The Montana Aviation Conference will return for its thirty-third year March 2 to 4 in Billings. AOPA is a platinum sponsor of the conference, and will offer a Rusty Pilots seminar and an overview of the association's You Can Fly initiatives.
AOPA also will participate in a joint Northwest Mountain Region update with the National Business Aviation Association, and will hold a get-together for Airport Support Network volunteers.
AOPA’s You Can Fly programs include the Flying Club Initiative, which promotes the affordability, access to aircraft, and camaraderie of flying clubs. AOPA’s Flying Club Network is free to join and offers free scheduling software, a premium listing in the AOPA Flying Club Finder, a resource library, exclusive insurance rates, access to networking events, and more.
You Can Fly also includes the Rusty Pilots Initiative, created to lower the barrier to re-entry and provide lapsed pilots a way to return to flying in a matter of hours. Rusty Pilots seminars are hosted across the country and satisfy the ground portion of the flight review. Nearly 40 percent of those who attend a Rusty Pilots seminar complete their flight review and return to the air as pilot in command. This year’s seminar also includes information on the third class medical reform program known as BasicMed that takes effect May 1.
The Montana Aviation Conference Rusty Pilots seminar is free to AOPA members, and will be conducted on March 4. Register here.
You Can Fly’s High School Initiative has the goal of helping build and sustain aviation-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in high schools in order to provide a quality workforce to the aviation industry.
The Flight Training Initiative seeks to change the training paradigm by helping flight schools understand why dropout rates are so high and then giving them the tools, information, and support they need to create an experience their students will love and want to continue. AOPA’s Flight Training Excellence Awards recognize the best flight schools and instructors in the country.
The Montana Aviation Conference, which is the second largest aviation conference in the Northwest Mountain region, will be at the Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane in Billings.