October 25, 2007
Glenn Plymate calls himself an air safety addict. An AOPA member since 1960, he is passionately devoted to ensuring that general aviation pilots stay safe. And he could not resist the opportunity to promote air safety in his home town of Monmouth, Ore., on Thursday night.
Plymate had no idea what to expect when he volunteered to present the free AOPA Air Safety Foundation Seminar, "Maneuvering Flight—Hazardous to Your Health?" But using the AOPA Air Safety Foundation Seminar Kit prepared him to talk knowledgeably about safety with the local pilot community.
"I am really impressed with the way it is produced," Plymate said of the kit, which includes a seminar DVD, an announcement poster, seminar invitations, a CD-ROM with printable notes, agenda and handouts, free Air Safety Foundation CD offers for participants, and registration cards.
Plymate and another highly motivated, long-time pilot, Jim Davis, heavily publicized the seminar to about 1,000 pilots and airpark residents in local newsletters and e-mail lists. The FAA also helped to promote the seminar in two counties surrounding Monmouth.
"I feel really strongly about supporting the AOPA Air Safety Foundation," said Plymate, who established a special endowment fund and regularly donates to the foundation. "It's such a magnificent organization."
If you're a fan of air safety and would like to attend a seminar, look for an upcoming presentation in your area. You can also host a seminar for your local pilot's association, aviation group, or fellow pilots by contacting the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. The foundation offers 200 free safety seminars every year throughout the United States.
October 25, 2007
GA Safety and Accidents,
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