November 13, 2010
AOPA Publications staff
King Schools owners John and Martha King spoke on AOPA Live Nov. 13 about the day they were detained at gunpoint by Santa Barbara police because federal officials thought the Kings' Cessna 172 was stolen. It wasn't, but it did carry the same N number as a Cessna 150 stolen in 2002 from McKinney, Texas.
That aircraft was owned by an airship pilot who later gave the Kings their airship ratings, not realizing their paths would cross once again. For reasons unknown, the FAA continues to re-issue "inactive" N numbers, some of which may belong to stolen aircraft.
The only solution now is to help local police units receive a checklist the Kings made for making aircraft stops, and that's where local airports and AOPA's Airport Support Network comes in. John King said the Santa Barbara police did "a very good job, considering what they had. "—AOPA Publications staff
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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