September 13, 2012
AOPA ePublishing staff
Actor, pilot, and aviation advocate Harrison Ford is coming to AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., in October. So channel the Force and make your way to Summit to celebrate general aviation with Ford.
He will participate in the Oct. 12 keynote address to discuss the importance of general aviation to the United States. The keynote also will feature FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, who will share his vision for GA's future; AOPA President Craig Fuller, AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines, and Flying magazine Editor in Chief Robert Goyer will debate the pros and cons of the presidential candidates, and other issues facing GA.
With instrument and fixed-wing single- and multiengine ratings and a helicopter certificate, Ford is an experienced pilot who values the utility and joys of aviation. Channeling his passion for the industry, Ford touts its benefits to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. And he’ll share that same passion at Summit.
Before his keynote address, Ford, a member of the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in the Ring society, will speak at the foundation’s A Night for Flight charity gala on Oct. 11. The Hollywood powerhouse already is offering lunch and a flight in the foundation’s online auction to raise money to support general aviation; the leading bid as of Sept. 13 was $16,700. If that’s out of your league, you’ll have another chance to spend some quality time with Ford. The foundation is auctioning tickets to dine with Ford and AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Tom Haines at the event, starting at $2,500 per pair.
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