September 24, 2011
By Mike Collins
A Pennsylvania couple, Gene and Laura Poppel, are visiting AOPA Aviation Summit 2011—on their honeymoon.
The Poppels were married less than a week earlier—on Sunday, Sept. 18—at Pottstown Municipal Airport where Gene is a flight instructor. Laura is a private pilot and a member of The Ninety-Nines. The couple, which owns a share of a Cessna Cardinal, met at a Pottstown Aircraft Owners and Pilots dinner dance.
Why AOPA Aviation Summit for their honeymoon? “We’re two pilots,” Laura said. “What else could we do?” After the show they plan to visit Montreal, Canada, before returning to Pennsylvania, they said.
Among other events at Summit, the couple enjoyed dinner and some dancing at Rock ‘n Rally, part of the Airportfest held at Hartford-Brainard Airport.
Mike Collins has worked for AOPA’s media network since 1994. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
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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