AOPA member discount. Members using the Enterprise toll-free phone number listed in AOPA Airports will also receive a discount. AOPA members just need to provide their member number at the time of reservation in order to receive the discount.

“This is a terrific new service that will allow general aviation pilots to plan their flights beyond arrival at the airport,” said Ed Thompson, AOPA vice president of corporate partnerships and products. “AOPA Airports online provides all the destination information our members need, including current weather. Now it will even allow them to easily reserve an Enterprise rental car at a discount.”

Enterprise and AOPA entered into a strategic partnership in September 2012. Enterprise founder Jack Taylor has strong ties to aviation as a decorated Navy fighter pilot during World War II. As a result of that experience, he named his family-owned business after the USS Enterprise, one of the aircraft carriers upon which he served.

The AOPA Airports directory, available online and in print, offers nearly 400,000 AOPA members detailed information on more than 5,000 public-use airports, seaplane bases, and heliports. It lists 7,000 FBOs and airport businesses, as well as airport diagrams with runway dimensions, taxiways, ramp areas, displaced thresholds and buildings. It also includes radio frequencies and telephone numbers, 31,000 restaurant and lodging listings, and 12,000 local attractions. In addition, the directory’s print edition lists international landing facilities, customs and border protection information, and entry requirements for Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Savings every day with the AOPA Car Rental Discount Program

Feb 13, 2012

Pocket some savings with the AOPA Car Rental Discount Program. If you're renting a car from Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, or Hertz, be sure to use your AOPA discount code to save up to 25 percent. Plus, with money-saving coupons such as free rental days and upgrades, you can't go wrong.

Pocket some savings with the AOPA Car Rental Discount Program. If you’re renting a car from Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, or Hertz, be sure to use your AOPA discount code to save up to 25 percent. Plus, with money-saving coupons such as free rental days and upgrades, you can’t go wrong. Take advantage of this members-only benefit and you could see your AOPA membership pay for itself.

To ensure you’re receiving the AOPA car rental discount, make your reservation directly through the AOPA website. Can’t remember the discount code? No problem: When you reserve your car through the links provided the code is pre-filled for you. 

Take the stress out of renting and let the computer do the work for you. Not only will you save yourself some cash, but a portion of all the revenue generated will be returned to AOPA and reinvested to fund the association’s efforts to maintain the freedom, safety, and affordability of general aviation.

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Your last chance to win AOPAs 2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Husky Sweepstakes

Feb 08, 2012

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying far off the beaten path in a rugged, capable, hand-crafted airplane made for adventure, this is your time to act. AOPA’s 2012 “Tougher Than a Tornado” Husky Sweepstakes is quickly winding down and time is running out to win a rough-and-ready Aviat Husky worth approximately $210,000

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying far off the beaten path in a rugged, capable, hand-crafted airplane made for adventure, this is your time to act. AOPA’s 2012 “Tougher Than a Tornado” Husky Sweepstakes is quickly winding down and time is running out to win a rough-and-ready Aviat Husky worth approximately $210,000.

This airplane will be awarded to its new owner at AOPA Summit in Palm Springs, California, Oct. 11-13.

In order to be eligible to win you must be a current member as of 8/31/12.

Put some extra luck on your side with additional sweepstakes entries by enrolling in our Automatic Annual Renewal Program, becoming an AOPA Life Member, or completing an ASI Online or Mini Course.

But do it soon, this could be the year AOPA hands over the keys to you!
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Regional Activity

Feb 08, 2012

On July 11-14th, Dave Ulane attended the Arlington (WA) Fly-In, where he interacted and met with members and attendees at the AOPA booth in the exhibit tent. He Presented an AOPA update on Saturday July 14th on current initiatives and new programs. He also traveled to many airports in the Puget Sound area to meet with Airport Safety Network Volunteers and airport sponsors. He lastly provided an AOPA update presentation to the Bremerton Pilots Association.

