Member Guide

AOPA member services that keep you flying

January 1, 2010

Resolve to protect your certificate with the AOPA Legal Services Plan

It’s that time of year again and we’ve all made our New Year’s resolutions. There is one resolution that’s both essential and easy to keep—protecting your pilot certificate. The AOPA Legal Services Plan is available to all AOPA members and, at only $33 per year for most pilots, it’s a small investment that can not only save thousands of dollars in legal fees, but also help respond most effectively to an FAA enforcement action. The AOPA Legal Services Plan is an affordable way to help protect your certificate, and your passion. The plan can also advise and assist you with FAA suspensions/revocations of your airman medical certificate, aircraft accidents, Customs enforcement actions, and more. Enrollment in the Legal Services Plan makes protecting your certificate a resolution that’s easy to keep. Sign up today online or by phone, 800-USA-AOPA, and enjoy peace of mind knowing your certificate is protected—because, as one AOPA member said, “You’ll never imagine these things happening to you…until they do.”

ANSWERS FOR PILOTS: Selling to an international buyer?

Calls have jumped in AOPA’s Pilot Information Center concerning sales of U.S.-registered aircraft to international buyers. The process of selling an aircraft can be challenging enough, but when you add exporting that aircraft to a buyer across the border, or across the ocean, the task can seem daunting. A host of government agencies may become involved, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, which regulates exports of all kinds; the FAA; as well as foreign civil aviation authorities, and foreign customs.

In addition, there are certain U.S. laws to comply with when exporting aircraft, avionics, and related parts. For instance, the U.S. export control laws prohibit U.S. citizens from dealing with any foreign national or company the United States has placed on one or more denied persons lists—so, you have to check the list to be sure you don’t sell to one of the bad guys.

Feeling confused and overwhelmed? AOPA is here to help! In Answers for Pilots online, we discuss a few of the most important aspects of the export process, including the Export Certificate of Airworthiness, deregistering the aircraft, and options for transporting the aircraft to the buyer’s location, as well as providing specific information for exporting to Canada.

Most people have questions, so give us a call in the Pilot Information Center, 800-872-2672, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

Give to the AOPA Foundation and get a free calendar

The AOPA Foundation calendar fundraising effort is a great way to help support general aviation and free aviation safety programs and other initiatives. Anyone wishing to receive the AOPA Foundation’s 2010 calendar may do so by becoming a donor with a gift of $10 or more. Give us a call, 800-USA-AOPA, to make your donation today.