November 11, 2013
By Elizabeth A Tennyson
Dr. Perry Inhofe, son of Sen. Jim Inhofe, was killed Nov. 10 in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 near Owasso, Okla., just outside of Tulsa.
“All of us at AOPA were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Inhofe,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Senator Inhofe is an accomplished pilot and a staunch advocate for general aviation, and flying has been an important part of the Inhofe family’s personal and professional lives for decades.”
Perry Inhofe, a 51-year-old orthopedic surgeon from Tulsa, was piloting the airplane on a short flight from Salina, Kan., and had reportedly requested “immediate assistance” from air traffic controllers moments before the airplane went down in a heavily wooded area. Witnesses on the ground told the Tulsa World that one of the twin-turboprop’s propellers was not turning when they saw the airplane circle overhead just before it crashed. When they reached the scene, the airplane was engulfed in flames.
“I wish to offer my support and prayers to the entire Inhofe family in their grief, and I urge everyone to avoid speculation about the cause of the accident and await the results of the NTSB investigation,” Baker said.
Director of Government Affairs and Executive Communications Elizabeth Tennyson joined AOPA in 1998, the same year she earned her private pilot certificate. She also holds an instrument rating and enjoys jumping out of planes almost as much as flying them.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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