Northwest Mountain Region

  • On July 11-14th, Dave Ulane attended the Arlington (WA) Fly-In, where he interacted and met with members and attendees at the AOPA booth in the exhibit tent. He Presented an AOPA update on Saturday July 14th on current initiatives and new programs. He also traveled to many airports in the Puget Sound area to meet with Airport Safety Network Volunteers and airport sponsors.  He lastly provided an AOPA update presentation to the Bremerton Pilots Association.
  • In August, Dave will be attending the Metropolitan State University of Denver’s new Aerospace student orientation in Denver.  He will meet new aviation and aerospace students to introduce them to AOPA and our services and benefits.
  • On August 25-26th Dave will be at the Rocky Mountain Airshow and Fly-In at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC) in Denver.  He is looking forward to meeting members and interacting with attendees at the AOPA booth on the airport ramp. He will be giving an AOPA update presentation on Saturday August 25th

Great Lakes Region:

  • Bryan Budds and AOPA Team will be attending the Milwaukee Water and Air Show August 11-12th at the Bradford Beach Milwaukee Lakefront. Come by to chat and hang out at the blue AOPA table for exclusive offers, free give a ways, and drawings for great prizes!
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New Extended Pilot Information Center hours

Feb 07, 2012

Each year, AOPA's Pilot Information Center staff responds to hundreds of thousands of questions from AOPA members on a wide variety of topics from medical certification to purchasing an aircraft. And now you can enjoy a whole new level of access to this team of aviation experts with our convenient extended weekday hours. The Pilot Information Center is now available to you until 9:00 p.m. EST every weekday! Simply call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672) Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST with your question and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Each year, AOPA's Pilot Information Center staff responds to hundreds of thousands of questions from AOPA members on a wide variety of topics from medical certification to purchasing an aircraft. And now you can enjoy a whole new level of access to this team of aviation experts with our convenient extended weekday hours. The Pilot Information Center is now available to you until 9:00 p.m. EST every weekday! Simply call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672) Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST with your question and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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AOPA FlyQ Powerful easy to use and free

Feb 07, 2012

AOPA has always been committed to providing superior value to our members for their annual subscription fee, and the release of the new AOPA FlyQ iPhone App is an ideal example of this. Providing airport directory information, aviation weather and flight planning with auto-routing capability, this powerful app is available to AOPA member at no cost. Amazing.

AOPA has always been committed to providing superior value to our members for their annual membership dues, and the release of the new AOPA FlyQ iPhone App is an ideal example of this. Providing airport directory information, aviation weather and flight planning with auto-routing capability, this powerful app is available to AOPA member at no cost. Amazing.

AOPA FlyQ is the first release in a series of upcoming digital flight planning tools for AOPA members. As each new FlyQ product is released, it will sync pilot and aircraft profiles and saved flight plans between all available devices. AOPA FlyQ is currently only available for the iPhone, but an Android version is currently in development and slated for release later this month.

For airport directory information, AOPA FlyQ uses your phone’s GPS to determine the airports that are closest to you. Tap the airport you want and the information you need pops up. You’ll see radio frequencies, satellite views, Doppler weather maps and so much more in easy-to-use and easy-to-see formats. You can also find airport services from this section.

Under the Weather tab, you’ll see local, regional, and national radar. Dig deeper into the gallery tab and find the weather charts to help plan your flight. The galleries give you current and forecasted conditions. If you need to know about it before takeoff, AOPA FlyQ has it in this gallery.

AOPA FlyQ takes the hassle out of flight planning with smart auto-routing functionality. The app delivers the most efficient flight plan by optimizing for forecast winds aloft. Once you finalize your flight planning criteria, you’ll receive your flight plan and a legal DUAT weather briefing. Then file your flight plan with the touch of a button.

Powerful, easy to use, and free. AOPA FlyQ makes flight planning on the go simple. Download your free copy today at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aopa-flyq/id511107467?ls=1&mt=8&cmp=FQ:iPCS or visit http://www.aopa.org/flyq for more information.

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Strength in Numbers Help Us Preserve the Freedom to Fly

Feb 07, 2012

For the last seven decades, AOPA has relied on the support of its members to become the most powerful voice in general aviation. We owe our strength and many accomplishments to nearly 400,000 members across the country. As our industry and the pilot population struggle through these tough economic times and with must-win battles like user fees, we need YOU more than ever to help us maintain our powerful voice with a thriving and growing membership.

