August 19, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
Ten years after dedicating a pilot facility at North Carolina’s First Flight Airport (KFFA) in the name of AOPA members, it was rededicated Aug. 19 by AOPA Vice President of the Pilot Information Center Woody Cahall.
In 2001, leading up to the Centennial of Flight, AOPA, like other aviation associations, was looking for an opportunity to leave a legacy. “There were lots of things discussed on what we could do,” he recalled. “We wanted it to be lasting and represent AOPA members.”
“AOPA worked with the National Park Service and other organizations to make the building a reality,” said Cahall. “Pilots at KFFA now have a place out of the weather to do flight planning and relax before visiting” Kill Devil Hills, where the Wright Brothers made their historic flight.
The facility is open every day of the year, and offers amenities for visitors, plus a fantastic view of the monument, said Cahall.
“It is an honor to do this on National Aviation Day,” said Barclay Trimble, superintendent of the National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group. “This building would not be here without the support of AOPA. It’s an amenity that has been used by numerous people,” he said. “We look forward to many more years of partnership.”
Safety and Education
With a closing speed of about 900 knots, Air Force pilots on a training mission have seconds to aim and shoot heat-seeking and radar guided missiles at a drone target. Their success came from repeated rehearsals. But as author Larry Brown writes, “there is nothing like the real thing to gain experience.”
A documentary film tells the story of the “first to fly and the first to die for the United States in the Great War.”
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.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.