August 20, 2012
By Thomas B Haines
Worried that Big Brother is watching? Concerned TSA is snooping through personal data online? Is your medical insurance company sharing data with the FAA? With the proliferation of online services, shopping, and banking—oh, and Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Tumblr—how safe is your data anyhow?
Aviation enthusiast and doctoral candidate David Scibelli is wondering how much we as a society worry about such things. Scibelli is working on his Ph.D. at Robert Morris University. The research is designed to uncover how much consumers understand about how their personal information is collected and used through the technology that is prevalent and embedded in all aspects of our lives.
When the project is done next year, Scibelli will share the results of the survey with AOPA, including a break-out of how pilots compare to the rest of the population. The survey is anonymous and no personal information is kept about individuals completing the questions. The first series of questions asks basic demographic questions; later questions ask about your understanding of who keeps what type of data and where.
The online survey takes about five minutes to complete.
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.
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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