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.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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