Guide to Member Services

AOPA member services that keep you flying

October 1, 2006

Parade of Planes event

See more than 80 aircraft taxi from Palm Springs International Airport to the Palm Springs Convention Center on Wednesday, November 8, 2006. The Parade of Planes is a prelude to AOPA's annual convention, to be held November 9 through 11 in Palm Springs, California. The aircraft at the convention center join with more than 500 exhibit booths, 74 hours of seminars, free general sessions including special guest FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, and fun social events. Join AOPA for this showcase of new aviation products and the latest in pilot education. Pre-register online or call 888/462-3976 by October 17 to take advantage of discounts. ( See a complete schedule.)

The new Pilot's Checkride Guide

Getting ready for your private or instrument checkride? You're in luck, because the AOPA Air Safety Foundation has given its popular Pilot's Checkride Guide a complete overhaul. It's still pocket-sized for quick reference, but the ASF staff has translated the private pilot (single-engine land) and instrument practical test standards into "plain language" and added real-world tips for a safe, successful checkride. ASF also included sample logbook endorsements, as well as guides to the flight review and instrument proficiency check. It's a must-have for any student or CFI. Approximately 60 pages, spiral bound.

To order your new Pilot's Checkride Guide, visit the Web site.


Flying to the Bahamas and the Caribbean

There's an island for everyone, and for East Coast pilots, flying to the Bahamas or the Caribbean couldn't be easier with AOPA's online Pilot Information Center. This section offers all the information you'll need for a hassle-free trip from departure to return.

  • Browse the aeronautical information available in the international flight information manual for each of the islands.
  • Find out what's offered on which islands — from fishing, sailing, and diving to golf, shopping, and visiting one of the many festivals.
  • Get a quick flight briefing, an overview of need-to-know and need-to-bring items for your flights.
  • Read about filing a flight plan, Customs, ADIZ requirements, and registering Experimental and modified aircraft.
  • View a list of airports of entry from the Bahamas Tourist Center's aviation department.
  • Find information about Customs fees, arrival requirements and permits, tourist cards, and arrival reports.
  • See the required documents for the aircraft, the pilot, and individuals.
  • Read up on Bahamian flight rules and how they differ from those in the United States.
  • Find out how to label and carry your over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • Find information on entry/exit requirements, safety and security, medical facilities, and health information.
  • Read what fellow travelers had to say about their flights to and from the Bahamas.

AOPA's Pilot Information Center guide to the Bahamas is available online.