April 1, 2006
AOPA's Automatic Annual Renewal Program is the easiest and most convenient way to renew your membership.
To enroll in the automatic renewal program, visit AOPA Online.
Whether it's your favorite seaplane or tailwheel, complex, or high-performance airplane that you hope to someday fly as pilot in command, the FAA requires training and testing, or an endorsement by an authorized instructor, to have an additional category, class, or operating privilege added to your credentials.
Part 61 of Title 14: Code of Federal Regulations, or 14 CFR Part 61, provides pilots regulatory details on how to obtain these additional ratings or privileges, but often the "legalese" language of the regulations can lead to more confusion.
The goal of the subject report Ratings and Endorsemments is to help simplify and put into plain language what the FAA requires before you can take the controls as pilot in command of an aircraft you've often dreamed of flying. You'll also find pertinent articles to help you as you progress in your advanced flight training.
Call AOPA's Pilot Information Center at 800/872-2672 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
With the height of flying season approaching and more flight activity around the country, it's time to be aware of the possible problems that even the best-trained and prepared pilots can face. Fortunately, many AOPA members are prepared since they have enrolled in the AOPA Legal Services Plan for affordable, dependable legal protection in a variety of situations in which one might need legal support. This includes unlimited consultation on most aviation matters covered by the plan, annual review of key aviation documents, and one free half-hour consultation with an AOPA Legal Services Plan panel attorney regarding aviation-related matters not otherwise covered.
"I can't tell you how bad I feel when a member calls in and needs the assistance of the Legal Services Plan, and they are not enrolled," says Woody Cahall, vice president of AOPA Aviation Services. "I know these pilots just never think they're going to get into a bad situation, but once it happens they kick themselves for not spending the little amount it costs to enroll."
AOPA keeps the enrollment cost for the AOPA Legal Services Plan low so all members can afford protection. Protect yourself for as little as $29 a year.
To learn more about the protection provided by the AOPA Legal Services Plan and to enroll, visit AOPA Online or call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672).
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/
Pilot Training and Certification
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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