March 19, 2014
By AOPA Communications staff
Legendary airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff will serve as an AOPA Ambassador in 2014. Wagstaff brings excitement about flying everywhere she goes, and as an AOPA Ambassador, her mission is to share that energy with pilots and aviation enthusiasts at AOPA events across the country.
“Flying is all about fun and freedom, and one of the best people to communicate that is Patty,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “We are thrilled to have her representing AOPA as we celebrate our 75th anniversary.”
Wagstaff will meet fans, sign autographs, and speak about the demanding and exciting world of competitive and demonstration flying at AOPA booths at major airshows and several AOPA Fly-Ins scheduled nationwide throughout 2014.
Wagstaff is a three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, has won countless awards, and is a member of the Motion Picture Pilots Association. In addition to flying low-level, envelope-pushing aerial demonstrations, Wagstaff has started the “Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School,” located in St. Augustine, Fla., at Southeast Aero Services, using an Extra 300L and a Super Decathlon to train pilots in precision aerobatics and upset training.
“I am thrilled to be representing AOPA as an Ambassador,” said Wagstaff. “AOPA has a long history of representing pilots and aviation enthusiasts and is one of the most important defenders of the freedom to fly we have in this country. It's up to all of us to support AOPA. I pledge to encourage everyone I meet at airshows and aviation events across the U.S. to become members so the fight can continue.”
AOPA has announced plans for five new fly-ins in 2015 following the success of last year's inaugural events. Events will be held in California, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee.
In an effort to increase member engagement, one of AOPA President Mark Baker’s first acts as the association’s new leader was to move away from one annual convention and instead host a series of regional fly-ins to “meet the members where they are.”
AOPA's final fly-in of the year a resounding success with thousands of pilots, hundreds of airplanes, and dozens of activities.
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