August 2, 2012
By Thomas B Haines
Seventy AOPA Foundation donors heard exclusive issue briefings while also enjoying an up-close-and-personal view of the July 25 airshow at EAA AirVenture. AOPA President Craig Fuller and Foundation President Bruce Landsberg updated the group on AOPA initiatives and funding successes and challenges.
Fuller noted the foundation’s support for AOPA's Flight Training Initiative, including the Field Guides to Flight Training announced at the show. The three guides created by an outside creative marketing team provide flight schools and CFIs with best practices for ushering students through the flight training process. The student guide helps students understand what to expect in training and gives tips on getting the most from training. The guides were developed based on insights gained from the pioneering research project AOPA conducted in 2010 to understand the high dropout rate among students.
The AirVenture event is one of numerous aviation roundtables Fuller hosts throughout the year and around the country to provide educational and social opportunities for President's Council and Hat in the Ring Society donors.
AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines joined AOPA in 1988. He owns and flies a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Since soloing at 16 and earning a private pilot certificate at 17, he has flown more than 100 models of general aviation airplanes.
AOPA is offering special aircraft financing for flying clubs as a way to help new flying clubs acquire quality aircraft while aiding existing clubs that want to expand their fleets.
An AOPA-backed bill would create a partial abatement of property or sales and use taxes for Nevada businesses that repair aircraft or components.
Few states match Massachusetts when it comes to supporting airports, and the enthusiasm continues to be nurtured by AOPA and many others.
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