July 1, 2011
By Kathy Dondzila
From The Citadel in Quebec City to Victoria’s Inner Harbour, from the humpback whales of Brier Island to Jasper National Park’s great fishing, Canada calls to us to come and visit. Canada’s territories are huge, spanning 3.8 million square miles—making it the perfect flying trip—and the GA-friendly country welcomes pilots from the “Lower 48” and from Alaska. Flying across the border involves preparation, including an annual user fee decal, an eAPIS passenger manifest (U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s Electronic Advance Passenger Information System), and survival equipment if overflying wilderness areas or water. Read the rest of the checklist for flying to Canada in this month’s Answers for Pilots. And, of course, call AOPA with questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
AOPA members who use the WorldPoints credit card earn points that easily convert to cash and gifts. Savvy AOPA members routinely earn a big hunk of cash back on a regular basis, while their purchases benefit AOPA as well.
Register for the 2011 AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford, Connecticut, using your WorldPoints card and you’ll be awarded double points for the registration fee. It’s a great way to give your point balance a boost or to start collecting points by using your card.
But it’s not just Summit registration where you can earn double points. The AOPA WorldPoints card earns double points when you use it at 4,000 qualified FBOs all over the country. Earning points might take a bit of the sting out of filling the tank of your aircraft.
It makes sense to use the AOPA WorldPoints card for another reason. Every time you use the card, a portion of the revenue goes back to AOPA to help fund the important pro-general aviation work and initiatives that go on all year long at AOPA. If you’re not yet a cardholder, check out the details online.
Do you know someone who is currently enrolled in primary training or seriously considering learning to fly? If so, tell them about AOPA’s free six-month student membership. AOPA recognizes the need for keeping student pilots motivated to stay on track and in training by providing them with additional support. As AOPA members, students become part of an organization that actively promotes and reinforces their connection to the aviation community through its many resources and benefits including:
The free six-month membership provides students with the educational support and self-confidence they need to achieve their aviation goals. Student pilots who take advantage of all the pilot training tools and resources included in the free six-month membership say it’s like having a whole team of flight instructors at their disposal.
Help support a student in training by directing him or her to go online to sign up for a free, no-risk six-month AOPA student membership.
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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/
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Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
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