A new tool for the new year. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has launched a new and improved online newsroom. The user-friendly site offers journalists general aviation (GA) information at a glance. The address is www.aopa.org/newsroom/. (Because of the complete redesign, anyone who had registered for the old newsroom will need to re-register. Access to members-only content is unaffected by re-registration.)
AOPA recognizes that many reporters assigned to cover a story about small planes are scrambling to learn as much as possible even as they head out to cover the story. So the new AOPA Online Newsroom provides the answers to questions that reporters most frequently ask. There is a quick reference "On Deadline" section that includes basic information for covering accidents and security issues as well as a direct link to the FAA aircraft registry, and information on AOPA's new television studio and uplink facility.
A "Quick Facts" section includes aviation statistics, background information including an overview of general aviation, airport information, useful links, and information on third-party aviation experts who can help explain a story.
AOPA knows that reporters need unbiased information. That's why the new site clearly isolates AOPA news releases and position papers from the statistics and background information you need. You can still find the opinions and positions of the world's largest civil aviation organization, but can easily distinguish between fact and opinion.
AOPA has more than 407,000 members, roughly two-thirds of the U.S. pilot population. The Association represents the interests of general aviation and is dedicated to telling the GA story correctly by providing useful, factual information to the news media.
January 3, 2006