May 1, 2012
By Kathy Dondzila
The arrival of spring means it may be time to plan a trip to Canada’s great outdoors. Our northern neighbor’s unspoiled wilderness, magnificent mountains, and scenic lakes beckon hikers, nature lovers, hunters, and fishermen each year. Canada is aviation-friendly and there’s no better way to see the country than by air. Find out what permits and equipment you would need to make the trip in this month’s Answers for Pilots. For some help planning your trip, give AOPA a call Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, at 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672). And, have a wonderful time!
Increase your chances of winning a 2011 Aviat Husky in AOPA’s 2012 Tougher Than a Tornado Sweepstakes. AOPA members automatically receive one annual entry with membership, but did you know you can get five additional entries by participating in our Automatic Annual Renewal Program? And that’s not all—if you’ve been enrolled in the program for two or more consecutive years, you’ll get 10 additional sweepstakes entries.
As a participant, you’ll enjoy a hassle-free membership experience with the convenience of an automatic renewal every year, providing uninterrupted benefits and service. In addition, you’ll get $4 off your membership dues for enrolling the first time, and you’ll no longer receive renewal reminders. Your transaction is secure and you can cancel at any time.
To enroll and get five extra sweepstakes entries, go online or call 800-USA-AOPA (872-2672).
When you’re away from home, anything that disrupts travel can be an emergency, but you don’t have to be critically ill to take advantage of the many benefits of Emergency Assistance Plus. Sure, EA+ comes to the rescue for serious medical situations while away from home, but it does so much more for those emergencies that could best be described as simply “annoying.”
For example, EA+ is on your side to help track down lost luggage. The organization knows the ins and outs of how the airlines work, so you want EA+ on your side when your bags go missing. It also helps with lost documents: passport, driver’s license, visas, and lost or stolen credit cards. It’s so much easier to pick up the phone and make one call when you find yourself with the dilemma of something gone wrong on a trip.
EA+ also will smooth the way with a “no limit” emergency cash transfer assistance—against a valid credit card, of course—but you won’t face a frustrating phone tree with anonymous clerks in case you find yourself with no cash and no wallet when away from home. This service becomes particularly valuable when outside the country, where toll-free numbers may not work.
There are lots of big reasons to join EA+. Knowledgeable assistance in case you face a serious medical emergency away from home is one, but there are a dozen small reasons to join as well. With EA+ on your side, an “annoying” emergency will be solved by simply making one phone call.
There’s no better time to join EA+. It’s simple and you can apply online. For just $89 for an individual and $109 for a family plan, you can’t go wrong.
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.
Safety and Education,
Pilot Health and Medical
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.
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.
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