February 1, 2012
By Kathy Dondzila
Five more companies have joined the AOPA Lifestyles Member Discounts Program—a new, free membership benefit available to all AOPA members.
“We’re excited that Airspeed Junkie, Ball Watch USA, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Sony Creative Services, and Thunderbolt International have stepped forward to offer AOPA members valuable discounts on their products,” said Ed Thompson, AOPA vice president of planning, products, and corporate partnerships. “Our members can now take advantage of many discounts and special offers from participating companies.”
New offers include a 10-percent discount on a unique line of aviation-themed merchandise at Airspeed Junkie and a 15-percent discount on Ball watches through authorized dealers. Additionally, AOPA members and their families will qualify for free shipping within the United States plus $50 off select handheld storm and lightning detector models at Thunderbolt International. Log in to the Lifestyles website (www.aopa.org/lifestyles) for more information and click on an offer. All you need to do is be an AOPA member.
Show your commitment to general aviation by upgrading to AOPA Plus—our newest membership option. For just $99 annually, you’ll continue to receive the same great benefits you’ve come to expect from AOPA, plus additional services members have asked for: a dedicated phone line to the Pilot Information Center, invitations to select webinars and regional events, and advance screenings of Air Safety Institute courses. In addition, you will also get a special membership card and certificate, and 10 percent off the AOPA Legal Services Plan or Medical Services Program. Upgrade to AOPA Plus online (www.aopa.org/plus) or call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
Tax time It’s that time of year when Americans face filing taxes. If you own or rent an aircraft that you use for business, you may want to review your eligibility for possible deductions for the 2011 tax year. The small business jobs and tax bills of 2010 included provisions that may be advantageous for aircraft purchasers who used their aircraft at least 50 percent for business. Also, for those who upgraded aircraft equipment, the two main provisions of the bills include modified extensions of the bonus depreciation program and the IRS Section 179 expensing option. Find out the details in this month’s Answers for Pilots. As you would expect, even small tax code details are significant. AOPA legally cannot and does not provide individualized tax advice—you’ll need to contact a tax professional for that—but the association can help you find one. Give us a call Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
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Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
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