June 1, 2011
By Kathy Dondzila
Increase your chances of winning a completely refurbished Cessna 182 in AOPA’s 2011 Crossover Classic Sweepstakes. AOPA members automatically receive one annual entry with membership, but did you know you can get five additional entries by participating in our Automatic Annual Renewal Program? And that’s not all—if you’ve been enrolled in the program for two or more consecutive years, you’ll get 10 additional sweepstakes entries!
As a participant, you’ll enjoy a hassle-free membership experience with the convenience of an automatic renewal every year, with uninterrupted benefits and service. Plus, you’ll get $4 off your membership dues for enrolling the first time, and you’ll no longer receive renewal reminders. Your transaction is secure, and you can cancel at any time.
To enroll and get five extra sweepstakes entries, go to the website or call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
Smooth the process of getting an aircraft loan
One of the benefits of securing an aircraft loan through AOPA’s partner, Bank of America N.A., is the preapproval process. According to Jennifer Giampietro, Bank of America senior vice president for aircraft financing, prospective owners often reverse the process. First they find an airplane; then they see if they qualify for the loan. She suggests that buying an airplane is far easier if you do those steps in reverse order.
Bank of America makes the preapproval process as easy as possible. Complete the online application and within 24 business hours, a Bank of America representative will telephone you with a decision. “That way, when you go out shopping for an airplane, you will know your price range,” Giampietro says. “Plus, you won’t get caught trying to buy an airplane that you won’t be approved for. If you know what airplane you want, we can tell you if we’ll finance it.”
In addition to providing preapproval for AOPA members, Bank of America will pay your annual AOPA membership dues for the life of the loan. On average, that equals about 10 years of paid dues—a $450 value.
If an aircraft purchase is in your future, the recently expanded website supplies important information for the new buyer on the purchasing process. Visitors can browse through several aspects of aircraft financing, including frequently asked questions, the application process, and examples of all documents that are required. And if all of your questions aren’t answered, just fill out the “Want more info?” form and indicate whether you want to be contacted by phone or email.
Getting older does have its advantages—retirement looms on the horizon, with dreams of more hours to fly and the freedom to do what you want, where you want, and when you want. But, as life has it, there’s usually a list of drawbacks, too. For many pilots, as they experience an increase in one kind of mobility (traveling and wide-open schedules), they also deal with a decrease in another kind of mobility (flexible knees, hips, and shoulders). Arthritis affects nearly one in five adults, according to the Arthritis Foundation, and more than half of them have not yet reached age 65. If you notice it’s getting harder to reach the tie-down ropes, and you struggle to climb into the cockpit, you may be dealing with arthritis. How does it affect an airman medical certificate? What should you report if you go to your doctor for treatment? The good news is that mild arthritis will usually not keep you from flying, but there are some reporting requirements the next time you visit your AME. Find out what they are in this month’s Answers for Pilots. And, of course, call AOPA (800-USA-AOPA) with questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.
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Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Pilot Health and Medical
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AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow are challenging one another to see who can recruit the most Hat in the Ring Society members for the foundation before the end of the year.
Over the past several weeks, the Air Safety Institute has observed a cluster of general aviation accidents occurring in close succession. The Air Safety Institute recommends that GA pilots conduct a pre-holiday safety pause and risk review. See these safety steps to take before your next flight.
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