October 1, 2011
By Kathy Dondzila
Get into the holiday spirit early this year with the 2011 limited edition AOPA Holiday Ornament. The second in AOPA’s line of commemorative holiday ornaments features an aircraft that embodies the spirit of aviation: a beautiful 1940 Waco. The Waco, offering its nostalgic glimpse of aviation times gone by, is a selection that is certain to inspire you to share your most cherished aviation memories.
Sure to add charm to any tree, the 2011 AOPA Holiday Ornament is now available at the AOPA Online Store. Remember, every purchase made at the AOPA Store benefits AOPA’s work preserving and protecting your right to fly.
Start your holiday shopping early, get the 2011 AOPA Holiday Ornament, and give the gift of support to general aviation.
Looking for a way to be more involved with AOPA? Upgrade to AOPA Plus—a new membership option now available! In addition to your regular membership benefits, members who choose the $99 AOPA Plus membership level will receive invitations to select regional events, invitations to special webinars, and advance screenings of new Air Safety Institute courses. In addition, you will also get a special membership card and certificate, and 10 percent savings on the AOPA Legal Services Plan and the Medical Services Program. Upgrade to AOPA Plus online (www.aopa.org/plus) or call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
Are you special?
Healthy pilots, whose visits to their aviation medical examiners are routinely nonevents, may never have heard of a special issuance (SI) authorization. But for more than 25,000 pilots, obtaining a special issuance medical certificate is the difference between flying and being grounded. The FAA created the SI authorization to provide more flexibility in granting medical certificates to pilots with serious medical conditions. While it’s good news that many pilots with disqualifying conditions can be certified under special issuance, the Federal Air Surgeon’s authorization of these certificates is discretionary and comes with requirements for periodic medical checks.
If you are a candidate for, or already have, a special issuance medical certificate, and want to learn more about the process, join AOPA for a free webinar about special issuance on Wednesday, October 26. There will be two sessions, at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time. Gary Crump, AOPA director of medical certification, will host the webinars. Sign up online (www.aopa.org/members/pic/webinars.html).
Read more about special issuance medical certificates 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, at 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
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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 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.
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