AOPA is working both sides of the media equation to ensure that when general aviation is in the news, the reporting is fair and accurate. Negative media reports are usually the result either of reporters misunderstanding GA or pilots misunderstanding the media. With the launch of AOPA's online newsroom specifically for the press, the association now has resources for both pilots and reporters.
Last month, AOPA debuted its Guide to Talking to Reporters, which is designed to inform pilots about the media and to offer tips on dealing with reporters' questions. Each pilot has a responsibility to avoid creating negative news, and one way to do that is to learn how to respond when faced with questions from the media. Thousands of pilots have already viewed the seven-minute course.
AOPA Media Relations can be reached at 301/695-2162.
January 5, 2006