Archives: From AOPA Headquarters

It’s up to us

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2018 issue In my 30-plus years as a pilot, I’ve met a lot of people who say they always wanted to learn to fly, but never did. … Continue reading

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Time to Fly

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2018 issue We made it through the cold months and we’re finally back to my favorite time of year: fly-in season. The weather is (usually) great and … Continue reading

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Shining A Light On Airport Access & Transparency

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2018 AOPA has been hard at work collecting feedback from members regarding their experiences with fees and pricing at FBOs across the country. Working to ensure the … Continue reading

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Big Names & Small Towns

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer December 2017/January 2018 issue More often than not, when we make plans to fly somewhere, the name attached to the airport is more of an afterthought than anything else. … Continue reading

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Flying and Chewing Gum

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2017 issue As I begin my fifth year of leading AOPA–and only the fifth person to do so in 78 years–I continue to be amazed at the … Continue reading

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FBO Consolidation Disrupting General Aviation

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue In this age of technology and disruption, retailers are constantly finding new ways to improve consumer shopping experiences. From apps that compare prices, to delivery … Continue reading

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AOPA Ready To Help You Fly Under BasicMed

by Mark R. Baker President & CEO Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2017 issue No matter if you are an active pilot or if you’ve been away from the left seat for a while, … Continue reading

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Moving The Fight For Santa Monica Forward

by Mark R. Baker President & CEO Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2017 Santa Monica Municipal Airport’s (KSMO) history and location have made it a much-loved facility. In an area marked by suburban sprawl … Continue reading

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Playing To Type

by Mark R. Baker President & CEO Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2017 I hope you’re already an AOPA member. I believe AOPA is a critical partner for any pilot no matter what or … Continue reading

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Another great year to go flying!

by Mark R. Baker President & CEO Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Published in Midwest Flyer – Dec 2016/Jan 2017 It’s a little hard for me to believe that our third year of AOPA Fly-Ins is behind us. These events … Continue reading

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