News & Information You’ll Want To Know In
Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska & Iowa
by Yasmina Platt
Manager, AOPA Central Southwest Region
Well, you’ve heard it! AOPA has a new President and CEO. I want to thank Craig Fuller for all his work during the last five years and welcome Mark Baker as only the fifth president of AOPA in the organization’s 74 years of existence. I am excited to meet him and to continue to work for general aviation under his leadership.
The 1st Kansas Aviation Expo occurred on September 27, 2013 in Wichita, with pre and posts events: Wichita Aero Club event on Thursday night and Wichita Flight Festival on Saturday. It was a great event geared towards bringing together the aviation family in Kansas, including all aspects of aviation-related businesses, as well as discussing the current and future climate and challenges facing general aviation.
AOPA was represented in a significant way, participating in several panel discussions and seminars. To recognize this event and aviation’s great contributions to the state of Kansas (aviation is the second largest contributor to the state’s economy!), Governor Sam Brownback proclaimed September 2013 as “Aviation Appreciation Month.”
I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am that the annual AOPA Summit is coming to AOPA’s Central Southwest Region this year for the first time. It will be just “plane” fun!
I am hoping to see a lot of you there so we can show our great camaraderie and hospitality to the rest of the country. So, see you in Fort Worth, Texas, October 10-12. FMI and to register, visit: http://www.aopa.org/summit/.
Bring a non-flying friend with you so we can share the exciting world of flight with him/her.
If you want to learn more about our region or your specific state, visit http://www.aopa.org/Advocacy/Airports-and-State-Advocacy.aspx, follow me on Twitter @AOPACentralSW, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.