Long Beach, California November 11-13, 2010

AOPA Aviation Summit News

Online GA auction nets $250,000

The AOPA Foundation's first ever online auction closed Nov. 13 after raising more than $250,000 that will be used to support the organization's major initiatives.

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'Impossible turn' saves one pilot twice

Celebrated author, veteran flight instructor, and former TWA captain Barry Schiff has been forced to turn around after takeoff because of an engine failure twice in his flying life.

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CA pilot recognized for efforts to protect Oceano Airport

A self-described "Mooney Girl" is this year's recipient of AOPA's Joseph Crotti Award for service to general aviation in California. Jolie Lucas, co-founder of the Mooney Ambassadors, was honored for her work to protect Oceano Airport in San Luis Obispo County.

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USMC officer honored for war zone ground school

AOPA on Nov. 11 presented the second annual Let's Go Flying Award to U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Gabriel Glinsky for his efforts to organize and teach a ground school for his fellow unit members while on active duty in Afghanistan.

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Grand Bahama student wins trip to Aviation Summit

Pilots at AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif., can learn about The Bahamas from St. George's High School student Khalia Carnegie, an eleventh grader from Freeport, Grand Bahama.

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Oklahoma aeronautics director receives Hartranft Award

AOPA on Nov. 13 awarded its highest honor for government officials to Victor Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The Joseph B. "Doc" Hartranft Jr. Award is presented annually to an elected or appointed government official, whether federal, state, local, or foreign, who has made significant contributions to the advancement of general aviation. This year's presentation was made during a special awards program on the AOPA Live stage at AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif.

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Bulldog gets his shirttail

For the first time in its history, AOPA trained a student pilot in its sweepstakes airplane. But not just any pilot and not just any aircraft. Marine Sgt. Michael Blair, a wounded warrior from the war in Iraq, trained for his sport pilot certificate in the 2010 Fun to Fly Remos GX light sport aircraft.

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Have $500, will shop

Sure there's AOPA Live, Airportfest, social events, and meetings. But AOPA Aviation Summit is all about one thing - shopping. With more than 425 booths at the Long Beach Convention Center, and 100 airplanes at Airportfest, Summit is the place to get the gear you want.

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AOPA Awards Show honors GA advocates

U.S. Marine Capt. Gabriel Glinsky, a V-22 Osprey pilot who taught a civilian ground school for 20 fellow Marines during a nine-month combat tour in Afghanistan, received the AOPA's 2010 "Let's Go Flying" award Nov. 13 at AOPA Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif.

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Pilots rock Long Beach at block party

They were dancing in the street for the first ever block party at AOPA Aviation Summit. AOPA President Craig Fuller joined a rock and roll band on the stage set up in the middle of Long Beach's celebrated Pine Avenue to launch the aviation celebration.

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Thank you to our
Summit 2010 sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor:

DTC

Platinum Sponsors:

CessnaCessnaGoodyear Aviation Tires

Gold Sponsors:

JeppesenDiamond Aircraft

Silver Sponsor:

L-3 Communications

Bronze Sponsors:

NATAStarr Aviation

AirFliteIcon

San BernardinoSalix

San Bernardino

Supporting Sponsors:

AirFlite Aquarium of the Pacific

FlyvieRedbird Flight Simulators

Waco ClassicKing Schools

Flying MusiciansSennheiser

Long beach AirportCFC

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