May 1, 2005
Aircraft renters may be putting themselves at risk every time they fly if they don't have their own non-owned-aircraft insurance policy. Most FBO policies afford little or no coverage to the renter, and you could be held liable for property damage, injuries, and damage to the rented aircraft, which could cost you thousands. Even a small mishap can put you in financial jeopardy, but with a non-owned policy, you can have the coverage you need to fly with confidence. And your non-owned policy also covers the cost of your legal defense in the event of an accident or claim, a benefit that alone can save you thousands of dollars. Don't fly without a non-owned policy of your own. Call the AOPA Insurance Agency to make sure you are covered (800/622-2672).
The AOPA Pilot Information Center assists members on a daily basis in multiple topic areas, handling an average of about 3,000 contacts a week. Topics include questions on medical certification, flight training, aircraft purchasing, regulations, flight planning, and FAA enforcement. As the foremost technical resource available to the general aviation community, the center strives to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and technical expertise. The skilled group of pilots and flight instructors has more than 30,000 hours of collective flight experience and plays a pivotal role in AOPA's mission and objectives. During the course of any given year, the specialists respond to more than 200,000 member questions and thousands of e-mails and letters. AOPA members have access to an experienced professional pilot group that is willing and able to offer assistance and expertise on any aviation-related subject.
Flying between Canada and the United States is probably the easiest international flight that a general aviation pilot can make. The procedures, language, and love of general aviation are shared by both countries and will make your trip a smooth one. AOPA's flight-planning guide for Canada is published in collaboration with the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) and includes several chapters of information covering everything from preflight planning to Canadian flight rules, Canpass (an aircraft program that makes clearing customs easier for private-aircraft owners and their passengers traveling to Canada from the United States), and directions for completing Canadian and international flight plan forms. Also included is a convenient, one-page checklist of procedures. The AOPA/COPA Guide to Cross-Border Operations is available online. It is also included in the "Canada Pack," which can be ordered by calling the AOPA Pilot Information Center, 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672).
If you have an aviation question, call the Pilot Information Center 800/USA-AOPA (800/872-2672) or, if you prefer, e-mail email@example.com.
TOLL-FREE PILOT INFORMATION CENTER Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org
NEW ADDRESS? Send your new address and AOPA membership number to AOPA, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701-4798 Fax 301/695-2375 Click www.aopa.org/coa-form.html
AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Call 800/638-3101 Click www.aopa.org/asf/
AOPA CREDIT CARD PROGRAM Call 800/523-7666 Click www.aopa.org/info/cc/
AOPA AIRCRAFT INSURANCE Call 800/622-AOPA (622-2672) Click www.aopa.org/aircraftinsurance.html
AOPA LEGAL SERVICES PLAN Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/legalservices.html
AOPA ONLINE TRAVEL Click www.aopa.org/travel/
OTHER AOPA MEMBER PRODUCTS Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/memberproducts/
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