From before the Sun 'n Fun gates opened until after the show ended for the evening, more than 3,700 members visited the Big Yellow Tent for AOPA Day, either to take care of business, learn about their association's free services, or just to say "thanks."
"You're doing a great job," one member told AOPA President Phil Boyer at the end of the day. And that only adds fuel to the association's desire to protect your right to fly.
"We work hard, just so you can focus on having fun and staying safe in the air," said Boyer. "AOPA Day at Sun 'n Fun gives us the perfect opportunity to talk to you one on one to find out how we're doing."
AOPA members had the opportunity to have their questions on everything from affordable insurance to medical certification to safety answered by the experts in the industry.
Boyer, along with Greg Sterling, executive vice president and general manager of the AOPA Insurance Agency, AOPA Director of Medical Certification Gary Crump, and AOPA Air Safety Foundation Director Bruce Landsberg each hosted hour-long hangar sessions.
Members also got to interact with AOPA staff to try their hand at flying last year's sweepstakes aircraft, a Commander, on a Microsoft Flight Simulator; improve their proficiency on flight planning with AOPA's Real Time Flight Planner; and learn how to protect their hometown airports.
Airport Support Network volunteers from across the country were on hand to learn how to protect, promote, and defend their home airports.
But if you couldn't make it to AOPA Day at Sun 'n Fun, there are more opportunities to interact with Boyer and the rest of the AOPA staff - and the next one is AOPA's annual Fly-In and Open House on Saturday, June 3, in Frederick, Maryland.
April 7, 2006