For Bruce Kramer (AOPA 604896), AOPA has been a way to keep in touch with the aviation community he loves so much, despite some medical setbacks that have kept him out of the air.
Kramer, a 26-year member of AOPA, pushed the association over the 400,000-member mark when he renewed his membership on Tuesday, July 29.
"I wish I could say I had umpteen ratings, hours, etc., but I don't," Kramer told AOPA. "I'm just one who got so hooked on flying while in college that I left farming and teaching to go fly for Uncle Sam."
Kramer spent seven years in the U.S. Air Force before receiving a medical discharge. Since then, he has not had the opportunity to go flying but always manages to work his annual membership dues into the budget to keep in touch with aviation.
Capt. Bruce Kramer, USAF retired, is now Pastor Bruce Kramer, a Lutheran minister who lives just outside Wright-Patterson AFB, near Dayton, Ohio. He says his dream plane is a Mooney. "Needless to say, the AOPA plane of a few years ago had me dreaming!" said Kramer.
"AOPA is proud to be able to serve the needs of all pilots, even those who can't currently fly," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "It's the support of Mr. Kramer and more than 400,000 others that gives AOPA the clout and the recognition to protect the interests of all GA pilots."
Photo: AOPA members visiting Oshkosh help celebrate 400,000 members, as they admire the Centennial of Flight Sweepstakes Waco.