November 4, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
AOPA members in Congress can be a resource on general aviation issues because as pilots and informed aviation enthusiasts, they truly understand the consequences legislation could have on the industry. The 112th Congress will have five more AOPA members added to its ranks.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey were elected to the Senate, while Steve Pearce of New Mexico, Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, and Bill Flores of Texas were elected to the House. Former AOPA member Adam Kinzinger of Illinois also was elected to the House.
Toomey, Pearce, and Bass had previously been elected to Congress but not the most recent term. All three opposed user fees during their time on Capitol Hill.
Manchin also is a vocal GA supporter and was featured in the January 2010 AOPA Pilot . He helped host the GA Serves America Rally during AOPA Aviation Summit 2009 in Tampa, Fla., encouraging all pilots to get involved in protecting their freedom to fly.
“These AOPA members will be able to help dispel myths about general aviation and easily talk about the safety and importance of the industry to the United States,” said Lorraine Howerton, AOPA vice president of legislative affairs. “And they will be able to provide sound judgment on many issues that threaten GA. We look forward to working with them in the upcoming congressional session.”
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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