Craig fuller, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), is slated to speak at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo next month in Sebring, Florida.
The AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute has released a new interactive online course called “Aging Gracefully, Flying Safely.”
In the spirit of the aviation mnemonic that uses “the five Ts” to remember what comes next on an instrument approach, a report at AOPA.org noted that taxes, technology, training, tetraethyl lead, and tracking of aircraft by Internet users highlighted a checklist of issues facing general aviation in 2011. Check it out here.
Citing challenges facing general aviation, Craig Fuller, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, unveiled Monday a $1.5 million advertising and promotion campaign to gain public support to keep government from imposing devastating user fees, airport limitations, and other restrictions on air transportation that serves America.
The program includes radio, television, on-line and print ads featuring how people and businesses use personal aircraft and the services this use gives to the nation. Actor and long-time pilot Harrison Ford, an AOPA member, is volunteering to help tell the story of general aviation. Advertisements include personal reports of how general aviation contributes more than $150 billion into the U.S. economy each year and what this means for local communities, businesses, medical and law enforcement, and other activities.
“General aviation is facing acute challenges from many directions,” Fuller said at a press conference, “which could cause much, if not all, of that economic activity to dry up.”
Challenges include President Obama’s budget plan to impose hefty user fees on flights and concerns over possible airport and airspace restricts.
Through the telling of how “General Aviation Serves America” AOPA hopes to gain a better public understanding of personal and business flight and get more grass roots help for the association’s work with Congress, the FAA, Homeland Security, and other federal and state officials.
The program is just the beginning, Fuller said, of a continuing effort which probably will cover several years before the public fully understands how general aviation serves and must be permitted to continue its valuable work for the nation.
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Melissa Rudinger has been named vice president and assistant to Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig Fuller.
Rudinger has worked for AOPA for more than 18 years, spending most of that time in the Government Affairs Division, where she was most recently the vice president of regulatory affairs, overseeing a staff that dealt with issues covering everything from aircraft certification to airspace issues to pilot certification.
AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg was named president of the foundation.
“During his time at the Air Safety Foundation, Bruce has shown tremendous capability to develop industry-leading safety training programs and to raise the money necessary to provide those programs free of charge to all pilots,” said Craig Fuller, AOPA president. “His efforts have made the AOPA Air Safety Foundation the first stop for general aviation pilots who are striving to become safer pilots.”
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is heading in a completely new direction with its 2009 Let’s Go Flying! sweepstakes.
For the past 18 years, the AOPA Sweepstakes has showcased what you can do to an airplane, as the Association bought and completely refurbished a used aircraft before awarding the end result to the sweepstakes grand prize winner. For 2009, AOPA will showcase what you can do with an airplane.
The Federal Aviation Administration has released the final version of a rule making the Washington, D.C., Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) – the only such zone within the borders of the United States – a permanent fixture in American airspace.
The change comes despite congressional inquiries, negative economic studies, more than 22,000 written comments from pilot in opposition to the rule, and an all-out effort by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association to convince officials that the ADIZ is an unreasonable, burdensome security restriction.
“It’s extremely disappointing that the ADIZ – something that was hastily implemented as a temporary measure – has become federal regulation,” said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. “We have never given up trying to eliminate the ADIZ, working with security officials, members of Congress, the White House and the FAA.”