January 21, 2005
AOPA has voiced its strong opposition to Virginia HB 1603, which would take $5 million each year for three years from the Commonwealth Airport Fund to finance grants to non-hub and small hub airports in the state as an incentive for low-cost airlines to provide service in those areas. The funds were created for necessary maintenance and upgrades to airports for the benefit of the community. They never were intended to be used to subsidize commercial air carrier service.
"Virginia pilots pay the bulk of the money into the fund - and it must go to improve safety and capacity at general aviation airports," said AOPA Vice President of Regional Affairs Roger Cohen. "Offering state-subsidized 'incentives' for airlines should not be done at the expense of pilots."
January 21, 2005
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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