March 25, 2013
AOPA life members are dedicated to general aviation and promoting GA safety. "AOPA's life members rank among the greatest heroes of the past 100 years," says AOPA President Phil Boyer. AOPA life members are true leaders in the GA community and their ongoing commitment keeps the skies safe for all pilots. Life membership is extended by invitation to pilots willing to contribute $2,500 or more to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. The contribution goes to continuing ASF's research and educational programs. In return for a life membership contribution, members receive:
To take your commitment to the next level, visit the Web site ( http://asf.aopa.org/lifemember/) or call 800/955-9115.
Mere mention of the word Bahamas evokes instant daydreams of relaxing on a beach, golfing or playing tennis, dancing to a beat, snorkeling through a weightless wonderland, and fishing (no license needed). Fun. A feeling of far away. And you can get there in your own airplane; it's not really that far offshore as the general aviation airplane flies. AOPA has prepared a flight-planning guide, available online, to help you plan your flight to the Bahamas. Although it is written to serve as a primer for the first-time flier to the islands, it can serve as a good reminder for the veteran island-hopper as well. This guide is meant to be advisory in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for good, sound flight preparation. Each pilot should plan his or her flight based upon personal experience level, proficiency, aircraft capabilities, and the weather.
See AOPA's Flight Planning Guide: Bahamas online ( www.aopa.org/members/files/travel/bahamas/bah01.html).
Save money on your AOPA Expo 2005 registration. Preregister online ( www.aopa.org/expo/) or call 888/462-3976 (888/GO2-EXPO) by October 17. Take advantage of several single- or multi-day options. Can't register by the deadline? Register on site at Expo during the show, from November 3 through 5 in Tampa.
Don't miss this opportunity to check out new products and services and hear firsthand what's on the horizon for general aviation.
Ask Norman Mineta, secretary of transportation, your critical questions at Saturday's general session. Improve your safety and proficiency skills by attending educational seminars.
Comparison shop the latest technology and sit in the cockpits of the latest aircraft.
AOPA Expo is an easy way to become a better pilot. We'll see you there.
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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/
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AOPA LEGAL SERVICES PLAN Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/legalservices.html
AOPA ONLINE TRAVEL Click www.aopa.org/travel/
OTHER AOPA MEMBER PRODUCTS Call 800/USA-AOPA (872-2672) Click www.aopa.org/memberproducts/
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A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.
Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.
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