For the last seven decades, AOPA has relied on the support of its members to become the most powerful voice in general aviation. We owe our strength and many accomplishments to nearly 400,000 members across the country.   As our industry and the pilot population struggle through these tough economic times and with must-win battles like user fees, we need YOU more than ever to help us maintain our powerful voice with a thriving and growing membership.

In that spirit, we’re excited to announce the launch of AOPA’s “Strength in Numbers” Membership Drive!  As an AOPA member, YOU know the value of belonging to the largest membership association that advocates on behalf of the entire general aviation industry. YOU know about AOPA’s informative and relevant publications.  YOU know about AOPA’s valuable educational resources and piloting tools. There’s no better time than now for YOU to share that knowledge with your friends, fellow pilots, colleagues, and new and prospective student pilots.

Membership Matters

Increasing our membership means we can work more effectively to face down the growing threats against general aviation. And, with a very important election this year, it means we’ll have an even stronger voice in Washington, D.C. enabling us to continue the fight to preserve our freedom to fly for you and your children and grandchildren.  

Strength in Numbers

Together we can continue to battle the long-term threat to the future of general aviation, the pilot population and to all of us who share a passion for flying.  And, no one has a greater stake in these issues than pilots like you and all of us here at AOPA.

It only takes one. 

A strong word-of-mouth campaign is the most effective way to grow AOPA membership. According to the latest Nielsen Global Online Consumer Survey, 90 percent of consumers trust peer recommendations. If just a fraction of our members referred ONE new member, we will continue to grow and protect YOUR freedom to fly.  A growing AOPA means a greater awareness of the general aviation industry, more resources and support for members, and a louder voice when meeting with regional, state and national policy makers.

By referring just one new member, you will make a difference. Please join us in this very important drive.  You can also help by sharing this page on your Facebook and Twitter accounts to raise awareness of our campaign and rallying your fellow AOPA members on AOPA’s Facebook page. In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing you with tools and resources to help build our membership. In the meantime, here’s how you can help: 

Top Ways You Can Help Now!

  1. Encourage someone to join AOPA today
  2. Give a gift membership
  3. Refer a military aviator for our one-year complimentary membership
  4. Educate others about the benefits of AOPA membership
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Two new discounts for AOPA members

Feb 05, 2012

As the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program enters its seventh month, two more companies have stepped forward to provide valuable discounts to AOPA members: Pilot Chews and FAST (Flight and Aircraft Services Tracking).

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New member discount adds value to AOPA membership

Feb 04, 2012

Air Ledger is the newest company to join the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program, a free, core membership benefit available to all AOPA members.

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Insider Tip for Completing Application for Aircraft Registration

Feb 03, 2012

Registering an airplane and walking the application through the bureaucracy of the FAA’s Oklahoma City office can appear a daunting task filled with complex ways a registration could get delayed. Starting out on the right foot, however, is simple, according to Clay Healey, owner of AIC Title Service, based in Oklahoma City.

Registering an airplane and walking the application through the bureaucracy of the FAA’s Oklahoma City office can appear a daunting task filled with complex ways a registration could get delayed. Starting out on the right foot, however, is simple, according to Clay Healey, owner of AIC Title Service, based in Oklahoma City.

Asked to give one piece of advice for individuals seeking to register an airplane, Clay gives a surprising answer: fill out the Registration Application neatly. “If you don’t,” warns Clay, “you will delay the process from four to six weeks.”

“Neatly” means no cross-outs. If you write a name as Bob, you can’t later cross it out to make it Robert. No cross-outs. Period. According to Clay, cleaning up Aircraft Registration forms is one of the most frequent things his staff has to fix on behalf of clients. That’s why Clay counsels, “Get it right the first time and we won’t have that issue to deal with.”

AIC Aircraft Title now routinely sends out two forms to its clients – one to be used as a rough draft to get all the questions correctly answered. Then the second form can be neatly copied – no cross outs, remember – and submitted. These forms still use old-school carbon paper so it’s crucial that the answers are neatly printed on the form.

