January 6, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
When AOPA members in Ohio learned that a state senator was organizing a legislative aviation caucus, they responded to by encouraging their own lawmakers to join.
State Sen. Jason Wilson knows that general aviation supports jobs, the economy, and vital services in every corner of Ohio, a state with more than 170 public-use airports and 17,000 pilots. That made it important for GA-supportive legislators in the state—with its rich aviation history—to band together “to foster and protect this critical industry.”
Wilson took on that challenge, as reported in the January 2011 AOPA Pilot.
The effort is producing effective results. Already, some 35 state representatives and senators have joined the Ohio Legislative Aviation Caucus. The state has a total of 33 senators and 99 House members.
“Senator Jason Wilson is phenomenal as a friend of aviation in Ohio,” said AOPA Eastern Region Representative Gregory Winton. “We are looking forward to working with Ohio on GA initiatives. We are excited about future prospects,” he said.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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