Napa Valley welcomes aviators to AOPA Aviation Roundtable
After discussing the current state of general aviation, AOPA Aviation Roundtable attendees learn how to cook a meal together at the Culinary Institute of America.
The relaxed environment of Napa Valley coupled with food, flying, and fellowship among aviators attracted members of the AOPA President’s Council and Hat in the Ring Society, and Flying Vintners Larry Turley and Ehren Jordon to an AOPA Aviation Roundtable recently to discuss the state of the association and general aviation.
“In the roundtable environment, I am able to engage one on one with AOPA staff,” President’s Council member Jacie Ann Crowell explained. “I am able to be a catalyst for my local aviation community and bring our local issues into the forefront.”
Crowell was instrumental earlier this year in arranging an aviation day for students at an Arizona middle school who had developed a fear of airplanes after a Piper Lance crashed into a nearby high school in 2010 after departing Springerville Municipal Airport.
In addition to talking to AOPA leadership about the association’s initiatives and sharing ideas to promote GA, attendees tried their hand at preparing a meal at the Culinary Institute of America while getting to know their fellow aviators.
“I have always found that cooking/sharing meals with others is a great opportunity to foster relationships,” said President’s Council member Cindy Weber. “Participating in the cooking lesson at the Culinary Institute helped us to meet other aviators who love fun flying, good food and great wine.”
AOPA Aviation Roundtable events are open to all AOPA President’s Council and Hat in the Ring Society members and take place around the country. Among several activities this year, members met at SimCom in Orlando to fly simulators ranging from a Cessna Citation Ultra to a Saab 2000 airliner.
May 7, 2012