Member Guide

AOPA member services that keep you flying

March 1, 2009

More than 200,000 enjoy hassle-free AOPA membership renewal

The fastest, easiest way to renew your AOPA membership is through our automatic annual renewal program. And now, more than 200,000 members—nearly half of AOPA’s membership—participate in the program. Enroll and you’ll get a $4 discount on your initial AOPA membership dues and receive two extra entries into this year’s sweepstakes. Plus, you’ll stop receiving repeated notices in the mail to renew your membership. Your credit card will be charged automatically in your renewal month, and you’ll receive an annual statement and new membership card. Your transaction is secure, and you can cancel at any time. Enroll online today, or call 800-USA-AOPA.

ANSWERS FOR PILOTS: Tax time

With tax time upon us, you may want to take a look at AOPA’s Pilot’s Guide to Taxes to see if your flying activity might qualify for a deduction. Read up on tax concerns that affect aircraft owners, particularly those who use their aircraft for business purposes. Some flight training expenses may qualify for a tax break if they are trade or business related. Are you familiar with the Hobby Loss Rule? The guide provides details about the rule, as well as several cases and rulings to clarify its interpretation. If you are already leasing your aircraft or if you’re thinking about leasing your aircraft, the guide will give you some general insights with respect to the tax aspects of aircraft leasing. The Q-and-A section answers many common tax questions, and there is additional information on sales and use taxes and personal property taxes. Give the aviation technical specialists in AOPA’s Pilot Information Center a call Monday through Friday, 800-872-2672.

Thousands of pilots unaware they are flying without insurance

AOPA research has shown that most pilots mistakenly believe they are covered by the FBO’s insurance policy when they rent an aircraft. “The FBO carries insurance to protect its interests, not yours, and many pilots are surprised when they get the repair bills after an incident,” said Brenda Jennings, senior vice president of the AOPA Insurance Agency. “Even a minor ‘fender bender’ can be costly.”

Pilots can protect themselves, their families, and their passengers with comprehensive insurance from the AOPA Insurance Agency, usually available for considerably less than you pay for auto insurance. AOPA members receive a 5-percent discount, and pilots who maintain a clean flying record save more with a 10-percent renewal discount.

To learn more about renter’s insurance or get a free quote, visit the AOPA Insurance Agency or call 800-622-AOPA (2672).

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.