Jan. 16, 2004 - The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and AOPA Pilot, the world's largest general aviation publication, are bringing one of the magazine's most popular features, "Postcards," to the Internet. Beginning next Friday, January 23, both of AOPA's free weekly e-mail newsletters, ePilot and ePilot Flight Training, will offer "Postcards Online," a once-a-month travel feature produced by partner Flyguides that spotlights the best places to fly in the United States.
"Each week, ePilot and ePilot Flight Training reach more than 235,000 AOPA members - more than a third of the entire U.S. pilot population," said AOPA Vice President of Diversified Products Mike Collins. "Now subscribers can receive in-depth travel features focusing on their region every month, designed specifically for ePilot by Flyguides."
Wilmington, Del.-based Flyguides, Inc, is the Web's most comprehensive general aviation travel resource. Flyguides was founded by pilots who combined their interest in flying with their travel guidebook publishing know-how. Flyguides directors have extensive publishing experience in management, editorial, design, and cartography, at such well-known names as Lonely Planet, lonelyplanet.com, Trailblazer Guides, and Fresh Air.
" ePilot's reach, and its ability to deliver localized information to its subscribers across the country, allow us to provide travel content that's really useful on a regional level," said Jim Hart, Flyguides publishing manager. "That lets us highlight places which drive home the unique allure of travel by piloting your own plane."
The fourth Friday of each month, Flyguides and ePilot will transport pilot and passengers to destinations like hidden mountain airstrips, cities hosting GA events, and fly-in resorts where pilots can tie down and tee-off in minutes.
Each month's travel guide includes information for everyone on board - from spas and golf to entertainment and shopping - to encourage GA travel for the whole family. This month, Flyguides and ePilot cover fly-in skiing and sleigh rides at Lake Geneva, Wisc.; the Northwest's largest aviation conference at Puyallup, Wash.; and classic car shows, a winter festival and "taking the waters" in Saratoga, N.Y.'s famous spas.
ePilot and ePilot Flight Training subscribers will see complete travel guides each month. AOPA members may sign up to receive ePilot or ePilot Flight Training, which is tailored to the needs of student pilots, by visiting https://www.aopa.org/apps/epilot/.
With more than 400,000 members, representing nearly two thirds of all pilots in the United States, AOPA is the largest, most influential aviation association in the world. AOPA has achieved its prominent position through effective advocacy, enlightened leadership, technical competence, and hard work. Providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistance, AOPA has built a service organization that far exceeds any other in the aviation community.