AOPA is celebrating its 75th anniversary today. Concerned that the growing influence of military air power would eclipse general aviation, five founders gathered on May 15, 1939, to establish AOPA, electing C. Townsend Ludington as the association’s first president. Then, as now, AOPA’s primary mission was to protect the freedom to fly for the growing population of general aviation pilots and aircraft owners. Today, AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives in Frederick, Md.; Washington, D.C.; Wichita; and seven regions across the U.S.
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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is hosting safety seminars, flight training sessions and other activities this week at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. This year, the association moved to a new, central location at the show site, across from the FAA building on Laird Drive.
Bill Snead, president of Wichita-based AOPA Insurance (Booth No. C10424)–a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association–put it most succinctly when he presented the company’s new options to members at NBAA 2013. “FBOs are our primary targets with our new commercial insurance offering. Beyond that, we are ready to insure corporate flight departments to a very high limit of liability,” he told AIN. “We know we can offer competitive rates, and that’s exciting.”
After several years of lobbying, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has finally seen the fruit of its effort to urge Pennsylvania legislators to eliminate a 6-percent state sales tax on the retail sale of aircraft parts and maintenance.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) sent a letter today to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, urging him to stop cuts from sequestration that will “disproportionately” affect the safety of general aviation operations. “The recommended cuts will have unacceptable consequences for the nation and the flying community,” AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller wrote to Huerta.
Craig Fuller, president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, announced today that he intends to step down from his position and from the group’s board. According to AOPA, Fuller plans to remain in his current role until a successor is in place. The board will conduct a national search for his successor. Fuller took office Jan. 1, 2009, and is only the fourth president of AOPA since the association’s founding nearly 75 years ago. He will assist with the search for a new president and the transition to a new administration.
It is testament to how seriously the China market takes its fledgling general-aviation industry that key players from the China Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) took to the stage for one of the conference sessions here at the ABACE show yesterday.