And here’s another tip: When it comes to your signature, stop printing and start writing in cursive. According to Clay, your signature does not have to be legible to the FAA. Your scribbly signature does not have to be interpreted as John Jones; however, the signature must be in cursive. Clay says that at a minimum two letters must be connected. “That’s just a rule the FAA has,” says Clay. Again, a printed signature will delay your registration by four to six weeks. The lesson here, according to Clay, is that it’s not going to be the big things that delay your registration so make sure you heed his advice – neatness counts!

AIC Aircraft Title’s website is full of educational information of interest to pilots and aircraft owners. Visit AIC online.

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Take Advantage of the All New AOPA Lifestyle Member Discounts

Feb 03, 2012

Before you make your next purchase, make sure you check out the deals available exclusively to you as an AOPA member. You may be surprised at the money you’ll save by going to www.aopa.org/lifestyles first.

Before you make your next purchase, make sure you check out the deals available exclusively to you as an AOPA member. You may be surprised at the money you’ll save by going to www.aopa.org/lifestyles first.

In the market for pilot supplies? You’ll find discounts offered by Sporty’s Pilot Shop, PilotMall.com and Aircraft Spruce and Specialty. Other aviation discounts are available from Spidertracks, WingX and more. You can use any or all of these discounts to make your flying more affordable.

But it’s not just aviation products where you’ll find discounts. Buying or selling a home? Look at the deal offered by Prudential Douglas Elliman. If you are the type who loves to find the best bang for your buck, checking out AOPA Lifestyles is a must when you’re renting a car. What’s the better deal? It may be the free additional driver offered by Alamo (among other discounts), the free membership in the Hertz #1 Club, the $35 off a weekly rental at Avis or the $10 off for every $200 spent with Enterprise. All those discounts are yours as an AOPA member.

New discounts are added to the current list, so stop by www.aopa.org/lifestyles to see the wide range of discounts, benefits and bonuses that are yours as an AOPA member.

Make your AOPA membership pay for itself! That’s easy to do when you’re in the habit of using the AOPA Lifestyles offers.

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A message from Michelle Peterson

Feb 03, 2012

About two months ago, I decided it was time to take another run at learning to fly. I started ten years ago, almost to solo, but like so many people, life got in the way. Interestingly enough, I’m finding it to be much more fun than the first time around, maybe because it isn’t 100% foreign—and maybe because I’ve had the benefit of flying in GA aircraft on a regular basis while at AOPA.

About two months ago, I decided it was time to take another run at learning to fly. I started ten years ago, almost to solo, but like so many people, life got in the way. Interestingly enough, I’m finding it to be much more fun than the first time around, maybe because it isn’t 100% foreign—and maybe because I’ve had the benefit of flying in GA aircraft on a regular basis while at AOPA.

I often wonder what it would be like to pursue a private pilot certificate outside of my AOPA life. I am so fortunate to be working in a building full of top-notch pilots and instructors, all enthusiastic about any “newbie” in flight training. There is no lack of encouragement here at AOPA—plenty of mentors and friendly invitations to keep me engaged. My instructor works across the hall and not a day goes by without him stopping by to check in and ask the simple question, “Can we fly today?”

As I think about how fortunate I am to work for a company who lives and breathes general aviation, I realize that this same support system is available to anyone who dreams of flying, wants to learn to fly, keep flying, or get back into it after a hiatus. It really can start with you. Just a little nudge can make all the difference in the world to someone who has an interest. Even a short ride in a GA plane can give someone the bug to start or get back into it. You really can make a difference.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the tremendous resources AOPA has to offer—no matter where you’re at in your pilot journey. If you know someone who is dreaming about learning to fly, send them to www.letsgoflying.com. Lots of great information there to keep them motivated and encourage them to take the next step. For those who are just starting flight training, www.myft.org is a brand new resource for student pilots to track milestones and gain clear understanding of what they can expect throughout the flight training journey. And, of course, www.aopaflighttraining.org is a great place to build your knowledge base as a new pilot.

