December 20, 2013
We posted the “Question of the Month” on the AOPA flying clubs Facebook Group on December 12 to hear how you create camaraderie during the holidays. Here is a sample of what some clubs are doing this holiday season.
Rich Dugger of the La Porte Aero Club in Indiana said the club hosts a casual Christmas Dinner with a gag gift exchange. The dinner is catered and everyone brings a dessert. And he added the club also hosts a Valentine's dinner “at a nice restaurant for the gals putting up with us all year.”
Charley Valera of the Fitchburg Pilots Association in Massachusetts posted, “This is our second year doing our "Santa drop." Last year we had 1,500 show up. I'd say about 1,000 this year. We all get fired up doing community events. Then we go flying:-) Here’s an article about the program in which the club partners with the Marines Toys for Tots to give presents to children:
Rose Dorcey said the Winnebago Flying Club in Wisconsin has a catered meal followed by two rounds of Aviation Jeopardy. Categories cover aviation safety, history, famous aviators, etc. with prizes for the winners. This year we collected items for the Day by Day Warming Shelter in Oshkosh, which serves the homeless.
Marc Epner wrote the Leading Edge Flying Club in Illinois “hosts a classy event on the 2nd Friday in January at a beautiful country club. January keeps us out of the way of corporate and family events, yet it's close enough to December to keep that holiday feel. Hors D'oeuvres, open bar, entertainment, good food, and great people make it special. Less than $40- $45 per person, and the club subsidizes the rest. The venue and keeping the cost under $50 seems to be important to drive attendance. Happy Holidays!”
The Type Club Coalition is the latest group to join AOPA in urging a quick review of proposed reforms to the third class medical.
Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
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