Archives: From AOPA Headquarters

Spring is in the air

by Mark Baker AOPA President and CE Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine June/July 2021 Online Issue Spring, what a wonderful season and metaphor for where we all are in the pandemic. There are thousands of clichés about things blooming, opening … Continue reading

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The thrill of it… Don’t let spring bring unwanted excitement

by Mark Baker AOPA President and CEO Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine – Print & Online April/May 2021 issue Have you ever passed a highway accident and felt compelled to look? Call it a primal instinct, but many of us … Continue reading

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The fear factor… Public perceptions about safety are our business

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published online Midwest Flyer Magazine – February/March 2021 Pre-Coronavirus, global air travel was at an all-time high. Between 8,000 and 20,000 aircraft could be flying at any given moment. In the United States … Continue reading

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Turning the Calendar… Thanks for your support in this difficult year

by Mark Baker AOPA President and CEO Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine (online) – December 2020/January 2021 issue As we enter December, the final chapter of this tumultuous year, I can’t say I am sad to see it go. With … Continue reading

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Cabin fever A prescription to get out and fly

by Mark Baker AOPA President and CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2020 issue Smooth air, cooler temperatures and the striking beauty of fall foliage make October one of my favorite months. While I have been able to get … Continue reading

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The more things change

Amid challenges to aviation, resiliency is a constant by Mark Baker AOPA President and CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2020 issue The human body is incredibly resilient. With the ability to respond to a variety of changing environments, … Continue reading

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An industry rallying together… General Aviation responds to the pandemic

by Mark Baker AOPA President and CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2020 issue The last time I cleared TSA, breezed past a sea of travelers, and patiently waited for my airline flight to board from Gate A34, I … Continue reading

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Giving “George” A Break

Automation is a powerful tool by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2020 issue We all know him, some of us even fly regularly with him. The go-to guy on long cross-country flights, the … Continue reading

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Spread Your Wings You earned your pilot certificate — now what?

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2020 issue AMERICAN AUTHOR MARK TWAIN ONCE SAID, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones … Continue reading

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Make it count

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2019/January 2020 issue Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be.” Sometimes I cringe when I hear that, … Continue reading

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