AOPA's senior management team took the stage at today's general session at AOPA Expo to showcase the association's many accomplishments and give members a preview of what to expect in the coming months.
In his opening remarks, AOPA President Phil Boyer cleared up confusion about WAAS - the Wide Area Augmentation System - with a video presentation showing how the GPS-based system can be used to fly instrument approaches to ILS-like minimums at airports without instrument landing systems.
Senior Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs Andy Cebula emphasized the work that his division does to protect airports across the country - work augmented heavily by the more than 1,700 AOPA Airport Support Network volunteers.
Jeff Myers, executive vice president of the newly realigned Communications Division, highlighted the various communication and media channels provided by the association, including the more than 3,700,000 electronic messages sent to members in the past year to advise them of temporary flight restrictions in their area and the 85,000 downloads of AOPA's free Real-Time Flight Planner.
Karen Gebhart, senior vice president of products and services, introduced the latest member product - an American Express card with no annual fee and bonus points through January 2006, offered by MBNA America. She also noted that AOPA would continue to encourage the FAA to accept the association's TurboMedical form as an online aviation medical application.
Bruce Landsberg, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, announced plans to survey members to ask how the foundation is doing in its mission to enhance GA flight safety, noting that the 2004 GA accident rate through August was down 12 percent from the previous year. He also announced the debut of a new Web site feature called the Safety Hot Spot, which will highlight a critical safety issue each month.
And Harvey Cohen, senior vice president of development for the AOPA Air Safety Foundation, encouraged members to help save pilots' lives through their financial support of the foundation's "full plate" of safety projects.
October 23, 2004