June 4, 2009
By AOPA ePublishing staff
In the face of threats to general aviation such as onerous security regulations and proposals that could drive up the cost of flying, what’s a pilot to do?
Keep flying, AOPA Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Cebula told a group of Idaho pilots recently.
In a panel discussion at the Rocky Mountain West Aviation Expo in Boise, Idaho, Cebula told pilots the best way to secure the future of GA is to continue to exercise the special freedom to take to the skies, whether for business or recreation.
At the expo, which was sponsored by the Idaho Aviation Association, Cebula discussed the challenges facing GA today and looking to the future. While in the state, he toured backcountry airstrips and witnessed the rugged terrain that gives pilots in the state a special perspective on the value and joy of flying.
“Visiting backcountry airstrips in Idaho demonstrated the use of GA to access areas not available by any other means,” Cebula said. “Pilots made it clear to me they don’t want misguided proposals in Washington to keep them from exercising their freedom to fly.”
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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