September 25, 2013
By Elizabeth A Tennyson
Pilots in Minnesota are celebrating the launch of a new statewide pilots association, and the group is already getting to work on issues that matter to their community.
The Minnesota Pilots Association opened its doors to members in September with a mission to promote and protect aviation in the state through advocacy, education, outreach, and social activities.
AOPA worked closely with the new association’s organizers, including President Randy Corfman, as they laid the groundwork for the group.
“We’re excited to see this idea become a reality,” said Bryan Budds, AOPA Great Lakes regional manager. “The Minnesota Pilots Association is already taking part in aviation events and collaborating with AOPA on local and national advocacy initiatives.”
Among the issues the two organizations are pursuing is the need for a Minnesota-based designated examiner for seaplane ratings. The Minnesota association is also planning its first annual conference, set for March 2014.
“Groups like this one are on the front lines of many local advocacy issues,” Budds said. “Who better to understand the challenges facing a state than the pilots who fly there? Local pilot organizations are valuable partners and allies for AOPA, and we’re looking forward to continuing a strong and productive relationship with the Minnesota Pilots Association.”
Red Bull Air Racing has returned for 2014, with Paul Bonhomme, twice a world champion of past years’ competitions, claiming a victory.
AOPA President Mark Baker flew four women and girls on two flights March 4 as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week activities designed to introduce more women and girls to aviation.
Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.