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.”
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.
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