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.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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