May 15, 2013
Frederick, MD - DTC DUAT, the popular pilot-weather and flight-planning information service, has stepped forward to support the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association’s core mission to protect the freedom to fly.
As an AOPA Supporting Sponsor, DTC DUAT will lend financial support to AOPA’s Flying Clubs initiative, a program to support and expand the more than 635 flying clubs nationwide that offer pilots and prospective pilots the opportunity to fly affordably in well-maintained aircraft.
“This partnership highlights our work right at the heart of general aviation,” said Ed Thompson, AOPA’s vice president of corporate partnerships. “DUAT is a widely recognized service that helps pilots fly safer, and it fits perfectly with AOPA’s core mission of expanding the aviation information base and advancing aviation safety. We’re proud to call DTC DUAT a supporting sponsor, and we’re excited that it is bringing financial support to our popular Flying Clubs Initiative.”
The DTC DUAT (Direct User Access Terminal) service provides online access to weather briefing, flight planning and filing information to allow pilots to obtain a self-briefing and file a flight plan prior to flying. The service is free to qualified pilots, dispatchers and other authorized users.
“Strengthening pilot communities through flying clubs not only encourages current pilots to keep flying, but also provides encouragement and mentoring support that can convert aviation enthusiasts into new student pilots,” said Bill Young, Program Manager for DTC DUAT. “DTC DUAT is excited about the work that AOPA is doing to help improve and grow flying clubs, so we wanted to show our support in a very tangible way as a co-sponsor of this important activity.”
DTC DUAT has provided FAA certified weather and flight planning services since 1989 and is a long-time sponsor of the annual AOPA Aviation Summit. DTC DUAT will be one of the co-sponsors of the 2013 AOPA Aviation Summit in Fort Worth, Texas on October 10-12.
DTC DUAT becomes the first Supporting Sponsor in AOPA’s Corporate Partnership Program, which also includes four Strategic Partners: Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car), Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., Aero-Space Reports and Bank of America. The AOPA Corporate Partnership program includes three tiers of support: Strategic Partners, Premier Partners and Supporting Sponsors.
“It’s terrific that DTC DUAT is lending its support to our Flying Clubs Initiative,” said Adam Smith, senior vice president of AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community. “Flying clubs are just a great, affordable way to be part of a vibrant pilot community, and the stronger they are the stronger general aviation becomes.”
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. With a membership base of nearly 400,000, AOPA is the largest aviation association in the world. With representatives based in Frederick, M.D., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media products. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.
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