February 1, 2011
By Craig L. Fuller
My first two years as president of AOPA were filled with travel—there’s no substitute for the face-to-face meetings I have had with members. And, there is no better way to show elected officials just how passionate we are about aviation than to hold our GA Serves America gatherings.
This year, I hope to have the chance to see even more of you, along with anyone else who has an interest in aviation. It’s all part of the “Rally GA” initiative we’re focusing on for 2011. We need to raise the level of interest in and utilization of GA for more and more people. To do that, we need to connect. We need to interact with each other, and we need to bring in people who demonstrate even the slightest curiosity about this freedom to fly that we all cherish.
We at AOPA want to create opportunities for building connections, so I am focusing on the events that are already on the schedule for 2011. I share this information to encourage you to add these events to your calendar, too. Come see us, and bring a friend. Here’s what we have for now:
Add to these visits a number of AOPA Town Hall meetings, where I have a chance to interact with our members, and a growing list of local aviation events that we’re hoping to attend, and 2011 promises to be filled with great opportunities to get connected. I hope you’ll get your calendar out and block out time to come and see the AOPA team as often as you can. Let’s get together, celebrate the freedom to fly, and Rally GA!
E-mail AOPA President Craig Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Since taking office in January 2009, AOPA President Craig Fuller has logged 700 hours traveling for GA.
Department of Transportation,
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