January 1, 2011
By Kathy Dondzila
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.
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.
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.
TOLL-FREE PILOT INFORMATION CENTER Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org
NEW ADDRESS? Send your new address and AOPA membership number to AOPA, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701-4798 Fax 301/695-2375 Click www.aopa.org/coa-form.html
AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Call 800/638-3101 Click www.aopa.org/asf/
AOPA CREDIT CARD PROGRAM Call 800/523-7666 Click www.aopa.org/info/cc/
AOPA AIRCRAFT INSURANCE Call 800/622-AOPA (622-2672) Click www.aopa.org/aircraftinsurance.html
AOPA LEGAL SERVICES PLAN Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/legalservices.html
AOPA ONLINE TRAVEL Click www.aopa.org/travel/
OTHER AOPA MEMBER PRODUCTS Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/memberproducts/
Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Find out how to determine if an alteration you want to make to your aircraft is major or minor and how to build a case for any modification you are considering.
If you wanted to visit Jekyll Island in the early 1900s, you would have been out of luck unless your name appeared on a social registry with the likes of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Pulitzers. Now, all are welcome. Consider stopping by while you are in the area for AOPA's St. Simon Fly-In Nov. 8.
This year has not yet come to a close, but my mind is on January 1, 2020. That’s when the FAA has mandated that aircraft must be equipped for ADS-B Out in order to operate in airspace where a Mode C transponder is required today.
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