April 1, 2012
By Kathy Dondzila
Pocket some savings with the AOPA car rental discount program. If you’re renting a car from Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, or Hertz, be sure to use your AOPA discount code and save up to 25 percent. Plus, with money-saving coupons such as free rental days and upgrades, you can’t go wrong. Take advantage of this member benefit and you could see your AOPA membership pay for itself.
To ensure you’re receiving the AOPA car rental discount, make your reservation directly through the AOPA website. Can’t remember the discount code? No problem—when you reserve your car through the links provided, the code is already entered for you. Take the stress out of renting and let the computer do the work for you. Not only will you save yourself some cash, but a portion of all the revenue generated will be returned to AOPA and reinvested to fund association efforts to maintain the freedom, safety, and affordability of general aviation. Visit the website for more details.
Planning for your future is easier than you may think
Planning for the future may seem like a daunting task. However, new technology makes planning easier than ever before. Our planned-giving website includes a valuable tool: an online Wills Planner that can help you organize your plans before you meet with your attorney. To get started, visit the website and click on “Plan Your Will.”
Once your information is complete, you have the option of sharing your plans online with us or with a qualified attorney who can draft your will or trust. The benefit of using an online planning account is that you can come back again and again to update your information for future planning. If you have questions about using the online Wills Planner, or would like assistance with your planning decisions, please contact Gary Martin, national director of strategic philanthropy, at 301-695-2320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pass the Sudafed, please
We all enjoy the beauty of blossoming fruit trees each spring and the gradual transition of the landscape from brown to green. While our eyes delight in the flourishing scenery, our sinuses may complain. Headaches and congestion mark the onset of allergy season for many pilots. Some medications—even those purchased over the counter—have side effects that make them unsafe to take when flying. Double check your allergy meds to be sure they are FAA-approved. Search AOPA’s online medication database by the drug’s trade name, generic name, type of medication, or the medical condition being treated to find out whether, and under what conditions, the FAA has approved it for pilots.
For more information on AOPA’s medication database, read this month’s Answers for Pilots. And of course, give us a call with any questions Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, at 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.
Air Safety Institute,
Pilot Health and Medical,
New draft airman certification standards are available for review on the FAA’s website. In addition to releasing the draft standards, the FAA also announced that it would be deleting questions from the private pilot airplane knowledge test, effective Feb. 9.
The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the most recent petition from environmental groups that asked the agency to reconsider a 2012 decision not to immediately pursue an endangerment finding for leaded avgas.
A firmware update now available for the Lightspeed Zulu PFX headset improves battery life and customization.
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