June 29, 2012
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.
Alaska seaplane pilots will gather at Lake Hood April 26 for a day of free seminars, briefings, and conversation to kick off the season.
Kirby Chambliss dodges the Texas Star Ferris wheel, whizzes under a bridge, zigzags between trees, and buzzes police vehicles with sirens blaring in a promotional video for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which comes to Texas Sept. 6 and 7. Can the police #CatchKirby?
AOPA’s Central Southwest regional manager recently put GA’s utility to the test with a whirlwind trip covering four states, seven airports, and nine meetings.
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