June 1, 2012
By Kathy Dondzila
A Night for Flight auction is returning
Act now, donate, mark your calendar, and bid. It’s never too early to prepare for AOPA Summit, this year taking place in Palm Springs, California, October 11 through 13. And it’s time to help the AOPA Foundation preserve the future of general aviation by supporting A Night for Flight benefit and auction.
Visit the website now and register to donate an item. Then use the same link between August 27 and October 11 to find and bid on exciting items such as vacation packages, aviation merchandise, and more. Check back often—more items will come up for bid as they are donated.
Register for the benefit event, which includes an elegant evening of food, fun, and amazing entertainment. Tickets are $250 and half of the ticket price is a tax-deductible contribution to the AOPA Foundation to help safeguard GA’s future. The event includes a courtyard reception, a three-course meal, drinks, and entertainment that will transport you back to a time when Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack ruled the scene.
Thousands of pilots have logged support for an effort by AOPA and EAA to reduce the burden of the third class medical. Pilots are urged to share those thoughts with the FAA by filing comments on the petition.
The petition would allow pilots to fly many common GA aircraft recreationally without a medical certificate if they opt to participate in a recurrent online education program that would teach them how to self-assess their fitness to fly. Participants would be restricted to day VFR operations in a single-engine aircraft with 180 or fewer horsepower, no more than four seats, fixed gear, and a maximum of one passenger, among other criteria.
“I believe this would extend flying for a lot of safe pilots that fly recreationally and really like the proposal,” wrote one pilot.
Comments may be submitted online. For tips on submitting comments, including topics to address and how to describe yourself as a pilot, see the online guide.
Are you a do-it-yourself pilot? Like to tinker with your airplane? Want to save some money? Find out which preventive maintenance tasks are OK for you to do under FAR Part 43. Read about preventive maintenance in this month’s Answers for Pilots. Questions? Call AOPA’s Pilot Information Center Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time at 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
AOPA 421 AVIATION WAY FREDERICK, MARYLAND 21701
TOLL-FREE PILOT INFORMATION CENTER Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org
NEW ADDRESS? Send your new address and AOPA membership number to: AOPA, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, Maryland 21701-4798 Fax 301/695-2375 Click www.aopa.org/coa-form.html
AOPA AIR SAFETY FOUNDATION Call 800/638-3101 Click www.aopa.org/asf/
AOPA CREDIT CARD PROGRAM Call 800/523-7666 Click www.aopa.org/info/cc/
AOPA AIRCRAFT INSURANCE Call 800/622-AOPA (622-2672) Click www.aopa.org/aircraftinsurance.html
AOPA LEGAL SERVICES PLAN Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/legalservices.html
AOPA MEDICAL SERVICES PLAN Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/medicalservices.html
AOPA AIRCRAFT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/aircraftpartnership/
AOPA ONLINE TRAVEL Click www.aopa.org/travel/
OTHER AOPA MEMBER PRODUCTS Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/memberproducts/
Technical Communications Manager, Kathy Dondzila, joined AOPA in 1990 and is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Pilot Health and Medical,
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AOPA President Mark Baker and AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow are challenging one another to see who can recruit the most Hat in the Ring Society members for the foundation before the end of the year.
Over the past several weeks, the Air Safety Institute has observed a cluster of general aviation accidents occurring in close succession. The Air Safety Institute recommends that GA pilots conduct a pre-holiday safety pause and risk review. See these safety steps to take before your next flight.
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