Mar. 4, 2004 - The FAA's Baltimore Flight Standards District Office has presented AOPA's Air Traffic Services department with the FSDO's "Good Friend" Award for AOPA's ongoing efforts to keep members up-to-date on airspace restrictions.
Acting FSDO Manager John Michelli said in announcing the award that AOPA "has done an outstanding job of supporting the Flight Standards mission of promoting 'safety of flight' by taking a proactive leadership role in disseminating information on current flight restrictions to the nation's pilot population."
"AOPA is proud of our efforts to keep pilots informed and honored to have those efforts praised by the FAA," said AOPA Senior Vice President of Government and Technical Affairs Andy Cebula, who oversees the Air Traffic Services department.
As the FSDO award noted, AOPA sent out 101 "Airspace Alert Bulletins" to ePilot and ePilot Flight Training subscribers, warning them for upcoming restrictions in their areas. All told, AOPA distributed some 16 million individual alert bulletins.
AOPA members who subscribe to either of the ePilot e-mail newsletters automatically receive "Airspace Alert Bulletins" when temporary flight restrictions are going to have a significant impact on flight operations.