Karen Gebhart, president of the AOPA Foundation, is the featured guest speaker for the regular bi-monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club March 2. Gebhart’s presentation will address the challenges and opportunities facing general aviation and how individual engagement can help promote and protect our freedom to fly.
As president of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation, Gebhart leads the organization’s charitable giving arm, with responsibility for fundraising in support of four major initiatives designed to help preserve the future of general aviation. An active pilot, Gebhart’s role is focused on improving the perception of general aviation, growing the pilot population, the preservation of airports, and safety education through ASF.
Gebhart joined AOPA in 1994 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including membership, products and services, AOPA’s annual convention, and most recently executive vice president of communications.
The meeting is scheduled for noon March 2 in the Grand Ballroom of the Capital City Club, 7 Harris St., Atlanta. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members and includes lunch. A networking hour begins at 11 am and reservations can be made by calling 800-878-7555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Atlanta Aero Club was founded in 1984 by Lockheed Aircraft Co. executives and is one of the oldest continuous operating aviation clubs in the U.S. With nearly 250 members, the Atlanta Aero Club has operated as a chapter of the National Aeronautics Association (NAA) since its inception. Recently, the Atlanta Aero Club took a leadership position, along with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), in developing a Georgia State Proclamation declaring October as the official Aviation Appreciation Month to honor the businesses and individuals who contribute to the state’s and nation’s large aviation industry. For more information: AtlantaAeroClub.org