AOPA president to step down

In an unexpected move, Craig Fuller, president and chief executive officer of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has notified AOPA’s Board of Trustees of his intent to step down from his position.

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General aviation’s economic fuel offsets tax breaks

Not long ago, President Barack Obama’s press secretary mentioned that the president wants to eliminate “subsidies to corporate jet owners.” It’s a politically popular line in tough economic times — but it’s wrong, says Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig Fuller in an op-ed piece in the Politico. In it he noted: “General aviation is an incredible American success story. It’s a homegrown industry that exports aircraft worldwide and generates 1.2 million American jobs and $150 billion in annual revenue.” Read the full editorial here.

Collins named AOPA Eastern Regional Manager

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has named Sean Collins as its new eastern regional manager.

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Rod Machado joins AOPA Live This Week

AOPA Live This Week will feature a new series, “License to Learn,” hosted by renowned flight instructor and professional speaker Rod Machado.

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New sponsor for AOPA Airports Directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is now the sponsor of AOPA Airports, a directory of public-use airports and FBOs across the United States.

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Top 10 tips to improve your flying club

Adam Smith, Senior Vice President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community, will join other flying club experts Wednesday, Jan. 9, in a webinar to share tips and tactics to improving your flying club. Click here to find out more and register.

How old is your airplane…really?

The average general aviation aircraft is more than 30 years old. However, a number of factors contribute to an aircraft’s true age, which may not be the same as its age in calendar years, according to officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute. Learn how to recognize the signs of aircraft aging, understand its effects, and mitigate the risks by taking the Air Safety Institute’s Aging Aircraft online course.

AOPA praises Senate progress on FAA nomination

Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) President and CEO Craig Fuller Wednesday praised a decision by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), to lift his hold on the nomination of Michael Huerta as administrator of the FAA, noting that the agency requires consistent leadership at a time of wide-ranging changes in the nation’s aviation system.

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Everything you always wanted to know about starting a flying club…

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community (CAPComm) held the first of a planned monthly series of webinars Nov. 14. The webinar, with 631 registrants, covered what people need to start their own flying club.

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AOPA launches FlyQ Electronic Flight Bag

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has released the FlyQ Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) for the iPad, the latest addition to its family of digital flight planning products.

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