December 1, 2011
By Kathy Dondzila
Share the benefits of AOPA membership with the ones you love. Purchase an AOPA gift membership this holiday season and you’ll be helping to protect our freedom to fly, now and for future generations. It’s a gift they’ll appreciate all year with the many benefits AOPA has to offer—including 12 monthly issues of AOPA Pilot, exclusive access to AOPA Online tools and resources, and so much more. AOPA membership is the perfect gift for that special aviator or aviatrix on your list. Visit the website or call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts bring even more value to membership
With November’s exciting launch of AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts—a new free membership benefit—AOPA membership has become even more valuable.
AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts will help members save money with exclusive members-only discounts from top aviation and nonaviation companies. Current companies include: Aircraft Spruce, Alamo, American Flyers, Avis, Enterprise, Frontier Communications, HaveProof.com, Hertz, WingX, Pilot Edge, PilotMall.com, Spidertracks, and Sporty’s Pilot Shop. Visit the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts online page often, as the list of participating companies will continue to grow.
Through this free benefit, AOPA membership could more than pay for itself. Visit the web page and start saving today.
Turn your flying into a profitable business
If you are considering using your airplane for business purposes, you’ll be interested in AOPA’s upcoming webinar on aviation enterprises, in which we will discuss various kinds of operations in which commercial pilots can engage under Part 91 of the federal aviation regulations. Topics will include aerial photography, leasing your aircraft, sightseeing flights, flight instructing in your own airplane, and other kinds of entrepreneurial undertakings.
Andy Sable, AOPA senior aviation technical specialist, will host the webinar. Sable is a commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, and MEI who has given more than 800 hours of flight instruction in his 2,300 hours of total time.
Raymond C. Speciale will join Sable as a webinar panelist. Speciale is an attorney and a certified public accountant with expertise in aircraft ownership and aviation-related tax issues. He has written several articles and booklets for AOPA, including The Pilot’s Guide to Taxes. He is a commercial pilot and CFII with about 1,900 hours of total time.
There will be two sessions on Wednesday, December 7, at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time. Sign up online, and feel free to call AOPA with questions about any aviation issue at 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
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Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
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