June 27, 2013
By AOPA Communications staff
The media and outreach departments of AOPA were recognized at the thirty-third annual Association Media and Publishing EXCEL Awards Gala on June 10 in Washington, D.C.
Association Media and Publishing is a Washington-based organization representing associations in the U.S. EXCEL Awards are bestowed on the finest media products and publications in the association industry.
During the awards ceremony, AOPA was given a Gold Award in the Media Kits category for its piece entitled “One Network: Endless Opportunities.” The judges said, “Presentation is impressive … content is easy to navigate. The images are beautiful … production quality outstanding.”
AOPA won a second Gold Award in the Media Innovation category for its “AOPA Favorite Aircraft Challenge” contest, a bracket-style competition that let pilots vote for their favorite aicraft to advance from round to round. The judges concluded, “Very creative concept that generates interest and engagement. The theme and logo tie everything together nicely.”
AOPA also received a Bronze Award for Magazine Redesign for AOPA Pilot magazine. A second Bronze Award in the Convention Marketing Campaign category was awarded to AOPA for its Aviation Summit 2012 marketing portfolio. The judges said, “Excellent tie-in of the Palm Springs (Calif.) location with a forward-thinking message.”
The 2013 EXCEL Awards competition included 968 award entries submitted by 75 associations and industry professionals. Some 166 awards were presented.
AOPA told lawmakers that a tax-abatement bill introduced in Nevada would stimulate aviation business and make more services available to members.
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.
Two bills that would increase aviation fuel taxes and tap some proceeds for nonaviation purposes could place New Mexico in conflict with federal grant guarantees.
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