July 31, 2012
By Ian J. Twombly
“We’ve gone from our infancy to adolescence.” That was the message from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators Director Doug Stewart at the group’s annual dinner on July 26 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
Stewart detailed the group’s future plans that came about as part of a strategic planning exercise undertaken this year. The three-year plan calls for a leadership succession plan and an increase in membership, among other things. Stewart said a membership committee was formed in response to the initiative.
The group also awarded the Founder’s Award, and two service awards during the event. James Goodwin won the Founder’s Award for his donation of a charity ride in a P-51 in support of SAFE. Alan Davis and Sherry Rossiter won the service awards for their volunteer efforts for the group.
Guests included many industry and government representatives, including the FAA’s Mel Cintron and NTSB member Dr. Earl Weener, both of whom made remarks.
The Tucson Soaring Club is trying to grow the sport by training the next generation of glider pilots.
Able Flight has received and $8,000 check from the AOPA Foundation.
A new law in New Mexico will exempt parts and labor used in aircraft maintenance from the gross receipts tax, saving aircraft owners millions.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.