AOPA Air Safety Institute Executive Director Richard McSpadden flew to Massachusetts March 11 expecting to give a safety presentation and came home with an award.
McSpadden had been invited to present the recently released the Air Safety Institute’s Just a Short Flight Accident Case Study to the thirtieth edition of the Crash Course, a safety seminar organized by the Aero Club of New England billed as the largest single, in-person pilot safety seminar in the country. (The event was held days before health officials around the country recommended restrictions on large gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus.)
“They have been our partners in Crash Course for over 20 years, and they materially have made this, the quality of this course, what it is today,” Kearney said.
AOPA has a longstanding relationship with the Aero Club of New England and has frequently provided content and staff for past Crash Course events over the years, though not always the executive director of the Air Safety Institute in person. Kearney is also a member of the AOPA Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society and worked with AOPA staff to orchestrate the surprise.
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