June 25, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
As a November referendum on closing Biddeford Municipal Airport draws closer, AOPA is continuing its campaign to gain community support for the field.
Delivering the message that “a vote to close the airport is a vote for higher taxes for residents,” AOPA Vice President of Local Airport Advocacy Bill Dunn met with reporters, city officials, and a local airport support group to discuss the future and importance of the field. A number of businesses have located in Biddeford specifically because it has an airport. And closing the airport comes with costs of its own, won’t resolve the city’s budget problems, and could do long-term economic harm, Dunn told the city manager and city council members.
Meeting with about 45 members of the Friends of Biddeford Airport group, Dunn and AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Alan Lyscars noted that the success of efforts to build community support for the airport will depend largely on local pilots. “AOPA is your partner in this fight and we will do all we can to save this airport, but you need to lead the charge in the community,” said Dunn, who urged pilots to talk to their non-flying friends about the value of the airport.
The group also plans to host an airport open house at the end of summer to bring the community to the airport.
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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