March 1, 2012
By Kathy Dondzila
ASI offers a new way to increase your chance of winning
Taking an Air Safety Institute online safety course rewards you in a multitude of ways, from helping you become a safer, more-informed pilot to FAA Wings credit and even an insurance discount with the AOPA Accident Forgiveness program.
Now, ASI adds another reward to that list—an additional entry into AOPA’s 2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Husky Sweepstakes. Each time you complete an online safety course you will receive an entry into the sweepstakes.
Courses are available on a wide array of topics, so whether you have just started flight training or are a seasoned pilot, you’re sure to find courses relevant to your level of flying.
Visit us online to explore course topics and start reaping your rewards today.
First-time buyer guided through purchase process
“Every kid’s dream is to fly an airplane,” says AOPA member Tom Johnson. It wasn’t until his mid-40s, though, that he was able to act on his dream. After earning his private pilot certificate and renting airplanes, he decided that the time was right to buy his own airplane.
“I found an airplane I wanted, a great Cessna 172,” said Johnson. As a first-time airplane buyer, he had many questions and needed guidance. His call to AOPA Aircraft Financing was answered by Debbie Edwards at Bank of America, who made the whole buying process easier. Of all the help Edwards gave, the thing that sticks out in Johnson’s memory is that Edwards always called when she said she would and always did what she promised. Her guidance continued to the day of the closing, which was the Friday before Memorial Day 2011. The morning of the closing, Edwards called Johnson so he would know she was there when needed. With Edward’s support and knowledge of aircraft sales, Johnson went from nervous to confident. So confident, in fact, that his attitude impressed the seller who saw that Johnson had everything under control.
To find out more about AOPA Aircraft Financing, or to speak with a loan specialist, call 1-800-62-PLANE Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Or visit the website.
Flying south to Mexico?
Dreaming of the beaches of Cozumel? The night life of Acapulco? The luxurious resorts of La Paz? Many pilots have discovered the beauty and charm of Mexico, and now it’s easier than ever to fly there. The requirement for private aircraft to be equipped with 406 MHz ELTs has been delayed until June 30, 2013. And AOPA’s Mexico representative, Rick Gardner, recently received clarification from Mexico’s Dirección General De Aeronáutica Civil on insurance requirements that may save pilots hundreds of dollars when planning to fly in Mexico. Want more information? Read this month’s Answers for Pilots. If you have more questions, give us a call 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.
Air Safety Institute,
Pilot Health and Medical,
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.
The FAA has released an eight-minute video providing aviation medical examiners with guidance on the agency's new obstructive sleep apnea policy, which takes effect March 2.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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