The next president of AOPA

As the search for the next president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association kicks off, AOPA Chairman Bill Trimble reached out to members with a detailed description of who they are looking for: “The candidate must be an outgoing, passionate aviator who believes in the critical value GA brings to our country and citizens. The candidate also must be an experienced businessperson who can lead and grow the world’s largest aviation association. The candidate must be able to articulate and fight for our cause and beliefs in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. The candidate needs to fight for our rights with an ever-burdening regulatory structure that has grown substantially since the tragic events of 9/11.” Read his full message here.

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.

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?

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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

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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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