As a member of AOPA, you are certainly aware of all the benefits and resources available to you –www.aopa.org (online weather, flight planner, online airport directory), AOPA Pilot Magazine, Flight Training Magazine, AOPA e-Pilot, and our Pilot Information Center (1-800-USA-AOPA) to mention a few. AOPA is a wonderful support system and your membership is critical to the success of the organization and to the future of General Aviation. So, take someone for a flight, share an encouraging word to get someone started or get back into it—and most importantly, keep your membership current!

--Keep ‘Em Flying!

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Get a head start on summer vacation plans

Feb 03, 2012

Soon in offices all over the country, people will be asking, “Taking a vacation this summer?” Have you given it any thought? When you’re ready to start planning a vacation, you can help yourself and AOPA if you make your travel plans through Orbitz. You start here.

Soon in offices all over the country, people will be asking, “Taking a vacation this summer?” Have you given it any thought? When you’re ready to start planning a vacation, you can help yourself and AOPA if you make your travel plans through Orbitz. You start here.

Orbitz will help you get the best deals on cruises, airfare, and hotels. To benefit AOPA, all you have to do is go to the Orbitz site via AOPA. Once you do that, you’re finished and you can navigate the Orbitz site just as anyone would.

The difference is that a portion of what you spend on Orbitz will be returned to AOPA to use to continue the fight on behalf of general aviation. Bookmark the page, and use it for any travel plans.

Don’t forget the car rental discounts that are yours as an AOPA member. Great deals are available from Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz. All the information you need is here.

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Lets talk user fees

Jan 27, 2012

Looking at the aviation news headlines, there's talk about user fees, again. The issue is like a bad penny. We just can’t seem to rid ourselves of it, even though it seems that the issue is soundly defeated each time it comes up. From what I'm reading now, the White House is proposing a $100 per flight fee and this fee will be paid to the FAA. As I understand it, the fee is meant to cover the cost of using air traffic services, so flights conducted outside controlled airspace theoretically will not have to pay a fee. And, I think there is a provision that is supposed to exempt our types of general aviation flying from having to pay the fee. But, the terms are not clearly defined. And, user fees keep resurfacing. So, we legitimately worry that they may become real and that they could eventually and ultimately affect our flying, and not in a good way.

Looking at the aviation news headlines, there’s talk about user fees, again.  The issue is like a bad penny.  We just can’t seem to rid ourselves of it, even though it seems that the issue is soundly defeated each time it comes up.  From what I’m reading now, the White House is proposing a $100 per flight fee and this fee will be paid to the FAA.  As I understand it, the fee is meant to cover the cost of using air traffic services, so flights conducted outside controlled airspace theoretically will not have to pay a fee.  And, I think there is a provision that is supposed to exempt our types of general aviation flying from having to pay the fee.  But, the terms are not clearly defined.  And, user fees keep resurfacing.  So, we legitimately worry that they may become real and that they could eventually and ultimately affect our flying, and not in a good way.

Apart from the unwelcome additional cost to us to fly, and the consequent probable impact on aviation safety, I see another branch to this willow tree.  That is, if there is a requirement to do something, then there has to be a regulation prescribing so, and if there is a failure to do what is required by regulation, then there has to be a mechanism for enforcement and a penalty.  In this context then, would the FAA come up with another regulation?  As if we didn’t have enough regulations to follow.  Would the FAA track our compliance, or non-compliance?  As if the FAA doesn’t have enough to do that they can now track a flight, send a bill, and put together evidence when the bill is not paid.  Would the FAA then take enforcement action if we failed to pay a user fee for a flight that the FAA feels qualifies for the fee?  That’s a good use of the money you just collected:  paying for more FAA enforcement actions to prosecute more regulatory violations.  And, for us, more reason to be suspicious of FAA inquiries and more reason to be sure we know how to protect ourselves.  Yep, user fees are a good idea... I’m not convinced yet. 

