June 29, 2012
By Alyssa J. Miller
Now, more than ever, AOPA is reaching out to members at the state level. With seven regional managers assigned throughout the country, the association is reaching out to members during airshow and fly-in events, and aviation conferences.
AOPA Central Southwest Regional Manager Yasmina Platt spoke during the Kansas Association of Airports conference June 21 about the state of aviation and AOPA’s efforts to help get more pilots in the air with the Keep ‘em Flying initiative. One major part of the initiative is the AOPA/EAA petition for medical exemption that would allow pilot self-certify their fitness for flight and use a driver’s license in lieu of a medical to fly certain aircraft recreationally during day-VFR conditions.
Platt and AOPA Vice President of Airport Advocacy Bill Dunn hosted a Pilot Mix and Mingle at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport where 35 aviation enthusiasts learned about the association’s initiatives and met fellow pilots to increase their network of friends.
Pilot Mix and Mingle events will be popping up across the country this summer as AOPA reaches out to more pilots at the state and local levels, so watch for email invitations for one in your area.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks about the Pilots Bill of Rights II, which includes a provision to allow private pilots to fly an aircraft with up to six seats, weighing up to 6,000 pounds, VFR or IFR, without a third class medical certificate. The bill also reforms the NOTAM system, and provides more legal protections for pilots accused of regulatory infractions.
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