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.
New draft airman certification standards are available for review on the FAA’s website. In addition to releasing the draft standards, the FAA also announced that it would be deleting questions from the private pilot airplane knowledge test, effective Feb. 9.
Do you operate at airports or heliports that have LED systems? If so, AOPA, the FAA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and multiple professional pilot organizations want to hear from you.
The Environmental Protection Agency has denied the most recent petition from environmental groups that asked the agency to reconsider a 2012 decision not to immediately pursue an endangerment finding for leaded avgas.
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