In any event, government regulation and, by default, government enforcement is inevitable.  Laws are meant to instill order.  And, we want order when we’re flying around out there.  What is difficult is determining how many laws and whose laws are too much and/or not enough, and this is what our membership associations try to work out for us.  Still, no matter where you fall on the line of whether the FAA regulates us too much or too little, we remain obligated to know the rules that apply to us at the time and to follow those rules.  Safety is at stake, and none of us are willing to compromise safety.  Staying informed and educated on the regulations and the changes that come about is one way to avoid a violation charge.  And, knowing how to respond to FAA inquiries without making the matter worse is also a way to protect against an FAA allegation.  Today, we can get this kind of information by staying proficient, staying active in membership associations, and attending seminars.  Having and respecting personal minimums helps.  There are other ways, too.  We must do our best to be in a position to know what we need to do or where to go to find out. 

Safe flying, All!

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Meet the Team

Jan 27, 2012

Talbot Martin is an associate at Yodice Associates. He assists AOPA Legal Services Plan members and private clients with their aviation issues, primarily with FAA certificate actions, aircraft accidents, and medical certification matters.

Talbot Martin is an associate at Yodice Associates. He assists AOPA Legal Services Plan members and private clients with their aviation issues, primarily with FAA certificate actions, aircraft accidents, and medical certification matters.

Mr. Martin grew up with a love of flying, taking his first flying lesson at the age of 14.  Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he spent several summers on a little grass strip in Oklahoma learning to fly, working at the airport in exchange for flying lessons. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Mr. Martin worked as a Flight Instructor at Tulsa’s Riverside airport (KRVS) before attending law school. “I’ve been very lucky in my legal career; from day one my legal career has been centered on aviation. I was involved in enforcement cases before graduation.”

Mr. Martin obtained his J.D. degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law and a B.S. in Aviation Sciences from Oklahoma State University. While at Oklahoma State, Talbot was an active member of the Flying Aggies and worked with A&P mechanics to maintain the school’s training aircraft.

Talbot is a Certified Flight Instructor and holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with ratings in single and multi–engine aircraft. He maintains his currency by flying a Piper Cherokee (and any other plane that he gets the opportunity to fly).

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New improved AD and D insurance plan offers 24 7 coverage

Jan 26, 2012

AOPA members who enroll in the AOPA Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance plan will now benefit from new expanded offerings and 24/7 coverage, all available at no additional cost.

AOPA members who enroll in the AOPA Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance plan will now benefit from new expanded offerings and 24/7 coverage, even when you aren’t flying, all available at no additional cost.

A favorite among pilots looking for coverage while flying, the AOPA Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance plan has undergone some exciting changes, making it more beneficial than ever before for members to enroll.

Most significantly, now in addition to providing coverage for general-aviation-related activities, this new expanded coverage offers protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week and for all types of accidents, including nonaviation-related accidents. “Protecting our members both in and out of the cockpit is our number one goal and this new AD&D program is another big step forward,” said Janet Bressler, president of AOPA Insurance Services.

Other new enhancements include exposure and disappearance, safe driver, coma, education, training, transportation, child care, elder care, common carrier, burn disfigurement, rehabilitation, and total and permanent disability.

Up to $300,000 worth of coverage is available, all with no health questions asked.

Members can take advantage of these great benefits by enrolling in the AOPA Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance plan at any time during their membership year. 

Those already enrolled will be automatically upgraded to the new coverage at the time of renewal and can upgrade their coverage at any time.

Choose to better protect yourself and your family today. Choose the comprehensive protection of AOPA Aviation Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance plan.

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AOPA photo gallery launches

Jan 11, 2012

AOPA launched a gallery of magnificent aviation photography at the association's Aviation Summit. The AOPA Photo Gallery will feature the best photos from the AOPA photography team available as posters or framed prints.

Custom framingAOPA launched a gallery of magnificent aviation photography at the association’s Aviation Summit. The AOPA Photo Gallery will feature the best photos from the AOPA photography team.

For more than 50 years, AOPA’s team has been photographing general aviation’s finest aircraft in some of the most beautiful locations around the world. Now their high-quality prints are available for sale, with a variety of frames and mattes to choose from.

“Our members have admired the work of AOPA’s photographers for years. With the opening of this gallery, the best of our images can now hang proudly in their homes,” said Chris Ward, AOPA’s vice president of new product development and interactive marketing.

Originally posted at http://www.aopa.org/summit/news/2012/121011aopa-photo.html.

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