April 1, 2009
By Kathy Dondzila
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.
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.
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.”
TOLL-FREE PILOT INFORMATION CENTER Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org
NEW ADDRESS? Send your new address and AOPA membership number to AOPA, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701-4798 Fax 301/695-2375 Click www.aopa.org/coa-form.html
AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Call 800/638-3101 Click www.aopa.org/asf/
AOPA CREDIT CARD PROGRAM Call 800/523-7666 Click www.aopa.org/info/cc/
AOPA AIRCRAFT INSURANCE Call 800/622-AOPA (622-2672) Click www.aopa.org/aircraftinsurance.html
AOPA LEGAL SERVICES PLAN Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/legalservices.html
AOPA ONLINE TRAVEL Click www.aopa.org/travel/
OTHER AOPA MEMBER PRODUCTS Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/memberproducts/
Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Safety and Education,
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
After nearly a year of voting for their favorite AOPA Pilot magazine covers, members have dubbed the March 2000 cover featuring the Grumman Widgeon the winner.
McSally ‘stumbled’ into a military career, became the first American woman to fly in combat.
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