Member Guide

AOPA member services that keep you flying

November 1, 2003


Keeping your skills up to date

The AOPA Air Safety Foundation's interactive online courses offer a free and easy way to keep your pilot skills updated. All have been approved by the FAA for Wings Pilot Proficiency Awards Program credit and offer official completion certificates suitable for framing. Particularly popular is "Know Before You Go," a fast-moving, dramatic 20-minute course that offers pilots practical advice on avoiding an unexpected F-16 escort. It also has an option for a review of the U.S. airspace structure. For a complete listing of available courses, visit the Web site (

A perfect solution?

Member opinion is very important to AOPA. This is especially true for AOPA Pilot magazine. As the world's largest aviation magazine, Pilot takes its role in the lives of its readers very seriously. The magazine strives to improve in all ways, including the manner in which the magazine is created. Traditionally, AOPA Pilot is "saddle-stitched." This means that the pages are stapled together down the center of the magazine. The issue you are holding is "perfect bound." This method of binding — using glue instead of staples — results in the magazine having a spine like that of a book. Select story headlines in the current issue are printed along the spine so that you can reference them when the magazine is shelved in your bookcase or in magazine file holders. Perfect binding will allow us to decrease the number of inserts printed on heavy paper, which some members find annoying. We know this because members have ripped them out and mailed them back to us! And if you've ever received the magazine's cover and no insides, perfect binding helps Pilot survive the rigors of the Postal Service's sorting machines. This issue of Pilot is a test to see if members appreciate the change to perfect binding. The December issue will be saddle-stitched. Pilot staff will informally poll the membership at AOPA Expo, October 30 through November 1; a select group of members have been personally e-mailed before and after the November publication; and you may offer your comments by visiting AOPA Online ( and take the online survey on the right hand side of the Web page. The survey will be available from October 19 through November 15.

Buying an aircraft?

AOPA Aircraft Title Services offers two services to help protect a new aircraft owner and to speed the purchase process. For $99, the Professional Title Search provides a title search report compiled by experts who are intimately familiar with the procedures and requirements of the FAA Registry. The report includes information on previous and current owners of the aircraft, outstanding liens and encumbrances, and any defects of title that appear in the FAA Registry. Also included are a complete FAA- and NTSB-recorded damage history and the FAA aircraft record documenting the aircraft's registration and ownership history. After the purchase, AOPA Aircraft Title Services Express Document Submission Service notifies the FAA that you are a new aircraft owner. For just $79 an AOPA document specialist reviews all the forms before submitting them to the FAA to ensure that they are recordable and processed as quickly as possible.

To learn more about AOPA Aircraft Title Services, visit the Web site (