Member Guide

AOPA member services that keep you flying

April 1, 2009

Want to purchase an aircraft? Read our 10 tips first

The day has arrived—you are ready to purchase an aircraft. It may be your first purchase or perhaps you’ve done this before. Regardless, take a few minutes to brush up on the intricacy of the process with our 10 Tips for Financing Your Aircraft Purchase. Learn how important aviation financing experience is when you want to close your loan quickly and find out what steps you should take before signing on the dotted line to avoid surprises at closing. For everything you need to know about financing an aircraft, visit the Web site or call 800-62-PLANE.

AOPA Sweepstakes 2009 under way

Don’t miss out on an extra chance to win AOPA’s 2009 Let’s Go Flying Sweepstakes Cirrus SR22. Updating your membership information online will entitle you to one extra entry for this year’s airplane, a pristine 2005 Cirrus SR22-G2. Log on today and update your pilot info, your newsletter subscriptions, or your e-mail address and you’ll be automatically given one extra chance to win this great airplane.

ANSWERS FOR PILOTS

Birds in the news

News coverage of Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger’s celebrated landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York in January, just a few minutes after the Airbus A320 he was flying struck a flock of large birds on takeoff from LaGuardia Airport, has raised bird-strike awareness and spurred conversations on the topic across the country (see “ When Birds Strike”).

Those of us who fly particularly admire Sullenberger’s successful ditching and applaud the safe rescue of all on board. We would like to do as well if faced with similar circumstances. In fact, statistics show that the likelihood of encountering birds in the airspace we share is increasing, as large bird populations continue to grow annually.

How big is the problem, really? Find out online in AOPA’s “ Answers for Pilots.”

Kathy Dondzila

Kathy Dondzila | Manager, Technical Communications, Pilot Information Center

Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.