November 1, 2011
By Kathy Dondzila
AOPA’s Aircraft Financing Program, with financing provided by Bank of America, is a great choice for your next aircraft purchase, refinance, or upgrade.
When you decide to buy an airplane, you are faced with many decisions, but AOPA has made one decision easy for you. Trust the AOPA Aircraft Financing Program, where Bank of America has been the sole provider of financing of AOPA members for more than 15 years.
The bank’s aircraft loan specialists understand how important this aircraft purchase is to you. They handle thousands of aircraft applications each year, giving them the expertise to guide you through the process from start to finish. They have experience with all types of aircraft and will ensure your specific paperwork is flawless. There is no comparison between these aircraft specialists and a local banker who may only see one or two aircraft applications a year.
Bank of America prides itself on timeliness and responsiveness. When you work with Bank of America, you can expect a quick decision; new, lower fixed rates and closing fees; terms from five to 20 years; and no penalty for early repayment. You also have an option to pay the loan automatically from your bank account. In addition, your AOPA dues are paid by Bank of America, which means a savings of $225 to $900, depending on the term of your loan.
Count on Bank of America to supply answers to your questions about aircraft financing. Call a loan specialist at 800-62-PLANE or visit the website for important information about the loan process, required financial information, and an interactive loan calculator. If you prefer, email your questions and we’ll call or email you the answers; it’s your choice.
Express your passion for aviation through your holiday greetings this year—and help the AOPA Foundation at the same time! View all 26 unique Christmas and general holiday card designs, as well as other fun gifts, at the Holiday Card Center website. The AOPA Foundation receives a portion of each sale to support its great work—and you receive high-quality products, free gifts with each purchase, and 100 percent satisfaction is guaranteed.
The Bahamas took a beating last summer from Hurricane Irene—said to be the worst storm to hit the islands since the Nassau Hurricane of 1926—and while some airports sustained flooding and damage, most were restored to service within a couple of days. The island airports provided a valuable service to Bahamian residents, as government officials flew to Cat Island, Acklins, Inagua, and Long Island to assess the local damage. General aviation played a vital role in bringing food, water, and supplies to many who suffered devastation (see “Rally GA: Flight for Survival”). While all airports should be fully restored by now, you should check on the condition of the community, lodges, and beaches at your destination. In addition, read up on the requirements for a general aviation flight from the United States to the Bahamas in this month's Answers for Pilots. And call AOPA with questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
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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 MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/medicalservices.html
AOPA AIRCRAFT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/aircraftpartnership/
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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
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