The top 80 pilots using the Pilot Passport function on the AOPA app to check in during AOPA’s eightieth anniversary year will receive the 288-page coffee table book Freedom to Fly: AOPA and the History of General Aviation in America, plus an additional prize.
In addition, the top three all-time pilot check-ins will be awarded an AOPA Tactical Jacket valued at $144 from the AOPA Pilot Gear Store. The versatile clothing item is a great addition to a pilot’s winter, fall, or spring wardrobe, and it could be yours just for using the Pilot Passport check-in feature in the AOPA app.
Those who share their airport experiences on Facebook and Twitter can widen their social media footprint by posting photos and videos to Instagram, too.
During the AOPA Tullahoma Fly-In Sept. 13 and 14 in Tennessee, users who checked in with the Pilot Passport feature on the AOPA app received a surprise bonus of 2,000 points. Extra check-in points are awarded during fly-ins, airshows, and special aviation events, as well as for visiting historical aviation locations.
There is a different challenge every month, and in September pilots were encouraged to check in at as many airports as possible. I checked in at seven airports across four states, including Tullahoma Regional Airport during the AOPA Fly-In, Lonesome Pine Airport in Virginia, Concord-Padgett Regional Airport in North Carolina, and Clearview Airpark in Maryland, among others.
For the October challenge a $50 AOPA Pilot Gear package will be awarded to the three participants who earn the most state badges through Pilot Passport during the month. Additional prizes will be awarded for pilots filing their flight plans through AOPA partner ForeFlight.
Don’t forget that bonuses and other surprise badges could help propel you to the top of the all-time check-in standings when they are tallied following AOPA’s year-long eightieth anniversary celebration.