May 20, 2005
Volume 5, Issue 20 • May 20, 2005
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AOPA RUNS NATIONAL AD TO SUPPORT ALL GA PILOTS Don't let one pilot tarnish the image of general aviation. Thousands of pilots fly every day without violating the complex airspace restrictions established after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. That's the message AOPA is sending the public through a national ad that appeared on Wednesday in USA Today and Roll Call, the primary newspaper on Capitol Hill. Download the ad. The ad is part of the association's ongoing effort to correct the many misconceptions and sometimes-outrageous statements about GA that have appeared in the media since a Pennsylvania pilot and his student-pilot passenger penetrated restricted airspace around the nation's capital in their Cessna 150. "Seven days ago, one very small airplane created a very large incident that disrupted lives in Washington, D.C., and made millions of people, already on edge, very nervous. It also created unnecessary concern and skepticism about 'those little planes,'" the ad says. It also points out what went right during the incident, while explaining that small general aviation airplanes are not a security threat and that pilots are-with few exceptions-well informed. See AOPA Online. FAA GETS READY TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST WAYWARD PILOT The FAA is getting close to announcing what action it will take against the two pilots who violated Washington, D.C.'s restricted airspace last Wednesday and created an international scene. Most likely the FAA will opt for the emergency revocation of 69-year-old Hayden Sheaffer's private pilot certificate. In that case, he could appeal the emergency revocation to an NTSB administrative law judge, or he could apply for a new certificate in a year, which would only be issued if he passes knowledge and practical tests. Action against the student pilot onboard, Troy Martin, is a lot less likely. AOPA has received a high volume of calls and e-mails regarding the incident. By far, the vast majority of the sentiment favors strong action against the pilot. For more information on certificate actions, see AOPA's An Overview of FAA Enforcement . AOPA will provide updates on AOPA Online. FALL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION The AOPA Air Safety Foundation seeks applicants for a full-time fall internship. If selected, you'll assist in developing upcoming programs for the largest nonprofit organization in the United States conducting aviation safety education and research for the general aviation community. You'll receive hourly pay plus a stipend to assist with moving, housing, or flying expenses. The deadline for applications is June 3. For more information, see AOPA Online. BRING A FUTURE PILOT TO THE AOPA FLY-IN! AOPA's Fifteenth Annual Fly-In and Open House on Saturday, June 4, will have special activities for anyone interested in learning to fly-and special prizes for pilots who bring prospective new students to the event. As part of AOPA's Project Pilot program, prospective pilots could win an introductory first flight. And all can get their photo on the cover of a special AOPA Flight Training magazine. Pilots who bring a prospective student to the Fly-In will receive an AOPA mini-MagLite and a chance to win one of two headsets. And of course, there will be seminars and plenty of information on learning to fly! See AOPA Online. HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR AOPA MEMBER PROFILE? To make the most of your membership and allow us to serve you better, please visit AOPA Online and update your personal member profile.
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