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March 26, 2015

          Contact: Steve Hedges
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FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and premier aviation retailer Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co., celebrating its 50th anniversary, have renewed their strategic partnership.

“We’re honored to renew this strategic partnership with Aircraft Spruce during the company’s 50th year,” said Jiri Marousek, AOPA’s senior vice president of marketing. “The Aircraft Spruce name is synonymous with quality aircraft parts and pilot supplies, and we are thankful for the great benefits that this family-run business offers to AOPA members.”

Through the partnership, Aircraft Spruce supports safety education, sponsors popular maintenance and general flying sections of AOPA Pilot magazine and underwrites the AOPA Flight Training Magazine Facebook chat.

Most recently, Corona, Ca.—based Aircraft Spruce supported the AOPA Air Safety Institute seminar, “After the Crash: Surviving an Aircraft Accident,” by offering a series of survival kits for attendees. As part of its partnership with AOPA, the company also periodically offers AOPA members special offers and discounts through both Aircraft Spruce and

For instance, Aircraft Spruce offers an AOPA Logo Collection, which includes iPad Flight Bags, Backpacks, Duffle Bags, Suit Organizers, Travel Kits, Scheyden sunglasses and more, to AOPA members at a discount through a promotion code.

“We are proud to have been a Strategic Partner with AOPA for the past three years and look forward to continuing to support the good work AOPA does on behalf of everyone involved in general aviation," said Aircraft Spruce President Jim Irwin.

As a strategic partner since 2012, Aircraft Spruce has backed AOPA’s Aircraft Maintenance and Frugal Flyer columns in AOPA Pilot magazine. Aircraft Spruce was also a steady presence at each of the AOPA fly-ins in 2014, and it will continue to take part in the entire fly-in series this year.

AOPA Live recently chronicled the company’s humble beginnings in a report to mark its 50th anniversary.



Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., Wichita, Kans., and seven regions across the United States. AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media. To learn more, visit 

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AOPA Communications staff

Topics: Flight Bags, Gear, Ownership

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