Member Guide

AOPA member services that keep you flying

January 1, 2011

New year is time to check insurance coverage

As another year comes to a close it’s the perfect time to review your insurance policies. A lot can happen in a year, and your coverage needs may have changed. You may even find that it’s time to shop around for better rates. If so, as a pilot, AOPA should be the natural first stop for you. AOPA offers great rates on everything from term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment to aircraft insurance, auto insurance, and our new motorcycle insurance. And since these products are AOPA certified, you won’t have to pay higher rates just for being a pilot. Make sure when you take your first flight of 2011 you can relax and enjoy the flight knowing that you’re covered by AOPA’s Insurance Services.

ANSWERS FOR PILOTS: Enjoying cold-weather flying

Winter has much of our country in its frigid grip, bringing with it the challenges of cold-weather flying. If you don’t have a hangar, getting the aircraft ready to fly takes time and patience as you defrost the airframe and preheat the engine. Cold temperatures, wind, ice, and snow may deter some from flying all winter, but when the sky is clear, the flying is fantastic! The airplane performance is at its best and the winter air is smooth. Visibility stretches on for many more miles than in summer’s haze, giving you a panoramic view of the snow-covered landscape. Read about winter flying online in this month’s Answers for Pilots.

Friends of GA program simplifies budgeting

General aviation is threatened by accidents, a declining pilot population, airport closures, and misunderstanding by the public and the media. With your support we can make a difference. Join the Friends of GA monthly giving program and give a modest monthly gift that will directly benefit the AOPA Foundation. It’s an easy way members can consistently help our mission. This is a convenient and budget-friendly way of supporting GA and gives the AOPA Foundation the reliable income needed to continue the programs that protect the future of general aviation.

To join the AOPA Foundation’s Friends of GA monthly giving program, go online or call 800-872-2672.

Kathy Dondzila

Kathy Dondzila | Manager, Technical Communications, Pilot Information Center

Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.