Keep ‘Em Flying… Across The Midwest

Bryan Budds

by Bryan Budds, Manager
AOPA Great Lakes Region

Recently, AOPA kicked off the Keep ‘Em Flying campaign aimed at getting pilots up in the air. With summer upon us, and a cold, wet winter behind us, I cannot think of a better goal for all pilots. Whether for business or pleasure, in piston, turbine, or ultralight, get out and go fly. And, to help entice the competitive pilots among us, AOPA has offered up cash prizes to those willing to step up to the challenge.  And, as I have seen, we have some great facilities across the region. So, get out and explore a new airport, meet a new pilot, and keep GA strong. For more information on how you can win, visit

Now that you are on track to win some cash, let me share with you how AOPA is working for you across the Great Lakes Region.

As many of you have read in Midwest Flyer Magazine and elsewhere, the State of Illinois was considering increasing aircraft and pilot certificate registration fees. We are glad to report after visits to the state house and many discussions with the Governor’s office and the Aeronautics Division, the proposal to raise registration fees has been dropped. Thank you to all the AOPA members in Illinois that answered our calls to action!

AOPA also remains engaged with airport users, airport management, and local communities at multiple airports facing an uncertain future. From Lorain County Airport in northwest Ohio to Weydahl Airport in Killdeer, North Dakota and everywhere in between, AOPA continues to fight for your freedom to fly across the region. But, as we have seen at these and other airports, having an in-tune and proactive pilot and supportive community leaders is key. So, next time you see your airport manager, city councilor, or county commissioner, let them know how important the airport is to you!

EAA AirVenture is right around the corner, so be sure to drop by the AOPA tent and let me know if you accepted the challenge and where you visited! Until then, I’m always happy to hear from you at

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