November 1, 2010
By Kathy Dondzila
Aircraft theft insurance
Imagine your shock if you walked into your hangar and saw that it was empty. Your airplane was missing. You’d be stunned as you realized your vanished airplane may have been stolen. After the initial surprise—make that shock— you’d want to be assured that your aircraft insurance policy covered theft. In this issue, AOPA Pilot shares the experiences of three pilots whose airplanes were allegedly stolen by Colton Harris-Moore, widely known as the “Barefoot Bandit” (see “ Could it Happen to You?”). What liability would you have if the aircraft was found damaged, or not found at all? Read the answers online in this month’s Answers for Pilots.
AOPA makes buying holiday gifts for your pilot family and friends easy—and you don’t have to battle the mall crowds. The recently launched AOPA Store lets you shop for all kinds of AOPA merchandise right from your computer. All items in the AOPA Store were selected and tested by pilots for pilots, so you are assured of quality merchandise.
Breeze through your shopping with a quick visit to the AOPA Store. While you’re there, pick up something for yourself as well—AOPA’s first holiday ornament, for example. Wallets, clothing, watches, doormats, and dozens of other items all were selected to enhance your aviation lifestyle. What pilot wouldn’t want an AOPA Leatherman multi-tool?
Proceeds from every sale benefit the work of AOPA. Your purchase could help save an airport, attract a new pilot, or improve legislation. To date, proceeds from the sale of AOPA merchandise have contributed $500,000 to AOPA’s efforts to keep GA flying safe and affordable.
And if you’ve been a procrastinating shopper, the AOPA Store can get you caught up quickly. Orders are shipped the same day they are received. In fact, holiday orders placed up to Thursday, December 23, 2010, can still be delivered in time for Christmas. Visit the AOPA Store online.
Protect your freedom to fly all year long with the new 2010-2011 AOPA Foundation calendar. Each month you’ll see beautiful photographs, as well as valuable safety tips to remind you of the lifesaving tools you help provide. These safety tools are examples of the many ways the foundation is able to protect your freedom. Your support will help ensure that the foundation has the resources needed to continue to fund safety courses, quizzes, and webinars, as well as provide additional support for protecting airports, building the pilot population, and improving the image of GA. To receive your calendar, please make a donation to the Foundation.
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Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Among the very first lessons a pilot learns is that a control yoke is not a steering wheel. Research underway in Europe could change that.
AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow are challenging one another to see who can recruit the most Hat in the Ring Society members for the foundation before the end of the year.
Over the past several weeks, the Air Safety Institute has observed a cluster of general aviation accidents occurring in close succession. The Air Safety Institute recommends that GA pilots conduct a pre-holiday safety pause and risk review. See these safety steps to take before your next flight.
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