October 7, 2007
While consumer and advocacy groups have been making their own noise about the future of satellite radio, AOPA is concerned about what a monopoly might mean for general aviation.
The association let the Federal Communications Commission know how it felt during a comment period on the proposed XM-Sirius merger.
In its written comments, AOPA said that the new company should still provide weather service to pilots, maintain reasonable prices, and allow customers to continue using existing satellite radio receivers.
"It is important to recognize that weather information is only beneficial if it is affordable to pilots," wrote AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Based on the XM filing, which indicates that audio programming content will continue at or below current prices, AOPA would expect the same assurances for the graphical data used in aviation. Lower subscription pricing would serve to improve aviation safety."
Satellite weather allows pilots to have nationwide access to real-time graphical information on the airport or in the air. Safety information about severe thunderstorms, wind speed and direction, temperature, current and forecast conditions for airports, and other climatic indicators is available, in addition to temporary flight restrictions.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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