April 1, 2011
By AOPA Communications staff
In the wake of a powerful storm that swept through the grounds of the Sun ’n Fun fly-in, AOPA President Craig Fuller on April 1 announced that the association has signed on to be the Platinum Sponsor of Sun ’n Fun for 2012. It will be the fourth year in a row that AOPA has sponsored the show at that level.
“Sun ’n Fun is the traditional start of the year’s flying season, as winter gives way to spring and better flying weather,” said Fuller. “Thursday’s storm doesn’t change that, and we want to assure the professional and volunteer staff at the show and the entire aviation community that AOPA stands with them—both as they clean up this year and as they plan for next year’s show.”
“We are especially grateful to AOPA for this strong show of support,” said Sun ’n Fun President John Burton. “Knowing that AOPA stands behind and with Sun ’n Fun in such a concrete way provides a real boost. The support of our exhibitors and the entire general aviation community, the work done by our almost entirely volunteer staff, and the support of local first responders has been humbling. We appreciate it more than you can ever know.”
“From shows like Sun ’n Fun and EAA’s AirVenture and the AOPA Aviation Summit to less well-known regional airshows to local fly-in pancake breakfasts, these gathering opportunities are vital to general aviation,” concluded Fuller, “not only because of the opportunity to build community, but because they are a great way to showcase this activity we love for the nonflying public.”
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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