November 13, 2010
They were dancing in the street for the first ever block party at AOPA Aviation Summit. AOPA President Craig Fuller joined a rock and roll band on the stage set up in the middle of Long Beach's celebrated Pine Avenue to launch the aviation celebration.
“Even if you are not here for our aviation event, we welcome you,” Fuller said, along with National Air Transportation Association President Jim Coyne. “Have a great time at our block party.”
How did party goers know it was an aviation event? Well, how often do you see an airplane at a street party? Icon Aircraft had its full-size wing-folding aircraft on the street in front of George's Greek Cafe—where George greeted everyone with a hearty "Opa!" and a kiss or hug ... if you wanted one or couldn't escape his grasp.
Attendees enjoyed the wonderful meals at restaurants along Pine Avenue, balloon sculptures depicting airplanes, and some magic from street artists—one turned dollar bills into $100 (but sadly turned them back).
—Julie Summers Walker
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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