Archives: From AOPA Headquarters

What makes a pilot?

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2019 issue If you’re like me, you’re friends with a lot of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and it’s safe to assume your social media pages were ablaze … Continue reading

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A Family Affair

Oshkosh Brings Aviation Together by Mark Baker AOPA President and CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2019 issue For one week in mid-summer, Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport boasts the world’s greatest aviation celebration as nearly 10,000 aircraft and a … Continue reading

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Welcome To The Club!

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – June/July 2019 issue LIKE MANY NEW PILOTS, I learned to fly in an old reliable—a Cessna 150. And it’s true; you never forget your first love. But after … Continue reading

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Innovation Is In Our DNA

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2019 issue Powered flight is one of if not the greatest innovations in the history of humanity. For thousands of years, people looked at birds and wondered … Continue reading

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Our Saving Grace… A legacy for tomorrow’s pilots

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – December 2018/January 2019 I’ve been a pilot for more years than I’d care to count, and in that time I’ve been privileged to meet some of the most … Continue reading

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AOPA’s Game Plan For Bringing Down The Cost of Flying

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – October/November 2018 issue Any good coach knows the best teams are made up of a strong offense and defense, and that’s exactly how AOPA continues to succeed at … Continue reading

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Where have all the airport kids gone?

by Mark Baker AOPA President & CEO Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2018 issue How today’s youth will fall in love with flying! Growing up as a young boy in Minnesota, free time for me meant riding my bike … Continue reading

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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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